As a Long Island wine enthusiast who also loves to grill large pieces of red meat on my grill all summer long, I’m always on the lookout for local red wine pairings that really sing.
I often find myself reaching for red blends if I’m drinking local wine — which I typically am. Usually, I look for wines with a nice dose of Petit Verdot, which brings a peppery spiciness that I love with grilled red meat.
Then I tasted Macari Vineyards 2015 Syrah ($45) and I found a new favorite for grilled leaner cuts. It’s a bit more elegant than most Long Island red blends, but no less complex or flavorful.
You don’t find a lot of syrah on the East End. It doesn’t always grow well or ripen fully, but when it does the wines can be outstanding. Plus they are a nice break from the Bordeaux varieties like merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc.
Producer: Macari Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
* Review sample provided by the winery