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May Make Way, It’s The Season of Rosé

Any season is the perfect time for a great glass of wine, but every spring and summer we look forward to drinking the blush-colored, flavorful Rosé. There’s something about the warm weather and the wine that go hand in hand. In celebration of this wonderfully satisfying wine, we’ve decided to spotlight it and the many varieties that can be enjoyed while visiting the North Fork on Long Island’s East End.

Rosé wines are produced from a wide variety of grapes that can be found globally. When Rosé wine is the primary product, it is created with the skin contact method. Black-skinned grapes are crushed and the skins are allowed to remain in contact with the juice for a short period, typically one to three days.

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Croteaux Vineyards, located in Southold, is the only vineyard in the United States to solely produce Rosé. Created from estate grown Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Sauvignon Blanc grapes, their wines combine the traditional tastes of southern France with the distinct seaside style and agrarian history of the North Fork. Their focus, from vine to bottle, is on making a dry, crisp and fun-to-drink wines filled with the distinct natural flavors of each varietal. They call it “Rosé on Purpose” and it’s safe to say, that pink is their favorite color.

Your Rosé sampling doesn’t stop there. Head over to Bridge Lane Wines, in Mattituck, where they produce the popular Bridge Lane Rosé. Their wine is Cabernet Franc-based, where you’ll find notes of guava and peach blossom followed by flavors of strawberry and watermelon. Their Rosé scored 89 points by Wine Enthusiast so you may want to buy some bottles to enjoy at home.

In Riverhead, Martha Clara Vineyard produces the Northern Solstice Rosé which is the Rosé of summer. This wine is an enticing blend of Merlot, Chardonnay, and Riesling offering notes of watermelon. It pairs well with an assortment of cheeses, seafood, veggies, salads, light pasta dishes and any entree with mushrooms, especially black truffles. Additionally, this wine pairs especially well with friends and family and is best enjoyed poolside, on the beach, on boat, or just about anywhere in the outdoors.

Sparkling Pointe is known as the go-to vineyard for sparkling wine. If you want to experience a different kind of Rosé. They produce, in limited quantities, the  2014 Cuvée Carnaval Rosé which is characterized by a pale pink color, accentuated by aromas of ripe strawberry, cherry, and floral notes. The palate shows candied red fruit with a sweetness of brioche and sugar cookie enhanced by the ripeness of the vintage. Lush and fresh, this easy drinking cuvée is a lovely apéritif for summer entertaining. Another option would be their 2014 Topaz Imperial. It has a light pink color, however on the darker side of their past vintages. Dry in style, yet fruity  with ripe strawberry and cherry notes this wine is delicate and elegant.

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Bistro 72, in Riverhead, is bringing back the Patio Series! A globally-themed series showcasing a wide variety of wine and spirits. The popular restaurant will be hosting a Rosé Garden Party on Thursday, July 20th. You will find yourself sipping on AIX Rosé from the 130 year-old vineyard located in the South of France. However, you won’t have to travel there to get it. Bistro 72 will be pouring on the patio as you enjoy the sounds of Vanessa Trouble, a talented vintage jazz and swing artist who is regularly seen in Manhattan and the Hamptons. AIX Provence Rosé will be flowing while the sun sets. No ticket purchase required. Small plates will be available.

For details visit the Facebook event.

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Your next glass of Rosé, is just a simple drive, train or Jitney ride away so head to Long Island’s East End and experience the wine and these vineyards for yourself. For room details and pricing call us at (631) 548-1000. We look forward to being your launching pad for your North Fork adventure. Share your tasting experiences with us on Facebook. We’d love to see how you celebrate the wine.

Happy Tasting!