Sunday, May 30, 2010


So last night, Dominique and I went out to dinner with some friends of ours - Bob and Linda, who publish Hudson Valley Wine Magazine. We are good friends, and we hadn't seen them in a long time. There was lots of pent up information to exchange, and laughs to be had.

We chose Local 111, in Philmont, NY. Their menu is made from all local ingredients. Executive Chef Josephine is a regular shopper at the Hudson Farmer's Market, just off of Warren Street, in Hudson, NY.

The evening started of well. We had a selection of toast with all manner of good things piled up on top, like fried fiddle heads, goat cheese with roasted garlic, seasonal vegetable medley. I will admit I was skeptical when we ordered them (toast?), but they were incredible, bursting with flavor! We also had a special appetizer, which was cornmeal bellini with roasted seasonal vegetables and spring onion shoots. Wow!

We needed a wine to stand up to our meal, as we were each ordering something different. And the menu was populated by a good selection of wines. Some from around the world, and some that were from NY state. Of course, you know we chose a New York state wine. We chose a Bedell Cellars Merlot 2007.

Bedell Cellars is among the oldest and most prestigious wineries on the North Fork of Long Island, America's ascendant new wine country. A nationally recognized leader in quality, Bedell produces critically acclaimed blends called Taste, Gallery, and Musée with artist labels commissioned from Barbara Kruger, Ross Bleckner, and Chuck Close, respectively.

Michael Lynn and Kip Bedell

Bedell's owner, Michael Lynne, a distinguished film executive who produced The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Nightmare on Elm Street series, Hairspray and the Austin Powers films, among many others, is raising the bar for quality among Long Island wine estates. Ten years into Michael Lynne's ownership, Bedell Cellars has consolidated its status as a world-class estate. Bedell's winemaking team is led by Consulting Oenologist Pascal Marty, formerly of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Founding Winemaker Kip Bedell, Winemaker Kelly Urbanik, and industry veteran Vineyard Manager Dave Thompson.

Bedell's wines have been critically acclaimed worldwide by such publications as The New York Times, London Daily Telegraph, Forbes, Fortune, and O the Oprah Magazine. Bedell Musée received a 90-point rating from Wine Spectator, matching the highest score ever awarded to a red wine from the Eastern U.S. And Wine Business Monthly named Bedell one of the 'Top 10 Hottest Small Brands' in the world.

The Bedell Cellars Merlot 2007 was wonderful! It had aromas of big cherries and other dark red fruits with a whiff of vanilla. On the palate there was plum, dark raspberries, a touch of mocha. And an elegant, well balanced finish. Beautiful!

Merlot is what Bedell prides itself in. They are one of the best producers of Merlot on the entire east coast. The wine was proof that Bedell Cellars remains among the top echelon of wineries on the entire east coast. They've been there a long time, and their skills at producing top flight Merlot have advanced, making them an incredible Merlot producer - bar none.