The renovations of the historic ice house at The Old Field Vineyards is underway. (Credit: Ryan Weiss)
Growing up at The Old Field Vineyards in Southold taught Ryan Weiss more than a thing or two about maintaining historic structures. Chris and Ros Baiz and their adult children, Perry and Ryan Weiss, take a hands-on approach to tending the small family-owned farm and vineyard. (more…)
Choosing the perfect beverage to complement your Thanksgiving feast doesn’t have to be a chore. Here, local winemakers and industry experts share their picks for the best drinks to sip with the day’s spread of turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing. (more…)
Perry Bliss, tasting room manager at The Old Field Vineyards, was pouring during a wine tasting one busy summer afternoon when she noticed a customer hoisting himself up on a nearby fence. She watched in horror and sheer shock as he leapt off directly toward one of the vineyard’s chickens. Luckily, he landed on the ground and the chicken waddled away unharmed. “He dove like a crazy man,” Bliss said. “And that’s normal!” (more…)
GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Kelly Urbanik, head winemaker at Macari Vineyards, sits among the casks in the Mattituck winery’s barrel room.
Winemaking is not just a man’s world, at least not anymore.
Of the more than 50 wine-producing entities on the North Fork, 11 percent have a woman behind the wine. Seven percent of the wineries produce an entirely female-made product, with day-to-day responsibilities falling to the head winemaking woman — or women, such as Old Field’s mother-daughter winemaking team of Rosamond and Perry Baiz.
“One of the strengths of our region is our very high percentage of women in the wine industry — from ownership to management, through the vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms,” said Steve Bate, executive director of the Long Island Wine Council. (more…)
GIANNA VOLPE | Cane pruning is one of two major forms of winter pruning used in north Fork Wine Country.
Vineyard manager and head winemaker Rosamond Baiz of Old Field Vineyards in Southold gives a short tutorial on cane pruning, one of two major styles of winter-time pruning.
Rosamond and husband Chris Baiz have been running the farm since 1996 when they took the reigns. Martha Clara Vineyards helped their family transform what was once the Baiz-owned potato farm into a vineyard by laser-planting 8,000 Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines onto the property.
Read more about winter pruning in Thursday’s issue of The Suffolk Times.