In case you missed it, I’m participating in A Menu for Hope again this year.

We’ve already raised over $10,000, so thanks to each and every one of you who have donated already.

For those of you that haven’t, I’m going to highlight some of the Long Island wine-related lots that are available as raffle prizes.

Today, I want to talk about the "Big Reds of Long Island" prize. If you win this three-pack of Long Island reds, you’ll get a bottle of Roanoke Vineyards 2003 Blend Two, which I’ve reviewed previously on this site, saying:

"Cabernet franc (48%) dominates this blend with 32% cabernet sauvignon
and 20% merlot added to the final wine. Extremely aromatic — because of
that cabernet franc — violets, berry fruit and vanilla oak intermingle
in a tempting nose…this blend is still
concentrated and rich with berries, plums and spice…well suited
to some cellar time…"

You’ll also win a magnum of Castello di Borghese 2001 Merlot — from one of Long Island’s best vintages ever. I can’t find my tasting notes on this one (might have been pre-blog) but CdB is one of Long Island’s well-regarded producers. I’m sure this wine will show well today or aged for even longer.

Last and certainly not least, you’ll receive a three-liter (yes, that’s a big bottle) of Raphael 2001 First Label Merlot. Again, I can’t find my tasting notes, but this is a spectacular bottle to have and to hold onto for a while. I’ve got several regular-size bottles of this wine in my little cellar, so you know i like it.

So go to my previous post and get the instructions on how to wine this or any of the hundreds of awesome prizes being offered by food and wine bloggers from around the world. And, if anyone is looking for a last-minute gift idea for me…this red wine trio would be perfect.

(Note that this picture features one of my regular-sized bottles of the Raphael, not the 3-liter one you’d wine)