New York and/or Brooklyn made charcuterie!
Help! we are having a New York Finger Lake wine tasting party (stop guffawing - some of them are really good) early February and I would like to serve only New York made products. Many of the vendors at the greenmarket sell fresh sauages and I will serve some of those... but it be great to offer some cured meats as well! All ideas appreciated!
Marlow and Daughters just opened. It's a butcher shop in Williamsburg on Broadway. They have house-cured sausages, pates, rillettes, rillons, and duck confit.
95 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA - Williamsburg
Esposito's Pork Store on Court St. in Carroll Gardens still cures some of its meats in house. Their sopressata is quite good.
Second the Esposito's recommendation -- that sopressata is very nice. Los Paisanos has some house-made sausages too, including a really nice duck sausage that would go well with a NY Cab Franc.
If you're also doing cheese, stop by Stinky Brooklyn -- they have a few delicious hudson valley cheeses that would go with your theme.
Out of curiosity, where are you getting your wines from? I don't see many NY wines worth drinking around here and I'd love to try some good ones.
not about food, but some of the upstate Rieslings, including Konstantin Frank are very good and well priced. I dont know about red wines.
Cheese might work better than meat for some of these wines - I think the aged Bloomsbury from Cato Corners farm, sold at GAP greenmarket is particularly delicious - they have some softer cheeses that are also excellent. CT not NY though. the Old Chatham sheepsmilk cheeses from the Hudson Valley are wonderful too -
My husband and I went on a Finger Lakes wine trip this past summer and bought close to 5 cases. We put aside a few for our tasting. Bridge Winery on Broadway in Williamsburg has a really good selection of NY Finger Lakes wines and his prices are not bad. They serve tasting flights and appetizers and it is a nice place (I wrote about them in an earlier post). Since they do not have a liquor license they cannot sell 'whole glasses'.
You can also buy wines at Vintage in Manhattan but they have a weird deal with the vineyards and many of them do not want to sell their wines to them.
The dry reislings are the best from upstate. The easiest one to find around here is Dr. Konstantin Frank, but there are others. I few good ones we tried were
I can get you a better list when my husband comes home.
Some more wines...
Silver Thread (not Silverstone) - very good
Standing Stone - some very good
Shaw - very good
Heron Hill on Seneca
Herman J Wiemer - awesome wine - snotty tasting
Villa Bellangelo - very good
Dr. Frank - oldest
Ravines - one of the best
Frontenac - very good
We are absolutely going to serve cheeses as well... I know the cheeses at the GAP Greenmarket well and plan to serve some of those as well as a few others. We want to mix it up a bit!
re: jen kalb
We really like Herman Weimer, but what I meant was it was the only place where the folks doing the tasting 'snotty', in other words stand offish. They did not want to answer questions and did not have any 'stories' to tell about their wine. Every other winery we went to the people were delightful.
We are aiming for Valentine's Day, restaurants are such a zoo and it would be nice to have a party instead of going out.
The wineries we visted are listed above. We started in Ithaca (I had never been there) and we stayed in a cheesy motel there. We then started our wine tour spending two nights in a bed and breakfast in Watkins Glen called 'Sunset on Seneca". Really nice place, run by a really sweet couple. While leaving Ithaca we checked out the Gorges and in Watkins Glen we went to an amazing state park. While in Watkins Glen we went on a ferry ride of the Lake Seneca, another nice thing to do!
We ended our trip with a night in Letchworth State Park at the Glen Iris Inn. This place is not really in wine country but it is an amazing place with a great old style restaurant. The route we took was so we could wind up in Buffalo where my husband is from and spend time with his family.
We visited Cayuga, Seneca and Keuka (sp?). Google helped plan the trip and well as googling individual wineries and reading reviews on line.
My husband had a list of wineries to visit and we did not go to all of them. At each winery (and restaurant and antique store) we asked people where to eat and which wineries we should visit. People were very helpful and they all have there favorites. Most of the wineries we visited are available at the Bridge Winery in Williamsburg (yes I plugging it - we love that place).
It was a great experience!
ps hope you post about your tasting result on the Wine board - would love to hear how it goes and where the "winning" wines are available.
2006 Ravines Dry Riesling with LynnHaven Goat Cheese from GAP Farmers Market
2006 Hermann Wiemer Gewurztraminer with Gravlox from Blue Apron
2006 Ravines Rose Pinot Noir with Duck Pate
2005 Bellangelo Francesca Rossa with Dairy Ere from Cato Farms and Sausage from Trois Petit Cochon
2006 Lucas Cabernet Franc Reserve Dry With CHEDDAR, TWO-YEAR Shelburne Farms and New York made dry salami
2006 Dr. Konstantin Frank Cabernet Sauvignon with Beef Sticks and a cloth bound cheddare from the Union Sqare Green Market
The favorites were the Ravines (amazing)and the Bellangelo
As far as buying gthem... I know Bridge Winery sells some of them... You might be able to find the others online.
A sample platter of Cato cheese from GAP on Saturday would be great - the Abbey, the Hooligan and aged version of Hooligan...
Pretty sure the NYS wine store in Soho (Broome St?) is still in business - they specialize in New York wines.
Vintage New York
482 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
You might try some of the vendors (cheese, meats) at Essex Market in LES.
Second/third the recommendations to go by Stinky, Los Paisanos, and Espositos. Also, Cobblestone Market on Court St.