Why rewind? Because it’s come to our attention that maybe some of you don’t know Long Island merlot the way you should. Which is just crazy.
Sure, we grow more merlot here (to the tune of nearly 700 acres) than any other grape in the region, but there’s good reason for that: Our maritime climate produces consistently lovely versions of this noble red grape — concentrated yet bright, mouth filling and layered yet versatile at the table. And that’s what makes it Long Island’s flag-bearer grape variety, approachable in its youth but able to age beautifully.
Come on down November 6 (the day before International Merlot Day – hooray! Yup, that’s a real thing) to Back Label Wine Merchants (111 West 20th Street) for the opportunity to sample merlot from some of the most outstanding producers in New York, all of whom will make you proud of what’s being produced in your own backyard:
Lieb Cellars, Martha Clara Vineyards, McCall Wines, Raphael, T’Jara Vineyards and Wolffer Estate Vineyard
Anthony Nappa Wines, BOE, Channing Daughters Winery, Coffee Pot Cellars, Grapes of Roth, Jamesport Vineyards,
Lenz Winery, Leo Family Cellars, Macari Wines, Palmer Vineyards, Paumanok Vineyards,
Shinn Estate Vineyards, Suhru Wines, Waters Crest Winery.
3-4 p.m. seminar: “Mighty Merlot! What Makes Merlot Long Island’s Flag Bearer Red?” (25 seats; RSVP a must!)
4-6 p.m.: Trade & Media Tasting
6-8 p.m.:Consumer Tasting
For more information and to RSVP for the event and/or seminar, please email LIMA Director Amy Zavatto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For event Tweets, please use @LIMerlot, #KnowMerlot