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Spoil Someone This Season with the Gift of Art and Wine!

Originally Posted: November 09, 2005

Bedell Cellars (36225 Main Road, Cutchogue, LI, NY), has the perfect holiday gift for the wine lover and art lover on your list the limited edition 2001 merlot reserve magnum with label design by noted contemporary artist and Long Island resident Eric Fischl. The label, a soft and graceful watercolor in hues reminiscent of the velvety and plush wine itself, has been placed on 450 numbered magnums of the wine, perfect for collectors and wine aficionados. The Bedell Cellars 2001 Merlot Reserve magnum is $200, which includes a special gift box designed to showcase the label. Bedell Cellars 2001 Merlot (95% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc) is elegantly structured with aromas of cedar, vanilla and cola. Cherry, tobacco and spice grace the palate, with a long finish, which suggests the wine's ability to improve with age. The limited edition wine can be purchased directly from the winery.

Bedell Cellars, purchased by Michael Lynne in 2000, is one of the pioneers of Long Island wine growing and a nationally recognized leader in quality. The winery was founded by Kip Bedell on the North Fork of Long Island, New York in 1980, and released its first commercial vintage in 1985. Lynne, who is Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of New Line Cinema, also purchased Corey Creek Vineyards in 1999 and Wells Road Vineyard in 2001. These three properties comprise Bedell North Fork, LLC with a total of seventy-eight planted acres producing 10,000 cases annually. Award-winning Merlots and Bordeaux-style blends (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot) are produced under the Bedell Cellars label, while renowned Chardonnays and esoteric varietals (such as Viognier and Gewurztraminer) are produced under the Corey Creek Vineyards label. Visitors are welcomed to the vineyards and elegant tasting rooms at Bedell and Corey Creek, open year round.

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