Dan Abrams Reveals Rebrand of Long Island Vineyard

March 26, 2021
Filed under: Blog,Winery,Writing — Tags: , , , , — Editorial Staff @ 2:36 pm

New logo for Ev&Em, the new name of Laurel Lake Vineyards which was purchased by Dan Abrams earlier this year.

 

Media entrepreneur and ABC’s chief legal analyst, Dan Abrams, has revealed the new name and logo of his recently purchased vineyard. Currently known as Laurel Lake Vineyards, Long Island’s Newsday reports that Abrams plans to rebrand the North Fork winery under a new name, Ev&Em.

Hoping to turn the vineyard into a family business, the new name stems from a combination of the names of Abrams’ two children, Everett, 8, and Emilia, born just over a month ago on Feb 18th. “I have long dreamed of having a Long Island vineyard that could showcase the best of this region and become a long-term family business,” Abrams wrote in a statement to Newsday. “By calling it Ev&Em I hope that maybe when my kids are grown they’ll be a little more incentivized to take care of, and pride in, the wines that bear their names.”

Long Island’s Patch and Behind the Hedges have also reported on the vineyard’s rebrand. The logo, which Behind the Hedges reports as being designed by Andrew Egan of Cool Gray Seven, consists of a clean, bold black font with a hand drawn ampersand.

While customers will have to wait a few more months to see the new branding reflected on the vineyard grounds, the winery and tasting room currently remain open for business. Abrams hopes to have the rebrand complete by end of summer or early fall, and plans to hold a grand reopening when the time comes. While Abrams expects to have a few new wines under the Ev&Em label at the time of reopening, Newsday reports that “a newer selection of best wines will come out next year and beyond.” This reflects the time it takes to properly grow, harvest, and make quality wine.

Ev&Em Vineyards is located at 3165 Main Road, Laurel, NY 11948.

Is Dan Abrams’ “Court Cam” Realistic?

March 19, 2021
Filed under: Blog,Law&Crime,Writing — Tags: , — Editorial Staff @ 4:14 pm

Oklahoma defense attorney, Adam Banner, came across A&E’s Court Cam one afternoon while flipping channels. Immediately intrigued by the show’s opener, Banner had to tune in and discover for himself what Court Cam was all about.

First aired on A&E in December 2019, Court Cam gives viewers an inside look into America’s craziest and most outrageous courtroom moments. Hosted by ABC’s chief legal analyst, Dan Abrams, each episode combines interviews of judges, witnesses, victims, etc. with actual footage to provide a behind-the-scenes look of what happened in the courtroom. Wanting to judge for himself if Court Cam was realistic, Banner sat down in front of the tv and watched. In a column for the ABA Journal, Banner discussed his thoughts.

“One has to approach Court Cam with an understanding of what they’re in for” Banner wrote, “extreme instances of extreme behavior in courtrooms across the nation.” However extreme does not mean unrealistic. “Absurd things do happen in courthouses reasonably regularly,” Banner notes after discussing an episode in which an Oklahoma man entered a courthouse without any pants. In fact, Banner could recall two separate instances of his own in which defendants had defecated in the courtroom hallway.

While outrageous moments such as “a defendant trying to sing his way to a lighter sentence” or “another lighting up a joint in open court” are fun to watch, “the series doesn’t simply recount the ridiculous,” Banner writes. A segment covering a defendant attacking his attorney in open court was followed by an interview with said attorney. This interview provided a nice touch that Banner believes “added an interesting level of reality” to the story.

Defendants aren’t the only ones featured on Court Cam. Many of the show’s segments feature the victims and family members who are dealing with the aftermath of traumatic crimes. “The majority of episodes deal with “revenge” by someone who feels they have been wronged.” This reflects what Banner believes to be “a common thread that weaves all these players together: the despair that results from losing something of value.”

Court Cam episodes play out in a formulaic way. After the episode’s opening, the viewer is greeted by host Dan Abrams who sets up “the place and procedural posture of the problem that follow.” Banner notes Abrams’ “commentary is measured and not too overbearing,” and he “does a great job of relaying the necessary facts in a way that keeps the audience engaged without becoming too distracting.” Because the show itself “isn’t set in any specific location,” Banner notes the producers have the advantage of cherry-picking “the most outrageous instances of bad behavior it can find.”

