Mattituck natives Jessica Green and Rachel Bosworth are lifelong friends who have turned their love of wine into flourishing careers. Now, Green and Bosworth have partnered to create a new company, Sediment & Sentiment.
Green owns Down the Rabbit Hole Wines in Sayville, a boutique wine shop that exclusively sells natural, organic and sustainable wines. Bosworth is a writer and marketing expert. Both got their start working in area tasting rooms, including at the former Diliberto Winery in Jamesport, where they were educated in wine by owner Sal Diliberto. Green even went on to become a sommelier.
Sediment & Sentiment is a new company that focuses on educating and exploring the tasting of wine, with a wine club, events and more.
“It’s really in the name,” said Green. “Sediment is what’s left at the end of unfiltered bottles. A lot of people like to question, is it okay to drink or not? Working at a very small vineyard, I always had to explain to people that the wine was more rustic style and had sediment at the bottom. Now that I’m in the wine world, I believe things have come full circle. I’m selling natural wines and people are actually looking for sediment and unfiltered wine.”
As for the sentiment, “Rachel does the best writing and getting people’s expressions out the best way,” said Green. That’s the way we come together.”
Sediment & Sentiment offers a blind tasting kit that is a “way to explore wines without judgment,” said Bosworth. “It’s kind of getting to explore new wines, learn how to taste wine, which comes from Jessica’s knowledge as a sommelier and make it fun.”
The blind tasting kit format is inspired by the deductive tastings that the Court of Master Sommeliers use.
“We’ve taken that knowledge and broken it down for people that are either just getting into wine or are enthusiasts,” said Bosworth, “and [giving them] new ways to learn about climates, regions and varietals.”
The wine club includes a quarterly shipment with education cards about the varietals included, and stories about the specific wines. The box will include smaller-batch, biodynamic wines.
“We want people to really feel that connection [to the wine],” said Bosworth. “When you have the connection, you feel better about the choices you’re making [when ordering a glass or bottle].”
Sediment & Sentiment will also host events throughout the North Fork, with a special wine pairing dinner at the Preston House in Riverhead on Oct. 21. Learn more at sedimentandsentiment.com.