In this last installment, I’d like to tell you about our visit to One Woman vineyards and winery. I noticed the signs for this vineyard during my last visit in March, on the drive back from Greenport. This is one of the farthest out on the fork but in the big picture, just a matter of minutes from the others. My friend from work also recommended we visit this time since we were looking to try some new vineyards on this trip. This one is known for being the only one in the region that has a Grüner Veltliner, an Austrian white varietal known for characteristic aromas of green apple and racy lime. I have had only a few of these to date but all have been exciting quality whites. I even got my father to agree, who is not a fan of white wines at all.
We made our way down to this just-off-the-beaten-path winery and vineyard, whose tasting room was housed in a small elevated shack with a wrap-around deck positioned just on the edge of the vineyards. However small it may be, they had room for a 3-piece bluegrass band on one end of the deck, seating on the other and a more-than-adequate tasting table inside. With plenty of area along the driveway, they have additional picnic tables set up for visitors as well. Two servers helped us through tastings of 3 wines – a Gewürztraminer, a Merlot, and the impressive 2011 Grüner.
I had great expectations for the Grüner and I was not disappointed. The color is a lemon-straw and on the nose were expected and pronounced tart apple and citrus. On the palate, more of that tart apple, but more red on the palate – almost cider-like. It had a nice full body and nice length. The acidity was a medium-plus and it was just delicious. I couldn’t stop talking about it for hours as I enjoyed it. I should have bought more at only $22 a bottle. While this may be higher-priced than your average wine, it is a local treat and worth the money.
The Gewürz was very good, and the Merlot was also a great surprise. Not that I didn’t know they could make great Merlot in the region…
Visit them at:
One Woman Vineyards
5195 Old North Road
We ended the trip with my sister-in-law’s 40th birthday dinner at the highly recommended Amarelle, a great restaurant in Wading River where the food and service were top-notch. We tried the pumpkin risotto which was everything I was told it would be.