I’ve been opening about two cases of wine per night for the past six days and, guess what, I wake up feeling like I have the arthritic hands of 70-year-old embroiderer. I’ve got to loosen my grip, or switch over entirely to screw cap. There’s another argument for alternative closures to cork.
Also, my schedule is drifting towards the go-to-bed-at 3 a.m. and wake-up-past-10. It’s a shame because the weather out here on the East End has been beautiful for the past week. Dry, cool at night and in the low 80s during the day. Perfect at this crucial stage of ripening.
Miguel Martin of Palmer Vineyards in Aquebogue was in the restaurant on Thursday showing me four of his white from recent vintages. The 2006 Pinot Blanc and Reserve Chardonnay, and the 2007 Sauvignon Blanc and the winery’s Select Reserve, a blend of chardonnay, pinot blanc, sauvignon blanc and gewurztraminer. Continue reading
Last night was winery night at the The Frisky Oyster as sweetheart Joe Macari Sr. was in drinking his usual, the 2004 Macari Bergen Road; Miguel Martin, winemaker at Palmer Vineyards, was there and got my last bottle of 2005 Ferrer-Bobet Priorat (he went to school in Spain with either Ferrer or Bobet); David Page of Shinn Estate was there with my favorite wine customer Mike Malter. Page had a bottle of his 2002 Six Barrel red, which Dennis tossed out before I got a chance to taste. And Chiara Edmands of Onabay was in with their newly bottled 2007 sparkling and a 2006 red , which was also tossed. The sparkling was not yet labeled, but was definitely chardonnay-based and lively and fresh. (I wish I took a picture of it.)
The 2004 Bergen Road won a double gold at the New York Wine and Food Classic, which means the voting was unanimous.
Also on Malter’s table was a 2005 white burgundy and 1992 Diamond Creek Gravelly Creek Vineyard, which I got a sip of amid a busy night that shows the rest of the summer is going to be like, well, Labor Day Weekend, which is next weekend.
Someday soon I’m going to sit down and drink some wine, rather than standing up and spitting it.
The summer issue of the Wine Press was released today, and it contains an article on gewurztraminer written by none other than Cellarette. Check it out for details on the differing styles of the wine made on the East End by Lenz, Martha Clara, Bedell and Palmer.