7 Long Island wine picks for spring

Wine bottles_2Spring is the season of renewal and rebirth, all things new and fresh. So, we asked local wine and restaurant professionals to tell us which wines they prefer at this time of the year.

What are the pros drinking? Read on to find out.

Saltbird Cellars Migratus 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, $27 at The Winemaker Studio in Peconic

Credit: Vera Chinese

Credit: Vera Chinese

After not really drinking for nine months [Ms. Nappa gave birth to her second child this winter], this spring I’m looking forward to this full-bodied sauvignon blanc. I’m usually not a fan of barrel-aged whites, but the little oak influence is well-integrated in this wine. It will be a great pairing for the end of Peconic Bay scallop season!

Sarah Nappa

Chef and co-owner, Provisions & Ingredients and The Winemaker Studio

Macari Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc $24

Credit: Katharine Schroeder

Credit: Katharine Schroeder

I love aromatic whites. The Macari sauvignon has lush tropical fruit aromas, complexity and length on the palate with a bright, optimistic finish. It is a perfect example of the ripe flavor profiles that distinguish Long Island sauvignon blanc from the rest. This is a great choice for spring because it was ripened in last summer’s sun and is the harbinger of a new summer’s warm sunshine in a glass!

Zander Hargrave

Winemaker, Pellegrini Vineyards

Martha Clara Vineyards Northville Red 2014 $27

Credit: Katharine Schroeder

Credit: Katharine Schroeder

I like the blend. It’s a nice fruitful, medium-bodied red wine.

Russell Hearn

Director of winemaking, Premium Wine Group

Channing Daughters Winery 2015 Rosato Merlot, $50 for a magnum, 750 ml soldout online

Credit: Courtesy photo

Credit: Courtesy photo

“The reason why I like it so much is it reminds me of the freshly fermenting taste during harvest. And there is something magical when wine is fermenting. I think [winemaker] Chris [Tracy] has captured that magic in a bottle.”

Adam Suprenant

Winemaker, Osprey’s Dominion and Coffee Pot Cellars

Anthony Nappa Wines 2013 Sciardonne Chardonnay, $20

Credit: Katharine Schroeder

Credit: Katharine Schroeder

My own personal favorite is Anthony Nappa’s Sciardonne for its crispness and hints of spring.

Rosa Ross

Executive chef, Scrimshaw Restaurant

Bedell Cellars 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, $40

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Credit: Courtesy photo

In the spring, I love diving into the newly released white wines of our region and Bedell’s Sauvignon Blanc has the crisp acidity I crave once the temperature starts to rise on the North Fork. It’s refreshing with notes of lemon-lime and reflects the classic North Fork terroir, reminiscent of salt air with a bright finish.

Kelsey Cheslock

Marketing and social media coordinator, tasting house coordinator, Sparkling Pointe Vineyards and Winery

Paumanok Vineyards 2014 Chenin Blanc, $28

Credit: Katharine Schroeder

Credit: Katharine Schroeder

Its zesty and crisp acidity awakens the senses while its lavishly floral notes bloom with the new season.

Daniele Cacioppo

Co-owner Caci North Fork