09/23/15 6:00am

Grapes ripening at Corey Creek VIneyards in Southold. (Credit: Randee Daddona for northforker)

After writing grape harvest reports for more than a decade, I’ve learned a few things. One, every winemaker is hopeful this time of year. Comments like “This will be an outstanding vintage” and “XYZ will be a great year for Long Island wine” abound.

I’ve also learned that it’s not always true. It’s easy to get caught up in the romanticism of wine and wine country, but this is a business — the business of selling wine. That salesmanship begins before the grapes are even picked. (more…)

10/10/14 9:00am
Paumanok Vineyards Dry Riselin. (Credit: Photos by Vera Chinese)

2013 Paumanok Vineyards Dry Riseling. (Credit: Photos by Vera Chinese)

The sheer number of great wines produced on Long Island can make selecting the perfect vintage to sip this season a bit overwhelming.

We asked a handful of local winemakers and restaurateurs to steer us in the right direction.

What are they drinking this fall? Read on to find out. (more…)