Rosé Splash

 

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Rosé Splash was a rosé wine themed boat ride that was held aboard the Spirit of New York on the afternoon of September 3rd. It’s not to be confused with the other rosé boat ride, the La Nuit en Rosé boat ride from last May.

The boat shoved off from Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers at West 21st Street in Manhattan for a leisurely three hour cruise along the Hudson river and lower Manhattan.

The Spirit of New York which is normally used as a dinner cruise venue, is a fairly large boat and today had three floors of tasting tables and a buffet, They poured an international selection of wines including New York State wines in addition to spirits such as Ketal One vodka, Taconic Distillery whiskey and Goslings rum to name a few.

It was a beautiful afternoon to be on the water and the crowd enjoyed themselves. I didn’t think that the quality of the wines today were as good as the wines poured at the La Nuit en Rosé boat event, but with three floors of wine and spirits, there was plenty to keep everyone occupied for the afternoon. Plus, they had really good bread at the buffet table.

 

 

More Summer Rosé Long Island

 

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Rosé season is kicking in to high gear now and there is plenty of pink wine coming out of the east end long island wineries to keep the thirsty satisfied.

Most of the wineries do a pretty good job of making a drinkable version.

One afternoon I drove out for another tasting.

 

 

Shinn Estate Vineyards  2000 Oregon Road, Mattituck

Winery using biodynamic wine practices, featuring a wine library with a barrel room view. They also have a B & B on property.

2018 Rosé

100% Merlot. Medium cherry red, crushed red cherry on the nose, red cherry and some funk on the medium body with moderate acids.

 

Lieb  Cellars  13050 Oregon Road, Cuthchogue

The rustic tasting room is in a quiet spot off the main road. Established in 1992, they make estate grown “small production reserve wines”. They also own a local custom crush winemaking facility.

2018 Bridge Lane Rosé

Mostly Cabernet Franc. Medium copper in color, fresh honeydew on the nose, clean melon notes on the fruit, moderate to low acids, very drinkable.

 

Paumanok Vineyards  1074 Main Road, Aquebogue

The first winery you run into on the main road wine trail. Established in 1983 and the first winery to grow a Chenin Blanc.

2018 Dry Rosé

A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Orange-copper in color, dried herbs and funky melon on the nose with some of those funky notes coming through on the fruit, nice balance of acids.

 

 

Rosé Long Island

 

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With the warmer weather approaching that means that rosé season is upon us. It’s not surprising that on an island with miles of beaches and beach towns that drinking rosé wine would be very popular, in fact in the Hampton’s this year they are talking about a rosé shortage.

Every east end winery bottles a rosé which usually sells out quickly. While you won’t be drinking any of the grape varietals used to make rosé in the south of France such as Mouvedre, Cinsault or Grenache, they make do with Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.

One recent Saturday afternoon I drove out East to try a few.

 

One Women Winery 5195 Old North Road, Southold

Small production winery, a real mom & pop operation with excellent wines. Small, cozy tasting shack with knowledgeable staff, not much space inside but there are tables surrounding the tasting room.

2018 Rosé

A blend of Merlot and Pinot Noir, recently bottled.  Light copper in color, watermelon on the nose with light melon notes on the fruit, nice balance with refreshing acidity at the finish.

 

Corey Creek Tap Room  36225 Main Road, Cutchogue

Owned by Bedell Cellars, as the name suggests they serve only small batch wines on tap, “fresh from our cellar”. The tasting room has a nautical décor with an outdoor seating area overlooking the vineyard.

2018 Rosé Syrah

Light pink in color with sweet melon on the nose and fresh peach notes on the fruit with some residual sugar coming through at the finish.

 

McCall Wines  22600 Main Road, Cutchogue

McCall is not only a vineyard but a cattle ranch as well. They raise grass-fed Charolais cattle, a heritage European breed, on the adjacent ranch and is one of the few vineyards that bottle a pinot noir. The rustic tasting room is a former potato curing barn. There’s always one of the owners on hand overseeing the tasting room and pouring.

2018 Marjorie’s Rosé

A blend of Syrah and Merlot, light copper in color, sweet kiwi on the nose, funky melon on the full fruit with crisp acidity on the finish.

 

 

Rosé On A Boat, La Nuit en Rosé 2019

 

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La Nuit en Rosé was the “world’s first festival dedicated exclusively to summers favorite drink, rosé wine”. What began in New York City in 2014 has expanded to Los Angeles, Miami and the Hamptons.

In New York this year the festival took place on May 10-11 with an afternoon and an evening session both days. The event was held on the Hornblower yacht which is docked at Pier 40 on the Hudson River just west of Houston Street in lower Manhattan.

The yacht had three floors of rosé wines that included a VIP room on the top floor which served exclusive wines and food. The rest of the boat had plenty of rosé from around the world to keep everyone busy. Nibbles included cheeses from President cheese company, lobster rolls and oysters from the Lobster Joint and risotto from Risoteria Melotti. A DJ provided the music.

In the warmer months I enjoy a nice glass of rosé. I like to think of these wines as the sweatpants of the wine world; easy going with nothing to make a fuss about. I attended the Saturday afternoon session as I usually do and in the past the weather has not been optimal for what I would like for a day cruising the Hudson River but this afternoon was a beautiful Spring day and perfect for a cruise around lower Manhattan while sipping on a glass of rosé on deck. This is a popular event and the stylishly dressed crowd (mostly women as it turned out) enjoyed the cruise and the wines.

