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continued from page 166 anywhere) or the fried flounder, and I pray that someone at my table orders the butter-poached lobster roll so that I can have a bite. 468 West Lake Dr., Montauk, 668-9190; Estia's Little Kitchen Estia's is a hidden gem on the Sag Harbor Turnpike. It is so small you could blink and miss it save for all of the cars parked out front. Many of my favorites on the menu have a Mexican influence, such as the fish tacos and the Mexican sweet corn soup, both great options for lunch. Estia's dishes are made with local ingredients, and the restaurant has an extensive list of Long Island wines as well. 1615 Sag Harbor–Bridgehampton Tpk., Sag Harbor, 725-1045; Suki Zuki I dine at Suki Zuki at least once a week for its incredibly fresh sushi and sashimi. The atmosphere is casual and laid-back, and the staff is warm and friendly, making it a perfect end to a day spent on the beach. The mussels steamed in sake are a must. 688 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 726-4600 Bedell Cellars has some of the oldest vines on the North Fork. Tutto Il Giorno On a warm summer night, I love to book a table at Tutto il Giorno. While dining here I adopt a no-carb-left-behind policy, often ordering several pastas to share, like the rigatoni with homemade sausage and peas or the linguine with clams. One thing I always get is the pane carasau, a thin, crisp flatbread drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkling of fresh rosemary and flaky sea salt, paired with a bottle of Wölffer Estate Vineyard rosé. 6 Bay St., Sag Harbor, 725-7009; 56 Nugent St., Southampton, 377-3611 Vine Street Café On the ferry ride to Shelter Island, my mouth starts to water just thinking about what's to come at Vine Street Café. Dining here is truly a special experience. It's hard to choose because the menu all sounds so good. I often get salads to share, and since I'm a Southern girl at heart, the chicken-fried chicken with wilted red kale. After dinner, I like to stop in the café's market and take home locally made goodies. 41 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island, 749-3210; H Local sorrel, crisp leaks, and caperduck dressing at The 1770 House. 168 ISLE OF CORK North Fork wineries are producing an esteemed collection of unique bottlings perfect for summer. BY KARA NEWMAN Whether you're planning a beachside picnic or sipping at sunset, the North Fork has served as the Hamptons' de facto destination for wines for any occasion. It's no surprise, then, that the region's wineries are releasing an ample bounty of new bottlings for the start of another summer season. Bedell Cellars' 2009 Merlot sold out immediately upon news that it would be served at President Barack Obama's second inauguration in January, the first time a New York wine has been served at the historic event. But don't despair: the 2010 vintage—from a historic harvest that many feel has produced Long Island's greatest grapes— will be available this summer. The 2010 Merlot also commemorates Bedell's 30th anniversary and features a special label created by local artist Eric Fischl. "Merlot is what helped put Long Island wines on the map in the 1980s and '90s," says Bedell CEO Trent Preszler. "It has been an important variety for us, and this wine is from some of our oldest vines—in fact, some of the oldest vines on the North Fork." Meanwhile, The Lenz Winery—celebrating its 35th anniversary this year—will bring out its new 2010 malbec this summer. "2010 was a stellar year for Long Island wines," echoes tasting room manager Jerol Bailey. Lenz's offering is perfect for pairing with steaks grilled on the patio—a meaty malbec with deep, dark-berry flavors that can handle the heft of any cut. On the white side, the winery is releasing its first-ever white blend, a 50-50 mix of 2011 vintage Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer grapes that customers were given the opportunity to name. The winning entry? Tête-á-Tête. Finally, keep an eye out for Lieb Cellars' 2012 Cabernet Franc rosé, which, according to winery marketing director Logan Kingston, is drinking beautifully. "It's vibrant and fresh, with flavors of white peach and an herbaceous quality as it opens," she boasts. The rosé will be available under Lieb's Bridge Lane label and can also be found on the wine list at Topping Rose House's restaurant. Bedell Cellars, 36225 Rt. 25, Cutchogue, 734-7537;; The Lenz Winery, 38355 Rt. 25, Peconic, 734-6010;; Lieb Cellars, 35 Cox Neck Road, Mattituck, 298-1942; PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRANDON M. OSMAN (BEDELL VINEYARDS); COURTESY OF CHEF KEVIN PENNER (1770 HOUSE SALAD) TASTE HAMPTONS-MAGAZINE.COM 160-168_H_SC_Taste_MemorialDay_13.indd 168 5/13/13 3:13 PM

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