I'm skipping New Brew Friday this week in honer of my summertime favorite Rose. Mr. T and I spent a weekend with friends out in Shelter Island this summer and we kicked things off with a trip to Croteaux Vineyards in the Southold; the only vineyard in the United States dedicated to producing exclusively Rose wines.
I find most winery's to be beautiful but this place was absolutely stunning. The tasting room was located in a 1800's Carriage House that opened onto a small courtyard filled with bright orange umbrellas, lush green plants and a large Cedar tree in the center. All of the wait staff wore these long flowing dresses that just evoked an intense feeling of relaxation. Croteaux is also one of the few wineries that don't allow any buses or limos so no need to worry about those loud bachelorette parties either.
Croteaux offers tastings of six still roses or three sparkling. We ended up doing both and they all fit their motto of "Rose on Purpose"; crisp, fruity wines that were delicious and fun to drink. I ended up going home with a bottle of the 2014 Cuvee Merlot Sparkling Rose that was the perfect bottle to enjoy later that night. I only hope I don't have to wait until next summer for a return trip. Cheers!
1450 South Harbor Road
Southold, NY 11971