November 12, 2022
Because there are so many wineries on the North Fork, I generally don’t return to one more often than once a year. However, my daughter and a group of her friends were having a little reunion of their group, and invited me to meet them at Suhru, which I had last been to in February. How could I resist?
Suhru was a perfect venue for the six of them (plus me) to get together, since they were able to sit comfortably at a table, the room was cozy and quiet, and the server combined just the right amount of service and letting be. She started the afternoon off right by bringing us chilled bottles of water and glasses.
I still wasn’t going to blog this visit, but then I saw that the menus, both for drinks and food, had changed, so I fished some scrap paper out of my purse and jotted down a few notes.
The menu of flights has four possibilities: Holiday Favorites ($19), Whites & Rosé ($14), and Red Wines ($19), each consisting of four tastes. You could also put together your own four tastes for $19. As it happened, everyone opted for the Holiday Favorites, with much discussion about who was hosting Thanksgiving and what wines would go with turkey. We all agreed, as my daughter learned when she and her husband toured the Champagne region of France, that sparkling wines go with everything.
The snack menu has also changed. I was glad to see they no longer offered the measly portion of marcona almonds for $2. The group, wanting to try local products, ordered the North Fork Cheese Plate, which, for $32, included a good-sized scoop of Goodale Farms herb chevre and a small slab of goat gouda, plus crackers, honey, and candied orange rind (all out of apricots). They also got artichoke and lemon spread, a small container whose label we read to be sure it was okay for the lactose intolerant in the group, which came with (at least a dollar’s worth of) marcona almonds and crackers. Plus two bags of North Fork potato chips. It was plenty.
- NV Brut $29
According to the tasting notes, this has won a number of medals, and I can see why. It has a lovely bready aroma and tastes of ripe apple and minerals. Lots of tiny bubbles. Everyone likes it.
- 2020 Sauvignon Blanc $21
“Grassy,” says my daughter as she sniffs and sips this one, and I agree. It reminds me of the smell of fresh-cut grass. I also taste green apple and some minerality, and smell thyme honey. Very nice.
- 2021 Riesling $19
Our server explains that Suhru is a winery without a vineyard, and they buy all their grapes from various North Fork vineyards—except the riesling, which they buy from the Finger Lakes, a region famous for its rieslings. I was glad this was a dry riesling, since I often find sweet rieslings undrinkable (except for dessert, or with very spicy food). I explain the aroma, which some describe as “cat pee,” but for me reminds me of the smell of water that has had flowers in it for a bit too long. Fortunately, it tastes better than it smells, with some stone fruit and flower notes.
- 2021 Teroldego $30
This and the sauvignon blanc are both new releases. (The emphasis, by the way, is on the second syllable.) This is an easy-to-drink red, and could go with turkey (as could all of the wines we tasted!). It has notes of cherry and tobacco (from aging in oak), and is dry, with a touch of tannins.
Reasons to Visit: cozy, intimate tasting room with a beachy vibe; all the wines, including one I did not taste but others in the group tried, Ember; nice menu of snacks.