If you were to compare the 2016 Long Island vintage to a bottle of wine, it might be the kind you’d serve at a dinner party for friends — but perhaps not the special occasion reserve you were saving for your 25th wedding anniversary.
Harvest reports from across the East End are rolling in, and the prognosis is that 2016 is shaping up to be a challenging but manageable year. It will likely be remembered as a perfectly respectable vintage. (more…)
Richard Olsen-Harbich at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, where he serves as winemaker. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
When Shape published a piece this week on healthy dinner suggestions that pair nicely with rosé, the popular fitness magazine turned to none other than Bedell Cellars winemaker Richard Olsen-Harbich for advice. (more…)
While roaming around on Facebook recently to see what the wineries were up to during harvest, I was stopped in my tracks by an image from Bedell Cellars’ timeline. In it, winemaker Richard Olsen-Harbich is shown with his hand firmly atop a glass carboy that’s filled with newly pressed grape juice, a yeast-breeding “starter” for this vintage’s fermentations. Floating in the juice were colorful fruits and flowers. Clearly this was not your standard yeast culture. (more…)