One of the things that makes local Cabernet Franc such an exciting category is the diversity you can find. Some will taste oakier than others — be it raw wood flavor or oak-born qualities like vanilla and roasted nuts. (more…)
Bedell Cellars winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich has been making some of Long Island’s top wines for years — more than most, in fact. But with the release of this week’s Wine of the Week— Bedell Cellars 2017 Taste Nouveau — he’s broken a bit of new ground. (more…)
There was a time in this country’s history when hard apple cider was the drink of choice — not wine or beer. That has obviously changed since then, but cider has made a serious comeback in recent years.
A lot of the cider you find on shelves today isn’t very good. It is mass-produced, sweet and unbalanced, and meant more as a beer alternative than anything else. It’s packaged as such, too, available in six packs at just about any store that also sells beer. These ciders aren’t very interesting and you’ll probably never see them mentioned in these pages. (more…)
If you’ve seen the 2004 film “Sideways,” you no doubt remember the rage with which Paul Giammati’s character denounces merlot in a line that has reverberated across the U.S. (more…)
You choose your winery visits for the wines, right? Of course, you do. But let’s not forget the aesthetic allure of the vineyards/tasting rooms. Our camera rolls express our visual identities these days, and if you’re the type who never misses a chance to create social media envy among your followers, here’s a cheat sheet to the vineyards and tasting rooms with the biggest Instagram followings. Come for the signature wines, but stay for the signature visuals. Then make sure to check in, snap, filter, hashtag and ’gram away and share those visual moments in pixels. (more…)
At Bedell Cellars, every cellar employee has a hand — or more specifically, a flower petal, leaf or sea shell — in making the wines each harvest.
That’s because winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich has started a tradition that increases the types of natural yeast used in the fermentation process by incorporating North Fork plants and minerals foraged by the staff. (more…)