THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue has consolidated its status as a world-class estate.”
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“Bedell’s stellar 2010 Musée certainly bears comparison with
Napa reds costing two or three times as much.”
“Bedell is among the leaders in this rapidly evolving region
and owns arguably the best track record.”
ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE
“Impeccable attention to detail”
Top 25 tasting rooms in America
“One of the most prestigious vineyards in the Long Island region,
well known for its sustainable, ecological viticulture.”
FOOD & WINE
“At the summit, Bedell Cellars wines are widely acknowledged as the benchmark.”
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“Merlots made by Bedell in the early nineties put the region on the map,
and have remained the North Fork’s most prestigious wines.”
“Bedell has been known since 1988 for producing the best Merlot on Long Island.”
THE WASHINGTON POST
“Bedell Merlot, first New York wine in history served at the
inauguration of the President of the United States.”
WINE BUSINESS MONTHLY
“Bedell has helped Long Island grow to become a globally recognized,
world-class quality wine region.”
As a child, Rich Olsen-Harbich’s parents introduced him to grape varieties, many of which came from Rhineland, his mother’s birthplace. A native Long Islander, he carried this botanical interest with him to Cornell University where he studied agronomy, viticulture and oenology.
A Look Inside the Famous Vineyard Bedell Cellars
Bedell Cellars has undergone its own aging process since its inception 35 years ago. A progression distinguished by a spotlight on the destination itself, as well as family history, tradition, and top-notch wine blends, including their latest summer launch—a First Crush White—has planted this internationally acclaimed winery firmly on oenophiles’ radar.
A Day in the Hectic, Happy Life of a Winemaker
From fork-lifting grapes to tasting red blends, Richard Olsen-Harbich loves his work at Bedell Cellars on the North Fork of Long Island so much, he hopes he can do it forever.
As the owner of Bedell Cellars and a Museum of Modern Art trustee, Michael Lynne was at a
MoMA party last May when he and his artist friend Mickalene Thomas decided to collaborate on a
Liquid Assets: Wine Entrepreneurs Share Their Vintage Secrets:
"You buy a winery because you can,” says Michael Lynne, owner of Bedell Cellars, one of the most established and respected brands in New York State. He dove into the wine business in 1999, purchasing an existing vineyard and tasting room.
Mogul Michael Lynne Talks Wine and Film Production
The co-founder of New Line Cinema and Unique Features is also owner of Bedell Cellars on the North Fork of Long Island, New York.
By Anna Lee C. Iijima
Mickalene Thomas Creates a Wine Label
Michael Lynne, the former CEO of New Line Cinema, is a longtime art collector and supporter; as an entertainment lawyer in the 1970s and ’80s, he represented artists like Julian Schnabel and Jean Michel Basquiat in exchange for some of the works they were creating. Today, he is both the owner of the North Fork, Long Island, winery Bedell Cellars and a Museum of Modern Art trustee — which is how, at a MoMA party in May, he found himself seated next to his friend, the artist Mickalene Thomas, whose work he also collects.
Odds & Ends
North Fork, LI, winery Bedell Cellars, previously paired with Chuck Close, Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Ross Bleckner doing a new First Crush Red in tandem with filmmaker Mickalene Thomas. You’ll read about this in 2015’s Times…
Long Island's Rising Tide
0n the East End of Long Island, winemakers pray to the sea. About 75 miles east of Manhattan, the island's twin forks open like a crab claw. Between them is Peconic Bay, with the North Fork jutting into Long Island Sound and the South Fork in thrall to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Cool New World
The terms “Old World” and “New World” have been part of the wine lexicon for decades. Old World wines, defined as the product of terroir and tradition, are grown in less than perfect conditions and yield wines of elegance and balance. New World wines, commonly grown in warmer climates, are dark with inky extraction, high alcohol and overtly ripe fruit.
