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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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.
One 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!
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Cabernet 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Light your smoker and heat to at least 250°F.
- 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.
- Place the chicken on the cooking grate, breast side down. Close the door and adjust grill temperature so that it remains at 235°F.
- Do NOT open the door for at least the first hour.
- 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.
- When the chicken is done, remove it from the grill and let it rest for 15 minutes before carving.
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The 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.
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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.
Under 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.
For 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to offer a recommendation or two for whatever you are serving this holiday season! Cheers and Happy Holidays!
Records 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.
On 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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With the cold weather upon us, I am shifting my cooking focus to heartier, slow-roasted meals and richer red wines like our Cabernet Franc that warm you up from the inside out!
A staple cold-weather meal in my house is Roasted Leg of Lamb paired with garlic mashed potatoes, and a nice glass of Cabernet Franc. It is savory, succulent and in my opinion best enjoyed by the fire! There are a wide range of recipe options to choose from when it comes to lamb. If I’m being honest this is a meal I tend to "refer" to a recipe for, more than follow one because when it comes to roasting meat, the more garlic and rosemary you add, the better it will taste! A great starting point for this meal is Epicurious, which has a nice Rosemary Garlic Leg of Lamb recipe that you can doctor as you see fit to best suit your pallet.
You have choices when it comes to the wine pairing but I love to pair Cabernet Francs with Lamb, especially when fresh herbs are incorporated into the recipe, because the wine plays on those savory herbal notes bringing out that same quality in the glass.
Our Cabernet Franc has bright red fruit notes that act as a nice balance to the richer deeper flavors of the meat; and the light smokiness and fine tannins of the wine make it an excellent compliment to roasted, or smoked meats, happy cooking!