Our visit to Peconic Bay was spectacular, and this was in part due to my friend Michele. She owns a wine store in the area and is friends with the winemaker so we got to meet him and visit the winemaking facility. If you are really interested in learning about wine, ask (in advance) a winery you like if you can tour that part of the operation. It will really teach you a lot about how it all works.
OK – back to Peconic Bay. We started our tasting with cider (!) which was a neat surprise. A lot of apples are grown in NY (not in the area near the winery but upstate) and Peconic Bay makes two different styles of their ciders. My only regret from this trip is that I did not buy any cider to take home. I think I was still in shock that a winery makes something other than wine. I did not think I was going to be a cider fan as I was expecting something much sweeter. However, both were really lovely and much drier than I expected. The True Believer Cider is the more “pure” of the two without added flavors and spices. The True Companion has added molasses and spices giving it a very different color and flavor. Both are easy to drink but I think I preferred the True Companion just a little.
They make a nice selection of dry, crisp whites that would go very nicely with the local oysters (they don’t have these at the winery though). Two Chardonnays, a Riesling and a Gewurtz for white lovers to savor and enjoy.
My two favorites were the Lot #5 Cab based blend and the 09 Merlot ($28). The latter was my overall fave wine from Peconic Bay. I was surprised to find that across the board, it was the Long Island Merlot that captured my heart most.