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July Sips And Slurps

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - There's quite a bit going on in and related to Long Island Wine Country this summer, but before we get into some news and notes, let's talk about something that is happening next summer.


Wine In The Hamptons: Channing Daughters Winery

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Before the Christmas holiday, I started a brief series on wineries in the Hamptons. Today, we return to that series, this time focusing on Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton - quite possibly the East Coast's most unique winery. What makes it so unique? Let me count the ways.


Man Cannot Live On Wine Alone

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - If your experience with beer is limited to those mass-produced, character-less beers we all see on television commercials, there is a great opportunity this weekend to taste several truly delicious, honest-to-goodness, how-its-supposed-to-be beers in one place - at the North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ and Wine Festival, which happens this Saturday afternoon at Martha Clara Vineyards.


The Hamptons.com Wines Of The Summer

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Over the course of the summer season, hundreds of wines found their way into my glass. Most were local - from Long Island. This year, a great many wines from other areas of our great state were in the mix, wines from places like the Finger Lakes and the Hudson Valley, and, of course there were a few wines from the rest of the global wine world - everywhere from Italy to California to New Zealand to Canada.


Uncorking A New Winery

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Fortunately for us here on Long Island, there are some terrific sparkling wines being made here in our backyard - hidden among the endless bottles of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay, but for some reason, locally made sparkling wine doesn't get nearly the attention it deserves. One of the North Fork's newest producers, Sparkling Pointe, is out to change that.


A New Winemaker - And Focus - At Martha Clara Vineyards

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Riverhead's Martha Clara Vineyards (MCV) is one of the North Fork's busiest wineries. In addition to having one of Long Island's most ambitious events calendar, they also have one of the region's largest wine portfolios, producing no fewer than two dozen different wines - and with new ones being added regularly.


October Sips And Slurps

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Not only is it pumpkin picking season on the East End (which means lots of people and lots of cars on the roads) but it is grape harvest season as well. If you can weave your way through all those pumpkin-crazed families, there's a lot going on in wine country.


Christie's Announces Its First Ever Hamptons Sale And Auction Of Fine And Rare Wines

On The Vine - Christie's is pleased to announce details of its first-ever Hamptons sale, an early summer auction of Fine and Rare wines hosted at an historic waterfront estate in Westhampton Beach, on June 6. The Atwater Estate is a majestic residence that stretches across more than 1,000 feet of coastline on Quantuck Bay in Westhampton Beach.


Christie's Wine Auction At The Atwater Estate

by Douglas MacKaye Harrington
On The Vine - Commerce and culture found perfect synergy in the Hamptons on June 6 in the harmonic merging of real estate, wine and charity. The venerable auction house Christie's held its first ever wine auction in the East End


Borghese Vineyard Joins LI Merlot Alliance

On The Vine - Now with Castello di Borghese on board, the Long Island Merlot Alliance includes seven quality wine producers.


Debut Release of 2005 "Christian's Cuvée" Merlot To Be Unveiled

On The Vine - Wölffer Estate Vineyard will release the 2005 “Christian's Cuvée” Merlot, a proprietary Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc dedicated to the memory of the estate's visionary founder, Christian Wölffer, on Aug. 3. A pioneer in Long Island winemaking, Wölffer died Dec. 31, 2008 just months after the winery's celebration of its 20th Anniversary.


Wölffer Estate Vineyard Announces Harvest Party Date

On The Vine - Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack is pleased to announce the official date of their annual Wölffer Estate Harvest Party on Sunday, Oct. 11. One of the most anticipated events on the fall Hamptons' social calendar, guests of all ages are invited to partake in harvest fun, and share the bounty and beauty of the season at Wölffer Estate.


Louisa Thomas Hargrave Named Honorary Member Of The Long Island Merlot Alliance

On The Vine - The Long Island Merlot Alliance proudly welcomes Louisa Thomas Hargrave as an honorary member of the Alliance. She is the first wine professional to be admitted as an individual.


Bedell Cellars Announces The Release Of The 2007 Reserve Merlot

On The Vine - Merlot is arguably the most important grape grown on the North Fork. The conditions are favorable to producing a balanced, rich and complex wine.


Bedell Cellars Appoints New Winemaker

On The Vine - Bedell Cellars, one of the North Fork of Long Island's leading wineries, is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Olsen-Harbich as Winemaker.


Lessons From Local Rose Month

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - I took it upon myself to taste as many local roses as possible - no small feat with more than 40 producers, most of which make rose.


Sitting In On Winemakers' Smackdown II At Roanoke Vineyards

by Ralph DiGennaro
On The Vine - Blind tasting a series of wines and getting even within range of accurately guessing the varietal, much less the vintage, location and maker of the wine, is no easy task and certainly not an undertaking for the faint of palate.


Tasting Room Tips: Have Fun - Show Respect

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - We've had gorgeous weather for what seems like months on end and when I'm not out of town my family and I have been visiting wineries on the North Fork just about every weekend.


Celebrating Ourselves: The First Annual Harvest East End Festival Debuts

by Ralph DiGennaro
On The Vine - It was everything everyone hoped it would be - and perhaps even more. The First Annual “Harvest East End: Wine Auction and Celebration of Long Island's East End,” a festival took place this past weekend with a wide ranging series of wine tasting events.


Paumanok Vineyard Offers Bright Fruit Aromas

by Christopher S. Miller
On The Vine - Some very interesting weather has befallen our wine region this season, very early snowfall, yet very warm Fall. So what has this warm, late Fall weather done for our local vineyards, once again, it has been spectacular.


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