I’ve known Len Dest for several years now, having first met him when he was serving as the first director of the Long Island Merlot Alliance (now known as Merliance). Over the years we’ve had several interesting, honest discussions about wine and the business of wine. Often, Len has shared his opinions about Long Island wine as it relates to other regions he’s lived in and visited extensively — California and Oregon.

He brings a unique perspective to the team and his contributions should prove to be provocative and insightful. He splits his time between Manhattan, the North Fork and Florida, so he’ll cover goings on both on Long Island and in New York City.

His first post should be ready later this week. In the meantime, please join me in welcoming him to the team.