Saturday, August 11, 2012

Howard Goldberg Raves About Light Reds From Long Isalnd in the New York Times

Long Island Vines
Good for Barbecues
Published: August 10, 2012

When a crowd gathers for a backyard barbecue and the menu features steak, lamb, burgers, grilled vegetables and the like, red wines are called for. If the guest list is large, you’ll want each bottle to cost less than $20. (And clear plastic glasses are fine.)

As for a quality-price ratio, you can’t easily beat the nonvintage Petit Chateau ($13.99), a smooth, savory, hefty merlot-cabernet franc blend from Castello di Borghese Vineyard and Winery, in Cutchogue.

Louisa and Alex Hargrave, Bordeaux-oriented Francophiles, created the budget-oriented Petit Chateau after founding Long Island’s first commercial winery, the Hargrave Vineyard, in 1973, and Marco and Ann Marie Borghese continued it after buying and renaming the estate in 1999.

The tantalizing 2010 Red Letter Red Blend ($17) from Wölffer Estate Vineyard, in Sagaponack — a sophisticated mélange of its own merlot grapes and locally bought merlot, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot — is soft and graceful. This wine should be decanted and aerated for an hour before dinner to maximize the pleasures it can deliver.

I relished the deeply aromatic, flavorsome 2008 Masseria ($18) — named for a farmhouse typically found in the Puglia region of Italy — from Scarola Vineyards, a Mattituck boutique. One of the most seductive East End merlots I’ve tasted this year, it is smoky, velvety and mouth-filling....

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Also, see a review for Howard's new book.....