I love hitting up emerging wine regions in the US. The North Fork is especially fun because you get to clock some relaxing water time, usually with some Croteaux rosé on deck (their sparkling Merlot rosé is especially delicious, though sold out).
Once I was thoroughly soothed by the bay, it was off to wine country. First, I hit up Dan’s Harvest East End on Saturday night. They have a ton of Long Island wineries and restaurants that serve up their goods at McCall Vineyards. A few highlights:
On Sunday, we went to the Winemaker Studio which is run by Anthony Nappa Wines but sells a bunch of other local wines too. You can get small tastes of the wines for only two bucks each, and since it’s attached to a delicious little sandwich shop called Provisions you can have good eats to go with.
After that, we headed over to visit Regan Meador at Southold Farm + Cellar. I did a post on them last year when they were raising funds via Kickstarter to grow weird grapes on the North Fork (read more about their mission here). Basically, most people on the North Fork have been growing Bordeaux varietals for the past 30 years (still in complete infant years compared to the rest of the world) so Merlot and Cab Franc have become the North Fork’s most popular varieties. But there hasn’t been much experimentation outside of that, and therefore they don’t know if other grapes would do as well or even better than what they have now.
So Regan is planting Syrah, Teroldego and Lagrein for reds, and Albarino and Goldmuskateller for whites. Nope, definitely not your usual LI Merlot. They’ve also just released their first vintages of four wines (from purchased grapes) which you can sample at their tasting barn and are all really good.
You can read more about Southold’s wines and buy them here. Can’t wait to try their weird grape wines when they come out next year!