Friday, January 30, 2009

Newsday Reports LI Vineyard Pioneer Benjamin Sisson Dies at 49

Benjamin Sisson, pioneering LI vineyard manager, dies
January 29, 2009
While 200 people gathered yesterday at the First Universalist Church of Southold to mourn Benjamin Sisson, his work lay in quiet still-life above the rain-packed snow at a Cutchogue vineyard five miles away: stark-black vines protruding from the snow, acres into the foggy distance. Nothing was out of place.

Sisson, 49, of Southold, who died Saturday of a sudden illness, was in his element in these fields. An avid outdoorsman who hunted and fished local land and waters while tending fields here for most of his life, Sisson worked as a vineyard manager on the region's most widely known and respected fields of grapes, most recently at McCall Vineyards in Cutchogue.

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