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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
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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!

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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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February 6, 2022 | Suhru Wines

Cooking With Suhru: Mac & Cheese

Cooking with Suhru: Homemade Mac & Cheese

There are few dishes that provide more warmth, satisfaction, and comfort than homemade mac & cheese! Maybe it's just me, but there is something completely irresistible about hot cheese no matter its form, but if I had to pick a favorite way to eat it, this recipe takes the cake every time!

Good friends of the family and members of our Wine Club—Tom & Nancy—introduced us to this recipe many years ago on a family ski trip and ever since it has been one of my winter staples (and I think you'll understand why)!

Whether sharing dinner with friends after a long day on the mountain, dressing it up (and adding lobster) for an appearance at Christmas Eve, or enjoying as a little comfort food in a long, cold winter, this recipe hits the spot every time!

Mac & Cheese with a bottle of wine may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but don't knock it till you try it (trust me)! Pair your decadent baked mac & cheese with a fruity, medium-bodied wine like our T'Jara Merlot and you have a perfect night in!

So without further ado...


Tom's Famous Baked Mac & Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 stick of salted butter
  • 1/2 cup flour (more or less if needed)
  • 1 pint half & half
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 pound Velveeta
  • 1 pound hard cheese (whichever variety you like)
  • 1 pound macaroni noodles
  • 1 pound ham or bacon, cubed (optional)
  • 1 packaged shredded cheese (whichever variety you like)
  • 1 tbsp paprika

Directions:

  1. Make a rue, by first melting the butter in a large saucepan on medium heat. Once melted, add diced onions and cook on low heat, stirring occasionally until onions are translucent, roughly 5 minutes.
  2. While the onions are cooking, get your flour and half & half ready, measuring each into their own small bowl and set aside. Prepare the cheese by cutting the hard cheese and Velveeta into cubes and set aside.
  3. Once onions are translucent, turn off the stove top and slowly add flour into the onion mixture, stirring constantly to keep it from burning. Once the flour is fully combined, slowly pour in the half & half stirring all the while.
  4. Add salt, pepper and mustard to your rue and stir. Your mixture should be a smooth liquid, not a solid. Add milk as needed to ensure you maintain a soupy consistency as it thickens. 
  5. Turn the heat back on to low and slowly add the cubed cheese & Velveeta, stirring all the while. (You will get a nice arm workout while making this). Stir until the cheese has fully melted and is one homogenous sauce. Turn off stove top and set cheese mixture aside.
  6. Cook the macaroni following the instructions on the box for al dente.
  7. While the macaroni is cooking, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease your casserole dish(es). I prefer to split mine into two smaller round Pyrex's and freeze one (uncooked) so I can pull it out of the freezer and throw it in the oven on a day I don't feel like cooking. 
  8. Once the macaroni is finished cooking, drain and pour into the cheese mixture. Add the cubed ham and mix until well combined. 
  9. Pour the macaroni and cheese mixture into your baking dishes. Top the mixture with your shredded cheese and sprinkle with a dusting of paprika.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until cheese is bubbling and a brown crispy crust has formed on the top of your macaroni and cheese.
  11. Serve with a bottle of Merlot and enjoy!

We have been busy cooking and recipe testing away over the last few weeks and are excited to announce that we will be sharing a #CookingwithSuhru recipe and wine pairing on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month for the foreseeable future! Have a recipe you love or a meal you've been struggling with a wine pairing for? Comment below and you might see it featured!

For more Recipe and Pairing Suggestion, checkout Cooking with Suhru!

 

Time Posted: Feb 6, 2022 at 3:00 AM Permalink to Cooking With Suhru: Mac & Cheese Permalink
Shelby Hearn
 
January 31, 2022 | Shelby Hearn

What's Happening at Suhru Wines this February

What's Happening at Suhru | Feb 2022

I can't believe that it is already February! Our annual Winter Holiday has flown by and we are looking forward to getting back in the Tasting House for another wonderful season!

We are excited to announce a few changes in 2022. We are extending our Tasting House hours and will now be open 5 days a week—Thursday - Monday from 12noon to 6pm—year round (with the exception of our annual Winter Break). Reservations are currently open for indoor seating though April and we highly recommend making a reservation if you plan to visit the Tasting House in the coming months as our indoor seating is limited. 

We also are introducing Thursday Happy Hours! Each Thursday we will be featuring a selection of glass and small bite specials. Follow us on Instagram and keep an eye on our Stories for updates on the weekly specials! 

