Channing Daughters Wine Tasting
On a cold, rainy, wintry day in Southampton, boutique hopping felt unappealing – in and out of the cold, opening and closing my umbrella that never works, squeaking my rain boots all over the nice clean store floors. So instead, the sidekick and I hit the bottle…or 12 of them…for a tasting at Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton.
Long Island wine tours are typical fare for bachelorette parties here in New York. Those involve hopping a luxury bus, and driving from vineyard to vineyard, typically on the North Fork. However, when you’re “south of the Highway,” your options are significantly less robust. There’s Wölffer Estate, a romper room if ever there was one. Then when I suggested Duckwalk Vineyards, I was met with a scoff (“ugh, it’s huge there, and there are so many tours, and there are so many babies“). So that pretty much left us one option, and oh my, did it exceed our expectations. Did it ever.
We bought a wine flight of 5 tastings (at $10, you cannot afford not to) and our host Anthony was warm, effusive, a little bit silly, and a great storyteller. He threw in a couple extra tastings…ok maybe when I say a couple I mean six more. And then the final taste was of vermouth. Except that the one vermouth taste was actually an additional flight of five. The vermouth spanned the flavors of the vineyard over the course of one year. All of the botanicals for the vermouth were grown or foraged by the winemakers or their farmer friends all within a few miles from the winery. And the labels themselves are gorgeous – bright photographs of the aromatic ingredients that you find inside.