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September 20, 2022 | Suhru Wines

Hand vs Mechanical Harvesting

Behind the Bottle: Hand of Mechanical Harvesting, Which is Better?As you drive around the North Fork, you likely will see many teams out in the vineyard working to ensure the grapes ripen to their full potential throughout the growing season. While often an overlooked component of the winemaking process, good vineyard management is essential to good winemaking.

A wine is only as good as the grapes it comes from and good vineyard practices throughout the year mean less intervention and a more hands off approach can be taken by the winemaker and the winemaking team once the fruit arrives at the winery. 

There are two main ways to harvest grapes, by hand and by machine. At Suhru, we hand harvest the majority of our grapes. The decision to hand harvest vs mechanical harvest depends on a multitude of factors including the grape varietal, condition of the grapes, and style of wine you are trying to make. Let's explore the differences!

 

 

Mechanical Harvesting in the Suhru VineyardMechanical Harvesting

For many grape varieties and styles, particularly early ripening white wine grapes, mechanical harvesting is a more efficient and cost effective approach. In mechanical harvesting a harvester machine straddles the grape vine, gently shaking the vine which dislodges the berries dropping them into a conveyor belt that carries them to a holding bin. When the harvester reaches the end of the row the holding bin is emptied into a gondola which then transports the grapes to the winery to be loaded into the press.

Mechanical harvesters are a great option for larger vineyards that lay on flat level ground. They can very quickly harvest an entire block of fruit and get it to the winery and loaded into the press in a fraction of the time it would take to hand harvest the same block.

At Suhru we machine harvest our Pinot Grigio. The vineyard where it is grown is well suited to a mechanical harvester and it allows our early ripening Pinot Grigio berries to arrive at the winery very quickly after being harvested which is important for machine harvested fruit as the berries are often split open during the harvesting process. 

Hand Harvesting in the Suhru VineyardHand Harvesting

Hand harvesting, while extremely labor intensive, allows our vineyard team to examine the fruit as they move through the vineyard, selecting only the best grape clusters and discarding the bruised, damaged or underripe fruit. A skilled hand harvester can pick between one and one and a half tons of grapes in a 10 hour day, which is the equivalent of 800-1,200 bottles of wine or 66-100 cases.

While more expensive, laborious, and time consuming there are a number of reasons to hand harvest your grapes:

  1. Allows for more precision. The grapes are better protected during harvesting greatly reducing the possibility of oxidation due to damaged skins. 
  2. Winemaking Style. For a number of styles including méthode champenoise and some styles of white wine we whole cluster press, meaning that the entire cluster, stems, seeds, skins and all are loaded into the press and discarded as one once the juice has been pressed out.
  3. Fruit quality. When you machine harvest all the berries are mixed in however when you hand harvest as the vineyard crew is moving from cluster to cluster they can pick out any berries damaged by birds or any that have not fully developed ensuring that only the best berries make it to the winery. 

We would like to take a moment to applaud the hard working men and women who cultivate and care for our grape vines throughout the year. THANK YOU for all that you do, we could not do it without you!

Time Posted: Sep 20, 2022 at 3:00 AM Permalink to Hand vs Mechanical Harvesting Permalink
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September 8, 2022 | Suhru Wines

Harvest Has Arrived

Suhru Wines September Harvest Update

With harvest season now upon us it is a good opportunity to look back at the growing season to see how we got here. Since early June the 2022 growing season has been very favorable. We had hot, dry conditions throughout most of the summer, which while at times may have been a little oppressive for all of us, it's ideal for the grapes. Although humidity was high for 4-5 weeks during that time, we experienced almost zero rainfall. The warmer than normal temperatures and slightly below average yields have moved ripening along at a nice pace.

We began harvesting our Pinot Noir fruit for Brut on Thursday. The crews were out harvesting starting at 6am which officially kicked off the 2022 Suhru Vintage! Chardonnay, the second grape varietal that comprises our Brut, will be right behind it. The next grape on deck is Pinot Grigio. It looks beautiful in the vineyard with the sugar and flavors developing very nicely. I expect that it, along with the Chardonnay will be harvested mid to late next week.

If you have visited our Tasting House in the past few months you may have heard the team hinting at a new addition to the Suhru library. We are excited to share that we will be making a new wine during the harvest of 2022—La Crescent. Brad, our assistant winemaker, will be taking the lead on this bright, crisp white wine. La Crescent is a hybrid grape that we are sourcing from the Finger Lakes. This varietal is also very close to full ripeness and will be picked by the end of the week. We have been experimenting with this grape for the last two vintages and I am excited about its potential. Keep an eye out for a Spring release!

