This week’s tastemaker is none other than Roman Roth, winemaker and partner at Wolffer Estate. Roman has been making wine on Long Island for a long time, was instrumental in the creation of the Long Island Merlot Alliance and is now the president of the Long Island Wine Council. He’s a man to know in Long Island wine.

Location: The Hamptons, Long Island

Current Job: Winemaker and Partner, Wolffer Estate

Wine of the moment: L’Aietta Brunello di Montalcino 2010 – Amazing wine

My winemaking style in 1-5 words: Fruity, focused, concentrated, balanced, layers.

First bottle of wine I remember drinking: My father was a cooper/winemaker and wine mechant. It was a Rosenthaler Kadarka from Hungary – I must have been 6 or 7 and it was a sweet red wine …perfect for a Childs palate. ?

My winemaking style — in more words: I have three major goals. First, to make food-friendly wine. Second, to make wines with character that are authentic to our region. And, to make wines with longevity.

Mentors: Bob Cartwright (former longtime winemaker at Leeuwin Estate).

Music playing in the cellar right now:  In the cellar we sing! German Lieder and musical hits like – I got Rhythm, David Bowie

Favorite thing about Long Island wine industry: Close to Manhattan, close to the ocean, perfect climate to make elegant food friendly wines.

Least favorite thing about Long Island wine industry: The North Fork is to far away from the South Fork.

One surprising thing that I’m really good at: Singing and the blind believe that I am a good golfer.

What I drink: Guinness, Weizenbier, German Rieslings, Barolos, Tuscan Sangiovese, Champagne.

My “Desert Island Meal” — wine included: A full-fledged Sri Lankan curry meal, which usually is about 10 to 15 different dishes, and a Künstler Hochheimer Hölle Riesling Dry Spätlese.

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 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 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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