Hello Suhru family! You may notice that I am not in the Tasting House as often as I've been in the past, a few changes are happening at Suhru. We have an incredible staff, managed by Shelby, as well as our new Assistant Tasting Room Manager Shannon, which has allowed me to refocus my efforts recently. I will be focusing more of my time over the coming months and years on Wholesale Outreach and Farmer’s Markets. But don't worry, you will still see me at the Tasting House from time to time!
This summer you can find me at a number of Farmer's Markets, including the Three Village Farmer’s Market, located at 93 North Country Road in Setauket every other Friday from 3–7 pm and at the Havens Farmers Market at the Shelter Island Historical Society every other Saturday from 9am–12:30 pm. Checkout Sue's Farmer's Market schedule
They are both great markets with about 25 Vendors each with some awesome offerings. It’s been fun introducing our wines to a new audience farther afield from the Tasting House. I have been doing Farmer's Markets for Suhru since we first opened in 2008 and it has been so nice to get to connect with people at these new venues. Over the last few weeks several Wine Club Members have stopped by my table. It’s always nice to see a familiar face, so please stop by and say hello!
In addition to Farmer's Markets I have also been working more closely with our Distributor, Vias Imports, Ltd to expand the accessibility of Suhru Wines in wine shops and restaurants across New York and New Jersey. In addition to focusing on expanding placements on Long Island, I spent some time working with our sales rep Sarah in New York City earlier this month and will be working with Joe in New Jersey in July.
We are ever expanding the list of Where to Find our Wines on our website. However a few recent additions of late include:
- Lucha Cubano, located at 87 E Main St in Downtown Riverhead, NY
- Sound Avenue Bistro, located at 3225 Sound Avenue in Riverhead, NY
- Blue Point Spirits, located at 226 Blue Point Avenue in Blue Point, NY
- Page at 63 Main, located at 63 Main Street in Sag Harbor, NY
- North Fork Wines and Spirits, located at 122 South Street in Greenport, NY
- Finest Kind Wines and Liquors, located at 552 W Lake Drive in Montauk
One of the things I do to support new Wine Shops is schedule in-store Tastings. I will be at Finest Kind Wines and Liquors – 552 W Lake Dr in Montauk, NY sampling our Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Riesling Rose and Cabernet Franc on Saturday June 25th from 4–7 pm. If you're in the Montauk area, please come and say hello!
If you'd like to see Suhru Wines in your local wine shop or favorite restaurant please ask them to carry it and let me know by sending an email at email@example.com so I can follow up and schedule a tasting. Some of my best wholesale relationships have begun with a recommendation from one of our regular guests. I look forward to sharing more with you about where I’ve been and new placements next month. Cheers!
Nothing says summer like shrimp on the BBQ! Pair it with a nice, chilled bottle of Pinot Grigio and you have quite the quintessential summer evening!
I stumbled across this Delish.com recipe for Grilled Shrimp Foil Packets a few weeks ago and it has quickly become a staple in our household and one that is sure to make a splash this summer at a BBQ because it has all the wow factor with very little work! This delicious dinner is fast and easy for a mid-week meal and with no mess and quick and simple cleanup, it is quickly becoming one of my favorites!
I have long been a fan of the Cajun/Louisiana Crawfish Boil, and while not quite the same, this 30 minute recipe is a close second! But don't take my word for it, try it with a bottle of Pinot Grigio and prepare for an all around excellent evening!
The original recipe can be found on Delish.com. I have included my revised recipe, with a few tricks, tips, and improvements below.
Grilled Shrimp Foils
- 1 1/2 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 8 cloves garlic, pressed
- 2 smoked andouille sausages, thinly sliced
- 4 ears corn, each cut into 4 pieces
- 1 lb. red bliss potatoes, chopped into 1-in pieces
- 4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 3 lemons, sliced into quarter wedges
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
- Old Bay Hot Sauce (optional)
- Preheat grill over high heat, or preheat oven to 425°.
- While the grill/oven is heating up tear 4 sheets of aluminum foil (approximately 14 inches long each).
- Divide cut potatoes, quartered corn, sliced sausages and rinsed shrimp evenly between the 4 foil sheets.
- Onto each of the 4 potato, corn, sausage, shrimp combos, drizzle 1 tbsp of oil, 1 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning, 2 pressed garlic cloves, and season with salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine until all contents are coated evenly with seasoning.
- Top each mixture with a squeeze of 1 quarter lemon and 1 tbsp butter.
- Fold aluminum foil into a long boat, crimping all seams closed.
