This Past weekend I attended a couple of wine and cocktail events. Saturday evening I made my way to the Cradle of Aviation museum in Garden City Long Island for the Taste of Flight wine expo. It’s promoted as the “largest wine event on Long Island”. I attended the event last year which was held in the afternoon. It’s a great space for an event, the museum is full of real military aircraft, many from World War 2. This was a consumer event and like a lot of consumer events, the wines were at mid-level range.
On Sunday I attended the Bloody Mary Festival held at Industry City which is a very minimalist event space on the waterfront in Sunset Park Brooklyn. A dozen local bars and restaurants poured their versions of the drink. It was a young crowd who where enjoying themselves though I have to say that this Bloody Mary event wasn’t as polished as the Bloody Mary event I attended at L’Apicio restaurant last February.
Some of what I sampled: At the museum
Angry Orchard “Strawman” Farmhouse Cider. From the Ciderhouse collection of this company’s cider lineup, in a Champagne bottle with a cork with wood aging and special fermentation techniques. Drank like a nice white wine.
Bernard-Massard Brut. Sparking wine from Luxembourg. A first for me and not too shabby, dry and crisp.
2013 Notorious Pink Grenache Rosé
2013 L’Escargot Rosé
2013 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc
2013 Cambria Estate Chardonnay “Katherine’s Vineyard”
2013 Cambria Estate Pinot Noir “Julia’s Vineyard”
2012 Freemark Abbey Merlot
2011 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Matanzas Creek Merlot
2006 Bertani Amarone (Outlier wine)
2010 Fontanafredda Barolo Serrralunga d’Alba
2013 Pietro Di Campo Barbera “Silenzio”
2011 Masciarelli Montepulciano D’Abruzzo
2013 Borsao Garnacha
At the Bloody Mary Event:
My favorite of the day a Bloody made with White Pike Whiskey, it had a nice tang to it with a touch of heat at the end. Others I sampled from local eateries:
Travel Bar Catfish
Cain’s Tavern Char No. 4
Lucky Luna Mominette
Bloody Mary Liberation Party