Thursday, June 07, 2007

Eric Frey's Lenz Gewurtztraminer a Great Summer Wine

The other night Dominique made a fabulous salad of fresh spinach, avacado, fresh corn, and olive oil and lemon, salt and pepper. We started off with artichokes with lemon butter dipping sauce. We were going to eat on the deck in the back of the house, with the sun shining, and the lawn freshly mowed. We need a nice white wine to top it off.

And we thought of Eric Frey. What about a Lenz Gewurztraminer?

The Lenz Winery is located in Peconic, on the North Fork of Long Island, in New York. This is a distinct geographic region as well as a designated BATF appellation for US wines.

Founded in 1978, the winery has some of the most mature vineyards in the region, or in the country. They grow only vinifera grape varieties: chardonnay, gew├╝rztraminer, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and pinot noir. They have nearly 70 acres of vineyards.

Dominique and I visited Lenz Winery in Long Island when we did the Wine Camp in Long Island. We are big fans of the winery, and we are huge fans of Eric. Eric is a very down to earth type, who loves beer as much as he loves wine. He is open, friendly, and a damned good winemaker. He is not pretentious about wine, but he is passionate. And he is one of those bigger than life characters whose company is easy to enjoy, because he can seem to laugh at himself and not take himself too seriously.

The wine went beautifully with out meal. t was an exquisite bottle of wine, which stands up beautifully to some of the best Gewurtztraminers made anywhere in America. It was a beautiful evening. Summer was here. We could take a breath and enjoy.