06/06/15 6:00am
paumanok bud break

From day to day, it’s not hard to see the changes as the shoots push up toward the sun, but it’s the invisible life of the vine that will determine the outcome at harvest. (Credit: Vera Chinese photo)

June is an exciting time for vintners. All of the promise of this year’s vintage already exists within the new shoots of every vine. Seeing their vibrant color, I’m always reminded of Dylan Thomas’s words “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower/Drives my green age … ”     (more…)

05/23/15 7:22am
Lenz chardonnay

Lenz White Label Chardonnay. (Credit: Northforker file photo)

As a wine columnist, I’m inundated this time of the year with PR stuff about pink wines from every part of the globe. While this is a far better inundation than Noah’s Flood (and while I will get around to writing about summer rosés), I’d like to make a case, instead, for Long Island chardonnay as your go-to, goes-with-everything summer beverage.  (more…)

05/09/15 7:10am
Joyce and Robert Pellegrini at the Cutchogue vineyard in 2001. (Credit: Judy Ahrens file photo)

Joyce and Robert Pellegrini at the Cutchogue vineyard in 2001. (Credit: Judy Ahrens file photo)

I couldn’t imagine, when I wrote my last column “in memoriam” to Walter Channing, founder of Channing Daughters winery, that we would soon lose another man whose early and persistent devotion to quality would similarly set the tone for our growing wine region.

But on April 4, Bob Pellegrini, co-owner (with his wife, Joyce) of Pellegrini Vineyards in Cutchogue, also departed to vintners’ heaven. (more…)

04/25/15 7:00am
Walter Channing and Molly Seagrave Channing. (Credit: Courtesy of Dana Shaw, The Southampton Press)

Walter Channing and Molly Seagrave Channing. (Credit: Courtesy of Dana Shaw, The Southampton Press)

Walter Channing, founder of Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton, died on March 12, as winds blew the cold winter away and the sap in his vines began to flow again. His beloved wife, Molly, and daughters, Francesca, Isabella, Sylvia, and Nina, were by his side.  (more…)

04/21/15 6:00am
(Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

(Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

When Roman Roth enters a room, everyone smiles — his joie de vivre is contagious.

As winemaker at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, Roth wants you to enjoy what he enjoys. His generosity runs deep. And his wines reflect that happy depth of character. (more…)

04/11/15 6:17am
Regan and Carey Meador of Southold Farm + Cellar. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Regan and Carey Meador of Southold Farm + Cellar. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Carey and Regan Meador are devoted to making authentic North Fork wines — wines that are so site driven, made from such a diverse combination of grape varieties, that they can only be replicated here.

But the couple didn’t begin their careers as East End vintners. When they met in Manhattan and married, both worked there in advertising. Although these were coveted jobs, they became disillusioned. At the end of the day, they’d ask each other, “What did you do today?”

“I wrote emails,” said Carey.

“I did a PowerPoint,” said Regan. (more…)

03/28/15 7:00am
Grapes ripening at Clovis Point vineyard in Jamesport. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

Grapes ripening at Clovis Point vineyard in Jamesport. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

As tough as this winter has been, between icicles and snowdrifts the East End’s wine and music fanciers have had numerous alluring opportunities to venture out to enjoy a wide variety of concerts staged by Winterfest: Live on the Vine. (more…)