Over the course of his decades-long career making wine on the North Fork, Lenz Winery‘s Eric Fry, who is planning to retire later this year, has earned his reputation as one of the region’s top winemakers.

That reputation has been built largely on the back of his Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines, which are some of the best and most age-worthy on the East Coast.

What sometimes gets lost in the red wine-soaked fray is the quality of Fry’s sparkling wines. It flies under the radar for many wine lovers, but Long Island has been putting out some delicious, traditionally made sparkling wine for years and Fry’s are among the most consistently excellent.

You shouldn’t think of sparkling wine as something you only drink on special occasions. With wines like this one, the wine itself makes any occasion special.


Lenz Winery 2013 Cuvee

91 points

Made with 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir with nice fruit aromas reminiscent of white cherry, green apple and pear, there are also layers of toasty, biscuity and yeasty notes. The palate brings a beam of apple-cherry with the toasty, yeasty notes there too -- and a faint citrusy quality. Medium-light in body, this bubbly offers crisp acidity and a very dry finish that lingers nicely with a touch of lemon-citrus at the very end.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded NewYorkCorkReport.com in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched TheCorkReport.us in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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