Inauguration an Empire Statement
It may be a Washington inauguration, but it’s going to have a real New York flavor. Because Sen. Charles Schumer is chairman of the inauguration committee putting on the event, the ceremony and following luncheon are filled with Empire State food, music and dignitaries—including Bedell Cellars...
Long Road to Long Island
When Seferino Cotzojay left home at the age of 15, he told his mother that he was seeking "a better future" than he envisioned for himself in Guatemala. He made it as far as the Arizona border, where he was apprehended by the Immigration and Naturalization Service and taken to a youth shelter for undocumented minors. He lived there until he turned 18.
The Other Bordeaux Lies Closer to Home
Once lauded for it's white and roses, Long Island's North Fork delivers some very good reds
Forty years ago, Louisa and Alex Hargrave, a young couple fresh out of Harvard, planted the first vinifera grapes on the North Fork on Long Island, undeterred by their own lack of agricultural experience...
This Inauguration Brought to You by the State of New York
President Obama’s home states are Hawaii and Illinois, and his second inaugural will be held in Washington, D.C., of course. But the festivities at the Capitol on Monday will have a distinctly New York flair, thanks to the man who is running them: the ultimate New Yorker, Senator Charles E. Schumer.
Hamptons Toast to Summer's End
The Food and Wine Harvest East End benefit this weekend brought together 28 wineries and 18 restaurants for an epicurean homage to then end of the summer where microgreens, sustainable seafood, corn and tomatoes were the stars...
37 Great American Wines
Nowadays, our favorite bottles don't only come from the West Coast
American wine is coming of age, far beyond Napa Valley. A few decades ago most vineyards outside California, Washington, and Oregon grew hardy but undistinguished native grapes and hybrids. but today Vitis vinifera, the European species...
Long Island Wineries Set Out to Prove Their Green Cred
Not content with simply being "local," winegrowers create a sustainability certification and education program to spread eco-friendly practices.
Label of Love
A line of wines you can judge by the cover.
Wine labels are like book covers: Few admit to considering the design—but everyone does. (The 22 members of the Facebook group “I choose wine based solely on a quirky name or label” might be an exception.)
But Bedell vineyard and winery on the East End of Long Island has a line you should be proud to buy for the design. Sure, the bottles’ contents are widely regarded as some of the best in the state—but the art on the labels literally belongs in the MoMA. That’s because they were designed by such famous contemporary artists as Chuck Close, Barbara Kruger, Ross Bleckner, April Gornik, Eric Fischl and Howard Schatz.
A Nose for the North Fork
Bedell Cellars CEO Trent Prezler knows the art of making award-winning wine.
From very early in life through graduate school at Cornell, I have always been enamored by plants and farming," says Bedell Cellars chief executive Trent Prezler. "I grew up on a ranch in South Dakota, and so I guess you could say it's in my blood." Today this natural instinct for wine is paying off in spades...
Bonnie Drank Bridgehampton
Exploring Long Island wine, past perfect and future
Once upon a time, many years ago, Bonnie drank Bridgehampton. Usually the Sauvignon Blanc. Tangy, prickly, delicious. "We should drink local," she said, as I gazed at her befuddled with delight. "Local. Local... yes... we should." Where is Bridgehampton? Local... somewhere. Did I ask? No. Was I happy? Yes.
My Idea of Fun: Michael Lynne, Co-CEO, New Line Cinema
The studio boss is a self-taught art enthusiast who collects work from emerging artists. He commissioned a piece by Barbara Kruger (above) to hang in New Line's Manhattan office...
On Long Island, a Case for Respect
Long Island wines don't get much attention. They certainly don't get much respect, and it's not hard to understand why.
They are East Coast wines, and despite the occasional blips on the radar screen for rieslings from the Finger Lakes or viogniers from Virginia, the East Coast is largely consigned to the cut-out bin...
Long Island's North Fork, long seen as the sleepy stepsister to the Hamptons across the bay, is finally getting its moment in the sun...