Perfect Pairings

We’ve hit the town taste testing delicious duos of local eats and drinks. Check out where we went and what we ate!



Rosés work well with farm-fresh melons, salad,
crudités, and corn on the cob

 

if you like fresh produce . . .
For your vegetable dishes and salads, stop by Marilee Foster’s Farmstand. Rosés work well with farm-fresh melons, salad, crudités, and corn on the cob. Croteaux Vineyards, which only produces rosés, both still and sparkling, is a great source. Try their Cabernet Franc Rosé, with its lovely black-cherry flavor. Or match grilled vegetables with coral-hued Bedell Taste Rosé, in the summery Provençal style with bright, crisp flavors of strawberry, wild peach, and papaya.

Pick up a melon from Country Garden, add a little prosciutto, and pair them with Channing Daughters 2011 Rosato di Refosco, a rich, exuberant rosé with flavors of wild strawberries and bramble fruit, or Channing Daughters Sylvanus, an aromatic white field blend displaying honeysuckle and mineral notes.


if you like cheese . . .
Discover goat herds and wonderful cheeses at Catapano Dairy Farm. Try the award-winning vein-ripened blue cheese, Peconic Mist, and match it with Wölffer Estate Diosa Late Harvest Chardonnay, a honeyed dessert wine. The amazing herbed chèvre roll (parsley and basil) is a perfect match with Macari’s Sauvignon Blanc, which boasts a delightful citrus, passionfruit, and melon profile.

If raw milk cheese from Jersey cows is more to your liking, then head to Mecox Bay Dairy. Pair the Farmhouse cheddar with Wölffer Estate Perle Chardonnay, a highly flavorful Burgundian white. Savor an aged alpine cheese, Sigit, with Wölffer Estate Fatalis Fatum, a Bordeaux blend that’s ideal with dried aged cheeses. Bedell Taste Red, which has a luscious texture, aromas of spice, blackberry, boysenberry, and violet, is also a great complement to cheese.

 

if you like oysters . . .
Seafood is Long Island’s specialty—Peconic Bay oysters, our pride. On Saturdays and Sundays at Bedell Cellars, the Twin Forks Oyster Company arrives and the oyster shucking begins. Pair them with Bedell Viognier, a highly flavorful wine with hints of honeysuckle, kiwi, and white peach, or Corey Creek Gewürztraminer, another inspiring white with aromatic orange blossoms, lychee, and green-tea notes.

Take a seat at the oyster bar at the North Fork Oyster Company and order a glass of Paumanok Chenin Blanc, crisp with grapefruit and pineapple flavors, or lime-zesty Lenz sparkling cuvée—both delicious with oysters.