Once again the wineries, chefs and artists of eastern Long Island is thinking of you and what you’re going to do in the depths of winter. For the next five weekends the East End–and a few points closer to home–are throwing Winterfest, a collaborative,cross-cultural effort to lure you out East. Sure, the Hudson Valley has those foothills, but this semi-agrarian vacation-land is just a short trip up the LIE or the LIRR. Why not spend a chilly day warming up with local wine? Snuggle up in front of a crackling fireplace at a quiet Hamptons bed-and-breakfast? Listen to jazz with a view of the vineyards, or find some great deals on true farm-to-table restaurant meals? That’s Winterfest in a nutshell.
Long Island wines
The Party: Long Island’s first wine auction and two-day Harvest East End festival. What it’s For: About a year ago, winemaker Roman Roth told me — over a glass of gewürztraminer — that he was thinking about proposing Long Island’s first wine auction. These sorts of symbolic events can be important milestones for wine regionsContinue Reading
The Winemaker: Richard Olsen-Harbich, Long Island wine pioneer and new winemaker at Bedell Cellars What He Does: This summer Richard Olsen-Harbich was appointed winemaker of Bedell Cellars, a long-time leading winery of the North Fork of Long Island, which with its sister, Corey Creek Vineyards, produces nearly 10,000 cases a year. (Side note for artsyContinue Reading
Our guide to spectacular sipping on Long Island’s East End.
First, we’d like to submit for the canon of material depicting how New Yorkers differ by zipcode Lisa McLaughlin’s recent piece for us on how Manhattanites drink wine by nabe. (Sit tight. She’s hard at work on the Brooklyn version.)
Oh yeah, we just now got our hands on the formerly top-secret spreadsheet of what will be served at our fourth annual Uncorked local wine tasting next Wednesday at BAM. (Reserve your hangover here!) The night features bottles from 25 Long Island wineries from one end of Long Island… and this awesome round up ofContinue Reading
Last week we were talking with Kate Landman, the merchandising manager at Astor Wines & Spirits, about Champagnes. Or what you can drink instead of them, that is, seeing as how they’re often expensive. Landman said that even casual consumers (meaning those of us who buy Champagne once a year: Tonight!) are more savvy theseContinue Reading
Empire State grapes take on the Big Apple.