05/14/15 11:59am
Merliance

A bottle of 2012 Merliance. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Grab a bottle of Long Island’s only cooperative merlot blend and taste the collaboration of some of the region’s most renowned winemakers.

Merliance wine, made by winemakers of the Long Island Merlot Alliance, is perennially a testament to the quality of the Long Island merlot grape. The 2012 vintage will first be available at a dinner at Scrimshaw restaurant on Saturday, May 16. (more…)

07/12/14 11:00am
Robin Epperson-McCarthy and Deborah Brenner of the Long Island Merlot Alliance.

Robin Epperson-McCarthy and Deborah Brenner of the Long Island Merlot Alliance.

The Long Island Merlot Alliance, founded in 2005 to promote merlot-based wines as Long Island’s finest, has recently invigorated its efforts with the appointment of a new executive director, the addition of a merlot-centric research fellow and a twin-forked wine trail. (more…)

12/19/13 2:48pm
Photo by Barbaraellen Koch

Photo by Barbaraellen Koch

Favorable growing conditions and a healthy grape harvest in 2013 were boons to East End vintners, who told Cutchogue organization Merliance that, despite getting off to a rough start, this season ended up being the best on record. (more…)

11/22/13 12:00pm
The Jedediah Hawkins Inn & Restaurant on South Jamesport Avenue in Jamesport.

Photo by Barbaraellen Koch

Tablet magazine pays a visit to Jedediah Hawkins Inn in the piece “Escape from New York: 4 ways to flee the city.”  (more…)

09/24/13 11:34am
Photo by Jane Starwood

Photo by Jane Starwood

Merliance, the North Fork group dedicated to the recognition of merlot as Long Island’s premier grape, welcomed Lieb Cellars as its newest member Sept. 24. Two barrels of the Cutchogue winery’s 2012 merlot will be included in Merliance’s 2012 cooperative merlot blend.
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