With a new month also comes new releases—our new 2019 Ember is now available and is being poured at the Tasting House! If you are a member of our Wine Club, this wine will be familiar as you received it as a pre-release in your December Wine Club, for everyone else, this wine is now available and tasting beautifully! The 2019 Ember, our Bordeaux blend, is medium bodied with rich dark fruit notes, think cherry, plum, black currant, & cranberry as well as nice dried herb notes tarragon and sage. Warm and inviting the 2019 has a long, lingering finish and the classic touch of smoke on the finish for which this wine is so well known. There are so many great pairing options when it comes to Ember, but with the piles of snow blanketing the North Fork from this past weekend's snow storm, it seems only appropriate to recommend pairing a bottle of Ember with a warm, smoky bean & beluga lentil Chili, you can find a great recipe on the Suhru Blog

Beyond the Tasting House we have a number of great events quickly approaching including:

  1. Valentine's Day Virtual Tasting: I will be participating in a Valentine's Day Virtual Tasting Panel featuring five producers from New York State on Tuesday, February 8th at 7PM EST. This virtual event hosted by Crush Wine Events is part of their 2022 virtual tasting series and the second that I have done this year. Registration is free and I would love for you to join me to chat about the great wines
     
  2. Riverhead Indoor Farmers Market: If you live on the East End you may have heard that the Riverhead Winter Market is back and open Saturdays from 9am-1pm now through April. We have long participated in this market and this year have a rotating booth in the Long Island Wine Country corner. On select Saturdays you can find myself or owner Susan Hearn pouring a selection of our wines alongside other Long Island wineries, famers, artisans, and artists. You can next find us at the market on February 12th and March 5th with a complete list of upcoming dates on our events calendar.
     
  3. March Wine Dinner: As I mentioned before, the Suhru team has been hard at work planning a number of great upcoming events. We are beyond excited to once again be partnering with Chef Adam Kaufer of Grace & Grit in Southold for a six-course Wine Dinner on Monday, March 7th with insights into the wine pairings by winemaker Russell Hearn. Seating is limited, reservations required.
     
  4. Watercolors & Wine: We are thrilled to welcome back local watercolor artist Melissa Hyatt this April 7th for a Piping Plover watercolor class. As an added bonus, at this class we will be joined by Christie Jones who makes non-toxic, handmade watercolor paints that you will use during the class. These classes are so much fun and open to all levels. Come explore your creativity with us! 

That's all for now, but I hope to see you in the Tasting House soon!

Cheers,

Shelby Hearn Ulrich, General Manager

Time Posted: Jan 31, 2022 at 4:00 AM Permalink to What's Happening at Suhru Wines this February Permalink
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January 26, 2022 | Suhru Wines

Cooking with Suhru: Shiraz & Roasted Lamb Roulade

Cooking with Suhru: Shiraz + Lamb RouladeOne of my favorite things about the winter months is that when it is cold outside all I want to do is stay in and cook delicious meals! One of our latest activities was roast leg of lamb roulade over a bed of root vegetables.We paired it with a glass of Shiraz and enjoyed this delicious Sunday roast with family and friends! 

Given our family's Australian heritage (winemaker Russell Hearn was born in and grew up in Australia) lamb and Shiraz are a regular occurrence on our dinner table. There is something about the soft, spicy hints of pepper and ripe red fruit notes that make Shiraz, Australian style Shiraz in particular, such a fantastic pairing with lamb.

When it comes to roasted meats we often find ourselves experimenting with new recipes, our latest roast was inspired by Hostess at Heart's Roasted Leg of Lamb Roulade recipe with the addition of garlic and rosemary (because in this house nothing is roasted without being slathered in garlic and rosemary). No meal is complete without a vegetable and one great trick I discovered years ago is to fill the bottom of your roasting pan with whatever vegetables you have on hand, I usually opt for potatoes, carrots,  quartered onions, more garlic and either broccoli or Brussels sprouts. As the meat cooks the fat and the drippings will baste your vegetables, infusing them with a delicious roasted meat flavor. Plus this one pan method makes cleaning up a breeze. Happy roasting!

