With lots to keep us busy in the vineyard, winery, and tasting room we don’t often get the chance to visit other wineries – let alone other wine regions. Every year a few of my girlfriends from NYC trek out out to Montauk at the very end of the South Fork of Long Island for a long weekend. We pass a handful of very impressive looking vineyards on the way, but never have time to stop. This year we took advantage of a cold, rainy day to escape the beach and go tasting!
Channing Daughters Winery and Wölffer Estate Vineyard came highly recommended by Lenn Thompson of New York Cork Report and neither disappointed. Both boasted beautiful, perfectly maintained vineyards and some seriously tasty vino.
Barrel top displays at Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton, NY
The tasting room at Channing Daughters was cozy and intimate. Some unusual white varietals – Tocai Fruiliano (which I first fell in love with at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery in the Hudson Valley), Aligoté, and Pinot Bianco to name a few. Their 2008 Clones Chardonnay is a study in complexity. In addition to ten different Chardonnay clones it also contains 6% Tocai Fruliano, 1% Gewurtztraminer, 1% Aligoté, 1% Semillion, and 1% Viognier. No wonder it’s so good!
The patio and vineyard at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, NY
Wolffer had a great lineup of reds – not to mention a perfectly maintained vineyard. They claim “European elegance combined with the typicity of [the] Long Island terroir” and who can argue with that? We especially enjoyed the 2008 Fatalis Fatum a Merlot heavy Bordeaux-style blend with 64% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The tank room at Wölffer
I spent lots of time and iPhone shots on Wölffer’s tank room. Exposed brick, catwalk, barrel tank, built in bottling line.. I could drool over this for hours!
The perfect lunch
We finished up with a light lunch of meat and cheese platters and headed back to Montauk for some quality lobster-eatin’ time.