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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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