EVENT: A Tour of Long Island’s Aromatic White Grapes Friday, August 4 at 6:00 p.m. @ Wines by Nature, Wading River, NY

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As you may have read in Newsday or on northerforker.com (where I’m a contributor), I’m a small part of what George Eldi is doing at his new shop Wines by Nature in Wading River, New York. I’m the New York (and I hope, eventually, East Coast) buyer for the shop and I’m also going to be holding monthly tastings in the shop.

Today, I’m excited to announce the first one will take place on Friday, August 4 at 6 p.m. and we’ll be tasting six Long Island whites made from aromatic varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino and Chenin Blanc (as well as some blends). If you know the region’s wines at all, you can guess what at least a couple of the wines are — but I’m not going to list them. Join us and find out.

I know that a lot of you have been wanting to attend one of my tastings at Roanoke Vineyards (which will continue, by the way) but haven’t been able to because they sell out so quickly. I’m hopeful that these will sell out too — but perhaps a bit more gradual pace.

We’ll also have cheese from nearby Cheese & Spice Market to accompany the wines.

I’m curious to see what direction these tastings going in — but my goal is always for them to be informative, but not too serious. Wine should be fun and one of my goals is to keep it that way.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Contact the shop at 631-886-2800. $30 per person.



About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded NewYorkCorkReport.com in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. Since then, the site has become the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news. Formerly the editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette, a contributor to Edible Brooklyn, wine columnist for Hamptons.com and regional editor for Appellation America covering the Long Island and Hudson River Valley regions, Lenn contributes to Edible East End, Palate Press, Patch and is the wine columnist for Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons. Lenn is also on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, a yearly regional wine immersion event for writers and bloggers. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating drinking local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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