Observations From Dan’s Taste of Two Forks

The wine was flowing at Dan’s Taste of Two Forks last night, with most wineries opting to bring a red, white and rose. If red seems counterintuitive to bring to a summer fete, Logan from Lieb Cellars revealed that they opted to bring their Red Coast Red after sticking to whites last year and hearing that the reds were missed.

Palmer stand

Palmer stand

Wineries represented: Waters Crest Winery, Castello di Bourghese Vineyard & Winery, Wolffer Estate Vineyard, Pindar Vineyards, Duck Walk Vineyards, Sparlking Pointe Vineyards and Winery, Scarola Vineyards, Palmer Vineyards, One Woman Winery, Suhru Winers, Lenz Winery, Sherwoodhouse Vienyards, Mattebella Vineyards.

After leaving the stage, Bobby Flay gave a shout out to the Hamptons and then very deliberately—it seems—singled out the North Fork for its delicious fare. Could the king of burgers have been thinking about Chef Keith Luce and his soon-to-be-build meat curing facility? Luce was there with The Square, his Greenport culinary village, serving NOFO duckling summer rolls.

Kelly Laffy, David Rattiner

Kelly Laffy, David Rattiner

But it wasn’t all about the wine! Just half. Blue Moon, a major sponsor at Friday night’s GrillHampton, also hosted a table under the Taste of Two Forks tent. Though the signature Belgium White was well represented, Blue Moon also brought a pioneer beer blend with Sauvignon Blanc grapes and white wheat, and new Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops. Crisp and refreshing.

Fresno

Fresno

“We’re very happy,” said Ron Goerler, Jr., who received the Dan’s Two Forks Outstanding Achievement Award on behalf of the Long Island WIne Council. Goerler is the President of LIWC and owner of Jamesport Vineyards. He added that after 40 years, Long Island wine is finally getting the attention it deserves, plugging his favorite paper with ”It’s great to have the recognition of a high quality paper as Dan’s.” Jamesport Vineyards was pouring two summer whites—a sauvignon blanc and a blend of five different varieties.

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