Long Island Wineries - where to go?
- krystle920 Jun 8, 2010 12:05 PM
Taking a trip up to the North Fork this weekend and we were wondering what wineries you recommend for good wine tastings. We primarily like reds and we heard that Merlot and Cabernet Franc seem to be standouts in the region. We are already planning to visit Wolffer in the South Fork. What do you think are the must-visit wineries in the area? Looking for excellent wines, a great atmosphere, and overall relaxing tasting experience. We might also do a picnic lunch so one place that allows it might be worth checking out. Thanks!
Diliberto's in Jamesport is great for picnics, very European, and if you like Italian wines, you will enjoy. Also, out by Greenport, we love Old Field, it's also a farm and has a expansive lawn with casual seating, very different with farmyard animals wandering around. Again great reds, we like the blends.
Personally, I've always hated Pindar. Too commercial and too obviously pandering to the non-wine drinking crowd, hence the circus atmosphere. We've always like Pelligrini wines and Bedell as well as Lenz (were they bought and have a new name), Martha Clara is not bad -- and close to the goat cheese place. There are a ton of wineries out there, but we've always like the ones that focus more of their energies on making their money from wines and not from wine tasting groups.
Pindar is huge and like a circus...Duck Walk is just plain bad. Pellegrini, Macari, Osprey's Dominion, Lenz are all great, as is Martha Clara. Shinn is very good also...winemaker's a great guy, but the owner has attitude. Peconic Bay is also too much like a circus..I liked it a lot in the old days, when Ray owned it. Pugliese is always overlooked....its a small, pleasant place with a pond and has some of the most reasonable wine prices in the area.
Bedell, Lenz, and Paumanok are good stops.
Grapes of Roth is not a winery, just a label. You can buy their wine at Roanoke Vineyards.
My favorite wineries to vist are as follows:
My list of places to skip: Pindar, Duckwalk. They are more tourist trap (bus stop, limo stop) than fine wine focused.
PS: if you are on the South Fork, make sure to hit Channing Daughters in addition to Wolffer.
And before you hit any wineries, hit the Cheese Shop on Love Lane (in mattituck, I think). Pack up some cheese or panini's for a picnic lunch. Bedell has a big outdoor deck with tables where you can break out the cheese and buy a glass of wine.
If they are open and don't have an event going on, the back patio at Raphael is great for a little cheese picnic.