November 2016

Blending innovation and top-notch fruit, Channing Daughters builds national profile

Most wine drinkers think Napa and the Fingers Lakes first when they consider wine regions to visit, and for good reason considering the quality of the wine and the number of wineries available to visit. But anyone who has taken time to check out the North American landscape knows there are dozens of possibilities, from north of California up the Pacific coast, to Texas and Colorado, and then along the East Coast, from North Carolina into Ontario. One of those is Long Island, where more than 50 wineries operate (more than 40 are open to the public) and draw more than 1.3 million visitors annually, according to the Long Island Wine Council. One of those is Channing Daughters Winery, in Bridgehampton, one of the few open on the island's South Fork. It's named for the offspring of Walter Channing, an artist, builder and venture capitalist who planted his first Chardonnay vines at his Bridgehampton farm in 1982.

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—Paul Vigna

11 Wines To Try If You're Bored with the Same Old Varietals

You've ditched your morning joe for cortados and a Chemex. Your ribeye is dry-aged. Even that pot of legumes is heirloom. So when it comes to the wine aisle, why are you still defaulting to the same bottle of Chard? Go ahead, pour outside your comfort zone with these alluring, alt varietals.

If you drink Champagne…

Try: Pet Nat

Bottle: Channing Daughters Bianco Pétillant Naturel, $27

Pair with: a toast! 

Like Champagne minus the pomp and pageantry. Cava with some hipster cred. This naturally sparkling wine, colloquially known as "pét-nat" (pétillant naturel), has become the most sought-after patio pounder. Unfiltered, lower in alcohol, and made with an ancestral technique that predates the Champagne method, dewy bottles of pét-nat are perfect both as aperitif and celebratory toast. Crafted from all manner of red and white grapes, it has the potential to usurp anything from Lambrusco to a vinho verde.

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—Chris Hughes