Want to pretend that you are hob-nobbing with chefs Scott Peacock and Gesine Bullock Prado and the editors of Better Homes and Gardens magazine at their Cooking Experience cocktail party this Friday? We are sharing the Long Island wines we will be serving to these celebrity chefs and the lucky few who are attending the event in Des Moines, IA.
While guests mingle and get to meet one-on-one with the celebrity chefs and editors they will be able to sample two red and two white wines from Long Island-based vintners Palmer Vineyards and Wolffer Estate Vineyard. We wanted to give the guests a choice of styles that show the diversity of Long Island’s products.
Palmer Vineyards Merlot 41/72 Palmer’s Merlot 41/72 (named for the latitude and longitude of the North Fork of Long Island) is an easy-to-drink merlot perfect for a before-dinner glass of wine. It is 100% merlot and was aged a total of 24 months in oak. It was meant to be opened as soon as you buy it, not held for years. You might find some cherries, coffee and chocolate flavors — an easy-drinking red.
Wolffer Estate Vineyard Sagaponack RedWe selected this wine because it will contrast nicely with the Palmer Merlot. The Sagaponack Red is a Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The last three grapes are going to give this wine more structure — less “softness” — than the Palmer. We think those looking for a fuller wine will really enjoy the Wolffer.
Palmer Vineyards Pinot BlancThe first white wine we will be serving is Long Island’s Palmer Vineyards Pinot Blanc. We wanted to go with something different than a typical chardonnay and though the Pinot Blanc would provide a change of pace than many guests may not have tried in the past. It is going to be a little fruitier than the other wine we are serving with some notes of vanilla and melon. It is an easy-drinking wine, perfect for a cocktail party.
Palmer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
Our last wine is the Palmer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc. We think this will provide a nice contrast to the Pinot Blanc. It is a lighter wine both in color and flavor and exhibits more citrus than the pinot blanc.
We hope we get the opportunity to feature more Long Island wines and producers at other events across the country. We love introducing these wines to people who have never had the opportunity to sample them.