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img_1426The 2007 Festival Chardonnay from Aquebogue’s Paumanok Vineyards was clearly fermented to dryness.

It’s quite dry and the taste of apple lingers. This would be paired nicely with fish.

This bottle should last me a few days, but when it’s gone, a 2005 White Label Chardonnay from Lenz, a great Peconic winery, awaits. Of what I’ve heard, the crisp wine bursts with pear, apple and citrus notes and the palate tingles with acidity.

Don’t get me started on Macari’s Collina 48, which I finished up a week ago. Macari, based in Mattituck, also has a 2008 early wine that offers hints of green grapes and tropical fruits.

I’m quite fortunate to live about 40 minutes away from Long Island Wine Country and last Sunday I tasted wines at Vineyard 48, Macari, Roanoke and Castello di Borghese.

And now for the full disclosure: The tastings at Macari and Castello di Borghese were clear and with a little prodding, Henry was able to help me detect flavors in the tastings. However, by the time we left Vineyard 48 – the third tasting – I was slumped in the passenger seat of his Subaru. When we stopped at one last vineyard, I could barely stand up.

I know little about wine, but when you’re working next to a guy who used to help buy wines at a store, you learn. It’s a pretty cool hobby and, well, it’s even better when there’s a little hometown pride involved.

This spring, we plan on visiting a couple family-friendly wineries, including Martha Clara, where my little boy can enjoy a horse and carriage ride. By then, perhaps, I’ll know a little more about various grapes.

Until then, there’s always Henry.

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