Behind the Bottle

The Old Field Cabernet Franc 2009, $28

Rosamond Baiz wasn’t particularly sure what she wanted to do with her life as a young bride in 1984, the year she and her husband, Chris, moved to his family’s old farm on the North Fork. She certainly didn’t know that she wanted to be a thoughtful, talented winemaker and land steward.

2008 Campania Rosso, Waters Crest Winery, $49.99

If you asked Jim Waters, he’d never agree that he can spin a silk purse from a sow’s ear; what he might say is that the collective efforts of good, hardworking vineyard managers and winemakers make for many happy surprises in the sometimes nail-biter vintages of eastern Long Island.

Raphael Winery 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, $22

While sauvignon blanc might not be the very first grape you associate with Long Island, where merlot and chardonnay still reign supreme in plantings, and grapes like cabernet franc are gaining more and more attention, crisp, refreshing white wines have become a bit of a bass-line beat that may be getting ready for a lot more spotlight solos.