 

Some of the wines I sampled:

NV Gloria Ferrer Brut Rosé (California)

NV Segura Viudas Brut (Spain)

2108 Gerard Bertrand JOA (France)

2018 Gerard Bertrand Gris Blanc (France)

2018 Chateau Robine La Rosé (France)

2018 Chateau Auguste (France)

2018 Chateau Berne Romance (France)

2017 Ultimate (France)

2018 Listel Grain de Gris (France)

2018 Le Roi des Pierres Sancerre (France)

2018 Barton & Guestier Reserve (France)

2018 Barton & Guestier Tourmaline (France)

2018 Mouton Cadet (France)

2018 Lu ientu (Italy)

2018 Grecia Salento (Italy)

2018 JNSQ Rosé Cru (California)

2018 Bonterra (California)

2018 Day Owl (California)

2018 Rodney Strong Rosé of Pinot Noir (California)

2018 Erath (Oregon)

 

 

More Rosé On Long Island

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We’re now at the dog days of Summer which in New York City usually means hot sweltering days and muggy nights reminding me of some the lyrics from the 1966 Loving Spoonful song “Summer in the City” about the back of me head getting dirty and gritty.

But not this Summer. It has been unusually mild and comfortable with Spring like temperatures and low humidity. It still is rosé season though and I drove out East to try some more.

 

Winemaker Studio  2885 Peconic Lane, Peconic

The Studio is a 100 year old general store owned by winemaker Anthony Nappa as a cooperative tasting room to showcase and taste his wines as well as the wines of Vineyards that don’t have their own tasting rooms. Since I was there last the deli next door was converted into another tasting room.

2016 Saltbird “Roseate”

This is the first wine I’ve tried from this producer. Made from a Syrah and Cabernet Franc blend, medium pink, crushed strawberry on the nose, light fruit, low acid, a little neutral but easy drinking.

 

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Kontokosta Winery  825 North Road, Greenport

This winery is a fairly new one on the east end wine scene with the North Fork’s “first and only waterfront winery and tasting room”. About as far East as you can get on the north fork of the island near the town of Greenport. It’s a huge if a little sterile, property with views of the Long Island sound.

2016 Rosé

A blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Light copper in color, honeydew on the nose with green herbs on the fruit, low acids.

 

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Laurel Lake Vineyards  3165 Main Road, Laurel

A small vineyard owned by Chilean and American vintners.

2016 “Lake Rosé”

Made from Cabernet Sauvignon. Pale pink in color, cantaloupe on the nose, juicy melon notes on the fruit, moderate acidity.

 

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Paumonok Vineyards  1074 Main Road, Aquebogue

One of the original wineries founded in 1983

2016 Rosé

A Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc blend. Rust in color with asparagus notes on the nose with crisp cherry notes on the fruit.

 

 

Rosé On Long Island

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With the Summer season around the corner, it’s now time to drink some rosé. Most Long Island wineries produce a rosé which is usually one of their biggest sellers as it’s snapped up by thirsty locals. There are no GSM blends out East since the varietals of Grenache and Mourvedre are not grown as far as I know, and Syrah grown very little, the wines can’t be said to be made in the style of the wines of Provence or Languedoc wines of the South of France, but they do just fine with the grapes the have.

This past Sunday I travelled to the North Fork to try a few.

 

Bedell’s Tap Room at Corey Creek  45470 Route 25, Southold

This is the sister property to Bedell Vineyards, the comfortable tasting room was recently remodeled and opened a couple of weeks ago. They serve all their wines on tap except for one pét-nat Gewürztraminer.

2016 Rosé

An unspecified blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Medium pink with a slight fizz, bubblegum and honeydew melon on the nose and melon notes on the fruit. Moderate to low acids make for an easy drinking wine. The pét-nat was interesting.

 

Croteaux Vineyards  1450 South Harbor Road, Southold

They make rosé and only rosé and say they are the only vineyard in the United States to do so. They have a gorgeous tasting barn and garden in the back for a relaxing tasting.

2016 Rosé Merlot 181 “Sauvage”

One of several rosé they produce, fermented with wild, natural yeast in 100% stainless steel. Pale pink in color with damp earth and melon on the nose, melon on the fruit and the moderate to low acids make for another easy drinking wine.

 

Jamesport Vineyards   1216 Route 25, Jamesport

From one of the original wineries on the North Fork founded in 1981 with the winery and tasting room in a 165 year-old barn.

2015 Rosé “East End”

Made from 100% Syrah, darker in color than the previous two wines, red candy on the nose with chewy, peppery fruit ending with moderate acids.

 

 

La Nuit en Rosé 2017

 

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La Nuit en Rosé is billed as “the world’s first food & wine festival dedicated to rosé wine” whose mission is to showcase the versatility and diversity of rosé. It debuted in New York City in 2014 and this year the tour made stops in Miami and Los Angeles. In New York it’s booze-cruise that heralds the Summer with free-flowing rosé from over 100 worldwide producers with a cheese bar and a pasta & risotto lounge to provide nibbles. A DJ provided music to sip by.

The event took place May 18-20 and I attended the Saturday afternoon session which set sail from the Hornblower Infinity Yacht docked at Pier 40 on the Hudson River in Manhattan. After an hour spent at the dock, we spent a couple of hours cruising lower Manhattan. The weather this year as in last wasn’t optimal but with unlimited wine and great views, everyone had a good time.