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Artisanal Cheese Pairing Event at Peconic Bay Winery

As a cheese geek I am continually preoccupied with the age-old question that plagues the majority of the cheese obsessed here in NY and elsewhere.  “What makes the better cheese pairing?  Wine or Beer?”  I am clearly not alone in this as a sold-out crowd was on hand at the Artisanal Cheese wine and beer pairing event this past weekend, hosted by Peconic Bay Winery. Working with The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck, and Greenport Harbor Brewing, the staff at Peconic Bay chose 4 different cheeses and subsequently paired them with complementary beer and wine.  This is a pretty perfect…

The 2011 New York Cork Report Wines of the Year

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor I think I can speak for my fellow editors and contributors when I say that our 2011 Wines of the Year tasting was a fun, challenging and inspiring day of 16 wine tasting flights. I always come away with myriad story ideas swirling in my head after this tasting. This year is no different. Look for pieces from the team over the next few weeks. But today, we announce the winners — including our first-ever New York Wine of the Year, Peconic Bay Winery 2007 Lowerre Family Estate. Our 2011 Regional Wines of the Year…

Peconic Bay Winery 2009 “La Barrique” Chardonnay

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Yes, another North Fork chardonnay. A barrel-fermented one at that — thus the name “La Barrique.” But wait. It’s not what you think. This is the rare barrel-affected chardonnay that I willingly went back to after my tasting was finished. I had two glasses, in fact. It almost makes me hate winemaker Greg Gove for proving my boredom over local chardonnay wrong. Aromas of pineapple, Golden Delicious apple, vanilla, and lemon verbena are accented by just a hint of butter. Overly toasty or raw oak just isn’t part of the equation. Mouth-filling but very well balanced, the palate shows similar…

Long Island’s First Brandy: Peconic Bay Spirits Sono Rinata

By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief I haven't tasted it yet — no one not involved in the production has yet — but Long Island's first brandy is here: Peconic Bay Spirits' Sono Rinata. Technically, it's called "Immature Grape Brandy" because it was made with 100% finished merlot wine from Peconic Bay Winery, and wasn't aged for at least two years. That means they can't call it grappa. Produced by Richard Stabile at Long Island Spirits from Peconic Bay Winery 2003 Merlot with Bernard Cannac (now winemaker at Heron Hill Winery) consulting, it should be available in the Peconic Bay Winery tasting…

2009 Harvest Update: Peconic Bay Winery’ Rose Components are In

Vineyard manager Charlie Hargrave brings rose-bound 2009 cabernet franc to the Peconic Bay Winery crush pad. By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief "It’s barely ripe. It’ll be awesome rose, or mid-line quality red. We went with rose." That's why, according to Peconic Bay Winery's general manager Jim Silver, the 2009 edition of their second-label Nautique Esprit de Rose will be 60% cabernet franc. He added "The cabernet franc was beautiful and clean, but not ripe enough for red wines." Yesterday, they sorted 16 tons of cabernet franc (just under 4 tons per acre)  that came in at 20 brix from a neighboring…

2009 Harvest Update: Peconic Bay Winery 2009 Riesling

Vineyard workers picking riesling at Peconic Bay Winery yesterday By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief Photos Courtesy of Peconic Bay Winery In an effort to bring as many harvest pictures and as much harvest information to the site as we can, we'd like to invite any and all New York wineries to send us pictures and data from their 2009 harvest. Jim Silver, General Manager at Peconic Bay Winery sent me a few pictures from their 2009 riesling harvest, which took place yesterday under sunny skies in Peconic.  They picked around 8 tons, which means about one ton per acre, half of…

Peconic Bay Winery 2007 “Nautique” Esprit de Blanc

By Lenn Thompson, Founder and Editor-in-Chief “When you can balance value and quality, you really can exceed expectations.” That's what Jim Silver, general manager at Peconic Bay Winery told me when I asked him to explain the thinking behind the wineries new "Nautique" line of everyday wines, which replace the old "Local Flavor" line. With sleek new packaging and retail prices around $12 ($16 at the winery) I think winemaker Greg Gove's new creations over-deliver. (Read my review of this wine's red sibling from a couple weeks ago.) The Nautique 2008 Esprit de Blanc ($16), a steel-fermented blend of 88%…

Peconic Bay Winery 2007 “Nautique” Esprit de Rouge

By Lenn Thompson, Founder and Editor-in-Chief Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to my red house wine of the near future (once I clear out some space in my cellar for a case or two). It's called Nautique 2007 Esprit de Rouge ($16) and it's produced by Peconic Bay Winery. It's one of three wines that make up the new Nautique label (there is an Esprite de Blanc and Esprit de Rose too) and they replaced the winery's old Local Flavor wines as of August 1. The Rouge carries non-vintage label (and subsequent bottlings very well may be non-vintage)…

Quick Q&A with Jim Silver, General Manager, Peconic Bay Winery

Peconic Bay Winery's Jim Silver with his favorite wine website in the background. Jim Silver’s wine career began a little over 20 years ago. Over the course of those two decades, he's held just about ever wine-related job (except winemaker and vineyard manager) that you can think of. He's been wine buyer for a large retailer in Delaware and sommelier at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia. He's also worked in the New York region representing Rémy Amerique, Grupo Codorniu and the Hess Collection. Here on Long Island Jim has served as the National Sales Director for Pindar Vineyards before…