Posts Written OnMay 24, 2005

Thoughts on the Supreme Court Ruling…from Robin Meredith of Broadfields Wine Cellars and The Tasting Room

"You might think that the current regulatory environment wouldn’t have much of an impact on us, since we (The Tasting Room) are a group of boutique wineries producing extremely limited quantities of handcrafted wines. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.  We turn away literally thousands of dollars of gift orders every December, and on an ongoing basis we have to tell visitors from Connecticut and New Jersey that they can’t join our wine club. This also has an impact on press coverage, since many writers outside the area are reluctant to devote any ink to Long Island wines unless their readers…

Winemaker Profile: Roman Roth, Wolffer Estate Vineyards

(This story appeared originally in the 5/20 issue of the Long Island Press) Roman Roth, general manager and winemaker at Wolffer Estate Vineyards in Sagaponack, started his winemaking career at an age when most of us are focused on getting our drivers licenses and, if we’re lucky, our first cars. But, it was a natural thing for the German native. "I was 16," he says. "My father was a cooper and a winemaker before starting a wine and beer merchant business. As a result, both of my parents were wine lovers and collectors. Wine always played a special part in…

Thoughts on the Supreme Court Ruling…from David Page of Shinn Estate Vineyards

"The Supreme Court ruling is a grand step in the right direction. Soon our loyal customers throughout the country will be able to enjoy the simplicity of picking up the phone or going online and ordering our wines direct without the burden of the antiquated three tier system. This will have a profound and positive effect on our ability to expand our marketplace beyond our tasting room." — David Page, Co-Owner, Shinn Estate Vineyards

Vinography is back…from Egypt

Mr. and Mrs. Vinography have returned from their three-week trip to Egypt. It is no surprise to me that Alder sampled several Egyptian wines…and apparently didn’t think much of most of them. Interestingly, lots of pinot blanc over there… Anyway, if you’re a Vinography fan…Alder is back and will likely return to his normal posting duties once his jet lag subsides.

Thoughts on the Supreme Court Ruling…from Trent Preszler of Bedell Cellars

There’s been a lot written about the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to deem the ban on direct wine shipping unconstitutional. So much has been written, in fact, that I decided not to write something in my Dan’s Papers column last week. But, because I did all the leg work for the story and interviewed/emailed with several Long Island winemakers and winery owners, I figured I’d not let that work go to waste. So, I figured I’d share some of their thoughts with you. Keep a look out over the next few days…I’ll post them individually to break them up…