January 15, 2011 - My Birthday. A great excuse for some wine tasting on the North Fork of Eastern Long Island.
Our first stop was Roanoke Vineyards (Sound Avenue - Riverhead, NY) to sign up for thier wine club. I had decided on an earlier visit, that this was the perfect place for me to start to really absorb myself in Long Islands' fine wines. So, my birthday present to myself starts with a box of three stellar wines ($95) :
- 2007 Blend One - winner of the 2009 Judgement of Riverhead
- 2009 Rhyme and Meter (barrel fermented Chardonnay)
- 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
I have tasted all three and look forward to enjoying each with a special meal.
Andrew and I spent a nice half hour sipping Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. We also tried a non-alcoholic white wine that was tasty. Adam and Amanda were wonderful to talk with and learn from. A nice extra was the birthday wishes from the friendly patrons.
The next stop was to Shinn Estate Vineyards (Oregon Road, Mattituck, NY). I had learned from Facebook that Shinn was offering free tastings to locals from Riverhead and Southold Townships. Once a month, we can enjoy this freebie (as well as entering a Trivia Contest) during the winter months.