The vineyard that put the North Fork on the map, Bedell Cellars gives us a taste of its wine world.
From vineyard to vintage, Bedell Cellars radiates at sunset.
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.
Museum-quality wine labels designed by renowned artists aside (the latest was done by artist and filmmaker Mickalene Thomas), this North Fork cellar lives up to the cliché of being “the Brooklyn of the Hamptons,” asserts CEO Trent Preszler. “There’s a serious emerging creative class here,” says Preszler on the upsurge of artisanal professionals sprouting around the area, ranging from coffee roasters to oyster farmers to cheese makers and beyond. The region has evolved beyond the wine and restaurant industry to encompass a broad range of local craftsmanship and maritime culture, which Preszler notes is enhancing the surrounding attitude, ambiance, and atmosphere.
With an annual distribution topping 10,000 cases, Preszler weighs in on the world of East End vineyard life. “There’s been a return to the roots of what’s here, with rising appreciation and support for local offerings,” says Preszler. He points to the fact that wine consumption in America is at an all-time high, with millennials becoming increasingly interested in exploring new regions and blends in the area. “People are just drinking what they like, and they are willing to discover new things.”
And Bedell is certainly not a locals-only attraction. The wine made its way to Obama’s 2013 presidential inauguration, effectively plunking East End wineries in the limelight. Bottles can also be found at liquor stores and on steakhouse menus across the nation, from Massachusetts to Illinois. The cellar’s flagship blend, Musée—a standout 2010 blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Syrah—has been topped off with a Chuck Close–designed label and high ratings from connoisseurs across the board.
Set just across the Peconic Bay from the Hamptons, Bedell Cellars makes for an easy wine-filled weekend retreat. With summer drawing to a close, it’s the perfect time to venture to the North Fork for an eclectic tasting excursion. 36225 Main Road, Cutchogue, 734-7537