Featuring favorite editors Amy Zavatto and Brian Halweil, this video highlights some of the best artisan distillers that poured at Edible Manhattan’s Good Spirits event last month. The biggest thing is the advance in local spirits since our first event in 2010, as Brian describes in the video; there are so many more! Also look for East Ender Chris Tracy talking about his VerVino vermouth.
In our Spring 2014 issue, Eileen M. Duffy visits Premium Wine Group in Mattituck to watch as Erik Bilka, the operations production winemaker, puts the very first wine from Long Island Wine Country in the vacuum sealed bags that will fill the boxes embossed with Lieb Cellars new label, Bridge Lane.
As one drives up to the Old Field Vineyards in Southold, a tall attractive woman in a beige workman’s jumpsuit comes into view. She is pruning grapevines. Her dog snores on a cushion nearby. She’s Perry Weiss, 34, vineyard manager and assistant winemaker.
Shinn Estate’s been making hard pear cider using produce from Wickham’s since 2008.
With April’s showers on their way, now seems like a good time to reminisce about the sunny days of the 2007 growing season—a season Amy Zavatto called “undeniably about as good as it gets on eastern Long Island” in her 2009 Behind the Bottle feature on Jamesport Vineyards.
On Friday night at 7:30 p.m., Topping Rose House will host a wine dinner in the barn featuring Maria Sinskey, culinary director of Napa’s 100 percent certified organic winery, Robert Sinskey Vineyards.
Bedell Cellars is unveiling new labels this year with their 2012 bottlings. Look for the Certified Sustainable badges on the front, which guarantees sustainable practices as outlined by Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing.
So what will it be, a glass of merlot or some compost tea? As Brian Halweil learned in his 2005 piece, “Grapes Without Pesticides,” the grapes, at least, seem to prefer the latter.
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Last fall, we got a taste of the TasteNY programs, when East End tourist organization held TasteNorthFork supported by a grant from the governor’s office.
Starting March 1 and ending June 30, Rowdy Hall is forming a mug club. The founding 55 members can buy in at $150.
Last Friday was the final Sessions in the Speakeasy dinner at Jedediah Hawkins Inn. We sampled seven beers, ate some great food and listened…