In general yields are a little below average for the 2022 vintage. The 'fruitfulness' (quantity of clusters) is established from the amount of sunlight during the growing season. The number of berries on each cluster happens during the 'fruit set' period each June. This slightly below average yield has reduced the need for green harvesting (to correct yield), which was a concern earlier in the season as we had a very cool Spring,  The smaller yields will provide riper fruit overall. The weather over the coming 6-7 weeks as always is critical. Fingers crossed for a stellar 2022 Harvest.

Time Posted: Sep 8, 2022 at 3:00 AM Permalink to Harvest Has Arrived Permalink
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August 21, 2022 | Suhru Wines

Cooking with Suhru: Garden Pesto Gnocchi + Sauvignon Blanc

Garden Fresh Pesto Gnocchi with Sauvignon BlancLate August brings warm days, soon to be cooler nights, and an abundance of fresh produce! One of our favorite summer traditions is harvesting basil from the garden to make homemade pesto. With my garden currently overflowing, this recipe has been on regular rotation.

The key to a good pesto (or a good wine for that matter) is good ingredients. The better the ingredients, the better the end result. You can easily make pesto year round but garden or farm stand fresh basil makes the best pesto if you ask me! Throughout the month of August I try to make as much pesto as possible, filling my freezer with jars of pesto to last the entirety of the year.

I like to think of pesto as a building block. It is such a delicious staple to start a meal and works wonderfully in hot or cold pasta dishes, with sausage, as a veggie dip, spread on a sandwich, over roasted veggies and more! It's a very simple summer option but is a great starting point to build a wide variety of meals. With an abundance of fresh, home grown tomatoes and basil overflowing from our gardens, we at Suhru are sharing our go to summer pesto recipe served atop gnocchi and paired with a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc.


Easy Garden Pesto Gnocchi

INGREDIENTS:

  • ⅓ cup walnuts (or pine nuts)
  • 4-6 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ⅔ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1lb cherry tomatoes
  • 1lb gnocchi 
  • 1 bottle of Sauvignon Blanc

DIRECTIONS:

  1. After harvesting your garden basil and cherry tomatoes, rinse and dry vegetables. 
  2. While basil and cherry tomatoes are drying, fill a medium saucepan with salted water and heat to a boil.
  3. Combine walnuts, garlic, basil, salt, pepper and olive oil in a food processor and mix on high speed until will mixed and reaches a creamy consistency. 
  4. Slice cherry tomatoes in half.
  5. Once water has boiled, cook gnocchi following package instructions, removing from water once the gnocchis float to the surface. 
  6. Toss gnocchi, cherry tomatoes and pesto in a small mixing bowl until well coated.
  7. Portion into bowl topping with Parmesan cheese and garnished with a basil sprig.
  8. Serve with a chilled bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and enjoy!

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Time Posted: Aug 21, 2022 at 3:05 AM Permalink to Cooking with Suhru: Garden Pesto Gnocchi + Sauvignon Blanc Permalink
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August 1, 2022 | Suhru Wines

What's Happening at Suhru: August 2022

Suhru Wines, What's Happening August 2022I can't believe August is already here! In case you missed it, be sure to checkout the lastest on our Blog including an Update from Owner Susan Hearn detailing what she's been up to these past few weeks.

As you may have heard, we have had an exciting few weeks with a number of wonderful announcements including that our 2020 Teroldego won Best in Class at the 2022 New York Wine Classic while our 2021 Rosé recieved Best in Class at the 2022 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

And in case you missed it, we have a new Cooking with Suhru post! Fish tacos are a summer staple and we have a quick and easy mid week recipe to share! Our Assistant Winemaker, Brad, loves to fish, particularly for fluke. One of his favorite summer recipes is Blackened Fish Tacos, pair with a bottle of Dry Riesling and you can't go wrong!

It's been a busy July at Suhru but Summer isn't over yet and we have lots of great events planned at the Tasting House, so be sure to make a reservation and mark your calendars!

 

August Special Events:

A sneak peak at our Labor Day plans—we have Lobster Rolls Sliders Saturday and Sunday and Southold Bay Oysters serving up freshly shucked Long Island oysters from 1-5pm on Sunday!

We are currently hard at work planning a number of great wine events this Fall and Winter. If you have a suggestion on future events or a wine topic you'd like to see at Suhru Wines, let us know! Thank you again for your continued support and happy Summer!

Time Posted: Aug 1, 2022 at 3:00 AM Permalink to What's Happening at Suhru: August 2022 Permalink
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July 24, 2022 | Suhru Wines

Best in Class Rosé at the 2022 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

Finger Lakes International Wine & Spirits CompetitionWe are thrilled to announce that our 2021 Rosé received the Best in Class award at the 2022 Finger Lakes International Wine & Spirits Competition (FLIWC)!

