This week’s “Wine of the Week,” Anthony Nappa Wines 2017 White Pinot Noir ($20) has a bit of a cult following, both locally and in New York City, where Nappa has had success getting it on restaurant lists dating back to when the wine was still called “Anomaly.” (more…)
You can find some good riesling grown and made here on Long Island, but we are lucky to have one of the country’s premier riesling regions just a five- or six-hour drive northeast in the Finger Lakes. (more…)
Pick up a bottle of Sparkling Point Brut on your next visit to Stirling Sake in Greenport. (Credit: David Benthal photos)
Remember the days when dinner was a protein-starch-veggie affair? There’s no shame if you can’t. Food may still sustain us, but these days it’s also meant to entertain us.
Blame the millennials, Instagram and wine and food subscription services, but experiential dining is now at the head of the table.
The Long Island restaurant scene has become more creative — putting a greater emphasis on shareable conversation-starting tapas, local ingredients and plating dishes so artistically they look almost too good to eat. (more…)
Anthony Nappa with a bottle of Anthony Nappa Wines Bordo Antico, the first certified organic wine grown and produced on Long Island. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the classification of Anthony Nappa Wines Bordo Antico as Long Island’s first certified organic wine. It is certified “wine made with organic grapes,” according to NOFA-NY.
Organic local food enthusiasts can now incorporate wine into that lifestyle.
Anthony Nappa Wines released Bordo Antico last month, the first certified wine made with organic grapes grown and produced on Long Island. It’s also the first certified organic vitis vinifera — meaning common wine grape variety — bottle grown and produced in all of New York State.
“It’s a pretty cool barrier to break,” said Nappa, who in addition to his own label owns The Winemaker Studio and is winemaker at Raphael Winery, both in Peconic. “For me, if you tell me something is impossible, I’m like ‘Let’s do this.’”
Although this is the region’s first certified bottle made with organic grapes, one farmer, Rex Farr of Calverton, has been harvesting organic grapes since 2011. Mr. Farr has sold his grapes to local wineries, although none have received certification to produce organic wine.(more…)
Depth. Concentration. Complexity. These are the types of things that wine lovers crave — even demand — in the wines they drink. As a wine lover, I love these things, but I don’t need them to enjoy a particular wine. In fact, there are times when I don’t want to analyze or ponder what is in my glass. I want straightforward deliciousness that I can enjoy with or without food. (more…)
Anthony Nappa Wines 2013 Reserve Merlot. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)
Despite what much of my writing may indicate to the contrary, I don’t hate oak barrels. They are vitally important not only in the production of many red wines, but I think they are an integral part of many of Long Island’s best chardonnays. Read my piece in the current issue of the Long Island Wine Press for more on that. (more…)