This Sunday afternoon, Nena and I are heading out east to Peconic Bay Winery for their 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Barrel Tasting.

I’m covering it for Dan’s Papers and have a column due the next day…so I guess I can’t have too much wine when we’re there!

I’m looking forward to it. It’s outside in a heated tent and we’ll be tasting barrel samples of their 2003 Merlot, 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2003 Cabernet Franc along side some great food made by some of the top local chefls. I’d also like to meet winemaker Greg Gove and their new Culinary Director, Michael Meehan.

It’s been a while since we’ve had any wines Peconic Bay Winery, but they are usually pretty good, though I don’t remember ever being wowed. I think the last time was over the summer when we stopped there to eat our picnic lunch. They have great tables and Adirondack chairs right next to their vines.

We usually get a bottle of their Riesling when we’re there. Honestly, I don’t remember the reds much at all…so this weekend should be interesting.

Best of all, proceeds from the event will create a scholarship for a student attending NYIT’s Culinary Arts Center in Central Islip, NY.

Pictures and a write up will definitely make their way here to LENNDEVOURS.