Ask any kid who grew up on Long Island, and they could easily rattle off their favorite Entenmann’s desserts. For us, no contest, the Devil’s Food Crumb Donuts are as good as it gets. We’d eat off all the chocolate, sugar-coated crumbs first, one by one, and then save the naked donut for our final conquest. It somehow felt like two desserts that way. Maybe it’s all those fond childhood memories of sugar highs mixed with a dash of indulgence, but when we heard that the Entenmann family owned a vineyard on the North Fork of Long Island, we threw on our elastic waist pants and headed east.
Martha Clara Vineyards is owned by Robert Entenmann, who named the “family farm/vineyard” after his mother. Although you will not find raspberry danishes or soft-baked chocolate chip cookies in the tasting room (read: opportunity for improvement), there are lots of wines keep your interest. We chose the Wine Makers Flight (four wines for $5) and the Complimentary Flight (three wines for FREE).
Overall the wines were pretty good, although some were slightly over-oaked. Our favorites of the tasting were the 2004 50 Red, $21.99, (blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah) and the 2002 Syrah. The 50 Red had aromas and flavors of leather, blackberries and a hint of chocolate (perhaps subconscious) and the Syrah was spicy with notes of pepper, oak and smoke that came alive on the palate.
We ended up buying a bottle of the Syrah to bring to our next barbeque, assuming we don’t drink it on the train ride back. Our will power is pretty strong, but rules don’t apply when Entenmann’s is involved.
Wine Makers Flight:
2005 50 White (blend of Chardonay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Semillon and Gewurztraminer) – the kitchen sink of white wines
2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
2004 50 Red (blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah)
2002 Cabernet Franc