03/17/18 5:38am

As of a few days ago, I’ve been writing about wine for 14 years — just about all of that focused on New York and Long Island wine. Perhaps not surprisingly, I tend to reminisce every time the anniversary passes.

When I first visited Long Island Wine Country just a few weeks after moving here for a job almost two decades ago, I wasn’t long out of graduate school. I guess you could call me a wine drinker at the time, mostly because I thought it was a grown-up alternative to cheap beer. But like many underemployed grad students, I mostly drank cheap stuff: stuff that I now know was probably factory-made and definitely wasn’t very good. I remember drinking a lot of Australian wine with animals on the label. Blue Marlin Chardonnay was a favorite. I had very little experience with Old World wines, save beaujolais nouveau at Thanksgiving — another wine I know better than to drink today. (more…)

03/15/18 6:10am

A collection of Long Ireland pours at the brewery’s Riverhead tasting room. (Credit: David Benthal)

Bust out your kilts and tune your bagpipes, St. Patrick’s Day is nigh!

This feast was originally created to honor Saint Patrick, a priest credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Occurring during Lent, alcohol and food restrictions were happily lifted in observance of the day. (more…)

03/09/18 6:03am

Wolffer Estate partners Marc and Joey Wolffer and Roman Roth at the vineyard in Argentina. (Photo courtesy of Wolffer Estate Vineyards)

Wölffer Estate is heralding an eternal summer.

The late fall release of its Finca Wölffer Rosé 2017 bucks the passé notion that the pink drink is reserved for languid July afternoons. The Sagaponack winery has labeled the latest incarnation of Finca as a lifestyle wine that evokes the spirit of summer — even in the dead of winter.  (more…)