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Ripe merlot grapes ready for picking during harvest

Ripe merlot grapes ready for picking during harvest at Bedell Cellars vineyard in Cutchogue. (Oct. 2, 2012) Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

For East End winemakers, 2012 was a vintage year.

Just-picked merlot grapes sit in lugs at Bedell
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Just-picked merlot grapes sit in lugs at Bedell Cellars vineyard in Cutchogue. (Oct. 2, 2012)

Ripe merlot grapes ready for picking during harvest
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Ripe merlot grapes ready for picking during harvest at Bedell Cellars vineyard in Cutchogue. (Oct. 2, 2012)

A worker picks merlot grapes and places them
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A worker picks merlot grapes and places them into a lugs during harvest time at Bedell Cellars vineyard in Cutchogue. (Oct. 2, 2012)

Ripe merlot grapes are picked from the vine
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Ripe merlot grapes are picked from the vine at Bedell Cellars vineyard in Cutchogue. (Oct. 2, 2012)

A worker picks merlot grapes and places them
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A worker picks merlot grapes and places them into a lugs during harvest time at Bedell Cellars Vineyard in Cutchogue. (Oct. 2, 2012)

Lugs of merlot grapes board a tractor at
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Lugs of merlot grapes board a tractor at Bedell Cellars vineyard in Cutchogue. (Oct. 2, 2012)

Merlot grapes that will be made into rose
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Merlot grapes that will be made into rose at Bedell Cellars vineyard in Cutchogue. (Oct. 2, 2012)

Merlot grapes are placed in the crush pad
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Merlot grapes are placed in the crush pad for making rose wine at Bedell Cellars vineyard in Cutchogue. (Oct. 2, 2012)

A pile of stems after grapes have been
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A pile of stems after grapes have been plucked off at Bedell Cellars vineyard in Cutchogue. (Oct. 2, 2012)

Workers gather lugs of merlot grapes that will
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Workers gather lugs of merlot grapes that will be used for making rose at Bedell Cellars vineyard in Cutchogue. (Oct. 2, 2012)

Macari Vineyards in Mattituck are on a 500-acre
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Macari Vineyards in Mattituck are on a 500-acre waterfront estate. Owned and operated by the Macari family on Jan. 4, 2013, this biodiversity farm is also home to a variety of animals, including horses, Texas longhorns and ducks.

Macari Vineyards in Mattituck is on a 500
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Macari Vineyards in Mattituck is on a 500 -acre waterfront estate. Owned and operated by the Macari family, this biodiversity farm is also home to horses, Texas longhorns, ducks and other animals. (Jan. 4, 2013)

Macari Vineyards in Mattituck is on a 500
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Macari Vineyards in Mattituck is on a 500 -acre waterfront estate. Owned and operated by the Macari family, this biodiversity farm is also home to horses, Texas longhorns, ducks and other animals. (Jan. 4, 2013)

Macari Vineyards in Mattituck is on a 500
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Macari Vineyards in Mattituck is on a 500 -acre waterfront estate. Owned and operated by the Macari family, this biodiversity farm is also home to horses, Texas longhorns, ducks and other animals. (Jan. 4, 2013)

Alexandra Macari, left, co-owner of Macari Vineyards, and
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Alexandra Macari, left, co-owner of Macari Vineyards, and Kelly Urbanik, winemaker, with some farm friends. (Jan. 4, 2013)

Tools of the trade at Macari Vineyards in
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Tools of the trade at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck. (Jan. 4, 2013)

About 300 barrels are kept in the barrel
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About 300 barrels are kept in the barrel room at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck. (Jan. 4, 2013)

Kelly Urbanik, winemaker at Macari Vineyards, samples the
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Kelly Urbanik, winemaker at Macari Vineyards, samples the 2012 Cabernet Franc in the barrel room. (Jan. 4, 2013)

Kelly Urbanik, winemaker at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck,
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Kelly Urbanik, winemaker at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck, samples the 2012 Cabernet Franc in the barrel room. (Jan. 4, 2013)

Bare vines after pruning at Shinn Estate Vineyards
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Bare vines after pruning at Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse in Mattituck. (Jan. 3, 2013)

Bare vines are pruned at Shinn Estate Vineyards
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Bare vines are pruned at Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse in Mattituck. (Jan. 3, 2013)

Joe Torres prunes vines at Shinn Estate Vineyards
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Joe Torres prunes vines at Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse in Mattituck. (Jan. 3, 2013)

Barbara Shinn, co-owner and agronomist at Shinn Estate
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Barbara Shinn, co-owner and agronomist at Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse in Mattituck, looks at pruned vines in the vineyard. (Jan. 3, 2013)

Winemaker Patrick Caserta works in the tank room
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Winemaker Patrick Caserta works in the tank room at Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse in Mattituck. (Jan. 3, 2013)

Featured wines in the tasting room at Shinn
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Featured wines in the tasting room at Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse in Mattituck. (Jan. 3, 2013)

Winemaker Patrick Caserta uses a wine thief to
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Winemaker Patrick Caserta uses a wine thief to sample Petit Verdot. The barrel room at Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse in Mattituck houses about 140 barrels. (Jan. 3, 2013)

Weekend tours are advertised at Shinn Estate Vineyards
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Weekend tours are advertised at Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse in Mattituck. (Jan. 3, 2013)

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