FLIWC is one of the largest charitable wine and spirits competitions in the US. Internationally certified judges from around the globe converge in Rochester, NY each year to taste and evaluate thousands of internationally crafted wines and spirits.

All proceeds from the competition benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and families, whose lives have been touched by cancer and sickle cell anemia. At Suhru, we are very proud to support this cause and the important work done at Camp Good Days.

In addition to the wonderful recognition for our Rosé, our 2021 Pinot Grigio and 2021 Dry Riesling both took home Silver medals. In celebration of these exciting awards we are offering 10% Off on 6+ bottles of our three award winning wines—2021 Rosé, 2021 Pinot Grigio, and 2021 Dry Riesling. Enter discount code "GOODDAYS" at checkout to save an extra 10%.

Please Note: Discount code valid ONLINE ONLY through August 31, 2022. Discount cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Online orders can be placed for delivery or pickup at checkout. Shipping is available to 40+ states across the US. 

Learn More About our 2021 Rosé

Time Posted: Jul 24, 2022 at 3:00 AM Permalink to Best in Class Rosé at the 2022 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Permalink
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July 19, 2022 | Suhru Wines

Cooking with Suhru: Blackened Fluke Tacos + Dry Riesling

Cooking with Suhru: Dry Riesling + Blackened Fish TacosSummer brings many things—long days, warm weather, the opening of pools, time spent on the water, lazy days at the beach, and in my house endless talk about fishing and a fully stocked fish freezer!

Fluke season opens on Long Island in May with the peak of the season occurring in the beginning of July. Over the last few weeks Brad (Suhru's assistant winemaker and my husband) and I have spent quite a bit of time on the water fishing from kayaks, boats, and the beach which means we have lots of fluke to go around. There is no shortage of excellent ways to cook this delicious local fish, however one of our summer favorites is blackened fish tacos!

A few years ago while looking for spice rub recipes I stumbled across a recipe on EverydayMadeFresh.com that became the inspiration for the recipe below. When it comes to freshly caught fish I like clean, simple flavors that highlight the natural flavors of the fluke which is why I tend to keep the toppings pretty simple and scarce. If you are looking for additional flavors, shredded carrots and chopped green onions both make excellent additions to the cabbage slaw.


Blackened Fish Tacos

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ lbs fluke/flounder fillets
  • 1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 12 tortillas
  • ½ small red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 2 avocados, sliced (optional)
  • 1 bottle of Suhru Dry Riesling

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small bowl combine the blackening seasoning: paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, onion powder, cumin, brown sugar, and cayenne.
  2. Place oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. While the oil is warming, pat the fillets dry and cover on both sides with blackening seasoning. Once oil is hot, cook fish, approximately 5 minutes on each side.
  3. While the fish is cooking, thinly sliced red cabbage and rough chop cilantro. Place chopped vegetables into a bowl. Squeeze lime juice over cilantro, red cabbage mixture and season with sea salt. Mix well.
  4. Slice avocados and warm tortillas.
  5. Assemble tacos by placing a fillet in a warmed tortilla and topping with cabbage slaw and avocados. Serve with a chilled bottle of Dry Riesling and enjoy! 

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Time Posted: Jul 19, 2022 at 3:00 AM Permalink to Cooking with Suhru: Blackened Fluke Tacos + Dry Riesling Permalink
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July 13, 2022 | Suhru Wines

Best in Class at the 2022 New York Wine Classic

2020 Suhru Teroldego, Best in Class at the 2022 New York Wine Classic

We are very excited to announce that our 2020 Teroldego received a 95 point score and Best in Class at the 2022 New York Wine Classic competition!

The New York Wine Classic celebrates a diverse selection of world-class wines from producers within New York State. Judging for this year’s competition included 694 entries from 101 wineries from across the state.

In addition to the wonderful review and top marks for our Teroldego, we are beyond excited to share the good news that our 2019 Cabernet Franc was awarded 94 points and a Gold Medal, showing among the best Cabernet Francs in New York! We also recieved silver medals for our 2021 Sauvignon Blanc (coming soon), 2021 Dry Riesling, 2019 Shiraz,  and 2019 Ember.

We could not be prouder of the hard work and long hours that our winemaker and winery team put in on all of our wines. It is their hard work, creativity, and dedication that allow Suhru Wines to continue to produce the high quality, innovative wines that rank among the best in New York and we all know and love!

Time Posted: Jul 13, 2022 at 3:00 AM Permalink to Best in Class at the 2022 New York Wine Classic Permalink
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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!

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