Sure, you can enjoy a chilled glass of riesling near the fire in the dead of winter, but why do that when the velvety warmth of a sangiovese is just waiting to envelop your senses?
After all, there are more than enough varietals to complement the weather conditions characteristic of each month of the year.
Here are 12, all handpicked from the North Fork.
This medium bodied red, which Pugliese heralds as Long Island’s only Chianti, offers the ideal counterpart to your favorite pasta and tomato sauce dishes.
Shinn Estate Vineyards
2010 Wild Boar Doe
Rich and softly tantic, this intoxicatingly spicy red wine is a good one to enjoy by the fire.
2007 Mélange de Trois
Warm your bones with this smoky, Bordeaux-style blend of 49 percent cabernet sauvignon, 25 percent merlot and 26 percent cabernet franc.
Waters Crest Winery
2012 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Soft and vibrant, this green apple and honey-scented wine boasts a creaminess on the palate, owing to the two months it spent fermenting in French oak and less stirring.
Golden Fleece $14.95
Fruity and bright, this semi-dry blend of cayuga, seyval and gewürztraminer is a clean, crisp way to enjoy spring on Long Island.
Sherwood House Vineyards
2012 Stainless Steel Fermented Chardonnay
If you don’t like the taste of oak then you’ll appreciate this refreshing white wine, which is fermented entirely in stainless steel for a crisp, acidic finish.
Anthony Nappa Wines
Refresh your senses with this crisp white wine made using fruit sourced from the Finger Lakes, a region of upstate New York that boasts a terroir uniquely suited for producing sleek, cool rieslings.
Cool your palate while delighting your taste buds with this toasty and creamy sparkling wine, made from a blend of 61 percent chardonnay and 39 percent pinto noir.
Martha Clara Vineyards
Enjoy your favorite hard and soft cheeses with this easy-drinking merlot, which also pairs well with this pasta dishes and grilled beef.
Laurel Lake Vineyards
Welcome the season’s first chill with this full-bodied red, which possesses intense flavors of berry, vanilla and a dash of pepper.
The perfect companion to a big turkey roast, your Thanksgiving guests will be all the more graceful if you fill their glasses with this zesty varietal with aromas of pineapple and nutmeg.
Harbes Family Vineyards
2011 Ice Wine
Made from estate-grown chardonnay grapes frozen after harvest, this dessert wine is a sweet way to spread holiday cheer.