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The Age-ability of Long Island Reds

May 26, 2024
One of the things I love most about winemaking is the cyclical nature of the profession and its ties to nature. It is very rewarding each year watching the progression of the vine throughout the growing season moving from bud break in the Spring, to fruit set and cluster development...
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Q&A with Winemaker Russell Hearn

May 10, 2024
Russell Hearn, Winemaker Russell has made extensive contributions to the New York wine industry over the past three decades with his wines garnering extensive critical acclaim and industry wide respect. His innovative winemaking style has influenced the quality of many wineries in our region, none more so than Pellegrini Vineyards...
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History of the Grape: Merlot

March 7, 2024
One of the world's most popular red wines—Merlot is loved for its versatility! Here on the North Fork of Long Island it is one of the most prolific and widely planted varieties. A consistent ripener, Merlot makes beautiful blends as well as single varietal wines.  Although currently one of the...
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Lieb Behind the Scenes: October 2017 (Harvest Edition)

October 19, 2017
  Hey ya’ll!  Because we’re right smack in the middle of harvest and I’m now a month into my harvest internship at our winery, I think I’ll dedicate this blog post to what I’ve learned thus far from my time spent “working harvest”. To give context, yes, I’ve worked though...
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Lieb Behind the Scenes – August 2017

August 24, 2017
And just like that, we’re about to kick off harvest.  When I last posted in June, bud break (the start of the vineyard growing season) was only a month behind us and we were just entering the full summer swing.  Our tasting rooms were bustling with summer visitors and our...
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Lieb Behind the Scenes: June 2017

June 16, 2017
    Hi ya’all!  Happy summer!  The last time I posted in April, we were just kicking off the year – releasing new wines, ramping up wholesale, getting the tasting rooms MDW-ready and conducting some good ol’ R&D for canned wine.  Welp, a lot has happened in 2 months. On...
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Lieb Behind the Scenes – April 2017

April 14, 2017
  Hey guys! Wow… and just like that it’s been another 2 months since I last posted. It’s APRIL already!? This is my 4th year at Lieb and I can tell you that the first 3 months of this year flew by faster than any previous year. It’s like I...
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Lieb Behind the Scenes – Jan-Feb 2017

February 13, 2017
  Whew.  Just like that, a month and a half has passed since my last blog post.  They say time flies when you’re having fun.  That’s certainly been the case.  Well, having fun and getting sh*t done! In past posts, I’ve referred to Feb and Mar as “bottling season.”  This...
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Lieb Behind The Scenes – December 2016: Looking Back & Ahead to 2017

December 28, 2016
Lieb Behind The Scenes – December 2016: Looking Back & Ahead to 2017 Last blog post of the year for me, and I’m feeling … boy, a lot of things. Our business was up 16% overall this year. For a company that’s 2 years into a re-brand and operating in...
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Lieb Behind the Scenes – November 2016

November 23, 2016
  Lieb Behind the Scenes - November 2016 Ahh fall on Oregon Road. Shorter, quieter days. Stunning deep red sunsets. Cool, crisp winds coming off of the sound. Team Lieb dressed in our unofficial fall uniform – boots, jeans and flannels – pouring a whole lotta Cabernet Franc. While I...
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Lieb Behind The Scenes – October 2016: 2016 Harvest Report

October 20, 2016
  Lieb Behind The Scenes – October 2016: 2016 Harvest Report As of this week, we’re 85% of the way through harvest.  We’ve picked all fruit needed for our Lieb Cellars and Bridge Lane white wine and rosé programs, and for the reds, only Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot...
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Lieb Behind the Scenes – September 2016

September 16, 2016
Harvest!!  If you’ve been checking our social media, you know harvest officially began last Thursday.  Despite being a week behind last year, this year’s start date is actually more normal compared to our average.  As I’ve explained in the past, grapes that are going to be used to make sparkling...
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Lieb Behind the Scenes – July 2016

July 18, 2016
  Ah, high summer.  Long, hot, sunny days.  Tasting rooms full of happy vacationers.  Rosé flying out of the warehouse.  While it feels like the summer season has just kicked off, the looming reality for us at Lieb is that harvest (our unofficial start of fall) is less than 2...
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Lieb Behind the Scenes – June 2016

June 27, 2016
Photo Credit: Long Island Wine Council Last week marked the official start of summer.  The vines are soaking up the sun and growing like weeds, with fruit set (the emergence of baby grape clusters) only a few days off and harvest only 3 months away.  Wholesale sales to wine shops...
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Lieb Behind the Scenes – May 2016

May 18, 2016
The.  Season.  Is.  Here.  True, each sales channel in our business has a unique seasonality to it.  Wholesale is busiest for us during the summer months and leading up to the holidays.  Wine club ramps up each quarter, when we have a selection going out to members.  Internet sales are...
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Lieb Behind the Scenes – April 2016

April 14, 2016
Lieb Behind the Scenes – April 2016 While my blog posts normally focus on what’s happening here at Lieb, I’m deviating from protocol this month to report on my experience “behind the scenes” in California last month.  I’m still reeling from the week and everything I learned and can’t help...
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Lieb Behind the Scenes – March 2016

March 10, 2016
Lieb Behind the Scenes – March 2016 Hello spring!  While officially still a few weeks away, for us, it’s here.  We’re close to completing winter pruning in the vineyards.  Rosé is bottled and being shipped out to our wholesale markets by the pallet full.  Weekend tasting room traffic is picking...
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Lieb Behind the Scenes – February 2016

February 3, 2016
  Lieb Behind the Scenes – February 2016 It’s 50 degrees today and I hear Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow this morning so I’m officially in spring mode. Adios boots and scarves, hello loafers and sunglasses. Spring mode means I’ll also soon be resuming my daily vineyard walks,...
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Lieb Behind the Scenes – December 2015

December 9, 2015
Lieb Behind the Scenes – December 2015   With 50 degree temps outside, it’s hard to believe that the year is coming to a close. Then again, the telltale signs are all around.  Foliage has fallen from the vines as they begin to go dormant.  Our tasting room elves have...
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Lieb Behind The Scenes – November 2015

November 6, 2015
  Lieb Behind the Scenes – November 2015 LAST DAY OF HARVEST. I just got back from the vineyard, where I helped our farm crew pick 5 tons of Petit Verdot to finish out our 2015 harvest season. Done and done! Over the past 2 ½ months, we harvested 215...
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