Long-time readers may remember that back in the NYCR days, I used to organize wine dinners on occasion. There are always a lot of wine dinner happening, so I’ve always tried to make them unique in some way. Either I’d work with a winery to get some library wines involved or get winemakers from other New York regions to come to Long Island for dinners. I hadn’t realized just how long it had been since I did one of these until I dug up those old posts. It’s been a while.

Today, I’m happy to announce the first of what I hope will be a new series of Sunday Suppers at Orto, a rustic Italian restaurant right here in Miller Place, NY where I live – this one featuring a diverse lineup of cabernet franc-based wines from Macari Vineyards.

If you follow me on Instagram (that’s not a pitch, there’s a lot of stuff not related to wine and food there too) you’ve seen plenty of pictures from Orto over the years. Chef/owner Eric Lomando makes just the kind of food my family and I love to eat – and it doesn’t hurt that they are BYOB either.

Eric’s menu, which you can see below, is going to pair beautifully with winemaker Kelly Koch’s wines. I’m really excited to host the only cabernet franc-only wine meal that I’m aware of.

Sunday Supper @ Orto
with Macari Vineyards
$65 per person (incl. tax & tip)

First Course
Buffalo Mozzarella with Tomato Jam
Macari 2017 Horses Sparkling Cabernet Franc

Second Course
Pasta Duo: Smoked Ricotta Tortelloni, Herb Puree, Bottarga and
Cavatelli, Suckling Pig and Mushroom Ragu
Macari Vineyards 2018 “Lifeforce” Rose
Macari Vineyards 2016 ”Lifeforce” Cabernet Franc 

Third Course
Sauteed Duck Breast, Crispy Duck Confit, Green Peppercorn
Macari Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc “Reserve”

Fourth Course
Olive Oil Cake, Orange Blossom and Wildflower Honey Semifreddo,
Candied Pistachio
Macari Vineyards 2012 “Block E” Red 

Space is limited. Call 631-473-0014 to make your reservation today.

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. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched TheCorkReport.us in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating 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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