As you may have read in Newsday or on (where I’m a contributor), I’m a small part of what George Eldi is doing at his new shop Wines by Nature in Wading River, New York. I’m the New York (and I hope, eventually, East Coast) buyer for the shop and I’m also going to be holding monthly tastings in the shop.

Today, I’m excited to announce the first one will take place on Friday, August 4 at 6 p.m. and we’ll be tasting six Long Island whites made from aromatic varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino and Chenin Blanc (as well as some blends). If you know the region’s wines at all, you can guess what at least a couple of the wines are — but I’m not going to list them. Join us and find out.

I know that a lot of you have been wanting to attend one of my tastings at Roanoke Vineyards (which will continue, by the way) but haven’t been able to because they sell out so quickly. I’m hopeful that these will sell out too — but perhaps a bit more gradual pace.

We’ll also have cheese from nearby Cheese & Spice Market to accompany the wines.

I’m curious to see what direction these tastings going in — but my goal is always for them to be informative, but not too serious. Wine should be fun and one of my goals is to keep it that way.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Contact the shop at 631-886-2800. $30 per person.


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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