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Shelby Hearn
 
May 30, 2022 | Shelby Hearn

Cooking with Suhru: Pinot Grigio + Easy Shrimp Bake

Cooking with Suhru: Pinot Grigio + Cajun Shrimp FoilNothing 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

INGREDIENTS

  • 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) 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat grill over high heat, or preheat oven to 425°.
  2. While the grill/oven is heating up tear 4 sheets of aluminum foil (approximately 14 inches long each).
  3. Divide cut potatoes, quartered corn, sliced sausages and rinsed shrimp evenly between the 4 foil sheets.
  4. 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.
  5. Top each mixture with a squeeze of 1 quarter lemon and 1 tbsp butter.
  6. Fold aluminum foil into a long boat, crimping all seams closed.
  7. Place each boat on the grill and cook until just cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. 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!

Learn More About our Pinot Grigio!

Time Posted: May 30, 2022 at 6:00 AM Permalink to Cooking with Suhru: Pinot Grigio + Easy Shrimp Bake Permalink
Shelby Hearn
 
May 16, 2022 | Shelby Hearn

Cooking with Suhru: Sauvignon Blanc + Goat Cheese Asparagus Pasta Salad

Cooking with Suhru: Sauvignon Blanc + Asparagus Pasta SaladOne 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

Ingredients: 

  • 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

Directions:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. In a small bowl, combine shallot, mustard, Champagne vinaigrette and lemon juice. Whisk in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add chives. 
  4. In a small sauté pan toast pine nuts, stirring constantly until browned and fragrant but not burnt.
  5. 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. 
  6. Top with toasted pine nuts, lemon zest and additional chives. 
  7. Serve with a chilled bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and enjoy!

Learn More About our Sauvignon Blanc

Time Posted: May 16, 2022 at 6:00 AM Permalink to Cooking with Suhru: Sauvignon Blanc + Goat Cheese Asparagus Pasta Salad Permalink
Suhru Wines
 
May 9, 2022 | Suhru Wines

Cooking with Suhru: Smoked Chicken & Cabernet Franc

Cooking with Suhru: Cabernet Franc + Dry Rub Smoked Chicken
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!

Learn More about our Cabernet Franc

Time Posted: May 9, 2022 at 6:00 AM Permalink to Cooking with Suhru: Smoked Chicken & Cabernet Franc Permalink
Suhru Wines
 
May 4, 2022 | Suhru Wines

Cooking with Suhru: Fish & Chips with Pinot Grigio

Cooking with Suhru: Pinot Grigio + Fish & ChipsIs 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:

  1. Cook the whole meal on the grill outside to keep your house from smelling like fried foods.
  2. Don't bother peeling the potatoes, the little bit of potato peel adds some nice texture and flavor to the chips.
  3. Be sure to pickup some malt vinegar and dowse the whole plate before digging in. Enjoy!

Learn More about our Pinot Grigio

Time Posted: May 4, 2022 at 6:00 AM Permalink to Cooking with Suhru: Fish & Chips with Pinot Grigio Permalink
Suhru Wines
 
May 2, 2022 | Suhru Wines

New Release: 2021 Pinot Grigio

Suhru Wines Pinot GrigioWith 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!
 

Learn More about the 2021 Pinot Grigio

Time Posted: May 2, 2022 at 6:00 AM Permalink to New Release: 2021 Pinot Grigio Permalink
Shelby Hearn
 
May 1, 2022 | Shelby Hearn

What's Happening at Suhru this May

What's Happening at Suhru | May 2022It 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!

Time Posted: May 1, 2022 at 3:00 AM Permalink to What's Happening at Suhru this May Permalink
Shelby Hearn
 
April 29, 2022 | Shelby Hearn

2022 Mother's Day Gift Guide

Suhru Wine Tasting Room Backyard Wine GardenMother'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!

Reservations at the Tasting Room


Nerdling Acres Mothers Day BouquetWe 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.

Suhru Wines TumblersIf 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!! 

 

Time Posted: Apr 29, 2022 at 6:00 AM Permalink to 2022 Mother's Day Gift Guide Permalink
Suhru Wines
 
April 27, 2022 | Suhru Wines

Bud Break

Suhru Wines | Bud BreakSpring 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!

Time Posted: Apr 27, 2022 at 9:00 AM Permalink to Bud Break Permalink
Suhru Wines
 
March 1, 2022 | Suhru Wines

Suhru Wine Dinners

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. 

 

 


Hamlet Green Wine Dinner with Suhru WinesFriday, March 4th at Hamlet Green in Hampton Bays, NY

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. 

 

 

Suhru Wine Dinner with Grace & Grit in Southold, NYMonday, March 7th at Grace & Grit in Southold, NY

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.

Time Posted: Mar 1, 2022 at 4:00 AM Permalink to Suhru Wine Dinners Permalink
Susan Hearn
 
February 22, 2022 | Susan Hearn

What's Happening at Suhru Wines this March

What's Happening at Suhru Wines | March 2022We are starting to come out of the deep freeze of winter and it’s beginning to feel more like Spring every day! By this time of year, we usually have all the white wines and rosé bottled. As we all know Covid has been wreaking havoc on the supply chain, it has now trickled down to Suhru wines both with shipping delays and price increases on everything. Our primary issue is glass bottles. Knowing about supply chain delays, I ordered the glass bottles and my other packaging supplies, screw caps, labels, etc late last summer before we had harvested even one grape. I expected the glass to arrive in December so we could bottle early in January. Well... that didn’t happen. The glass has been sitting on a container ship off the coast of New York waiting for space to come into the harbor and after many long weeks finally arrived!

Our 2021 Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé were bottled in mid-February and our Pinot Grigio and Dry Riesling will be bottled in the weeks to come. We are excited to share these new releases with you in the coming months and are looking forward to the warmer Spring weather soon to come!

It's another busy month here at Suhru with lots of great events including two wine dinners with local restaurateurs. On Monday, March 7th we are partnering with chef Adam Kaufer of Grace & Grit in Southold for a six-course wine dinner. The Friday before we will also be served at Hamlet Green's Wine Dinner Pop-Up with a three-course menu prepared by Chef Karl McDermott. We hope you will join us for one of these great dinners or stop by the Tasting House this March!

Our March Wine Club is just around the corner and I am very excited for this quarter's selections. The March Wine Club includes a Library wine—2014 Shiraz—and this is especially exciting as this is the first time a Library Wine has been featured in our Club. The tasting notes from its original release describe it as:

“A vibrant wine which has a rich, dark and vibrant hue with aromas of cigar box and dried herbs with a hint of black pepper and spice. It's red fruit and raspberry flavors mingle across the elegant mid palate with silky smooth fine grain tannins.

As a wine ages its flavors continue to age and develop with it so we are looking forward to sharing the experience of tasting this 2014 Shiraz alongside our current 2019 Shiraz during the Wine Club tastings. In addition to the Shiraz, the March Wine Club features our 2017 T'Jara Merlot and 2020 Rosé, three wines perfect for the transition from winter to spring. If you are in our Wine Club be sure to check your email for the dedicated link to make a reservation for the March Wine Club Event which runs March 3rd to March 14th, reservations are required. Each quarter with the release of our Wine Club selections we partner with a local restaurateur or artisan to create a custom pairing menu with our wines. This March we are pairing the wine selections with Disset Chocolate just down the road in Cutchogue. If you haven’t tried the delectable chocolates created by Ursula XVII you are in for a treat. She has created a custom chocolate pairing that will pair beautifully with our wines.

Time Posted: Feb 22, 2022 at 4:02 AM Permalink to What's Happening at Suhru Wines this March Permalink
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