My girlfriend and I recently visited Pugliese again, and after reading some of the negative reviews that have been posted about them, I really feel the need to set the record straight. Pugliese is simply the best vineyard on Long Island. There is nothing fancy about the place, it is just a small, welcoming establishment staffed by warm and friendly people. We were greeted by Domenica, the daughter of the founders of the vineyard. She was very sweet and happy to answer all of our questions about the various types of wine Pugliese makes and sells. And that wine is obviously the reason that Pugliese is one of the oldest and busiest wineries on the Island. After tasting most of the wines, I can tell you that they are all excellent. Particular standouts are the Bella Maria, a blush wine that has a wonderful, sweet grape flavor; the Chardonnay Gold, which has a nice oakiness to it and a lot of body; the Sunset Meritage, a blend of several different varieties that had a wonderful depth of flavor; and the two Italian-types wines, the white Pinot Grigio and the red Sangiovese, but of which could easily hold their own against most Italian wines. They also make several sparkling wines, of which the sparkling Merlot is my favorite, as well as really good dessert wines (You HAVE to try the Port). Best of all, they are probably the most reasonably priced winery out there.
Don't be put off by some of the negative reviews about Pugliese. I've been to many of the wineries on Long Island, and there are many good ones, but I have yet to find one better. You won't disappointed if you visit Pugliese. But you will be if you don't.
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