With a rare Wednesday at our disposal, we trekked out to the South Fork to take advantage of Free Wednesdays at the Parrish Art Museum (which boasted a new collection since I'd been there last), visit the remaining South Fork winery we hadn't been to (Woffler Estate), and venture up to Sag Harbor to experience a special little cheese shop. Everywhere we went was as quiet as a bucolic tomb, a respite from the directly proportional zooishness that is this region's summertime hallmark.
Having made a Fairfield Porter convert of DH (well, mostly) we concluded our Parrish sojourn with a trip to the cafe (wanted to give them a little business, after all!) I ordered a coffee (excellent) and the healthfully yummy Kitchen Sink Cookie (which, true to its name, had a bit of everything in it). The outdoor patio (facing on to Duckwalk Vineyards) seemed to yearn for warmer weather and the return of those clustered chairs, tables and conversation. Sick of this dreary weather, I sympathized.
Next stop was the Woffler Tasting Room, an imposing villa in nearby Sagoponack. The gentleman who waited on us in the tasting room was friendly and obliging, sharing with us a deep knowledge of each wine, as well as a rich collection of stories ranging from amusing (wooing winemaker Roman Roth through the Hamptons' "close proximity" to NYC) to tragic (the untimely and senseless loss of the estate's proprietor while on vacation) to hopeful (Christian Woffler's legacy being carried on by his children). DH ordered the Grand Tasting, while I ordered the Winter Tasting. There were a number of stunning offerings, including the Perle 2011 Chardonnay. The dark horses (pun intended) were the No. 139 dry ciders (of which we preffered the white). Crisp, refreshing--- a tease of summery promise. Our server was generous, concluding with a sample of the 2012 Fabiana and the 2012 Descencia after I told him Botrytis was a great curiosity of ours--- no regrets. We understand why Ina sent Jeffrey here.
Another popular Ina haunt, Cavaniola's Gourmet is a cheese shop situated in quaint Sag Harbor. The young woman there blessed us with an assortment of cheese samples. Jay Cardinal is more of an stinky-blue-cheese-kind-of-guy, while I am "bring on the Petit Basque!" We loved the Midnight Moon, which married my flavor profile with his need for gravitas. We were also delighted by a smoky washed rind. I foresee this shop growing old with us, becoming our go-to when foodie friends come for dinner. Good call, Ina, good call.