Start Your Long Island Wine Cellar with These 5 Bottles

12/16/2021
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As a famous Long Islander sang, a bottle of white, a bottle of red, perhaps a bottle of rosé instead. Now that you’re finally ready to form the foundation of your Long Island wine collection, why not all three? And, while we’re at it, how about a bottle of bubbly and a fine dessert wine? Lisa P. Schock, Advanced Certified Sommelier/SSA, of East Hampton’s Park Place Wines & Liquors, uncorks a quintet of local bottles to get you started…

Bottle of White: Paumanok Chenin Blanc 2020
A perennial customer favorite that resides on just about every restaurant’s wine list on the East End. This is a fresh, crisp, racy and bracing Chenin that is redolent of grapefruit and pineapple, with more subtle notes of melon, apple and guava. It’s bar none one of the best American Chenin Blancs around!

Bottle of Red: Leo Family Red 2015
One of the best red wines produced on Long Island, by revered winemaker John Leo. Rich, ripe black fruit, cassis and sweet spice are beautifully balanced with fresh, vibrant acidity, culminating in a transcendent, terroir-driven red blend that will make you swoon. We fell in love with his red immediately and it has graced our shelves ever since. It exhibits balance, elegance, finesse of the old-world combined with liveliness and fruit from the new-world.

Bottle of Rosé: Channing Daughters Rosato Cabernet Franc
This South Fork rosé is requested by our customers, second only to Wölffer’s. It’s made solely from Cabernet Franc, which is one of the most successful grapes on Long Island. This is full of fresh red currant and Meyer lemon flavors tinged with a hint of violet and lots of sea spray—an ideal wine for your seafood and one which can simply be enjoyed on its own.

Bottle of Bubbles: Sparkling Pointe Blanc De Blanc 2017
An exceptional local sparkler from the North Fork that rivals many of the Champagne on our shelves. This Blanc de Blanc is consistently one of the best of Sparkling Pointe’s many excellent offerings, an elegant wine shows classic expressions of apple and lemon juxtaposed with complex notes of fresh-baked brioche, nuts and cream. High-toned acidity and fine, delicate mousse fill the palate with intensity and harmony, with an exceptionally long finish.

Dessert in a Bottle: Macari ‘Block E’ Riesling 2013
The Macari Family produces some of the very best wines on the North Fork. Their luscious dessert wine was crafted from 100% Riesling grapes sourced from Seneca Lake, NY. Rich and full flavored, this wine’s cling-peach scents give way to a deeper, apricot-driven core of flavor. The wine was produced in the ice wine style in which the grapes are pressed while frozen, yielding extremely concentrated juice high in sugar, flavor and acidity.