03/16/19 6:00am

As someone who writes about not only New York wine but also wine grown up and down the Eastern Seaboard — and even the Midwest — I’ve been thinking a lot about diversity lately.

Diversity takes many forms in the wine world. You have the grapes themselves, of course, and not just different varieties like merlot or chardonnay. There are different clones within each variety as well. Maybe we’ll talk clones in detail in an upcoming column, but you can think of a clone as a version of a grape variety that has specific characteristics. (more…)

03/07/19 6:01am

Ami Opisso on the East Wind carousel with her children. (Credit: David Benthal)

A lot was happening at Lieb Cellars in 2013.

The Cutchogue winery, which was founded 21 years earlier as Lieb Family Cellars, had just been sold to an investment firm, making it Long Island’s first publicly traded winery. Less than a decade earlier, the company had also launched a sister label, Bridge Lane Wine, which was still in need of its own identity. (more…)

02/28/19 5:49am

Lauri Spitz defines her own definition of strong. (Credit: David Benthal)

It was one of the biggest days of her life and Lauri Spitz was masking a familiar feeling.

As dozens of people poured into the newly expanded tasting room at Moustache Brewing Co. in Riverhead, which Spitz owns with her husband, Matt, she greeted them with the usual smile and a hug.  (more…)

02/23/19 6:01am

Pindar Vineyards will be selling its Winter White and Summer Blush in cans starting this spring. (Credit: Pindar Vineyards)

Pindar Vineyards in Peconic is releasing its two most popular vintages — Winter White and Summer Blush — in canned form this spring. Co-owner and Director of Vineyard Management, Pindar Damianos, said the winery started experimenting with alternative packaging last summer, shortly after veteran Long Island winemaker Erik Bilka joined the team. (more…)