In addition to beautiful beach towns famous for fresh seafood, vibrant art scenes and fashionable shopping destinations, Long Island’s East End is covered in sprawling vineyards that produce over 500,000 cases of wine each year. A while back, we wrote a blog detailing which of those vineyards are the best. Now, we’re sharing which specific types of Long Island wine are our favorites, and what you’ll want to pair with them.
Long Island Wine Suggestions
Paumanok Vineyards 2014 Chenin Blanc
Chenin Blanc, a wine that was once made more or less exclusively on the West Coast, has made its way to Long Island wine country. Currently, Paumanok Vineyards is the only producer of this highly acidic white wine on Long Island. Their Chenin Blanc is among the best in the United States year after year. The 2014 Chenin Blanc has flavors of grapefruit and pineapple with refined notes of melon and apple. It’s perfect for pairing with oysters and white fish like flounder and striped bass.
Shinn Estate Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Franc
The 2013 Cabernet Franc from Shinn Estate Vineyards boasts flavors of red cherry fruit and aromas of exotic spices. This wine is a great companion to grilled meats, roasted mushrooms and game birds. The owners of this vineyard actually established one of the first farm-to-table restaurants in New York City, HOME, with a menu that features plenty of different types of Long Island wine.
McCall Wines 2010 Pinot Noir Reserve
Named “Best Pinot Noir in New York” at the 2013 New York Wine & Food Classic, the 2010 Pinot Noir Reserve from McCall Wines is perfect for pairing with duck. It goes especially well with the white Pekin breed, which Long Island is famous for in the world of “game bird connoisseurs.” McCall Wines states that “a wine like this is only possible once in a five to eight year weather cycle,” so its world-class flavor is certainly worth tasting for yourself.
Coffee Pot Cellars 2010 Meritage
The 2010 Meritage from Coffee Pot Cellars is full-bodied and has intense aromas of blueberry, blackberry and peppercorn. With dark fruit flavors, this Bordeaux blend pairs well with roast lamb and cheeses like romano and asiago.
Anthony Nappa Wines 2013 Spezia
Gewürztraminer is not a Long Island wine you’ll find often, so if you’re looking for something different, give the 2013 Spezia from Anthony Nappa Wines a try. On the nose, there are scents of mango and dried apricot as well as more subtle notes of Earl Grey tea and exotic spices. It’s a super dry wine with flavors of spice, fig, apricot, pear and mango. The 2013 Spezia goes great with hot, spicy foods and just about any kind of cheese.
Bedell Cellars 2010 Museé
If you’re planning on pairing the 2010 Museé from Bedell Cellars with food, don’t bother breaking out the cheese. This wine is made for steak. It’s a powerful red wine with ripe, black fruit flavor that also has a bit of earthiness to it. As Bedell Cellars says, it’s their “ultimate expression of North Fork terroir.”
No matter which of these Long Island wines you try for yourself, make sure you practice safe driving. Enjoy responsibly!