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Just in time for the 'ber months, locally known as the best months to enjoy seafood from the Peconic Bay. The fresh and crisp stainless steel fermented Sauvignon Blanc is here to pair with the sweetest oysters.
We are so excited about the 2017 Migratus barrel aged and fermented Sauvignon Blanc which is now ready to make its debut at the table with the cuisine of late fall. This wine is just starting to hint at its full potential!
2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Our winemaker came home with more than great pictures living and working in New Zealand. After two vintages in Marlborough, the techniques learned were applied to North Fork Sauvignon Blanc to honor the distinctive maritime terroir in which they are grown– here in this place, at this time.
"I love, love, love this wine" -Louisa Hargrave tasting the first vintage of Saltbird Cellars Sauvignon Blanc.
2017 Migratus Sauvignon Blanc
" Migratus (Latin): migrātus (m); Gone away,
having been changed. "
The name, Migratus is in recognition of our winemakers time spent learning and evolving as a winemaker both at home, here on the North Fork as well as time spent in Australia, New Zealand, and California.
Migratus is an old world wine style of aging Sauvignon Blanc in neutral oak creating a white wine with body and the structure to age. This is similar in style to a wine named, Claudia from Vavasour where Robin spent 6 months in 2012 learning about Sauvignon Blanc in its broad range of expression.
Here on the North Fork, utilizing fruit from established vineyards in the best years this wine is the culmination of Robins time spent
Home and Away.
BJ Gamboa stopped into the Peconic Cellar Door last weekend while touring tiny tasting rooms on the North Fork. After a fantastic conversation he had this to say about our new home base.
"The new home of Robin Epperson-McCarthy (Saltbird Cellars) and Alie Shaper (As If Wines, Brooklyn Oenology), Peconic Cellar Door occupies the space that formerly housed Provisions and Ingredients (a specialty market offering things like squid ink pasta and custom panini sandwiches).
Custom tables allow for couples or a few groups of four or may be combined into one long table for a more communal tasting experience.
Bonus feature: Robin or Alie are usually on hand to talk wine. Well-trained and passionate servers are excellent. Speaking directly to the winemakers? Priceless. Peconic Cellar Door, 2885 Peconic Lane, Peconic.
Bonus BONUS feature: you can walk straight through a shared doorway to The Winemaker Studio right next door!"
Vera Chinese of the new North Forker Magazine stopped in to have a chat about Saltbird Cellars, Brooklyn Oenology and As If Wines joining forces to open the Peconic Cellar Door.
Visit our newly opening Tasting Room, Thursday-Monday 12-7pm
2885 Peconic Lane, Peconic, NY 11958
August 19th 3pm-6pm join us for our Grand Opening Celebration. Live Music by Robin Sidor and Noah's on the Road food truck.
To view the full article click here
Norhtforker included Saltbird Cellars in their 30 days, 30 things to do article, see the full story HERE. We are looking forward to the tasting at The Winemakers Studio as well as other events.
Here is a complete list of our upcoming outings:
Taste the East End 2017
Friday, June 9th 2017
The Long Island Aquarium
431 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901
For more information & to buy tickets click HERE
Guest Winemaker Tasting
Owner/Winemaker Robin Epperson-McCarthy will be at the Winemakers Studio pouring the current Saltbird Cellars Portfolio.
Sunday, June 11th at The Winemakers Studio
2885 Peconic Lane, Peconic, NY 11958
Shelter Island 10K- Join team Saltbird Cellars.
Saturday, June 17th
33 N Ferry RD, Shelter Island, NY 11964 US
To register click HERE. Under "Registration Information" -" Join a Team," enter Saltbird cellars.
NORTH FORK CRUSH WINE & ARTISANAL FOOD FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 24, 2016
Afternoon Session: 12:00-3:00pm
Evening Session: 4:00-7:00pm
1216 Main Road, Route 25 Jamesport, NY
For more information & to buy tickets HERE
Paw Paw Pop-up
Saturday, July 15th
seatings at 5:30 and 8:30
Hosted by Bruce & Son
208 Main Street
Greenport, NY 11944
For Information & Reservations click HERE
Recently our owner/winemaker was interviewed for Northforker Magazines inaugural debut. In the article, What makes the North Fork so Great? content by Grant Parpan, photos by Dave Benthal. She comments on what made the North Fork such an amazing place to grow up and why she returned to start Satlbird Cellars.
Read the complete article here.
What's to eat & drink?
This winter Saltbird Cellars is teaming up with local restaurants which are featuring our wines as a crucial part of their menu. When Winemakers and Chefs work together the result is a pairing that brings the tasting experience to a higher level. Join us for one or several dinners that premier Saltbird Cellars wines to explore the co-evolution of Long Island Wine & Food.
Friday, January 13th @ 7pm
Jedediah Hawkins Inn
Join Saltbird Cellars Winemaker, Robin Epperson-McCarthy at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn. This historic Inn has a tight relationship with our local agriculture & viticulture community. In the intimate setting of the Speakeasy we will start the conversation about the locavore movement.
