While many people think of Long Island, New York, only for the Hamptons, it is actually full of vineyards and wineries (wine is the staple crop!). Even on a rainy day, an afternoon sampling wines (and vodka!) and touring the vineyards is enjoyable.
All of the winery worker were extremely helpful and knowledge, answering all of my questions about working there, how to do a tasting, and how to know how to pair different wines with different foods. Some things I learned:
- For your palettes sake, you should try not to jump back and forth from white to red.
- When tasting, smell the wine first. Just like with food, if it smells pleasing to you, you will probably like it (and vice versa). Next, vigorously swirl the glass around (not gently, like you see in the movies). The best way is to firmly hold the glass stem with 2 fingers and, while holding it firmly on the bar, moving the glass in a circular motion. From there, when sipping, allow the wine to touch all of your taste buds.
- Lighter, crisper wines are better paired with light dishes such as fish. However, more heavy bodied wines go good with heavier foods, maybe a steak. If you want something to drink while eating spicy foods, something with a bit of a sweeter taste usually goes well.