Wine on the Island

While half of FP (Allen) was gorging himself at the Fancy Food Show, the other half (Kristina) was wining and dining with girlfriends on Long Island. After our recent wine-tasting adventure in Northern Michigan, it was fun to have a similar experience closer to home. Here’s her take:

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a friend’s upcoming wedding than with a wine tour on Long Island’s North Fork. A few weekends ago, 10 of us hopped into a limo and visited three wineries: Laurel Lake Vineyard, Jason’s Vineyard and Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard. While they all had a few things in common (namely wine and live music!), each spot also offered something unique. Read on to learn more!

Laurel Lake

Our first stop was Laurel Lake Vineyard which had been recommended by a friend at work. The recommendation didn’t disappoint! Laurel Lake offers a variety of seating options including rooftop, picnic tables under an awning or out in the sun near the vines. Instead of going to the bar for our tastes, a server came to us and we had the option of choosing red or white for three generous pours. Staying at the table gave us the chance to really visit with one another instead of having to talk across the bar. The Sauvignon Blanc was my first taste of the day and remained one of my favorites overall.

Jason’s Vineyard

Jason’s was our second stop and we spent quite a bit of time there so that we could enjoy both our tastes and the lunch that we packed. One of the great things about wineries on Long Island is that you can bring your own food in, which is fantastic for making a leisurely day of tastings. Jason’s features a chip system for tasting, so we went back and forth between the bar and our group of picnic tables to balance the wine and snacks. We picked up a few bottles of their Rose to enjoy over lunch.

Baiting Hollow

The final stop of the day was Baiting Hollow. With it’s celebratory atmosphere and variety of activities and stands (including a sushi station!), it was a fitting was to end a fabulous day. They use a ticket system which allowed us to enjoy delicious wine while sitting at a picnic table in the sun. The Chardonnay was crisp and refreshing- one of my favorite wines of the day!

It couldn’t have been a better day– wine, sun and great company are the perfect recipe for fun! What are your favorite wineries to visit?

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