- Place each boat on the grill and cook until just cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Open all foil boats and tip contents into a large bowl. Top with chopped parsley. Serve with remaining lemon wedges, Old Bay Hot Sauce (optional for extra spice), and a chilled bottle of Suhru Pinot Grigio!
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One of the (many) great things about living on the East End of Long Island is the incredible access to fresh, local produce throughout the Spring, Summer, and early Fall months! I have been patiently awaiting the arrival of local asparagus and now that Wickhams Farm Stand (across the street from the Suhru Tasting House) has asparagus on the stand nothing will stop me from eating it at least once a day!
Given my love for asparagus you can only imagine my delight upon stumbling across Lauren Lombardi's Farmers market pasta salad with Catapano goat cheese (another favorite!) recently featured in the May edition of Northforker!
Lauren's original recipe can be found on Northforker.com, however I have included her recipe with a few additions of my own below. I'll be serving this at all my upcoming outdoor and warm weather events, I hope you enjoy it!
Goat Cheese Asparagus Pasta Salad
- 1 box Sfoglini brand trumpet pasta (or a short, curly pasta of your choice)
- 2 bunches asparagus, ends trimmed
- 1 bunch baby spinach, washed and dried
- 1 can Roman Beans
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for sautéing
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1/4 cup chives, finely chopped
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp Champagne vinegar
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced
- 4 oz. container Catapano herb goat cheese
- 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
- 1 cup beets, roasted and sliced (optional)
- 1 bottle Suhru Sauvignon Blanc
- Add pasta to a large pot of boiling salted water and cook until al dente. Drain in a colander, rinse with cold water and set aside to cool.
- Meanwhile, snap/trim the ends off the asparagus and slice asparagus on the bias into 1/2-inch pieces. Heat a sauté pan with olive oil. Place the asparagus in the pan and season with kosher salt and pepper. Sauté on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. Remove and let cool.
- In a small bowl, combine shallot, mustard, Champagne vinaigrette and lemon juice. Whisk in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add chives.
- In a small sauté pan toast pine nuts, stirring constantly until browned and fragrant but not burnt.
- Add pasta, asparagus (while still slightly warm) and beans to a large bowl. Add the goat cheese and toss until well combined. Add spinach and season salad with salt and pepper, to your taste, and toss again.
- Top with toasted pine nuts, lemon zest and additional chives.
- Serve with a chilled bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and enjoy!
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It's a beautiful day for a smoked chicken and a glass of red! With the weather warming up, we are so excited to be able to pull out the smoker from the garage and smoke a dry rubbed chicken on the grill!
We do a lot of grilling in the warmer months and in the last few years have done a lot of our outdoor cooking on our smoker. Smokers are a great way to infuse extra flavor into grilled dishes and allow for more precision when cooking your meats. Last Thanksgiving we experimented with cooking a turkey on the smoker which kickstarted a quest to perfect the perfect smoked poultry (and started a new Thanksgiving tradition)!
A favorite has been smoked chicken. We use a classic dry rub and throughout the cooking process spritz it with apple cider vinegar. A smoker allows for quite a bit of experimentation so play around with the flavors, wood flavors, and cooking times till you find the one you like best, not a bad project for the warmer days ahead!
Pair this meal with a bottle of Cabernet Franc, some grilled veggies, and a little alfresco dining and you have quite the evening ahead of you!
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Is there anything more quintessentially beach town summer than Fish & Chips ? I think not. Pair it with a bottle of our crisp and refreshing Pinot Grigio or crack open a Pinot Grigio can and you have the all the makings on a perfect backyard BBQ!
In the Hearn household Fish and Chips is taken very seriously. My father (our winemaker, Russell Hearn) is Australian and growing up whenever we would go to visit his family in Perth one of the first things we did after stepping off the plane was go get a Fish & Chips dinner. There is something about the savory, sweet flavor of the flaky fried fish paired with the salty chips all smothered in malt vinegar that will forever taste like home. Now as adult, pairing it all with a crisp bottle of Pinot Grigio just makes the flavors sing!
There are many rules of thought and suggested guidelines when it comes to food pairing. However one of my favorite wine and food pairing hacks that works especially well with Pinot Grigio is any meal that you would squeeze lemon over will pair beautifully with our Pinot Grigio because the bright acidity and hints of lemon in the wine will compliment the dish in the same way that a squeeze of lemon would, opening up the flavors and adding that little bit of contrast!