Overall, whether the story focuses on a loss that is “one’s freedom due to his or her own actions or losing a loved one due to the actions of another,” Bannon believesCourt Cam does an admirable job of showing the extreme examples of human emotions that play out—to one degree or another—every day in courthouses all across America.”

New episodes of Court Cam air on  on Wednesdays at 9/8 central on A&E. You can read Adam Banner’s full column on the ABA Journal’s site here.

Long Island and Wine Media Respond to Dan Abrams’ Purchase of North Fork’s Laurel Lake Vineyards

March 12, 2021
Filed under: Blog,Winery,Writing — Tags: , , , — Editorial Staff @ 2:01 am

In the wake of the announcement that author and media entrepreneur, Dan Abrams, has purchased a Long Island winery, a number of local media outlets and wine publications have responded. Originally announced by The Hollywood Reporter in January, Long Island’s Newsday, Patch, Behind the Hedges, and Northforker are just a few of the local publications reporting on the news, as well as wine outlets such as Wine Spectator.

Abrams purchased Laurel Lake Vineyards, a 40-acre farm located on Long Island’s North Fork earlier this year. “Expanding into the wine business has long been a passion of mine,” Abrams told Patch in a statement, “and this winery presented a perfect opportunity to create an experience that both local residents and seasonal guests will enjoy.”

According to Behind the Hedges, Laurel Lake currently sits in a “colonial-style building,” and has “a tasting room with an antique landmark bar, stained windows and a gift shop.” The winery has a two-story deck that looks out onto the vineyard’s land, providing what Behind the Hedges calls a “favorite place for guests to enjoy a glass of wine and some music.”

While Abrams plans to completely rehaul the vineyard, starting with a relaunch under a new name this summer, there are some things he plans to keep the same. Juan Sepulveda, head wine maker and former co-owner of Laurel Lake, confirmed to Newsday that Abrams has asked him to stay on, “I’ll be very happy to continue with the wine here and take it to the next level.”

“Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay” are some of Laurel Lake’s current plantings according to Wine Spectator’s Unfiltered, but “Abrams anticipates investing in some new vines.”  “Dan is coming here with great ideas,” said Sepulveda, and he’s not the only one looking forward to working with Abrams. Signed on to the project as managing partner is Vanessa Price, best selling author of Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World. In a statement to the Northforker, Price said she is thrilled to be joining Dan on this exciting North Fork endeavor,” and is “passionate about bringing these great New York wines to a wider audience.”

Local officials have also expressed excitement about the newest addition to the North Fork family. “We look forward to welcoming Dan Abrams to the Long Island wine industry,” Long Island Wine Country President, Kareem Massoud, told Patch. Massoud believes Abrams’ purchase of Laurel Lake reflects an increasing popularity of Long Island’s wine community and, as he told Northforker, is “a testament to what many of the pioneers have accomplished in the first place.” Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell told Patch he “hadn’t had a chance to meet” Abrams yet, but is “looking forward to it. It sounds like he has exciting new ideas.”

Abrams plans to announce the new name for Laurel Lake in the coming weeks, with a relaunch planned for this summer and many more exciting changes in the years to come.

Law&Crime Continues to Expand After an Unprecedented Year of Growth

February 4, 2021
Filed under: Blog,Law&Crime,Podcasts,Writing — Tags: , — Editorial Staff @ 6:43 pm

Axios Covers Law&Crime Network's Planned International Expansion and Podcast NetworkAfter its most profitable year on record, Law&Crime is continuing to grow with plans for overseas expansion and a new podcast network. Created by Dan Abrams, Law&Crime is the biggest property within the Abrams Media empire. Axios’ Sara Fischer covered the companies’ enormous growth, noting that in 2020 Law&Crime brought in $13 million in revenue, a huge jump from the less than $3 million brought in in 2019. 

