When you continue seeing a producer on the best wine lists in New York that you aren't familiar with, that says more about you than the producer. That's what I learned with Channing Daughters, as it quickly became clear that the hype was well deserved. While the Finger Lakes may be more famous for fine wine, the climate of Long Island provides a tremendous opportunity for growers like Channing Daughters to experiment with a wide variety of grapes and styles, something winemaker Christopher Tracy has taken full advantage of. Tracy's wines are ambitious, low-intervention in style, and unflinchingly charismatic. If these are your first Long Island wines, you're in for a treat.
Atlantic breezes cool Channing Daughters’ vineyards creating a climate hospitable to a wide array of fascinating grape varieties. They grow and create wines from over two dozen varieties and are the only winery on the East End growing and producing wines from many of these grapes. The winery’s priorities are deliciousness and reflection of place. Starting with intense and careful culture of the vines to the hand-picking of ALL grapes, gentle whole cluster-pressing of white fruit, stomping by foot with punch-down by hand of red grapes, and gravity bottling, the methods remain traditional and artisanal. Wine is grown by hand at Channing Daughters.
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