Foodstuffs: Sparkling Beverages, Fun with Guacamole and Kosher Cookies

Spring in a Bottle now available at Wölffer Estate Vineyard. Photo courtesy Wölffer Estate Vineyard.

Sparkling Alternative

Wölffer Estate Vineyard has launched a new non-alcoholic sparkling wine. Called Spring in a Bottle, it captures the freshness of the season and has everything wine drinkers love about wine without the alcohol.

The sparking rosé delivers fine earthy notes to the palette with red berry fruit, ripe peach, pear notes and is low in calories. It’s a nice option to swap out for a cocktail at brunch, have in-between drinks at a cocktail party, or any celebration that calls for a food-friendly wine.

In true Wölffer style, the bottle emulates pastel watercolor tones, displaying the fun and whimsical spirit of the Hamptons.

The blend of pinot noir, merlot and saint laurent varietals is sourced from a certified organic vineyard in Rheinhessen, Germany. The wine was then de-alcoholized by gently removing

the alcohol and other volatiles at a relatively low temperature of 77°F. Vineyard co-owner Marc Wölffer, who has been the driving force behind this project, says, “At Wölffer Estate, we like to be ahead of the curve and a leader in style.”

In partnership with co-owner Joey Wölffer (Marc’s sister), they are able to take risks and try new things.

“As the industry trends towards producing more alcohol-free varieties, it’s time for an option that doesn’t mean sacrificing taste” states winemaker and vineyard partner Roman Roth. “The world of non-alcoholic beverages has grown vastly for those who want options. This holistic approach to ‘everything in moderation’ is what differs from other sugary non-alcoholic wines on the market.”

Spring in a Bottle is priced at $18 for 750 ml bottle perfectly served chilled on its own, very versatile paired with any hors d’oeuvres or paired with salads and creamy or spicy dishes for a balanced taste. Wölffer Estate Vineyard is at 129 Sagg Road, Sagaponack. For more information, visit


Holy Guacamole!

It may have snuck up on you, but National Guacamole Day is coming right up on September 16. With that in mind, Rita Cantina in Springs has decided to share their homemade guacamole recipe, which is thoughtfully composed of fresh avocado with flavorful zest and colorful seasoning, specially crafted by executive chef Eric Miller.

Rita’s Homemade Guacamole

Created by Executive Chef Eric Miller, Rita Cantina in Springs

Rita’s Homemade Guacamole. Photo courtesy Rita Cantina.


8 ripe avocados (ripe)

8 oz. red onion

4 oz. jalapeños

2 oz. green Serrano peppers

4 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice

2 oz.  sea salt


Dice onions and all peppers to a small size

Peel avocados and remove seeds and place in a large stainless steel bowl

Add the diced onions and peppers

Add the lime juice

Add the salt

Mash lightly with a potato masher

Tip: Keep it slightly chunky


Chill and serve

If you’d like to leave the guacamole making to the pros, visit Rita Cantina at 28 Maidstone Park Road in East Hampton. For more information, call 631-329-3663 or visit

Kosher Cookies

With the Jewish holidays right around the corner, Tate’s Bake Shop offers a full line of Orthodox Union certified kosher cookies. Those searching for the perfect gift to bring their in-laws for Rosh Hashanah or those entrusted with providing dessert for Yom Kippur’s break fast need look no further.

Tate’s cookies are kosher!

The Tate’s signature crispy chocolate chip cookies ($4.99) are guaranteed to please even the pickiest member of any extended family. And as your bubbe probably told you, it’s never good to come empty handed.

Tate’s Bake Shop Orthodox Union-certified cookies are available nationally in stores, on Amazon, and the website