By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief

Leshoward When Pindar Vineyards hired Les Howard as its new winemaker in the summer of 2008, I wrote on this site that "If Les is given the freedom to make the wines that he wants to make, we
can expect a sharp increase in the quality of wines coming out of
Pindar's winery, which would be a very good thing."

His now-sold out 2008 Viognier was among the best whites to come out of the North Fork's largest producer, but it's time to see if he's been able to up the ante with their reds as well.

I have yet to taste any of his 2008 reds or his 2009s. That might change very soon however with a series of barrel tastings he is hosting in April.

The winery tours and barrel tastings will be offered on the first three Saturdays in April — the 3rd, 10th and 17th. They
start at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 (free if you are a wine club

You can buy your tickets online or by calling 631-734-6200 x104.