Today’s wine is somewhat special as it is the first Grüner Veltliner to be produced on Long Island. One Woman Wines and Vineyards is relatively new, opening its tasting room in 2009, but has quickly made an impact on the local wine scene. Long Island is known for its abundance of white wines and the introduction of this Austrian grape is sure to get other wineries plotting.
The tiny tasting cottage is usually bustling with daytrippers cozying up to the counter to try the latest release. The 2010 Grüner Veltliner is a winner, and they proudly boast it so. The color is bright yellow with citrus notes on the nose. Think kiwi and lime. This wine is ripe and light with grassy minerals and a touch of honey. A hint of butter lends refinement to this superb and medium-bodied white. The tender care that owner and winemaker Claudia Purita comes through in every glass. Growing up on a farm in Calabria, Italy groomed Mrs. Purita to hand pick and tend to most vines; It truly is almost a “One-Woman” show.
This is a perfect go-to wine for the summer but has sophistication and complexity to pair well with the cooler weather foods. It would compliment Asian fare like sushi and spicy Thai entrees as well as German dishes and summertime salads, salsas and fish. This is a fabulous find on the North Fork of Long Island’s wine trail. Next time you’re looking for a day trip out of the city, stop off at the tiny cottage with the big wines!