Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard
This week I have started filling in the details on the Vineyards of the North Fork starting on Sound Avenue from West to East with Baiting Hollow, Roanoke and Palmer Vineyards.
It will take some time to visit all 34 wineries (and I may discover some more in my travels) but keep checking back for more. And remember, many of the wineries feature live music in their tasting rooms or outdoors, depending on the season.
Some of them offer food, as well – from cheese plates to pizza to really great food trucks. Or you can bring your own picnic . . . And the kids . . . Some of the wineries even welcome dogs!
May we arrange a car and driver for your adventure, so you can really enjoy your tastings? It would be our pleasure . . .
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard
What’s Special - Baiting Hollow Farm Horse Rescue
"More than just great wine"
Sam and Rhoda Rubin built Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard starting in 1961. Sam began farming several beautiful acres of farmland, while acquiring adjacent parcels as they became available. Next was planting grape vines that would produce many varietals of high-quality wine. An 1861 renovated farmhouse became the Tasting House. A top-notch team was hired to oversee and supervise wine making & production as well as vineyard management. Today Richard Rubin, Sam’s son, is the CEO. Steve Levine and Sharon Rubin-Levine round out the team that maintains the vision and spirit of the Founder.
Baiting Hollow Vineyards
- The Tasting House is open year-round serving excellent food, live entertainment, and great wine!
- Events at BHFV are truly special, Corporate, Personal or a Tasting Party to celebrate harvest season are all reason enough to visit East End Wine Country. You just might enjoy some Live Music depending on the date you book your event.
- Sharon Rubin-Levine, her family, friends and the staff at BHFV work together every day to make Baiting Hollow Farm Horse Rescue a reality. Equitrekking tells the story of how this amazing horse rescue became a reality and why you should visit when your tasting wine at Baiting Hollow. You just might find yourself adopting a horse!
- The BHFV Wine Club allows you to personalize your order, it’s frequency, a 20% case discount, first access to new wines and promotions and special At the Vineyard benefits!
- BHFV has a beautiful picnic area and they are dog-friendly
- Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard reviewed by Winery Review and Wine Trail Traveler
- A conversation with Sharon Rubin-Levine
Baiting Hollow Rescue Horses
About the Wines
- BHFV Sam’s Legacy Merlot - The Founders Limited Production, French Vines, Organic and natural ingredients
- BHFV Red Velvet - Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon, French Oak and bottle aged, dark fruits, coffee, and pepper
- Savannah Rose - Named after a BHFHR Thoroughbred Mare who was rescued in 2009 at the age of 18 months. Crushed and left overnight with the skins to develop a beautiful color, aged in stainless. Off-dry style with strawberry, raspberry, rhubarb, and vanilla.
- The Grapes of BHFV - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Rose, Dessert
Roanoke Grapes on the Vine
What’s Special - The Portfolio
This may say it all . . . "Great wine, inspirational wine, is about time, place, and story. It is a document of the weather, the land, and the people who made the wine. We expect the wine to tell you something about us, and the passion behind the wine. But the truth is that if the wine doesn't have the ability to tell you something about yourself, then we've failed. For us the wine is more than a companion with dinner; it's an artistic expression."
Roanoke Vineyards is a membership-based vineyard, there is no cost, just a promise to receive four wine portfolios annually. A quick perusal of The Portfolio selection of wines had a hypnotic effect on me, I just wanted them all. Membership does have many privileges in this case, it very much feels like a "Wine Country Club!”
- Club Benefits - Members make their own wine called “The Hill.” There are canoe and kayak outings that rely on a few “Big Reds” to assure comfort and warmth. Wine and Food-focused evenings. A private tasting room at the vineyard with a fireplace that is perfect for cold winter evenings.
- Roanoke wines are often in short supply so, I would suggest we all become members of the club!
- Love Lane Wine Shop or ‘The Coolest Wine Shop on Long Island.” No membership required. You can also buy wines from Channing Daughters, Wolffer Estate and Brooklyn’s Red Hook Estate. They will even do a small wine tasting.
- I always say that the people matter most. Considering the "Faces in the Crowd" it is so very true at Roanoke.
- The lead winemaker is our old friend Roman Roth - it’s no wonder everything is absolutely delicious!
- Member of the LI Sustainable Wines Group. 'At Roanoke Vineyards, we take our obligation to the future seriously."
- Scott Sandell of Deepwater Projects designed an outstanding collection of labels.
Wine Trail Traveler says Roanoke “specializes in big reds and exceptional hospitality.” Sounds like a winner to us on all counts. Maybe they need a boutique hotel on property. . . your thoughts?
About the Wines
Site Specific Wines make up a large part of Roanoke’s Portfolio - they are Terroir wines defined by a specific small block of grapes and their environment. Site-Specific Art is defined by where it lives, without its home it loses the magic. I would say wine is art and a wine's home, including those people who make the wine, are why it is special . . . they make the magic.
- 2015 Gabby's Cabernet Franc is the Founders Signature Red, it embodies Silk, Romance, and Elegance. A very limited availability of this grape from Pisacano's ‘Twelve Rows’ Block’ is drinkable proof of Gabby’s philosophy that one should ‘work hard for things that are important’ Apparently Gabby's Cabernet Franc is important and limited so hurry!
- 2015 Striking Distance with only 70 cases available is a shining star in Roanoke Vineyards 18 year history and solid proof that Cabernet Sauvignon can achieve legendary status on Long Island. James Suckling: 95 points! "A seriously elegant cabernet sauvignon that proves this grape is capable of greatness on Long Island, given the right vintage and an uncompromising commitment to quality. Stunning concentration and seamless balance through the very long, poised finish. Drink or hold."
- The Grapes of Roanoke - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend Rose, Petit Verdot
What’s Special - One of the oldest Vineyards on the East End
In 1983 Robert Palmer, better known as Bob, had a vision. He purchased a rolling parcel of farmland on the North Fork of LI and cultivated his vineyard. One of the North Fork’s original wineries, Palmer Vineyards has established itself as one of the best-known East End estate wineries. Throughout the years, the vineyard and its wines have received many accolades. This reflects Bob pledge of quality and excellence. “I have to set the standards high,” says Bob, “my name is on every bottle.” The seaside climate and soils of Long Island’s North Fork provide exceptional conditions for the production of world-class varietal wines. Palmer Vineyards is an estate winery meaning, they grow, harvest, crush the fruit, ferment the juice and bottle the wines. Palmer strives to preserve and enhance the purity and distinctiveness of each grape variety, which make their wines unique.
A Member of Long Island Sustainable Wine, “Eco-savvy consumers have yet another choice they can make – one that supports their local economy, land, and people that create their favorite wines.
Wine Club at Palmer offers customized Wine Club Shipments, Complimentary Tastings, 15% Bottle and 25% Case discounts, early access to new releases and discounts on vineyard events.
Palmer Vineyards has a classic Tasting Room and their Tasting Menu
Palmer Review at Wine Trail Traveler
The NY Times bids Bob Palmer farewell
The Northforker talks about the new face of Palmer
Palmer Barrel Cellar
The NY Cork Report - tastes several Palmer varietals from 2006 - 2014
Palmer Old Roots Reserve 2014 - 72% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Syrah, designed to get old in the bottle
Palmer Dessert Wine Gift Box - 1 bottle 2008 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer Reposo & 1 bottle 2008 Late Harvest Cabernet Franc Pasion
Palmer Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 - Oak, Pepper, Blackberry, Big & Bold
The Grapes of Palmer - Albarino, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Viognier, Cuvee, Rose, Reposo Late Harvest Gewurztraminer