Over the last year, Brad & I have been busy testing and tasting every fish & chips recipe we can get our hands on to bring you the best one out there for at home cooking! (It's a hard job but someone has to do it) We finally found the one! I can't recommend enough The Spruce Eats British Fish and Chips recipe! However my suggestions to taking this meal to the next level:
- Cook the whole meal on the grill outside to keep your house from smelling like fried foods.
- Don't bother peeling the potatoes, the little bit of potato peel adds some nice texture and flavor to the chips.
- Be sure to pickup some malt vinegar and dowse the whole plate before digging in. Enjoy!
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With the warm days quickly approaching it could not be better timing to be releasing our 2021 Pinot Grigio. Consistently one of our most popular wines, Pinot Grigio is a staple of the Suhru Wines brand. Crisp and bright with delicate fruit notes we make an Italian style Pinot Grigio as opposed to the French style Pinot Gris which tends to dominate the American market. If you are interested in learning more about the difference between the two, checkout our "History of a Grape: Pinot Grigio vs Pinot Gris" blog post from a few months back!
A Note from our Winemaker
The 2021 vintage brings a slightly different winemaking approach as we have blended a small amount of Finger Lakes grown Pinot Grigio into this wine. The choice was made to blend vineyards and AVAs into this single wine to allow for a richer mouthfeel which is achieved through higher pH. The Finger Lakes grown fruit was picked two weeks later than our North Fork fruit, bringing forth a wider range of fruit notes including peach and hints of apricot.
With this style of Pinot Grigio the goal typically is to have a bright acid driven style that typically is at the expense of a low pH however by blending fruit from the two AVAs one with a lower and a second with a high pH it allows us to achieve a little higher pH overall which brings increased mouthfeel to the wine.
Tasting Notes for the 2021 Pinot Grigio
Made from 100% Pinot Grigio fruit, this white wine was fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel tanks. It did not undergo malolactic secondary fermentation and was not barrel aged, resulting in a finished wine that accentuates the vibrant varietal fruit aromas and flavor while retaining a clean, crisp acidity.
Pale straw yellow with delicate fruit notes on the nose. Light apple notes and rich pear on the pallet with a hint of lemon showcase the round mouthfeel and rich texture on the pallet. The bright flavors and refreshing acidity offers a diverse range of food compliments. Try a glass of this Pinot Grigio with lighter flavors such as grilled fish, fresh salads, spring and summer cheese plates, lobster, and shellfish.
Pinot Grigio is an excellent wine to pair with any meal although a few of our favorites include BBQ Lemon Garlic Shrimp on top of Grilled Sourdough Toast and Seared Sea Scallops, both excellent options this time of year with the weather warming and warmer temperatures meaning that alfresco dining is back baby, happy sipping!
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It has been a cold, long winter but with the arrival of May there is no denying that Spring has Sprung! 70+ degree days, sundresses, and lazy days in the backyard, on the boat, at the beach (insert delightful outdoor setting of your choice) with a glass of wine... here we come!
To say that I am ready for Spring is the understatement of the century. I am the first to admit that I am a Fall/Winter girl but let me at some warm weather! It has been a long, cold winter full of twists and turns. In the wine industry as in many businesses across the country supply chain delays have been the constant topic of conversation along with the many other economic and political challenges that are facing the globe at the moment. We have seen major delays in glass deliveries meaning that many of our 2021 white and rosé wines have seen delayed release dates this season. However those delays have come to an end!
We are excited to be releasing our 2021 Pinot Grigio, the first of our 2021 whites to hit the market (more soon to follow)! This refreshing white wine is slightly different from years past with softer, more delicate fruit notes with notes of gala apple and rich pear and a hint of lemon showcasing the round mouthfeel and rich texture on the pallet. A beautiful wine, particularly well suited to a meal, we are beyond excited to share this new vintage!
In addition to new releases, we are excited to welcome our seasonal team back to the tasting room! Over the next few weeks you will start to see many familiar faces in the Tasting House and behind the bar, as well as a few new faces so be sure to stop by and say hello!
We have tons of great things planned for the season including a full events calendar that is currently up-to-date through the end of July with lots of great events featuring oysters, lobster rolls, succulents, watercolors, live music and more! In addition to our events, I have been busy in our backyard seating area transforming it into a wine garden for the season! We hope you will stop by to enjoy a glass in our beautiful new backyard wine garden this season. Happy Spring!
Mother's Day Weekend is quickly approaching and we cannot wait for all of the wonderful Spring activities that Mother's Day brings! While brunch or breakfast at home is always the classic Mother's Day option, in our house Mother's Day is all about prepping the house indoors and out for Spring and ensuring that Moms garden is planted and beautiful for the warmer growing days ahead!
