Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Holding onto Summer
As fall officially marked its spot on the calendar my mind instantly reminisced on summer. It wasn't much of one, we had what seemed like a lot of rain and thus gray days and at other times just blah days. In my opinion summer only hit the last two weeks of it leaving, we had great weather as if summer was saying its final goodbye. One of those two weeks Alex and I went to Duckwalk Vineyard in Long Island. We must have gotten there just in the nick of time because the lady was announcing last calls on a walking tour. While we have visted Duckwalk for a couple of years now, we ever actually took a tour. So, Alex and I chimed in!
We got a brief history on the vineyard, how they ferment their wines, the type of system they used to make the actual bottle possible. "Our award-winning wines are quite literally dreams come true. It was the dream of our founder, Dr. Herodotus “Dan” Damianos, that helped create the winemaking industry on Long Island in the early 1980’s. In 1994 he and his son Alexander founded Duck Walk Vineyards. The Normandy Chateau-style building in Water Mill, a true Hamptons landmark, became home to what has quickly evolved into one of the most well-known names in Long Island wine....producing 35,000 cases a year." The whole tour was neat! Without it I would have never realized how big the store was that it could even encompass the production of their wines.
Naturally, as soon as the tour was over all the guest ran to the bar to purchase a sampling of 6 wines of their choice. Alex and I did that before, (and greatly recommended it!) so instead we simply purchased our all time favorites which include: Aphrodite, Gatsby Red, Chardonnay, Windmill Blush, Boysenberry, and Blueberry Port. After grabbing a box of wine it was one last look of the beautiful vineyard and into the car to continue our cruise of the Hampton's for the last time this summer.
Although we all hate to see summer go--especially knowing that winter is just around the corner--you can continue to hold to summer through the warmth of wine. Duckwalk Vineyards gladly delivers within New York state. Cheers!
Posted by Chef Raquel Rivera-Pablo