Osprey’s has been high on my list to check out for quite some time, and I finally afforded the time to check this vineyard out. Inside, the wine tasting area is roomy shaped like a horseshoe followed by an adjacent lengthwise bar (shaped like a P). The staff here are of the older aged set, though very friendly and knowledgeable if you have any questions about their wine or wine in general. Osprey’s taste fee is $5 (pay before tasting), allowing you to choose from two lists.
The first list allows you to select 5 tastings of Osprey’s more common wines (sub $20 bottles) ranging from White Wines, Rose, Red Wines, and Dessert Wines, totaling 18 different wines. For those more in-tune with their wine tasting skills, the second list allows you to select 3 tastings of Osprey’s limited release wines ($25+ per bottle) ranging from 6 different wines. I chose to go with the 5 tastings so that I would have the opportunity to try out a large variety of their wines. I enjoyed all of my tastings as they were all very agreeable with my palate.
Others thought the same. We had difficulty choosing our 5 tastings, so our server was kind enough to give some suggestions and also gave each of us two additional tastings (7 in total) so that we could make some comparisons. Heck, she did such a great job, I was talked into buying a bottle of their 2007 Semi-Dry Riesling ($14). I’m not a big fan of sweet wines, reds are more to my liking, but the sweetness of this Riesling was subtle yet distinct with aromas of apricot and citrus fruit balanced with a sweet honey flavor. The 2008 Riesling is noticeably sweeter for the curious Riesling fans. During your wine tasting, keep an eye out for several medium-sized bowls of complimentary cubed crackers.
After our wine tasting, we decided to grab our lunch and eat behind Osprey’s. Situated in the rear is a well-maintained grass area with several wooden rectangular picnic tables and green umbrellas to protect from the elements. If you’re lucky, there is also a gazebo covered with plants/vines that you can sit inside with several friends. Tables are fairly spaced apart so that there is privacy and a hint of quietness besides the subtle sound of laughter from a neighboring table. Just beyond the grassy field, are the vineyards, which makes it feel like your are out in the countryside away from the sounds of traffic that you might encounter at some other vineyards.
Just thinking about Osprey’s makes me want to go back. Their wines are great and so are their grounds which did not seem to get the large foot traffic that you might find at Pelligrini, Pindar, Macari, Peconic Bay, Corey Creek, etc. For those also looking for a nice place to eat, I definitely recommend venturing here. I wouldn’t mind hanging out here for the day with some wine, cheese and friends.