Law&Crime, originally founded in 2016 as a legal news website, launched its 24/7 live trial channel in 2017 with the help of an undisclosed investment stake from A&E. Since then, the 55 person company has been on an upward growth trajectory. The network, which currently streams on most OTT platforms including Sling, Philo, and Xfinity, is currently in talks to expand its app availability to smart TVs outside of the U.S. and Canada. 

As a linear channel, Law&Crime has partnered with cable systems, such as VerizonFIOS and Blue Ridge Communications, to bring the live network to 25 million households. The channel is already available in some areas in the Caribbean, and, according to Axios, has “plans to expand to other English-speaking countries in the coming months.”

Law&Crime’s programming includes a variety of content surrounding the day’s most interesting legal and true crime cases. The network features live trial coverage, top legal analysis, celebrity crimes, and more. Its trial coverage has proved to be very lucrative for the company, as the footage can be used for multiple projects. “We use every piece of the trial,” Abrams told Axios. “We own the IP. We cover trials live, and then we can then use the material for other productions. We sometimes end up getting licensing fees from others looking to build off of the material for documentaries.”

Law&Crime’s production arm has started producing content for other media entities as well, such as Facebook, Vice, and Lifetime. One of Law&Crime’s top series, Killer Cases, was sold to linear channels internationally in areas such as Poland, the U.K, Gemany, and Africa.

In addition to its television network and digital website, which currently gets about 6 million unique views per month, Law&Crime is continuing its expansion into the world of podcasting. After making their first podcast deal to co-produce the popular criminal case and trial series, Court Junkies, in 2019, Law&Crime plans to add at least 5 new podcasts to its lineup. Objections: With Adam Klasfeld is one of those podcasts, launched on January 26th of this year. The show features Investigative Reporter Adam Klasfeld as he talks viewers through the top legal cases of the week.

The full article on Law&Crime’s unprecedented growth in 2020 can be read on Axios here.

 

ABOUT LAW&CRIME

Law&Crime is the only linear and OTT network providing 24/7 coverage of court trials, true crime, celebrity justice, and expert legal analysis. Created by attorney and TV’s top legal commentator, Dan Abrams, Law&Crime aims to provide honest, compelling, and common sense legal analysis to an often complicated world of law.

ABOUT ABRAMS MEDIA

Abrams Media owns and operates a successful suite of media properties that reaches tens of millions of users each month. Founded in 2009 by Dan Abrams, Chief Legal Correspondent for ABC News and host of The Dan Abrams Show on Sirius XM, the properties include Mediaite.com, Law&Crime Network, LawandCrime.com, WhiskeyRaiders.com and TheMarySue.com, among others.

Dan Abrams Set to Open Long Island Winery

February 1, 2021
Filed under: Blog,Winery,Writing — Tags: , , , , , — Editorial Staff @ 7:35 pm

THR Dan Abrams Plans to Open Winery

Dan Abrams is adding vineyard owner to his long list of jobs. In addition to running his own media company, serving as ABC’s Chief Legal Analyst, and juggling multiple hosting gigs as host of his own SiriusXM radio show and A&E’s Court Cam, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Dan Abrams recently purchased a vineyard out on Long Island.

 

Laurel Lake Vineyards, a popular winery situated on the North Fork of Long Island, was purchased by Abrams in December 2020. Abrams, who has long been a collector of wines and a noted wine lover, hopes to transform the vineyard into a luxury winery “where Napa meets the Hamptons.” When speaking with THR, Abrams stated that he’s “so excited to invest in the North Fork and this vineyard with the goal of creating a new luxury Long Island wine.”

Abrams, who is expecting a new baby in the coming weeks, has teamed up with sommelier Vanessa Price to completely rebrand and relaunch the existing vineyard. The winery will undergo a complete transformation, including a new name inspired by Abrams’ children. Price, a noted wine columnist at New York Magazine and author of Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World, will help Abrams oversee the vineyard’s day to day business.

