CUTCHOGUE, NY – April 15, 2022 – Lieb Cellars is proud to announce the release of its 30th Anniversary edition of Pinot Blanc to celebrate the winery’s achievement of 30 years of sustainable viticulture and quality winemaking on the North Fork of Long Island.
The commemorative packaging is a reproduction of Lieb’s very first bottling of Pinot Blanc in 1992, the year the vineyard was founded by Mark and Kathy Lieb. The iconic Lieb “L” appears in gold script surrounded by a whimsical grapevine wreath, a contrast to the bold red Times New Roman “L” adorning the winery’s logo today.
“While brainstorming ways to celebrate the anniversary, we remembered the single bottle of 1992 Pinot Blanc in our library,“ said Ami Opisso, General Manager. “This bottle is treasured and rarely touched because it’s the only one left and such a special piece of our history,” added Opisso.
In the absence of being able to open and share the bottle with the public, Lieb decided to recreate the bottle’s label and bottle 50 cases worth of their current release Pinot Blanc under it.
“What’s crazy is that digital files didn’t exist back then. The label was hand drawn, and the only ‘file’ to work from was a print on acetate. We started from scratch and rebuilt the artwork and worked with our printer to match the paper and foils. It’s almost an exact match.”
Russell Hearn has been Lieb’s winemaker from its inception and shares in the excitement. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done at Lieb for the past 30 years. We’ve remained true to our commitment to producing clean, fruit-driven wines using sustainable farming, and our achievements and milestones over the years have been pretty remarkable,” said Hearn.
In 2004, Lieb Cellars was awarded a grant by the USDA for “meeting high standards of conservation and protecting the environment.” In 2015, Lieb’s Pinot Blanc was named a “Top 12 Wine in America” by the Wall Street Journal. In 2017, Lieb’s estate Chardonnay was served at the White House state dinner. Currently, Lieb wines are distributed in 14 states in the US and exported to Canada.
“It’s quite a legacy, and it’s nice to take this opportunity to pause and reflect on it,” concluded Hearn.
The limited edition bottle will be for sale in Lieb’s tasting room and on its website until sold out.
Tasting Room Information:
Lieb Cellars, 13050 Oregon Road, Cutchogue, NY 11935
About Lieb Cellars & Bridge Lane Wine: Founded in 1992, Lieb Cellars is a 54-acre sustainably farmed vineyard and winery located on the North Fork of Long Island, 80 miles east of New York City. The company produces hand-crafted estate grown wines under the Lieb Cellars label and fresh, fruit-driven wines under their (second) Bridge Lane label. Pinot Blanc is their signature wine and has been called “excellent” by the New York Times. The Bridge Lane series is offered in traditional glass bottles as well as three “alternative” formats – 250ML cans, 3L boxes and 20L disposable kegs, all “firsts” for New York. Lieb has two tasting rooms on the North Fork of Long Island and their wines are distributed in 14 states and growing. For more information, visit www.liebcellars.com and www.bridgelanewine.com.