Tomorrow is the first specifically wine-related event that Nena and I have ever hosted -- Long Island Pink Wines for Valentine's Day. A week early you say? That's because my Dan's Papers column for Valentine's Day weekend is due Monday. Yes, the day after the Super Bowl, which is why I'll be writing it Sunday morning.
We'll be tasting 14 wines from 12 Long Island wineries and one winery from the Finger Lakes wine region (with ties to Long Island). Wineries represented include:
- Atwater Vineyards (Finger Lakes)
- Bedell Cellars
- Castello di Borghese
- Galluccio Family Wines
- Laurel Lake Vineyards
- Macari Vineyards
- Martha Clara Vineyards (2 different wines)
- The Olf Field Vineyards
- Paumanok Vineyards
- Pellegrini Vineyards
- Raphael Wines
- Wolffer Estate
I'm very interested to see what everyone says about this wide range of wines. Some I know are completely dry...but there are others that I know are off-dry and semi-sweet as well. Grapes used include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Catawba, Caguya, Pinot Noir and even Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc.
I think I'm going the wines up into those that I know/expect to be dry versus those that I know/expect to have some sweetness so that we're comparing like wines. Given the motley crew of people coming...I think it will be a lot of fun to see what people enjoy.