Pétillant naturel, or pét nat wines, are all the rage today and it’s easy to see why.
They tend to be more affordable than traditional, Champagne-style sparkling wines. They are often lower in alcohol. They are fun, fizzy and food-friendly too. They aren’t wines to consider and ponder for hours. You chill them well, you pop them open (they are usually closed under a beer-style crown cap) and you drink them. (more…)
Roman Roth, winemaker and partner at Wölffer Estate Vineyards. (Credit: Randee Daddona)
Two Wölffer Estate Vineyard 2013 reds have been named to a ‘Best of 2016’ list by a critic at one of the wine world’s most influential publications.
Mark Squires of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocates chose the Sagaponack vineyard’s 2013 Fatalis Fatum as one of the East Coast’s best wines and the winery’s 2013 Caya Cabernet Franc as a 2016 best value. The list included selections from the East Coast, Portugal, Greece and Israel/Lebanon. (more…)
No wine pairs better with a Hamptons summer than a cold bottle of Wölffer Estate Rosé. Iconic and perfectly suited to East End foods, beaches and boats, it was also among the first Long Island wines to have a wide distribution. To this day you’ll find it on wines lists across Long Island and in Manhattan. I even drank a bottle at a small bistro in Burlington, Vt., back in 2005. (more…)
I don’t really subscribe to the all-too-common term “rosé season.” I do drink more rosé from May to September than the cooler months, but I drink it year round. Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t happen in my house without rosé.
The reasons are plentiful, but the main thing I look for in any wine is versatility. Rosé, depending on its style, can work with most any food. Not Frosted Flakes, perhaps, but you can find rosé that helps everything from local fluke crudo to duck confit to a burger shine. A bold, slightly tannic rosé can even work with a steak.
This week’s Wine of the Week doesn’t fall into that category. It’s more of a rosé to enjoy on the beach, by the pool or with lighter fare.
Wölffer Estate 2015 “Summer in a Bottle” Rosé ($24), made from 57% merlot, 20% cabernet franc, 12% chardonnay, and 11% gewürztraminer, isn’t as overtly fruity as previous vintages, but is still focused and super refreshing.