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