Bedell Cellars is continuing its series of talks by wine writers with a visit from Paul Lukacs, who will be reading from his new book, Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World’s Most Ancient Pleasures, on Sunday, October 5 at 2 p.m. Lukacs will read from his book, take attendees through a guided tasting of Bedell wine and will hang around for questions and to sign books. The event is free; the book is listed at $21 on Amazon. The event will run approximately two hours. Call 631.734.7537 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
This is not the first time the James Beard Award winning author has been to Bedell. In his book, The Great Wines of America: The Top Forty Vintners, Vineyards, and Vintages, Lukacs included Bedell Cellars C-Block Merlot among the 40 with much credit going to Bedell’s founder, Kip Bedell. This was in 2006 when Long Island wine wasn’t getting a lot of attention. It was such an event that New York Times wine writer Howard Goldberg wrote it up. The 1995 C-Block, a name no longer used at Bedell, got 90 points from the Wine Spectator, caused a surge of interest in Long Island wine and marked a turning point for the region, wrote Lukacs.
His new book covers wine’s 8,000-year history, “emphasizing the changes and disruptions that transformed wine drinking from an occasion for spiritual solace to a source of sensual enjoyment.”