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Our History

First planted in 1984, the grapes were sold to neighboring Long Island Wine Growers until the winery was built in 1996. Then called Laurel Lake Vineyards, the winery quickly became a thriving member of the North Fork wine community. Under the careful tutelage of winemaker Juan Sepulveda, who has stayed on as head winemaker for Ev&Em, the winery grew and flourished. Purchased by Dan Abrams in 2020, the name was changed to Ev&Em Vineyards in honor of his children, Everett and Emilia. In 2021, the tasting room and wine making facilities were renovated with the goal in mind of producing world-class wines that Dan and his managing partner Vanessa Price believe Long Island is capable of achieving. Upon his first visit to the winery, Dan immediately fell in love with the location, natural beauty, and raw quality of the estate. Inspired by the potential of Long Island Wine Country, Dan is impassioned to bring his beloved home state’s wines to wine-lovers across the country and around the world.

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Our Vineyard

Our 40-acre property was originally planted to 100% Chardonnay. Over the past four decades, the plantings have expanded to include a diverse array of classic French varietals for red, rosé, and white wine. With over 20 acres currently under vine, some of our vines are now 40 years old, providing concentrated and elegant fruit to make some of the finest wines Long Island has to offer. With an immediate pledge under new ownership to begin working towards certified sustainability, the vineyard is now farmed adhering strictly to sustainable practices.

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The Team

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Dan Abrams

Founder and Owner

Dan Abrams is the chief legal affairs correspondent for ABC News, host of Dan Abrams Live on NewsNation, and host of The Dan Abrams Show: Where Politics Meets the Law on SiriusXM POTUS channel. He also hosts and produces numerous shows for A&E Network. A graduate of Columbia University Law School, he is CEO and founder of Abrams Media. He has also co-authored (with David Fisher) numerous best-selling books including: Kennedy’s Avenger, John Adams Under Fire, Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense and Lincoln’s Last Trial, which received the 2018 Barondess/Lincoln Award. Dan has made regular appearances in just about every form of media including as a guest on all three network late night talk shows, but insists his proudest moment was when the Wine Spectator profiled his wine collection in 2006!

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Juan Sepulveda

Winemaker and Director of Operations

Juan holds a University degree in Business Engineering and studies of Wine Making, with more than 25 years of experience in the wine industry, both internationally and domestically. Juan was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Winemaker of Laurel Lake Vineyards and is now the Director of Operations and Winemaker of the newly rebranded Ev&Em Vineyards, on the North Fork of Long Island. Juan’s international ventures include his role as General Manager of Vinos del Sur (Carpe Diem) in Chile, as well as the initiator of joint ventures with local producers in Chile to export, achieving more than 1.3 million gallons (5 million liters) per year. He is also a founding member of the Concepcion Brands joint venture with AV Imports and Vinos del Sur Chile. Juan maintains strong relations with local producers of wine and is highly successful in product acquisitions and contract negotiations.

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Vanessa Price

Managing Partner

Born and raised in Kentucky, Vanessa first caught the wine bug working in a small winery down south. She followed her passion for wine and moved to New York City in 2007, starting as a sommelier on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. From there she moved on to wine education, PR and events for wine-focused client services, consulting for private wine collectors and wine lists in NYC restaurants, and as a distributor and importer, working with some of the most renowned restaurants and wineries in the world today. Through this years-long diverse education of the wine world, Vanessa decided to dedicate herself to being both a student and teacher of wine. Today she is the Creative Director and Founder of The Vinum Collective, Vanessa is a graduate of and instructor for The Wine&Spirit Education Trust®. Her book Big Macs & Burgundy, was released with Abrams Publishing in October 2020 and is now a National Best-Seller. Her mission is to help translate the complexities of wine to wine lovers the world over.