Almost a year ago, a few days after Jackson was born, I found myself on Edgewood Avenue in St. James as I was driving back to the hospital. It's a well-traveled road but not one that I'm on that often. I remember looking to my left and seeing what I immediately recognized as a vineyard. A vineyard that I hadn't noticed before.
With all that was going on, I didn't really follow up with it. It's across the street from Borella's Farmstand and Greenhouses and figured I could call there to get the scoop. I just never did. A new born will do that to you.
But earlier this week, a co-worker who knows about this blog pointed this story out to me, which brought it back to the front of my mind.
I'm still working on talking to the owners themselves, but I've learned that the wines are being made at Lenz Winery.
Two things stand out to me about this story. First, calling this the North Fork, is a bit silly and probably qualifies as unfairly benefiting from the name the North Fork has begun to make for itself. I can't imagine that they are going to be allowed to bottle under the official North Fork of Long Island AVA.
And two, at $360 a case, that means this first chardonnay is going to be at least $30 per bottle. That's pretty pricey for a brand-new producer without a track record. It looks like it will be released sometime in 2008, so we'll find out if it's worth that chunk of change.