Meet Sweet Scarlett & Alethea @ Pindar Vineyards on the NOFO!

Just for the sake of sharing…I simply can’t help but write about the constant and consistent finds on what I call the ever evolving north fork of Long Island. Actually, I’ve been writing about my/our experiences & finds on the NOFO for the last ten years and a casual stop this afternoon to say hello to the folks at Pindar Vineyards yielded another discovery…actually two discoveries! We discovered Sweet Scarlett wine (one taste was all it took. Sold!) and cordial (no pun intended) Alethea, Pindar’s sister, whom I had never met before.

I guess I was so fixated on Summer Blush that I totally missed seeing Sweet Scarlett, Pindar’s mildly sweet red blend.

You know what they say about happy people…yes?

Meet Alethea…sister of Pindar,,,the host with the most with a couple of their favorite wine choices! Sincerely, there’s always something to be said for a fine and most cordial reception at Pindar with Pindar.

Although we have always…like most of you…bought our wine in bottles. in the last couple/few years we have noticed the growing trend of wine in cans and only last summer did we try wine in a can at Pindar Vineyards. “Summer Blush” was a wine we first discovered in bottles at Duckwalk Vinyards (the sister vineyard to Pindar) on the South fork almost 25 years ago. Now Sandy and I share a 12 oz. can without having to concern ourselves with drinking more than the occasion warrants since it’s not a whole bottle we’ve opened. Actually…quite convenient 🙂

A quick little aside about canned wines:

The popularity of canned wine started at The Francis Ford Coppola Winery in California with the debut of the Sofia Blanc de Blanc (Sofia is Coppola’s daughter.)…but the major spike in new entrants is more recent. The number of winemakers canning wine grew 180 percent (from 125 to 350) between June 2018 and June 2019, according to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based wine-in-a-can research firm WICresearch,  a leading researcher in the wine-in-a-can market. From what I’ve learned, the best canned wines are typically made to be fresh and fruity in a style with little to no oak contact, and most should be consumed within 12-18 months. An extra added attraction: the cans are recyclable!

Another queeek little aside:

I actually never put this pic in any of my blog entry’s, however since Coppola is relevant to this entry, here’s a pic of a gift from Director Coppola to me back in 2007 through my longtime friend…Chief Pilot Bob Barry who, for years, flew Francis around the world. Cool, huh?

Next up…Greenport for a quick take out for some Lucharitos Mexican by the pier

We then, after walking through the town, traveled out to Orient for a walk and a beautiful view of Orient beach where we also picked some surprisingly beautiful shells.

On the way back we stopped off at The Candy Man in Orient for dessert 🙂

Another lovely day trip on the NOFO ended with our usual stop for coffee at The Hampton Coffee Company in Aquebogue. A nice Autumn shot!

The winemakers note: Sweet Scarlet is a red wine that is “user friendly”. Serve it chilled (we prefer it this way) or at room temperature. The color is scarlet, the taste is slightly sweet, and the nose is “HEAVEN”. Serve it with barbecue foods, hamburgers, Italian foods, especially red sauces and hot spicy foods.

Sounds to me like this wine would also make a wonderful Sangria! Don’t want to get off on a tangent, however here is a simple base ingredients recipe for Sangria according to Cooks Illustrated:

-2 large juice oranges, washed; one orange sliced; remaining orange juiced

-1 large lemon, washed and sliced
 cup granulated sugar
 cup Triple Sec (Using Brandy or a combination of Brandy & Triple Sec may work for you)
-1 bottle (doesn’t have to be expensive) fruity, medium-bodied red wine (750 milliliters) like Sweet Scarlett, chilled
There are sooo many recipes for Sangria that you may want to defer to the computer to pick a recipe that sounds good to you with more specific preparation instructions.

Wanna know more about other wines we enjoy at Pindar…especially their Pythagoras Red Blend? Click here and scroll about 3/4 of the way down:

A Day In the Life Of Sandy & Bert And Those Who Wanted To Join Us On The North Fork Of Long Island, N.Y.!


See you again soon…and as always, please feel free to comment below.

Mangia Bene’

Chef Bert




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