Learn More about our Shiraz

Time Posted: Jan 26, 2022 at 4:00 AM Permalink to Cooking with Suhru: Shiraz & Roasted Lamb Roulade Permalink
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November 22, 2021 | Suhru Wines

Cooking with Suhru: Cabernet Franc & Dry Rub Smoked Chicken

Cooking with Suhru: Cabernet Franc + Dry Rub Smoked ChickenCabernet Franc is one of the classic poultry pairings which is why you may have heard it recommended paired with Thanksgiving dinner! The rich red fruit notes and dried herbal quality that Cabernet Francs are known for lend themselves to being excellent pairing wines for turkey, chicken, and duck. While we all have our favorite family Thanksgiving turkey recipe, I wanted to take this opportunity to share our new take on the classic!

This past Spring our General Manager Shelby and her husband Brad bought a smoker which has revolutionized the way they cook! In recent months Brad has been smoking chickens to great success and is planning to try out this dry rub on a spatchcocked smoked turkey this Thanksgiving. (Spatchcocking is the removal of the backbone so that the piece of meat lays flat and cooks faster.) While still yet to be tested on a turkey, it is a proven winner when it comes to chickens!


Brad's Dry Rub Smoked Chicken

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup paprika
  • ¼ cup coarse salt 
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper 
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 whole chicken

Directions:

  1. Pat your chicken dry inside and out with paper towels and allow it to temper on the counter for at least 15 minutes while you prepare your dry rub and smoker. 
  2. To make your dry rub, combine brown sugar, paprika, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper in a bowl, whisk until well combined. 
  3. Light your smoker and heat to at least 250°F.
  4.  Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and rub it all over with oil. Next, season generously with the dry rub, including seasoning the cavity and then let it sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes.
  5.  Place the chicken on the cooking grate, breast side down. Close the door and adjust grill temperature so that it remains at 235°F.
  6. Do NOT open the door for at least the first hour.
  7. After 2 hours of cooking, flip over your chicken.  Also, this would be the time to rotate positions if you are smoking more than one chicken. Continue to cook until the internal temperature reaches 165°F on a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh.  Approximate cook time 3-4 hours.
  8. When the chicken is done, remove it from the grill and let it rest for 15 minutes before carving.

Check Out More Cooking with Suhru Recipes!

Time Posted: Nov 22, 2021 at 5:00 AM Permalink to Cooking with Suhru: Cabernet Franc & Dry Rub Smoked Chicken Permalink
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November 16, 2021 | Suhru Wines

Wine Lovers Holiday Gift Guide

Suhru Wines EmberThe holidays are just around the corner and that means it's that time of year where we all struggle to find the perfect gift for our friends, family, and loved ones! We know that gift giving can be stressful, so we are here to help!

If you are like us, most everyone on your list (the adults at least) enjoy a good glass of wine, so we are helping you take some of the guess-work out of gifting this year with our Wine Lover's Guide to the Holidays!

We've put together some of our favorite wines and wine-related gifts to help take some of the guess-work out of your holiday shopping! Explore our Guide below to find the perfect gift for all of the wine lovers on your list this holiday season.

Don't forget, we ship to 40+ states! Make your life a little easier and ship directly to friends and family around the country!

Suhru Wines Stocking CheersStocking Stuffers

Traditional stocking stuffers of candy and trinkets are all well and good but why not add some spice to your stocking this year with a few fun wine related items? Try a Merlot Dark Chocolate Bar, local artisanal chocolate bars made specifically for Suhru using our own Merlot wine. Or take it up a notch and stuff those stockings with a Suhru can or two, guaranteed to make opening presents with the kiddos all that more enjoyable!

A classic oldie and most certainly a goodie, stick a couple Suhru Gift Cards in those stockings (available in $25 and $50 value) for the gift that keeps on giving! Gift cards can be used for wine and food purchases at the Tasting House. 

Suhru Wines Holiday GiftsUnder the Tree

Who wouldn’t love to receive a bottle of wine for the holidays?! Share your favorite bottles of wine or perhaps gift one of our Suhru Favorites Bundles which include a bottle of Pinot Grigio and one of Ember, our Bordeaux blend!

One of our more popular items this year has been our stainless steel insulated tumblers (available in both black and white) which keep your beverages hot or cold for up to16 hours! These are great gifts for the wine lover in your life who is always on the go! They are great for the boat, the backyard, the beach, hiking, and wherever life takes you!

If you are looking to add a little more Suhru into your life or want to introduce friends and family to our wines, gift a couple of our Stemless Wine Glasses, both delicate and durable making them an excellent gift or addition to your home.

