Chardonnay. Merlot. Chardonnay. Merlot. Chardonnay. Merlot.

As good as Long Island wine can be — yes, including merlot and chardonnay — it can sometimes feel like a lot of the same. Especially because chardonnay and merlot aren’t what anyone would call trendy or sexy grapes right now. There is cabernet franc here too of course, and sauvignon blanc has grown in popularity, which is great. There are also one-winery (or two) wonders like pinot blanc, chenin blanc and tocai too. Personally, varietal malbec is a category that I’m excited about as.

Regan and Carey Meador, the couple behind Southold Farm + Cellar are we hoping to bring a whole new era of diversity to the North Fork when they plant their vineyard. They want to bring ‘weird grapes’ to the region and have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help them do it.

I’d encourage anyone to watch the video, get an idea of what they are all about, and support them if you’re able.

I told Regan I’ll only contribute if he plants a few Nebbiolo vines for me. No word yet though.