Saturday, September 16, 2017

love the wine you’re with

The Lenz Winery on Long Island’s NorthFork 
was established in 1979. 

The last time I visited was in 1985!

Back then I was designing an UpperEastSide winebar,
so an alcoholic field trip was tax-deductible!

Today the area is known as NoFo (sigh) but Lenz is still making some very good wine.

We tasted their un-oaked, white label Chardonnay because it is fermented in stainless steel tanks instead of oak wine barrels.

It was fruity and fresh and only $15 a bottle. 

Back in 1986 their Chardonnay was $12.45, 
a lot for a bottle over 30 years ago.

But maturing vines yield more grapes for less work, and economy of scale brings the cost of labor down.

The result is a flinty, icey, green-apple varietal good with seafood, great for swilling, fun at parties.

And the old winery looks better than ever! 

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