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.”
What to Do in North Fork, Long Island This Weekend
These days, it seems everyone is looking for the “non-Hamptons” or the “next Brooklyn.” Long Island’s laid-back North Fork caters to both notions. Only 75 miles east of New York City, there’s low-key seaside charm, a quiet patch of vineyards, and casual farm stands. Spend summer’s last days idling, enjoying life’s simple pleasures: sun, surf, and down-on-the farm hospitality, with nary a yellow Lamborghini in sight.
The Art of North Fork Wine Tasting
I’ve always loved Corey Creek, a small, airy, unpretentious tasting room in Southold. For years, it’s been a mere satellite of upscale Bedell Cellars and I was excited to hear it now has its own identity. Both the décor and business model have been reinvented based on a mix of market data, a sense of place and some bright ideas. It’s a bold move by the talented Bedell team, positioning Corey Creek at the cutting-edge of the evolution—away from the ol’ sniff, swirl and sip and toward laidback tastings.
Bedell Cellars Renovates Tap Room at Corey Creek
It’s not always good to keep things bottled up, and we’re not talking about feelings. Bedell Cellars completely renovated its tasting room at Corey Creek Vineyards in in Southold in May and added a wine tap.
“We wanted to do something different from our main tasting room in Cutchogue,” said Bedell winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich. “The wine on tap allows us to serve some wines direct from the cellar that are not yet released in the bottle.”
The Ultimate Guide to Dining out in the Hamptons
Bedell Cellars Tap Room at Corey Creek
Did someone say rosé on tap? Film honcho Michael Lynne’s Bedell Cellars is debuting its new nautical-chic Tap Room this month on the white-hot North Fork, serving award-winning wines from bespoke tap handles (plus local oysters and bites).
Fresh & Breezy
[Richard] Olsen-Harbich is one of the deans of Long Island winemaking, with a tenure that dates to the 1980s. His experience shows in the Bedell Cabernet Franc North Fork of Long Island 2014 (89, $45), which offers a pure beam of red currant and bitter cherry fruit laced with subtle minerality and carried by moderate but persistent grip.
#TheLIST: The Best Last-Minute Weekend Getaways From NYC
Imagine if you were to head out toward the Hamptons, but then chose to take the road less traveled, to Long Island's other coast. The South Fork is home to the Hamptons and Shelter Island, while the North boasts some of New York's best wineries and charming hotels. If you're a food and wine lover, this is the trip for you.
Producing Sauvignon Blanc in New York
When one thinks of white vinifera wines made in New York state, Riesling and Chardonnay immediately come to mind. Other well-known cultivars that have been produced include Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris. Now Sauvignon Blanc is becoming part of the mix. Thought to be improperly suited for New York’s cool-climate viticulture, Sauvignon Blanc initially found some success on Long Island, where the maritime influences favored Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The efforts of two producers of New York Sauvignon Blanc—Hosmer Winery of Ovid, in the Finger Lakes, and Bedell Cellars, in Cutchogue, on Long Island’s North Fork—are indicative of the variety’s budding future in the Empire State.
5 Quick Getaways That Even the Busiest New Yorkers Can Find the Time to Take
With three vineyards stretching over a grand 75 acres and over 30 years experience of crafting handmade wine, Bedell Cellars is worth heading out to the North Fork for a mini vacation.
On Long Island’s North Fork, the Popular Rosé Isn’t a Focus
Winemakers open up about the popular choice and its importance to them as a category
Going Zen at Bedell Cellars
At one of Long Island's premier estates, Richard Olsen-Harbich aims to make distinctly North Fork wines.
The Hipster's Guide to the 2016 Grand Tour
"New Yorkers and Potomac dwellers, show some love to the best of your backyard produce. The Bedell Musée North Fork of Long Island Merlot-based blend, made only in the best vintages of a very vintage-variable region, has become something of a grand vin of New York"
Inside a movie mogul's Obama-approved Long Island winery
It reads like a meet-cute scene from a Hollywood film - perhaps one that former New line co-chairman Michael Lynne, who produced hits like Oscar-winning "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "Wedding Crashers," helmed himself.
Bedell Cellars and CEO Trent Preszler Named Sustainability All-Stars
Sustainable Long Island will honor Bedell Cellars and their CEO Trent Preszler at the 3rd Annual Sustainability All-Star Awards on Wednesday, December 2, 2015.
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.
Cool Coastings, Long Island's White Wines
The North and South Forks of Long Island represent a uniquely maritime region, unlike any other in the world.
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.
Best of the Bees
Meet North Fork Honey, a locally sourced specialty available at the Tasting Room at Bedell Cellars.
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...