Walter Channing, the father, is a sculptor, who finds forms and figures through the trunks of trees. The upside down tree that occasionally appears on their wine labels is a reference to Walter's art.
A visit to their winery is a visit to his gallery, and it's worth the trip.
I was lucky enough to meet the Channing family last week at their harvest party, where I promptly became enamored with them all. Back in New York a trip to Vintage enabled me to try a few more of their wines.
The 2006 Scuttlehole Chardonnay is fermented entirely in stainless steel and was brilliant with bright, crisp, clean and pure fruit. Another fun wine was the 2006 Mosaico, a maddening blend of Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Tocai and Muscat Ottonel. I have never seen a blend of these grapes before and would never consider putting them together, yet the 2006 Mosaico was interesting, complex and most importantly, delicious.
The only red wine I've been able to try so far is the Rosso Fresco. Another seemingly mismatched blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Blaufrankisch and Dornfelder that provided a very easy drinking, light bodied red wine. Excellent for the transition from the Roses of summer to the Red of winter.
Click here for a comprehensive list of where to find Channing Daughters wines in New York City.
The winery is open to the public seven days a week in the spring and summer.