Sunday, December 5, 2010

Day Two Ninety Nine - Brr it's Cold Outside!

Gosh coming back to the winter temperatures here in NYC has been quite the shock to my system -- I went from 70 degree to 30 degree weather and promptly decided to visit the outdoor New Amsterdam Market for their focus on New York state wines this week. As you all know I love local products -- cheeses, wines, breads, vegetables, fruits and more -- I think it's important to support our local farmers and lessen the commute from food production to consumption, it gives back to the local economy and reduces the amount of chemicals necessary to maintain and preserve the produce.

What I loved especially about the wineries this week was the fact that there was a large concentration of Hudson Valley and Finger Lakes wineries that tend not to have such a presence at events here in Manhattan -- therefore I had the opportunity to learn quite a bit about new New York State wines, always fun!

With a nice crisp Sauvignon Blanc like the one from Palmer Vineyard on the North Fork, I recommend purchasing the Narragansett Creamery Pirate Spread. Their Pirate Spread is composed of their homemade salty briny feta, some vegetal warmth with sundried tomatoes and some aromatic herbaceous notes in the form of rosemary and the spicy kick of cayenne. All around a great bite, flavorful, dynamic and exciting. This is perfect when spread on top of a slice of Orwasher's Bakery sesame wine bread. Spicy, salty, creamy and delish with the nice cushion of a fresh piece of bread underneath and the crisp citrus floral notes of the Sauvignon Blanc.

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