“Expanding into the wine business has long been a passion of mine and this winery presented a perfect opportunity to create an experience that both local residents and seasonal guests will enjoy,” Abrams told THR

While the vineyard will be Abrams’ first foray into the wine making world, it won’t be his first venture into the world of alcohol. In December 2020, Abrams’ company, Abrams Media, launched their new site Whiskey Raiders, an online resource for whiskey drinkers. Branded as “the rotten tomatoes of the whiskey world,” Whiskey Raiders uses a proprietary algorithm to aggregate online whiskey reviews and assign one average score from 50-100 for each rated whiskey.

Abrams and Price plan to relaunch Laurel Lake Vineyard under a new brand this summer.

Dan Abrams: “Yes The Media Can Be Biased, But What About Your Obligation To Check Facts?”

January 27, 2021
Filed under: Blog,Writing — Tags: , , , — Editorial Staff @ 9:59 pm

Dan Abrams calls for the public to fact check their stories

Dan Abrams is calling on members of the public to take accountability and fact check before spreading possibly false stories online or elsewhere. In an op-ed written for Mediaite, a site founded by Abrams in 2009, Abrams acknowledges the inherent bias in the media and the need to hold it accountable, but also asks the public “what about your obligation to the facts?”

Every weekday at 2PM ET, Abrams hosts a radio show on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel to discuss current events where politics meets the law. A good portion of each show is dedicated to taking listeners’ calls, a segment Abrams calls “invaluable” as he gets “to hear directly from smart people across the country, with very different perspectives, about the political and legal landscape.” While typically Abrams’ listeners are independents or political moderates from both sides of the aisle, lately Abrams has noticed an uptick in calls from listeners who are furious at the news media and convinced the 2020 U.S. presidential election was rife with fraud.

“Armed with bits and pieces of information and heaps of fury and confidence, callers seek to hold me, and by proxy the media, accountable for failing to cover the election fairly,” Abrams wrote. “I appreciate the sentiment but in the vast majority of these cases, these mostly savvy and educated callers, simply didn’t review the known facts or are unwilling to take the time or make the effort to do so.”

Abrams doesn’t dispute that there are real discussions to be had about the way our elections are conducted, noting that in every major election there are rulings and procedures determined by courts that “are legitimate subjects for debate.” What Abrams does dispute is broad claims of fraud and vague claims that “it just doesn’t add up,” even after being presented the facts. “I have enormous respect for my listeners,” Abrams stated, “so I demand that those who criticize the media for ignoring facts about the election come to the table with more than just passion and opinions.”

Abrams has long been a member of the mainstream media, but he has also been an outspoken and vocal critic of it. In fact, Abrams started Mediaite partly because he felt “there wasn’t enough accountability for the often self-righteous and pious leaders of the highly politicized media on both sides.” Bias in the media is not something Abrams debates, but “on something factual like mass election fraud, there isn’t right and left,  just right and wrong.” In the same way the public can and should demand accountability from the media, Abrams asks for accountability from the public. “It’s not their profession,” Abrams writes, “but when they have the megaphone on social media or on radio, the obligation should go both ways.”

Abrams’ full op-ed is available to read on Mediaite here.

 

ABOUT MEDIAITE

From TV green rooms to the corridors of the senate to the latest White House press briefing, Mediaite is a trusted source on the intersection of politics and media across the political spectrum. Breaking news, analysis and opinions aplenty, Mediaite delivers it all with lightning quick speed. Mediaite is part of the Abrams Media Network.

Dan Abrams Launches New Site – Whiskey Raiders

December 7, 2020
Filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Editorial Staff @ 10:37 pm

Abrams Media and it’s founder, Dan Abrams, have launched their newest venture, Whiskey Raiders. An online site for aggregated whiskey reviews, Whiskey Raiders promises to be a resource for both seasoned and novice whiskey drinkers alike.

The site uses a proprietary algorithm to assign an average score to each individual whiskey. “No longer will interested consumers need to stand in the liquor store and visit several websites to get an impression on a product they’re curious about,” Jay West, the site’s managing editor, told Mediaite.

A veteran spirit critic, West previously ran the spirit review site t8ke.review. Abrams Media acquired t8ke.review as part of the launch, and will merge its content, including West’s personal reviews, to the new Whiskey Raiders site

In an exclusive scoop on the site’s launch, Variety noted that in addition to providing a standardized score for each product, Abrams and West envision “a regular feature that helps readers figure out which product will deliver the most satisfaction at a particular price point.” The site also plans to announce a shopping partner in the coming weeks, allowing readers to purchase their desired spirit directly through the site.

