It's hard to believe tomorrow is the first day of March and we have already enjoyed so much excitement this year. Earlier in January, we were honored and humbled when our 2009 Merlot was poured at the Presidential Inaugural Luncheon in the U.S. Capitol, making it the first New York wine in history to be featured at an Inauguration of the President of the United States. The overwhelming response resulted in intense media coverage in print, web, television, and radio, including major publications like The New York Times, Huffington Post, Wine Spectator, TheWashington Post, Fox News, and more. Owner Michael Lynne, CEO Trent Preszler and Winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich were all interviewed on national news.
If you’re interested in watching videos of these interviews they can be found on our website, www.bedellcellars.com or our YouTube channel, user/BedellCellars. The high point of all the excitement was on the day of the Inauguration when we welcomed a large crowd into our tasting room for our simulcast event to watch this proud moment with us on live television; we are so grateful to have shared this milestone achievement with our fans and Wine Club members.
Looking back at the exhilarating past couple of months, we couldn’t ask for a better way to begin celebrating our 30th Anniversary, which began this year. We are thrilled to follow up the historic 2009 Merlot by releasing our 2010 Merlot bearing its own commemorative label by acclaimed artist Eric Fischl. This wine has already received praise from The New York Times wine critic Howard Goldberg, who says “it seems possible that the 2010 Merlot from Bedell may ultimately outshine the charming 2009 Merlot, which was served at the Congressional lunch after President Obama’s inauguration.” in this article in The New York Times.
We are working hard to make 2013 our best year ever with many events, wine dinners, and unique occasions planned specially for celebrating our 30th Anniversary. The first such event is a special vertical tasting of 10 Merlots with Founding Winemaker Kip Bedell at the Bedell Cottage. In addition we have an excellent winemaker dinner planned for April 9th at David Burke Kitchen in NYC as well as one on April 30th at Tellers Chophouse in Islip.
We wish all of you a fantastic Spring and look forward to seeing you in our Tasting Rooms!