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Long Island Wines and Vineyards

August 14th, 2010 by wilfredjoseph

Looking to try some Long Island wines?  Long Island wine country has numerous amounts of wineries and all of them have fabulous wines.  However, there are some that just seem to have received a little more attention than others!  The following wines have been noted as some of the “must try” Long Island Wines selected by the Long Island Wine Guide.  Sit back, sip, and enjoy!  Cheers!!

Osprey’s Dominion 2000 Flight Meritage: This full-bodied blend of Merlot (60%) and Cabernet (40%) boasts a blackberry aroma with layers of new smoky oak and fleeting herbal notes and features a velvet texture with ripe tannins and a long finish. A winner of the “Best in Class” at the 2004 New York State Fair, the “Double Gold Medal” at the 2004 Tasters Guild International and the “Gold Medal” at the 2004 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. Average price per bottle: $35.

Castello di Borghese 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Reserve: This Cabernet, with its deep ruby garnet appearance, features a rich start that tapers to a textured, rounded and well balanced finish. Look for hints of licorice, black plum, vanilla and black cherry. Average price per bottle: $35.

2002 Sherwood House Merlot: A bright deep ruby red wine, the spicy and peppery scents of the 2002 Merlot come together with a delicate fruity nose, developing a charming aromatic bouquet of raspberry and floral. Vanilla and oak flavors add to the complexity of this wine, melting with its delicate structure. Average price per bottle: $24

Laurel Lake 2002 Syrah: This full-bodied wine, barrel aged in French Oak for 18 months, is a fine example of the intense flavor for which the North Fork is well known. The 2002 Syrah is soft and silky with hints of pepper. The palate gives generous berry flavors with fine toasty oak finish. The Laurel Lake 2002 Syrah was a winner of the Florida State Fair International Wine Competition 2002. Average price per bottle: $20.

Lieb Cellars 2003 Chardonnay Reserve: On the heels of its award winning 2002 vintage, Lieb’s 2003 Chardonnay Reserve may even beat its predecessor. Whole cluster pressed, using only first-run juice, it was stainless fermented with finishing for six months in neutral French oak. Elegant and well balanced with aromas of spiced apple and pear, hints of marzipan and toastiness, this Chardonnay flows beautifully on the palate. Average price per bottle: $18.

Martha Clara 2004 Five-O White: A blend of six white varietals including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier and Gewürztraminer, bringing together the best of each varietal. This medium-bodied white reveals deep exotic perfumes and more subtle flavors of white fruits. Try this 2006 Jerry D. Mead New World International Wine Competition “Silver Medal” award winner with seafood. Average price per bottle: $25.

Macari Vineyards 2003 Reserve Barrel Fermented Chardonnay: This elegant chardonnay was crafted in small quantity, using only hand-selected grapes. It features an enticing nose of caramel, apple and spicy Asian pear that leads to a creamy, almost frothy sensation on the palate. This chardonnay offers the perfect balance of fruit and oak, with hints of tropical fruits and stone fruit. Average price per bottle: $25.

Castello di Borghese 2001 Merlot: Aged in French oak barrels for 13 months, this Merlot is well balanced with aromas of rose petal and cinnamon, a soft fruit flavor with a hint of black pepper and a beautiful garnet color. Average price per bottle: $20.

Palmer 2003 Merlot: This merlot features ripe plum and berry flavors balanced with soft tannins and smoky oak. Its rich color and supple structure are a fine compliment to red meats, pork, poultry and medium flavored cheeses. The 2003 Palmer Merlot was a “Silver Medal” winner in the 2005 Taster’s Guild International competition. Average price per bottle: $19.

Osprey’s Dominion 2001 Reserve Chardonnay: A “Silver Medal” winner at the 2005 New York Wine & Food Classic, this delicious chardonnay features a ripe tropical fruit aroma of pineapple and grapefruit with hints of green apple, toasted oak and vanilla. Aromas of apricot, peach, pineapple and toasted yeast round out this unique delight. Average price per bottle: $20.

Long Island Vineyard Events ata Martha Clara's Vineyard

August 6th, 2010 by wilfredjoseph

If you plan to visit Long Island vineyards, make sure to add Martha Clara’s Vineyard to your list.  Martha Clara’s Vineyard on the North Fork of Long Island was purchased by the Entenmann’s family in 1978 and was originally a potato farm.  In 1995, they caught the “grape bug” and planted 18 acres of vitis vinifera grapes and they haven’t looked back since.  Over the next four years, they expanded to over 100 acres of growing grapes and the vineyard is just lovely. 

