02/07/18 6:52pm

Bridge Lane Chardonnay is now available in a can. (Photo courtesy of Bridge Lane)

At its best, unoaked Long Island Chardonnay is fruit-forward without being too fruity with nice weight, fresh acidity and subtle lemony herb qualities.  It’s some of the most versatile and food-friendly wine you can pick up at a local winery.  (more…)

02/03/18 5:55am
Bedell Cellars

A small group enjoys glasses of wine at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue.

By most measures, Long Island wine has never been better.

I’m not saying that it’s all good. Or that the worst stuff today is even half as good as the best wines from years past. But if you look at the top half of the region’s wine, it’s better than the top half was five, 10, even 20 years ago. I don’t think anyone would dispute that. (more…)

01/24/18 6:01am

If you’re a long-time Long Island wine lover, you may remember Ternhaven Cellars, Harold Watts’ old winery with tasting room in Greenport. Back in the mid-2000s, Watts sold his five-acre Cutchogue vineyard to Lisa and Anthony Sannino of Sannino Vineyard. Their house and their bed and breakfast are nestled among those vines. (more…)

01/20/18 5:50am

There are those outliers who genuinely love winter, but for most of us, it’s a nuisance and we can’t wait for it to end. We hate the frigid temperatures, the snow, the icy roads, the shoveling, the school closings and the frozen and/or burst water pipes. It’s only mid-January and I’m ready for spring already. Definitely.

You might think that local winemakers’ and grape growers’ worries ended when the fruit came off the vine last fall, but they also have to deal with all of the above this time of year — as well as their own concerns and problems. (more…)

01/12/18 5:30am

Just the fact that Zander Hargrave is making the wines at Pellegrini Vineyards combines Long Island wine country’s past, present and future. The Hargrave name goes back as far as Long Island wine history can go. Zander’s parents, Louisa and Alex Hargrave, founded Hargrave Vineyard, Long Island’s first commercial winery, in 1973, and Zander’s uncle, Charlie Hargrave, is a veteran grape grower on the North Fork.  (more…)