4 Wine Pairings to Keep the Party Going in the Hamptons This Fall
Hampton Classic Horse Show (Aug. 28–Sept. 4)
After a day at the tents, invite your friends over for a casual supper.
Food: The horsey set can’t ever get enough fried chicken. Try the bird from Brent’s, arguably the best in the Hamptons, though Herb’s has fiercely loyal fans.
Drink: Serve large-format bottles of Provençal rosés. Available in magnums, the high-end cuvées Château Saint-Maur, Château Minuty, and Château d’Esclans are perfect accompaniments to the salt and crunch of blue-ribbon-worthy fried chicken.
Oktoberfest (dates vary worldwide)
No need to travel to Germany or Eastern Europe to celebrate the 1810 marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hilburghausen.
Food: Sausages from Cromer’s Market in Sag Harbor, served with sauerkraut and potato pancakes.
Drink: North Fork craft beer, such as Blue Point Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest seasonal lager, which has caramel and malty notes, or Montauk Brewing Company’s Hop Blonde Ale, available from September to December. An ideal wine match: Paumanok Dry Riesling 2012.
Hamptons International Film Festival (Oct. 6–10)
Fête the cineastes in your life with a post-premiere party.
Food: Put on a big show with Blue Point oysters, jumbo shrimp, whole cold salmon, duck pâté, caviar over deviled eggs, and a cheese board. Cavaniola’s Gourmet Cheese Shop in Sag Harbor sells Moliterno, an Oscar-worthy Sardinian sheep’s milk cheese with black truffles. If conversation runs deep into the night, popcorn with truffle salt makes for an elevated snack.
Drink: Demi-sec bubbly over ice—known as Champagne à la piscine in Cannes. Serve Veuve Clicquot Rich in wineglasses with ice cubes and berries. Or go local with Sparkling Pointe’s Cuvée Carnaval Blancs, which has tropical fruit notes.
Afternoon Apple-Picking Party
What better way to end a day at the Milk Pail U-Pick Apples & Pumpkin Farm in Water Mill () than a pig roast?
Food: Suckling pig from Catena’s in Southampton, where third-generation butcher-owner Victor Finalborgo will secure just the right pig and have it ready for you when you return from the field. It’s great with sautéed apples and roasted carrots and potatoes.
Drink: Wölffer No. 139, a cider made from apples grown at Halsey’s White Cap Farm in Bridgehampton. For oenophiles: Channing Daughters Blaufrankish 2013.