In addition to growing grapes, Martha Clara’s Vineyard has a variety of activities that are just perfect for a romantic getaway to the wine country of Long Island.  Horse drawn carriage tours and wine tastings are available on an ongoing basis.  The August and September calendar of events are chock full and are as follows: 

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Cheese Shop in the Long Island Wine Country

March 8th, 2010 by wilfredjoseph

When thinking about the wine of North Fork of Long Island, also remember to think about cheese.  One of the favorite cheese shops on the North Fork of Long Island is the Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck.  The choices are amazing and with over 100 cheeses to choose from, it may take a little time to make your decision and they will be sure to assist you along the way.

The Village Cheese Shop was opened in 2001 and they feature cheese categories including French, Italian, American, Spanish, Dutch, English, and Swiss.  Then, there are multiple cheese options under each category.  Take it a step further and you can order sampler plates or cheese fondue which is served in a crock pot with chunks of crusty bread for dipping.  Yum!  I think that I have died and gone to cheese heaven!

One of the most popular cheese plates, the Twin Forks, includes Atlantic Mist, soft ripened cows’ milk cheese, and honey lavender goat cheese from Catapano’s Farm.  The plate includes fruit, chutney, and bread toasts.  Everything you need for a romantic picnic or sit down and enjoy it at the shop.

Here’s to the wine country’s cheese shop!

Our New North Fork Wine Country Blog

September 30th, 2009 by wilfredjoseph

BLOG OR DIE!!!

To Blog or not to Blog that is the question. Whether it is better to get lost and left behind as a Luddite and suffer the thought that you are growing old and losing touch with your youth, or to go to the computer and write and share and join forces with the youthful masses. And, by opposing do nothing.  Therefore to turn old, to be disconnected, to be left back in the 20th century, to be dead.”

I like life so therefore I blog.

As you can see I am attempting to paraphrase Shakespeare (and trying to be funny too)  to explain the quandary that I have been experiencing these last few months since I recognized that I was going to write a blog. And as I am no Shakespeare, I will not bore you anymore prose like that and proceed with my blog.

FOUR REASONS TO BLOG

Blogging is all the rage now for businesses.  Business people now get to share their experiences with those who are interested and willing to read.  As I understand it, there are three main reasons to blog.

  1. To Brag about your products, services and events (Veda’s delicious date nut bread)
  2. To share your personal stories and experiences (The joys of maintaining a 200 year old house)
  3. To drive people to your website and grow your business ( I like this one)
  4. Search engines love it because the content is fresh and easier to update than a website

WHAT TO EXPECT

Therefore I am excited to announce to our fans that we will be sharing things about the B&B, The North Fork, the wineries, my thoughts with you our fans, clients and others.  I am very excited, as in very new project I must temper my enthusiasm with common-sense and not overwhelm you. I have a lot that I want to share with you.

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OUR TENTH ANNIVERSARY

Arbor View House Bed & Breakfast is celebrating our 10th year in business.  We started our B&B in Late August 1999.  We really thought that we knew what we were doing.  In that time we have seen so many things change, new additions and upgrades to the B&B, 9/11, two wars, two new grandchildren, a black president, additional B&Bs in the area and many new wineries among other things.  One thing that has remained constant is our love of what we do being Innkeepers.  Veda and I love what we do and love our guests.

We get a tremendous amount of pleasure from providing service and seeing the pleasure they derive from it.  We would not be able to do it all without guests, supporters, friends, relatives and suppliers.  This has been a blast and we are looking for to having fun on the roller coaster for a while.

We started out by saying that we would get the best guests, and we have and that we would do two things exceptionally well, BED and BREAKFAST, and we’ve managed to do just that.

WINE COUNTRY

To remind you and me, we live in a beautiful piece of Nature’s handiwork called Long Island’s East End.  Specifically, here on the North Fork as opposed to the Hamptons, we experience the bucolic nature of the area.  Here we have wineries, vineyards, farms, pristine beaches, hiking trails, preserves, ponds, fishing and best of all “the light”.  The Light is often described by painters that source of light that makes things luminous.  In addition the weather that is so much different and milder than in New York City.  Come visit us sometime soon.

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