Cost for event: $85 (plus tax & tip)
Reservations are required and limited, please call: 631.722.2900
400 South Jamesport, Jamesport NY11947
The Bay Breeze Inn
Friday, February 17th @ 7pm
The Bay Breeze Inn has a long local history and with a total renovation there is a breathe of fresh air flowing through the halls. The new menu is creative and Saltbird wines compliment the cuisine beautifully. Robin will be discussing the selection of grapes on the East End and how she settled the four varieties for the Saltbird label.
Cost for Event: $85 (plus tax & tip)
Reservations are required, please call: 631.779.3454
46 Front Street, South Jamesport, NY 11947
Petulant Wino Bistro & Wine Bar
Friday, March 10th @ 7pm
Tom & Courtney Schaudel have created a haven for the Long Island locavore at the Petulant Wino. Over one (of many) late night harvest dinners Courtney picked up the Saltbird Sauvignon Blanc before it was even bottled. She tasted a tank sample of (mostly) fermented juice and they have been pairing the Sauvy with their favorite menu items ever since.
Cost for Event: $85 (plus tax & tip)
Reservations are required, please call: 631.779.3900
739 Main Road, Aquebogue, NY 11931
It is high summer and time to debut
the full Saltbird Cellars 2016 Collection.
You may see the 2015 Whites appearing in your local wine shop (if not have them call us!) and the 2014 Harbinger (Merlot Blend) has arrived. Starting July 30th we will be launching a series of revolving debuts to introduce the full collection.
Saturday, July 30th - The Winemakers Studio
The Winemakers Studio supports passionate small wine producers & welcomed Saltbird Cellars from the very first vintage. Saturday stop into the studio to say hello to the owner/winemaker and taste the full Saltbird Celllars collection.
Sunday, July 31st - Little Creek Oysters
4pm-7pm (maybe later if we are feeling the love)
Saltbird Cellars is making a guest appearance at Little creek Oysters in Greenport! Taste our full portfolio, try a Sauvignon Blanc oyster shooter, & as they say at Little Creek "Shuck Yourself!"
Friday, August 5th - Chef Hayden's Farmers Market
Saltbird Cellars will be taking part in the Chef Hayden's Farmers Market at The North Fork Table & Inn Southold, NY. This is a chance to say hello to the Owner/Winemaker, taste & buy your favorite Saltbird Cellars Wines. Also, shop local in support of small farmers and artisan producers.
Hey Wine Buyers, what are you doing Thursday???
Please join myself and several of my colleagues for the 1st Annual Independent Vintners of Long Island Spring Trade Tasting next week, Thursday April 28th, from 1-4 PM, at the North Fork Table & Inn in Southold. As small-batch independent producers, we're banding together to showcase our wines for this spring and summer buying seasons.
You WILL find some great stuff.
We are so proud to welcome the newest addition to the Saltbird Cellars family.
Now that she is 3 months old and sleeping well, we are getting back into the cellar...
The finishing touches are being ordered for the upcoming bottling. We are so excited for our second vintage!
The 2015 growing season was another fairytale year with high quality. We are looking forward to the 2015 Chardonnay (Stainless Steel Fermented) and the 2015 Migratus (Barrel fermented & aged Sauvignon Blanc).
Another new addition will be the 2014 Harbinger (Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon blend). We have been patiently waiting for this wine to mature...more information on the new releases coming soon!
You can enjoy tastings and find bottles to go of the current releases in Brooklyn at Brooklyn Oenology.
Purchase bottles online here.
If you are on the North fork visit The Winemaker Studio in Peconic, NY.
As always birds of a feather flock together. You can purchase bottles at Browders Birds in our hometown of Mattituck, NY.
Look for Saltbird Cellars at the the North Fork Crush Event June 25, 2016.
For more information click here.
Well, we went and started a new wine brand on the North Fork of Long Island, NY.
This is the ideal time for Saltbird Cellars to take flight. All of the elements are coming together as the North Fork of Long Island AVA has become an established wine region recognized around the world...in a small part because our owner & winemaker traveled around the world telling everyone she could about this unique wine region!
Saltbird Cellars is kicking off the release of our first vintage white wines with a collaborative dinner involving some amazing women from the East End.
Birds of a Feather Dinner
Sunday, August 2, 2015 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Birds of a Feather, Flock Together
Saltbird Cellars is teaming up with Browder's Birds and Hamptons Arictocrat to throw a summer dinner party out in the field at the Browder's Homestead in Mattituck.
Join us August 2, 2015 at Browder's Birds Farm to experience a night of local wine and locally sourced cuisine prepared by the ladies of Hampton's Aristocrat. Saltbird Cellars wines were crafted to pair with East End cuisine and this promises to be a night of fine dining on the rustic fields of the North Fork.
Ticket price includes 3-course dinner with wine pairings, tax, and tip.
Early Bird $90
A Seat at the Table $105
Buy tickets here