Long Island Winery Tour ~ Part 2

Wine, wine, wine & a little more wine…plus great food!  That about sums up our weekend!  Just about….

Here is what we did for the 2nd part of our weekend…

We left Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery & headed to our hotel.  Time to re-group, refresh & sleep relax!  Yes, I napped & I’m glad I did…after waking up at 5:45am & partaking in a lot little bit of wine, I needed it!  Dinner Saturday night was at the North Fork Table & Inn.  The restaurant offers a 5 course tasting menu ($125) that can be paired with wine ($30) or a 3 course prix fixe menu ($75).  We chose the 3 course…  For the 1st course I had Tuna Tartare & my husband had Foie Gras, 2nd course I had Butter Poached Lobster & my husband had Roasted Duck Breast, we finished it off with dessert of Chocolate Caramel tart for me & Coconut Tapioca for my husband.  Along with our wonderful, great, awesome tasting meal we had the 2010 Cabernet Franc from Bedell Cellars.

Sunday morning began with a trip to South Hampton for coffee & a walk through a farmers market.  We contributed to the local economy by purchasing honey, cheese, fudge, muffins, basil olive oil & an aged balsamic vinegar.

The 1st winery on Sunday was Wolffer Estate Vineyard.  We enjoyed a cheese & charcuterie plate along with the Grand Tasting at $18 for me & my husband had the Merlot Vertical Tasting at $18.  The vertical tasting was showing/tasting the difference between 3 different years with the 1998, 1999 & 2000 Estate Selection Merlot.  He enjoyed the 1998 the best out of the 3.  We bought wine from my Grand Tatsting, the 2008 Fatalis Fatum Red Blend (65% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon) at $40 and 2 bottles of the 2011 Diosa Late Harvest (dessert wine) at $37.  Taken from Wolffer Estate Vineyard website ~ 2008 Fatalis Fatum Red Blend Dark red brick in color.  Lush, rich aromas of cassis, toasty oak, fine leather and notes of ripe, sweet prunes.  The mouth-feel has a classic, elegant structure. Black cherry fruit is well balanced by ripe tannins and well integrated oak and dark chocolate notes.   The finish is long, showing good concentration and a wonderful classic minerality that make this wine extremely food friendly.  2011 Diosa Late Harvest Rich golden in color. The aroma is floral and full of honey, sundried apricots, papayas and hints of limes.  The wine is rich and intense, with ripe peach notes and more honey, giving a oily and lush mouth-feel — but the sweetness is well balanced by great acidity and minerality.  The fantastic concentration and structure gives this wine great aging potential (up to 40 years) and also makes it very food friendly.”


The 2nd winery on Sunday & last of the weekend was Channing Daughters.  This was our favorite winery due mostly to the gentleman, Anthony, that lead us through our tasting.  My husband & I split the tasting here for $10, we also added on a taste of 2 other wines.  We loved the wine so much that 6 bottles came home with us!  2 bottles of the 2009 Envelope at $42, 2 bottles of the 2010 Mosaico at $29, the 2011 Rosato di Cabernet Sauvignon at $20 & the 2007 MUDD at $40.  Taken from Channing Daughters website ~ “2009 Envelope is an intriguingly aromatic and intoxicatingly delicious white wine. The flavors and aromas are reflective of apricots, peaches, honey, roses, lychees, brown spice, apple compote, minerals, butterscotch and dried papaya. This is nuts, yes there are those flavors too in this complex, inviting wine. Made from 66% Chardonnay, 22% Gewurztraminer and 12% Malvasia Bianca this is a dry, full-bodied white that has a gorgeous deep golden orange appearance.  2010 Mosaico was fermented with naturally occurring ambient yeast and is comprised of 32% Pinot Grigio, 29% Chardonnay, 14% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Muscat Ottonel, 7% Tocai Friulano and 8% Gewurztraminer. This is a dry white wine where all the varieties were grown, harvested, pressed and fermented together in a stainless steel tank (86%) and a new French oak puncheon (14%). All the fruit was hand-picked and whole cluster-pressed, except for the Muscat and Gewurztraminer which were fermented on their skins and blended back in. This is a texturally delicious and aromatically unique white wine. The flavors and aromas are complex and deep and range from citrus fruit (lemon), tree fruit (pears), stone fruit (peaches, apricots), and tropical fruit (mango, lychee)…in addition there are beautiful notes of flowers, honey and brown spice. The wine is medium plus in body, the alcohol and acidity are balanced and the finish is long, clean, persistent and delicious.  2011 Rosato di Cabernet Sauvignon Grapes from some of the oldest vines planted (in 1975) on Long Island! Beautiful jewel-like pale pink…red currants, earth, herbs and flowers…delicious, balanced, plump and persistent wine…wonderful fruit intensity, a clean, satisfying finish.  2007 MUDD is composed of 60% Merlot, 21% Syrah, 9% Dornfelder, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Blaufrankisch.  It is dry, medium-bodied, has moderate 12.8% alcohol, balanced acidity, soft, ripe tannins and wonderfully persistent length. The wine is complex and displays finesse and elegance in its captivating texture and expression of fruit and wood. There are aromas and flavors of black plums, cherries, brown spice, forest floor, black raspberries, black peppercorns and cocoa.”

After Channing Daughters, we drove to & boarded the South Ferry to Shelter Island.  From there it was a quick ride on the North Ferry to Orient Point, which is where we started Saturday morning.  We’ve come full circle…well almost…another ferry to New London, then home…  All in all it was a great trip from start to finish, we enjoyed great wine, wonderful food & some great views along the way!  In total we visited 6 wineries over 2 days, we drank & enjoyed a lot little bit of wine along the way, we came home with 18 bottles of wine to enjoy!  I know every time we open a bottle from our trip, we will be able to revisit our weekend away in Long Island wine country!  Maybe even plan another trip there over a bottle or 2….


Sunset from the ferry to New London












If you missed part one, you can find it here.

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