June 14, 2012
Dear Friends of Bedell,
For the last two days we’ve had a soft warm rain falling on our vineyards in Cutchogue. During this time of year it’s always good to have rain to recharge our soils before the heat of the summer. Like any other plant, grapevines need water in order to grow and thrive. Water enables the vines to take up much needed nutrients to keep them healthy.
Over the next two weeks most all of our vines will go through their flowering period – what we call bloom. This is important as it determines the quantity of crop for the coming harvest. Unlike many other fruits, grapes are self-pollinated and don’t need any help from bees or other insects; the gentle winds coming off the surrounding waters are enough to move the flowers around to cause fertilization. The grapevine blossom is one of the most unassuming flowers you will ever see – it’s actually devoid of any petals and just contains the reproductive pieces of the flowers. So although they really aren’t much to look at, they do have a faint yellow color and a beautiful, sublime aroma that permeates the entire vineyard during the bloom period. If you’ve never experienced this, the next two weeks will be a really a wonderful time to visit us here at the winery.
The cellar has been bustling with activity this week. We’re just about ready to release our gorgeous 2010 Taste Red and we’re so happy with how it came out. The wine is like a plush velvety bowl of dark berries and is one of the most sensuous red wines we’ve ever made. The first release of the 2010 will be available this weekend so be sure to taste this one when you visit.
On Tuesday we hosted a small group of local wine shop owners as well as a few of our top salespeople from our distributor, Lauber Imports. We tasted some special blends and many of them got to see firsthand how we go through the process to make the best wine possible. We also had another visit this week from our old friend Doug Geed at News 12 Long Island. Doug was filming some segments for his popular East End Show. He proudly let me know that his show is one of the longest running on television – now going on 15 years. We’re very happy to keep providing him with good stories and great wines to talk about!
This week we were featured in stories about our sustainable winegrowing initiative in Santé, and Hamptons magazines. We are also excited that our wines will be part of a four course dinner prepared by Marcus Samuelsson acting as guest chef at Solé East's Backyard grill in Montauk, NY. You can find more details on the event in this article featured on Haute Living. As always we invite you to visit our Tasting Rooms at Bedell and Corey Creek any day of the week. We have live music scheduled every weekend during the daytime and also during our very popular Moonlight Mondays and Twilight Tuesdays at Corey Creek from 5-9pm we will have gourmet BBQ by Custom Catering, freshly shucked oysters by Twin Forks Oyster and wood-fired pizza by Rolling in Dough Pizza Truck.
Talk to you next week!
Trent & Rich