Passionate confession herein. The Grey Gardens rosé, which came on the market with the 2016 vintage, is a marriage of two things I love most: cultish cultural icons (the famous Two Edies Beale of East Hampton, about which the documentary Grey Gardens was made in the mid-1970s), and, well, wine.
Bouvier Beale—grandson of the elder of the two Edies, nephew of the younger—alongside his wife, Eva Marie Beale, has created a wine brand harnessing the spirit of Grey Gardens, made from 100-percent Long Island grapes. Mr. Beale’s experience as a national wine distributor was instrumental in crafting a European-style dry rosé, produced with the help of the North Fork’s Pugliese Vineyards. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, and all of the grapes are grown in Cutchogue.
The wine, Bouvier and Eva Marie Beale want you to know, is meant to convey the convivial spirit of the Edies, who imparted their legendary joie de vivre on the world when they allowed the Maysles brothers into their home to film them. The wine pays homage to the property itself (should you find yourself in the Georgica neighborhood of East Hampton, you can take a drive by), with a black-and-white artist’s rendering of the Lily Pond Lane property. Although that home is now under new ownership, the stories of the good old days, and the vivacious Beale women, persist. Grey Gardens is a character in and of itself. And while the rosé speaks for itself, the home looms large in the background, weaving its own complicated tale of love and loss.
Currently, Grey Gardens, the wine, now in its third vintage, is available for purchase at fine retailers such as Park Place Wines & Liquors in East Hampton, Sag Harbor Liquors in Sag Harbor, and Zabi’s Wine & Spirits in Southampton.
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