There aren’t that many winemakers on Long Island — so even casual fans know most of the winemakers in the region. They may even know some of the vineyard managers, at least by name. But there are so many other people involved in the making of the wines we love that many people might not know.
Andrew Rockwell is one of those people.
Currently the assistant winemaker at Sparkling Pointe, he previously spent eight years working at Premium Wine Group, working with grapes from across the East End and wines for myriad producers who use the custom crush facility.
In 2012, he bought two tons of Cabernet Franc grapes from Pellegrini Vineyards’ Richmond Creek site (the vineyard you can see from Main Road just south of Greenport Harbor Brewing’s Peconic location) to make his own wine: Rockwell Wines 2012 Cabernet Franc ($25). It’s mostly Cabernet Franc, but also includes 15 gallons each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot vinified by another producer at Premium.