Paumanok and the Heights of Luxury

Paumanok's winemaker Kareem Massoud, shown at the bottling line, has won praise for many of the winery's rieslings.

It’s not too late to add some luxury to your New Year’s Eve: the Paumanok 2010 Semi-Dry Riesling. But don’t take our word for it. The wine was chosen for the Wall Street Journal’s wine club as one of its “luxury dozen”.

From the WSJ site:

The Objective: To find the 12 top wines in America. A panel of judges – chaired by best-selling wine writer Hugh Johnson – tasted more than 800 wines blind (to ensure impartiality). The judges chose two incredible cases – the Annual Dozen featured the 12 best buys. But, the best of the best were brought together in one special collection: The 2011 WSJwine Luxury Dozen. …

Four world-class whites: “striking” 92 Parker-Point Viognier, “fascinating,” “ethereal” New York Riesling and two seriously opulent Chardonnays — “complex, lively and very good” from Carneros vs “powerful and long” from Arroyo Grande.

(Emphasis ours.)

East Enders don’t have to order the wine; they can stop by the winery.