For our first trip to the North Fork of Long Island we attended Wine Camp. With each winery, that you visit, you learn a different aspect of the wine business; from the owners or winemakers. A very personal and hands-on approach, we blended wine at one, pruned vines at another and learned alot about the region and it’s wines. It was a very special experience. And on the last night we celebrated with a wine/food pairing at Castello di Borghese.
The owners, Marco and Ann Marie Borghese were gracious hosts and true ambassadors for the wine region.
One of the rewards, of Wine Camp, is a mixed case from each of the participating wineries, including two bottles from Borghese.
Over the years we enjoyed these wines, for special occasions, and each time it brought back great memories.
Unfortunately, this past year, both Marco and Ann Marie tragically passed away within days of each other. We were members of their wine club and had talked with them on several occasions; they were always very warm and passionate.
I have a small wine “cellar” that holds around 200 bottles. The special ones are stored at the bottom, or behind other bottles. When looking for a wine for Open That Bottle Night I discovered the last bottle (that I didn’t know remained) from the Wine Camp mixed case.
We chose to open this wine, a 2006 Castello di Borghese Meritage, to revisit that trip and more importantly to honor the lovely wine couple who are truly missed by many.