Suhru Shiraz Holiday DinnerFor Your Holiday Dinner

When it comes to the holiday season, the key is to never show up empty handed, whether it is simply a bottle of wine, a hostess gift, a home baked dessert (checkout our holiday cookie recipes) or a personalized item, the options are endless. 

For a classic holiday pairing pickup a bottle of NV Brut, because you can never go wrong with a bottle of bubbly. With so much to celebrate during the holiday season the opportunities to pop a cork are endless! Our NV Brut is light and delicate with a hint of pear and honey crisp, a touch of brioche and a delicate stream of bubbles.

For a cocktail party, pre-dinner drinks, or any and all cheese and charcuterie board related activities, I always recommend a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc! This classic winter white, our French-style Sauv Blanc is crisp and refreshing with just the right amount of savory richness to pair beautifully with a wide range of cheeses, a great choice for a Feast of the Seven Fishes, and simply a delicious wine no matter the occasion.

For a hearty winter red the Ember is our go-to,  it's a delicious sipper on its own and one we regularly enjoy when curled up by the fire watching the snow fall! Pair this beautiful Bordeaux blend with a hearty Holiday meal and you're sure to end this holiday season on a high note!

One last holiday recommendation (because I can't help myself) in the Hearn household it isn’t the holidays without a roast Australian lamb and what better to pair with your Australian themed dinner than a bottle of Shiraz? Made in a cool climate Australian style, our 2019 Shiraz pays homage to winemaker Russell Hearn's native country Australia adding that extra layer of home to the holidays. A delicious and expressive wine, our Shiraz has bright red fruit notes, a hint of cardamom and super soft, elegant tannins with  a light hint of oak. No matter your holiday traditions, we have the wine for you!

Looking for recommended pairings? Shoot us an email at info@suhruwines.com and we will be happy to offer a recommendation or two for whatever you are serving this holiday season! Cheers and Happy Holidays!

Time Posted: Nov 16, 2021 at 4:00 AM Permalink to Wine Lovers Holiday Gift Guide Permalink
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November 15, 2021 | Suhru Wines

History of the Grape: Cabernet Franc

Suhru Wines 2019 Cabernet FrancRecords of Cabernet Franc go back to the end of the 18th century in Bordeaux, although it was planted in Loire long before that time. Cabernet Franc first earned its popularity in the Loire Valley in the 1700’s, at the time it was known by its original name, Bouchet. Today Cabernet Franc is planted around the globe in America, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Hungary, Canada, Bulgaria, Croatia, and most recently China.

Fun Fact: Across the world, Cabernet Franc is one of the twenty most widely planted grape varieties.

This deeply colored, thin skinned berry offers floral, plum, blackberry, cassis, spice, fresh herbs and leafy aromas. Cabernet Franc is an excellent stand alone wine varietal producing rich, round, luscious red wines in addition to being a classic blending varietal specifically for Bordeaux style red blends. 

DNA analysis indicates that Cabernet Franc is the parent of several grape varieties including Merlot and Carmenere. But perhaps its greatest claim is that it is the parent to Cabernet Sauvignon, which is the cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. 

Why its Well Suited to Long Island

One of the most widely planted red grape varietals on Long Island, Cabernet Franc grows best in stone, chalk soils and sandy terroir. The North Fork of Long Island is comprised of sandy loam soils with excellent internal drainage, modest fertility, and moderate water-holding capacity which control and limit the impact of the periodic summer rains, controlling vine growth and promoting grape ripening in the fall. 

Suhru Wines 2019 Cabernet Franc + Lamb DinnerOn the North Fork of Long Island our terroir is derived from our glacial soils, cool maritime climate and native flora. The soils have excellent drainage and our cool climate and proximity to the ocean means that our long summers are tempered by cooling breezes off the Long Island Sound and Atlantic Ocean that prevent excessive summer heat. The surrounding water also gives off warmth extending summer into a mellow fall, allowing ample time for the fruit to ripen on the vine. Most similar in climate to Bordeaux, France the East End has embraced "old-world" vinifera grape varieties. 

Suggested Food Pairings

A delicious sipper, this bold red pairs beautifully with a wide range of foods including swordfish, pork,  roast chicken, grilled beef, sausage, lamb, veal, hearty fishes, hard and soft cheeses and duck.

Two particular favorites are a glass of Cabernet Franc with roasted or smoked lamb and in our opinion, no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a bottle (or two) on the table!

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