Three generations of The Old Field family at their farm in Southold. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
When vintners Ros and Chris Baiz founded The Old Field Vineyards in Southold in the late 1990s, they received advice from local farmers and vineyards managers that was often helpful but sometimes confusing.
At the time, Ros Baiz was a mother of two in her fifties with no farming experience. She remembers asking a farmer if she was plowing her field correctly and being unable to get a straight answer.
“I said, ‘How am I doing?’ He said, ‘I don’t know,’ ” she recalled recently. “I said, ‘Well, am I going too fast, too slow?’ He said, ‘Maybe.’ ”
As frustrating as that exchange may have been, it contained a truth that colored the Baizes’ approach to farming for years to come. (more…)
Miguel Martin of Palmer Vineyards. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
Miguel Martin was born in Córdoba, Spain, a small, sunbaked city that was a prosperous hub for intellectualism in the 10th century. But it was in Madrid, where he grew up, that wine became a key part of his life. His father, José Martin, was not a winemaker but taught him that drinking wine can be a ritual in itself.
“In Spain, you drink more wine than water,” Martin explained. “Nobody can stand the idea of having water or a soft drink with your meal. Wine is part of the meal.” (more…)