Roanoke Vineyards realizes that there’s nothing a mother deserves more than a good meal and some good wine. In this spirit, they are hosting a Stroll Down Love Lane this Friday evening, May 10, in celebration of Mother’s Day.
The wining and dining will get off to a proper celebratory start at The Mattituck Florist with some bubbly, in the form of Wolffer’s 2008 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc, Brut. After that The Village Cheese Shop will offer a variety of savory pairings with the aid of two of Roanoke’s wines. The 2011 The Wild! Chardonnay will be served with prosciutto and Piave Vecchio (if you like Parmigiano-Reggiano, you’ll love this), and the 2010 Marco Tulio red blend with the creamy cow cheese L’Edel de Cleron and Pate de Campagne, which I can only describe as heaven for lovers of all things pork. Across the street, the always tempting Love Lane Kitchen will be presenting the appetizer course where Roanoke’s 2009 Cabernet Franc will accompany a Long Island mushroom ragout with crisp polenta croutons and goat cheese.
Then, the celebration will head north of the tracks to The Iron Skillet for the main entree. It often surprises me how many people have not been to this eatery, as it’s one of my favorite wine country gems. If you’re among the uninitiated, prepare your palate. They will be serving pan-seared salmon with mango lime sauce and brown butter, with chive basmati rice and seasoned vegetables alongside Roanoke’s elegantly creamy 2010 Sonnet Chardonnay. Finally, no foody trip to Mattituck would be complete without stopping into aMano. So let’s do dessert, shall we? Tom Schaudel’s restaurant is the perfect place to sit back and relax as they pour one of my favorite indulgences, Wolffer’s 2011 Diosa dessert wine, to be enjoyed with house-made cannoli with pistachio cream. Maybe it’s the Italian in me, but the “house-made cannoli” bit is simply the omega to any meal.
The stroll is $100 per person and requires reservations, so get on the horn and call Roanoke on Love Lane at 631.298.7677. The night will commence at 6:00 p.m. at the Roanoke Vineyards Love Lane tasting room at 165 Love Lane in Mattituck, which offers plenty of parking in back.