(Pictured left to right: Eric Fry (Lenz), Kelly Urbanik (Bedell), Adam Suprenant (Osprey's Dominion), Miguel Martin (Palmer), Rich Olsen-Harbich (Raphael), Pascal Zugmeyer (Peconic Bay), Greg Gove (Peconic Bay) and Jim Silver (Peconic Bay).
By Lenn Thompson, Long Island Editor and Editor-in-Chief
I just got home from a riesling-filled evening with some of Long Island's best winemakers, tasting a total of 24 rieslings from a variety of regions — the Finger Lakes, Long Island, Alsace, Washington, Mosel.
Tasting with a group of winemakers is always a fun exercise. Opinions were all over the map about the various wines, and I'll be compiling all of the scores and doing a little number crunching over the next couple of days.
In the meantime, I want to thank Jim, Pascal and the whole staff at Peconic Bay Winery for hosting the event, which went off without a hitch. Also, thanks to La Bonne Quiche for a delicious buffet dinner following the tasting.
And finally, to the winemakers who took time out of their pre-harvest preparations to taste through these wines (and for bringing their own).
I hesitate to delcare any "winners" without looking at all the score sheets, but it seems as I glance through them that almost to a person, the Billsboro Winery 2008 Riesling scored well. Look for more on the scores and how they differed between the winemakers and non-winemakers as well. Fascinating sitting with men and women who seek out fault so intensely and accurately. It's a humbling experience, really.
And I always love how, the second the "wine work" is done, winemakers are looking for beer.