The Lenzes immersed themselves in the developing wine region, working with the Hargraves to establish the Long Island Wine Council. “They held the standard of both quality and innovation high.”
Peter & Deborah were, and are, as committed to quality as the Lenzes. In pursuit of that objective, they selected Eric Fry as winemaker and Sam McCullough as vineyard manager. These two additions have solidified The Lenz Winery’s reputation not merely as one of the original North Fork wineries, but one that has consistently, over almost 4 decades, produced rich, complex, food-friendly wines that only get better with age.
Producing quality wines on the North Fork, however, is at times easier than getting the wine establishment to recognize your efforts. So, in 1996, The Lenz Winery made the bold move to hold their first of many blind tastings. They pulled together an impressive panel of master sommeliers, masters of wine, wine writers and wine educators and had them taste and compare Lenz wines with the best from internationally renowned French producers, like Pétrus. The panel was told what each flight contained and were then asked to rate and distinguish the wines.
The tasters enjoyed the challenge, knowing that there were such distinguished French wines involved, and certain that they would be able to tell them apart from the Lenz wines. In general, however, when the wines were revealed, we (and they!) discovered that it is not at all easy to make the distinction.
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Buses/Limos Accepted: Buses By Appointment Only
Large Groups: Buses By Appointment Only
Good for kids: Yes
Pet friendly: Yes
Weekly Events: Yes
Wine Club: Yes
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