Nothing says holiday cheer like a good bottle of wine. Explore the East End’s many local vineyards and wineries to find out which varietals suit your gift-giving and holiday party needs. Here’s just a sampling of what the Twin Forks have to offer.
Bottle of rouge, bottle of blanc. Check out Lieb Cellars’ new Merlot Blanc for the holidays. Produced using a slow, gentle press, this no skin-contact dry white wine has bright fresh flavors of Asian pear, honeydew and mango. Try the two-bottle gift boxes for an awesome holiday gift.
35 Cox Neck Road, Mattituck, 631-734-100, www.liebcellars.com
The Vineyard 48 tasting room is open through out the holiday season! Enjoy their award-winning wines, (NY Food and Wine Classic), and bring home the perfect bottle to complement your holiday menu. What’s better than great wine, family and friends?
18910 Country Road 48, Cutchogue, 631-734-5200, www.vineyard48wines.com
MARTHA CLARA VINEYARDS
Give the gift of quality locally produced wine this holiday season with Martha Clara Vineyards’ custom gift baskets. Available year round for single purchase or corporate orders—in various sizes and price ranges to fit any gift-giving need—these baskets make great seasonal presents. Also visit their tasting room, centrally located between the Forks.
6025 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, 631-298-0075, www.marthaclaravineyards.com
WÖLFFER ESTATE VINEYARD
The Wölffer Estate Vineyard’s beautiful winery is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of the 2008 Sparkling Brut or Blanc de Blanc this winter, or go online and order from their full selection of wines or holiday gift combinations. Don’t forget to drop by every Friday this season from 5-8 p.m. for “Candlelight Fridays,” where you can enjoy live music and wines for purchase by the glass or bottle.
139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, 631-537-5106, www.wolffer.com
Some decisions aren’t hard to make. Give local. Give Lenz. For real local cheer, check out Lenz Winery’s custom bottle art, holiday survival packs, gift baskets and more. Or drop by. They’re open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and all holiday events are posted on Facebook and Twitter.
Main Rd (Rte 25), Peconic, 631-369-0100, www.lenzwine.com
BAITING HOLLOW FARM VINEYARD
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard Horse Rescue Wines are a fantastic and thoughtful holiday gift. Half of all profits support horse rescue. Choose from their selection of three delicious bottles: Mirage—a lovely red blend; Angel—a slightly bold, oak-aged Chardonnay; and Savannah—a luscious and fruitful Rosé. Order a bottle or a case. You can choose one varietal or mix it up! Feel good knowing that you are giving a gift with great taste and even greater meaning. Stop by the tasting house to order your gift today.
2114 Sound Avenue, Baiting Hollow, 631-369-0100, www.bhfvineyard.com