Given this we have put together a few floral based Mother's Day specials that fit perfectly into any Mother's Day plans whether you're seeing mom in person this year or celebrating her from afar we have you covered with a number of great gift options as well as a Mother's Day event.
Plus for those who are looking for a day of wine tasting this Mother's Day (you are my kinda Moms!!) our backyard wine garden will be open and we will be pouring tasting flights, glasses, and serving up bottles and cheese plates from 12noon to 6pm on Sunday, May 8th so make a reservation and spend Mother's Day relaxing among the flowers with a glass fo your favorite wine in hand!
We are beyond excited to have partnered with Nerdling Acres Flowers this year to put together a number of excellent Mother's Day offerings featuring their stunning, local, sustainably-grown blooms and botanicals!
On Sunday, May 8th at 2PM we will be hosting a Wildflowers & Wine Workshop during which you can create your own unique mixed garden style arrangement with an abundance of local blooms and botanicals grown at the Nerdling Acres farm while sipping your favorite Suhru wines and snacking on a sweet & savory cheese plate! During this fun and informative workshop you'll learn about seasonal specialty flowers as well as techniques to create their own beautiful floral arrangements.
We are also offering Mother's Day Bundles including a bottle of Rosé or Sauvignon Blanc paired with a beautiful, local bouquet featuring heirloom tulips, lilac, camellia, & more! Pre-Order is Required for these bundles and they are available for pickup at the Tasting House May 6th - 8th or free local delivery available between Riverhead and Orient, NY.
If you are a little further away and looking to send Mom a little something, be sure to checkout our gift options including favorites like our Wine Tumblers, which are great for life on the go! These custom stainless steel tumblers (available in white or black) feature a powder-coated finish, modern stainless steel accents, and revolutionary copper vacuum insulation to keep your wine cold for up 16 hours. Plus, a clear push-on lid makes it worry-free.
A few other gift ideas include Merlot Dark Chocolate bar and a bottle of her favorite wine shipped directly to her doorstep! If you are shipping a gift to Mom this year (we ship to 40+ states!), please allow 3 business days for East Coast addresses and 6 business days for West Coast deliveries.
However you are spending Mother's Day weekend, we hope that you have a great day surrounded by family and friends, enjoying great food and sipping on an excellent wine! Cheers to all the amazing mommas!!
Spring has arrived and with it comes the beginning of a new growing season on the North Fork. Over the past month the buzz has begun in the agriculture community as plant nurseries open their doors and farm stands apply a fresh coat of paint to prepare for the coming season. In the wine industry attention turns to the vineyard as vineyard crews finish the winter pruning and eyes turn to the shoots of the vine to watch for bud break.
The start of a new season in wine country begins when there is new growth on the vine, also known as bud break. The warmer weather of Spring causes the soil to warm up and alerts the vines that it is time to wake up from their winter sleep. The sap begins to flow and the buds form new leaves. For the winemaker and team, all eyes will be on the growth of the vines and managing the vineyard until harvest.
Bud break is quickly approaching and all eyes have turned to the vineyards as the first bud marks the beginning of the 2022 growing season!
One of the deep joys of wine is pairing it with a meal. At Suhru Wines we belive wine is best enjoyed among family and friends over a delicious meal. With that in mind we are thrilled to share two great wine dinners coming up this Month on Friday, March 4th and Monday, March 7th, one of each of Long Island's two forks.
Enjoy Suhru Wines with your meal at The Cottages at Hamlet Green's weekly Dinner Pop Up hosted by Dayna Corlito, available by reservation only. Reservations are available 5-9pm.
The three-course $50 prix fixe menu, prepared by Chef Karl McDermott features escargot canapés, potatoes au gratin, poached pears, curries shrimp, grilled salmon, drenched chicken breast, lamb sausages, gateau au chocolate, tarts aux pommes, creme brûlée and more! Your choice of starter, main, and dessert with each course paired with a complimentary wine pairings from Suhru Wines.
Join winemaker Russell Hearn and acclaimed Chef Adam Kaufer for a six-course wine dinner at Grace & Grit on Monday, March 7th showcasing the best of the North Fork!
This intimate six-course meal prepared by Chef Adam will take place at Grace & Grit (55750 Main Road in Southold) with seatings available at 6pm and 8:30pm. Reservations are required for this limited seating event. Tickets are $125pp and include all six-courses and the wine pairings listed below.
Enjoy commentary on the wines by Suhru winemaker Russell Hearn throughout the dinner.