Brooklyn Uncorked 2010, marks the second anniversary of Imbibe New York! And while yesterday’s event at BAM was the 4th sponsored by Edible Manhattan, Brooklyn, and East End, it was the 3rd that I’ve attended, and so let me say–this glorious day just gets better with every year that passes. In 2009, there were 31 (selected from nearly 50) Long Island wineries in attendance; yesterday there were 23. And believe it or not, we were grateful for the reduction. It seems to me that the participating wineries were more carefully selected, meaning that all of my favorites (with the exception of Paumanok) were there, offering samples of their most intoxicating wares.
The food vendors included Gramercy Tavern who prepared shrimps wrapped in ramps (pictured above), our favorite. And while there was no shortage of sensory delights, at times it was overwhelming—as it can be quite the challenge to remove aromas of garlic from one’s glass…
To avoid being redundant, I will not wax poetic and go on here about my love for a handful of Long Island rosé wines. For those thoughts one can click here to view my piece for Edible East End. Instead, I’ll mention a few new discoveries, that I regretfully missed.
Martha Clara Vineyards—the Entenmann’s Family Farm–produces a lovely wine (pictured atop), named Five-O Rosé–a blend of 7 varietals, including cabernet sauvignon and franc, petit verdot, malbec, pinot noir, and syrah. Crushed, soaked, pressed, and cold fermented together, the wine then spends four months on its lees. The end result? A ruby tinted wine with skunk and fresh watermelon on the nose, with a touch of herbaceousness and green rind to balance sweet fruit. Due to be released in June or July, it’s Five-O Rosé‘s first year on the market…and we can’t wait!
Our second delightful surprise came from Bouké, in the form of Perlant. Zippy and slightly effervescent, Perlant is a white blend with a nose that’s reminiscent of crushed rocks in Pellegrino. It’s sharp and lively like a knife’s edge, and the finish is odd…something like plant fertilizer, which we didn’t mind one bit.