Abrams came up with the idea for Whiskey Raiders while working on the now-cancelled A&E program, Live P.D. After wrapping a shoot, Abrams and his co-hosts would share a celebratory drink, exposing him to the exciting, but complex world of whiskey more than he had ever been before. “I found myself having to dig into each of the very good in-depth reviews, and having to go site to site to figure out the general sense of a bourbon,” Abrams told Variety. West echoed this sentiment, telling MediaiteEvery whiskey site is doing their own thing. It’s a wonderful thing, but adds complexity to the universe for newcomers to whiskey, or individuals trying to research a new bottle.”

By aggregating reviews from top-rated sites and assigning an average score on a scale of 50-100, Whiskey Raiders hopes to simplify drinkers’ search for a good spirit. At the same time, the site recognizes the importance of in-depth reviews and individual voices in the whiskey community, giving readers the option to click through to each full review on the originally sourced webpages. “The in-depth reviews are really important,” Abrams told Variety, “and we are going to be promoting these other sites on our site, urging people to go read the reviews.” 

The Whiskey Raiders site is now live, with hundreds of whiskeys already aggregated and more being added each day. 

 

About Abrams Media

 

Abrams Media owns and operates a successful suite of media properties that reaches tens of millions of users each month. Founded in 2009 by Dan Abrams, Chief Legal Correspondent for ABC News and host of The Dan Abrams Show on Sirius XM, the properties include Mediaite.com, Law&Crime Network, LawandCrime.com and TheMarySue.com, among others.

Dan Abrams Reveals New Book, Kennedy’s Avenger, Available for Pre-Order Now

November 24, 2020

The New York Times bestselling authors, Dan Abrams and David Fisher, have announced their new book, Kennedy’s Avenger, available for pre-order now.  Set to be released June 1st, 2021, Kennedy’s Avenger brings to life the forgotten trial of Jack Ruby, the nightclub owner turned assassin who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald, but died an innocent man.

“While the world knew about nightclub owner Jack Ruby killing Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald live on national TV, few knew about Ruby’s actual trial. And what an amazing trial it was,” Abrams and Fisher told LawandCrime who covered the book’s announcement.

“Witnesses included a world famous boxing champion, ‘strip tease dancers’ from Ruby’s club and the police detective who had been shackled to Oswald when he was shot. Ruby’s lawyer was arguably the most famous and flamboyant attorney in the country and chose a bizarre defense to try to save his client.” The authors went on to note that “some of the curious trial testimony even fueled the rapidly growing conspiracy theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination.” 

Kennedy’s Avenger is the fourth book from Abrams and Fisher to highlight an important legal trial in American history. “Each of our books has combined colorful characters, memorable events and actual courtroom transcripts to tell a story of our Presidents to be, or former Presidents involved in major trials often forgotten to history,” Abrams and Fisher told LawandCrime. “In doing so we’ve also followed the development of the American legal system from the 18th century into the 20th.”

Previous books from the writing duo include New York Times’ bestsellers: Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency, Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save his Legacy, and John Adams Under Fire: The Founding Father’s Fight for Justice in the Boston Massacre Murder Trial

Kennedy’s Avenger is available for pre-order now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever books are sold.

More on Abrams and Fisher’s previous works

John Adams Under Fire: The Founding Father’s Fight for Justice in the Boston Massacre Murder Trial goes back to colonial Boston in the aftermath of one of America’s founding moments, the Boston Massacre. It tells the story of a young lawyer, John Adams, taking the defense of the British soldiers that killed five colonists and in doing so establishing himself as the center of Bostonian legal and political life.

Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save his Legacy tells the largely forgotten story of the 1915 trial where the former president was sued for libel. Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the boisterous and mostly beloved legendary American hero, accused his former friend and ally, now turned rival, Republican Party leader William Barnes of political corruption. The furious Barnes responded by suing Roosevelt for an enormous sum that could have financially devastated him.

Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency captures the presidential hopeful’s dramatic courtroom confrontations in vivid detail as he fights for his client—but also for his own blossoming political future. It is a moment in history that shines a light on our legal system, as in this case Lincoln fought a legal battle that remains incredibly relevant today.

Dan Abrams’ Law&Crime Network Launches First Syndicated Show

September 17, 2020
Variety published an article covering the launch of Law & Crime Daily, a syndicated show from Dan Abrams' Law&Crime Network

Variety’s article covering the launch of Law&Crime Daily, a new show from Dan Abrams’ Law&Crime Network

The Law&Crime Network, the nation’s only live trial network, announced the launch of their first syndicated show, Law&Crime Daily, in partnership with Litton Entertainment. The program aired its flagship episode on Monday, September 14th and featured discussion of the day’s biggest legal and true crime headlines.

Abrams believes his newest venture will help fill a hole in legal programming, having noted that over the past fifteen years the coverage of major court trials on cable news networks has diminished. “This is really kind of an opportunity,” Abrams told Variety who covered the announcement, “the interest in legal stories hasn’t faded.”

“Law&Crime Daily” is hosted by attorney and broadcast journalist Aaron Keller who will also work as executive producer for the program. Keller has an extensive legal and broadcast background including a feature in Netflix’s documentary, “Making a Murderer,” for his coverage of the Steven Avery case. Keller will be joined by co-hosts Terri Austin, a former trial attorney and Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California, and Brian Buckmire, a felony trial attorney and a homicide defense attorney in a NYC Public Defender’s office.

“The incredible depth of knowledge and insight from Aaron Keller, Terri Austin, and Brian Buckmire allow ‘Law&Crime Daily’ to provide audiences with an inside view into the day’s most fascinating court cases,” stated Dave Morgan, president and CEO of Litton Entertainment. “We are excited to partner with Dan Abrams and his stellar production team to continue to expand Litton’s programming slate that entertains and informs viewers.”

 

ABOUT LAW&CRIME

Law&Crime is the only linear and OTT network providing 24/7 coverage of court trials, true crime, celebrity justice, and expert legal analysis. Created by attorney and TV’s top legal commentator, Dan Abrams, Law&Crime aims to provide honest, compelling, and common sense legal analysis to an often complicated world of law.

Dan Abrams Leads Master Class on “US Presidents on Trial”

August 10, 2020
Filed under: Blog,Public Appearances,Writing — Editorial Staff @ 3:02 pm

Dan Abrams is gearing up for a Master Class discussing past presidents and the current Trump administration after writing three instant New York Times bestselling novels on historic trials involving Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and John Adams.

An expert on presidents defending themselves and others in court, Abrams will tackle the biggest questions surrounding President Trump now. What is happening—and will happen—with Trump’s civil lawsuits? Could he face any criminal charges after he is out of office or even during his tenure if he is re-elected?

Abrams will lead the virtual Master Class “US Presidents on Trial” on Wednesday, August 12th at 6:00pm ET. Tickets to the event can be purchased on the event page

About the three great trials that changed the course of American history

John Adams Under Fire: The Founding Father’s Fight for Justice in the Boston Massacre Murder Trial goes back to colonial Boston in the aftermath of one of America’s founding moments, the Boston Massacre. It tells the story of a young lawyer, John Adams, taking the defense of the British soldiers that killed five colonists and in doing so establishing himself as the center of Bostonian legal and political life. 

Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save his Legacy tells the largely forgotten story of the 1915 trial where the former president was sued for libel. Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the boisterous and mostly beloved legendary American hero, accused his former friend and ally, now turned rival, Republican Party leader William Barnes of political corruption. The furious Barnes responded by suing Roosevelt for an enormous sum that could have financially devastated him.

Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency captures the presidential hopeful’s dramatic courtroom confrontations in vivid detail as he fights for his client—but also for his own blossoming political future. It is a moment in history that shines a light on our legal system, as in this case Lincoln fought a legal battle that remains incredibly relevant today.

All of Abrams’ books can be purchased online and in stores. 

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