Harvest is in full swing, and while I might not be able to experience it all at home in Napa, there's a world of wine at my doorstep on the Northfork. It's the perfect time to plan a weekend escape from NYC. While it can be done in a day-trip, I'd highly recommend spending at least one night to truly enjoy and savor the region.
One of my favorite places to visit is Bedell Cellars.
We were greeted by a glass of bubbles to kick things off, who can say no??
Our wonderful host, Chris, took us through the cellar.
We tasted through so many of their wines, I was a bad blogger enjoying the moment more than taking notes. What I did take note of was their delicious 2010 Musée. A typical Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Syrah, the wine is big and bold, just the way I like it. Full of dark, black fruits, a hint of spice, and medium tannins, this is certainly a food wine.
What's so cool about Bedell besides their lovely wines, is the art in their labels. Each bottle showcases a specially commissioned work by world-renowned contemporary artists.
Next, we visited Duckwalk Vineyards. Definitely the opposite end of the spectrum with a huge tasting room and more of an impersonal feel. This was definitely a place for large buses and tour groups, which made the experience feel very corporate and lacked that personal touch. I did really enjoy their Southampton White, a blend of Chardonnay and Cayuga grapes, it was light, refreshing and had a hint of salinity that would make it a great oyster wine. The backyard was a lovely place to enjoy the sun with a live band playing. They also allow picnics.
Last stop was Osprey's Dominion. I don't have any pictures because unfortunately we had such a terrible experience it's not really one I wanted to document. The hospitality staff were unwelcoming and the wines were undrinkable. They do have nice grounds for picnicking, lawn games, and live music, but I would only recommend if you sneak in your own wine from another vineyard!
After getting our fill of wine tasting, we made our way to Shelter Island for the night. Stay tuned for details of our fabulous stay!