There is a wine dinner coming up next week that I want to make sure my readers know about – in part because I helped make sure that it happened.

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation has been hosting a series of dinners across the state to highlight the winners of the 2019 New York Wine Classic. I suggested they do one on Long Island, they agreed and I put them in touch with one of my favorite local chefs, Eric Lomando at Orto.

Eric, of course, pulled together a great menu (which you can see below). This is a great opportunity to taste some of the best wines in New York with his incredible rustic Italian cuisine.

Winery of the Year & Best White Wine -Wagner Vineyards, 2017 Dry Riesling, Estate Grown paired with lightly smoked crisp skin arctic char, with cauliflower puree, and hazelnuts.

Best Chardonnay- Lieb Cellars, 2018 Chardonnay paired with salt roasted celery root, rosemary pear puree and toasted farro mushroom jus.

Best Rosé Wine -Coffee Pot Cellars, 2018 Rosé paired with beet gnocchi, brown butter, goat cheese creme and poppy seeds.

Best Cabernet Sauvignon -The Lenz Winery, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon paired with tender braised veal, green wheat roasted carrot.

Best Merlot -Clovis Point Vineyard, 2015 Vintners Select Merlot paired with roasted saddle of Colorado lamb, goat cheese polenta rabe.

Dessert: Brown butter cake, fig gelato

Get all of the details and buy your tickets 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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