Long Island. Renowned for the glamorous Hamptons, New York’s iconic summer destination is not the first place that comes to mind for world-class wine. Yet in recent years, as potato farms have been converted into vineyards and barns into tasting rooms, Long Island has emerged as a noteworthy wine region.
The island’s grape-growing areas begin 85 miles east of and a world away from Manhattan … at the point where the expressway ends and the island splits into the South Fork and the North Fork. Along the bucolic northern route is Mattituck, a charming hamlet dotted with picturesque churches and burgeoning farm-to-table restaurants. Nestled on one of the most rural roads here is the acclaimed Lieb Cellars.
|The Wine:||Lieb Cellars Bridge Lane Dry Rose, 2014|
|The Maker:||Russell Hearn|
Our wine of the month hails from Lieb, whose wines are enjoyed at Tom Colicchio’s top-rated restaurants and highly rated by The New York Times. Factor in the year – the locals are already calling 2014 one of Long Island’s best-ever vintages – and you’ve got something really special.
Lieb’s longstanding winemaker, Russell Hearn, is an Aussie native who’s been instrumental in putting Long Island on the fine wine map. He has a particularly deft touch with rosé, with a past vintage of his pink being named one of the “Top 14 Rosés in America” (Chicago Tribune). Bridge Lane rosé is a tiny-batch wine … and when we say tiny, we mean it – there are just 500 cases to go around. Russell is a big fan of Cabernet Franc, which makes up the majority of the blend (68 percent) and lends floral notes and bright, red-berry crispness. It’s complemented by splashes of Merlot (for a rounded, juicy fruit character) plus Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Riesling (which together add an aromatic lift).
This light-bodied, fully dry rosé sports real freshness, with floral, fresh strawberry and ripe peach notes. At only 11.9% ABV, it’s a great low-alcohol pink to enjoy all summer long and into the warm days of fall. In addition to making a fantastic aperitif, it also pairs extremely well with a variety of food. The folks at Lieb like sipping it alongside flavorful curries from India and Southeast Asia. We think it’s also brilliant with roasted white meat … so if you happen to have any bottles left over, it would be a great match for Thanksgiving turkey too.
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We caught up with noted HGTV designer Vern Yip on our trip to the 2015 Decorators Show House & Gardens in Atlanta.
Both the honorary chairman of the event and a participant, Vern featured several Frontgate pieces in the stunning, light-filled family room he created. As a foundation, he embraced the hues that are emerging as the big trend colors – inky blues and warm oranges.
According to Vern, when it comes to making a house a home, nothing is more important than texture. His tip? Make your use of texture both tactile and visual. Layer patterns, but also finishes – like the cool metals juxtaposed with burnished wood in the room’s bamboo bar cabinet.
If you love the style, take a look at all of the home decor pieces Vern used in furnishing the family room.
Timeless lines take on a West Indies vibe in this beautifully efficient Preston Bar Cabinet.
Dynamic pieces like this Swordfish Cocktail Shaker inject texture into your decor.
Chinoiserie Vases are classic accents that have reemerged as a hot item.
See more inspirational spaces from the Show House on Houzz.
Hello, gang! We’re guest bloggers John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon of interior design firm Madcap Cottage. We’re just back from four days in the Hamptons, where we tackled the installation for the covered porch we are designing for the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse in partnership with our friends at Frontgate.
Whew, it was a busy few days! There is always a tad of drama at showhouse installs: Something invariably goes wrong, and the tension can quickly build up and spill over. Luckily, we finished each day with a glass of local Wölffer Estate rosé wine. Seeing the world through rosé-colored glasses is sometimes A-OK.
Here’s a walkthrough of our installation process in pictures. We hope you enjoy!
Here is the covered porch when we showed up in the Hamptons last week. The yard had been installed since our last visit. We were ready to get to work and make some magic.
The Madcaps love the Roaming Elephants Outdoor Lumbar Pillows. So chic!
The covered porch at the end of Day One. We are crazy about the various lanterns! Still lots to unpack and set up.
John adds further oomph to a pair of dining chairs with outdoor tassel chair ties in contrasting hues. Why not embellish a chair with some fun trim?
John takes a break amid a sea of outdoor lumbar pillows with tassels. “Very comfortable and stylish,” notes John.
Setting a lovely dinner table with jaunty yellow-and-blue plates atop a hand-painted dining table top.
And it’s a wrap … time for cocktails! Here’s John at the wonderful, low-key Townline BBQ in Sagaponack.
P.S. The 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse is now open in Bridgehampton, New York. It runs through Sept. 7. View the video featuring our finished design – we hope you enjoy it!
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When your garden gives you mint, it’s time to make mojitos.
This fragrant cocktail is said to have been created in Havana, though its true origins are somewhat muddled. Savored for decades in Cuba, this highball gained international notoriety when Ernest Hemingway allegedly adopted it as his signature cocktail.
Now a favorite on the beaches of Miami, the simple combination of cool mint, crisp lime and as much or as little rum as you’d like is a refreshing antidote for a hot summer day.
Courtesy of Food & Wine
5 mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish
1½ ounces chilled club soda
1½ ounces white rum
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
¾ ounce Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
In a highball glass, muddle the mint leaves with ½ ounce of the soda. Add ice. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the rum, lime juice and Simple Syrup; shake well. Strain into the glass. Add the remaining soda and the mint sprig.
Makes about 1½ cups
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil; simmer until the sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. The syrup can be refrigerated in a glass jar for up to 1 month.
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