Ever want to try one of those wine-pairing dinners local wineries and restaurants occasionally host?
We recently accepted an invitation to attend a dinner hosted at Cowfish Restaurant in Hampton Bays Thursday, featuring wine from Palmer Vineyards in Riverhead.
For $85, guests enjoyed a four-course meal plus dessert.
One of the highlights of the evening for Palmer winemaker Miguel Martin was showcasing the winery’s newly released Old Roots Red Blend 2014. He said they had the official release of the wine on Sunday, Nov. 12 and the pairing dinner was the first time he was able to share it with a large group of people.
“This is what I make the wines for,” Mr. Martin said, “for the people to enjoy and to get feedback.”
The winery participates in several pairing dinners a year. Cowfish, which also hosts a few each year, said Palmer is usually its most popular offering.
A bottle of Palmer Vineyards Albariño. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)
It can be easy to forget that the Long Island wine industry was founded in 1973, not that long ago as far as wine regions go. For comparison, Pliny the Elder recorded the first evidence of vines in Bordeaux in 71 AD.
Long Island has done well for itself in its first 40 plus years, but when you look at the region with a global perspective, it’s still a toddler. Maybe even a baby.
Several grapes have come and gone over the course of Long Island wine country’s history — zinfandel was even tried early on — and a handful of grapes have emerged as those showing great promise here. Those include merlot, chardonnay, cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc. (more…)
Local rosé made entirely from merlot is rarely interesting or, frankly, anything more than mediocre. It tends to be very one-dimensional and lack freshness. Some might even call it boring. Okay, I’d call it that too.
I’ve been tasting and drinking wines from Palmer Vineyards for many years, but it wasn’t until I visited a couple of weeks ago and tasted through the entire lineup that I realized something: Above all else, this is a white wine house. And that’s OK. It’s great, in fact, because many of the white wines are great.
We all know that Long Island Wine Country is supposed to be about merlot. Or maybe merlot and chardonnay, the two most-planted grapes. They are the cornerstones of many wineries’ production and portfolios. (more…)
Even for someone like me — someone who is willing to taste most any wine from any region in the world — it’s a natural tendency to stick with what you like. Take that tendency, and the fact that there are few local tasting rooms where I feel comfortable bringing my family with me, and you end up with a narrow band of local wines finding their way into my glass. (more…)