The outdoor space at Jamesport Vineyards in summer. (Northforker file photo)
When Jamesport Vineyards winemaker Dean Babiar arrived in 2014 as harvest was winding down — everything was picked except for riesling for late harvest dessert wine — it was, of course, news. Any winemaker change is news in a relatively small region like Long Island. Looking back, it probably should have been bigger news. (more…)
Dean Babiar at Jamesport Vineyards on Tuesday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Dean Babiar has worked with wine all over the globe, from cellars in Napa Valley, California, to vineyards in Bordeaux, France to wineries in New Zealand.
But the 30-year-old winemaker said it was a taste of Jamesport Vineyards merlot and cabernet franc, given to him by his brother several years ago, that made him consider a career on the North Fork. (more…)