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During a recent visit to Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue the wine writer Oz Clarke had good things to say about the fruits of Long Island’s wine industry.

He compared the best East End wines to the classic dinner-friendly wines of Bordeaux, reports Louisa Hargrave, a founder of Long Island’s wine industry.

Her Monday wine column for the Riverhead News-Review is titled: “‘Superstar’ Oz Clarke revisits Long Island.”

“Oz is dismayed that wines in many parts of the world have become ‘thick, solid, dead fruit wine,’ made in response to critics like Robert Parker who reward big, alcoholic wines with high scores,” reports Hargrave.

“That's why he admires the freshness of Long Island wine. Leading the group in a tasting of Bedell's Musée (a Meritage blend), he said, ‘Long Island wines are like what Bordeaux used to be — the choice to have at meals. It makes the mouth water, and makes food taste better. It has a brightness; an optimism!’”

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