Photo Essay: A Day at the Wineries in Long Island, New York

While many people think of Long Island, New York,  only for the Hamptons, it is actually full of vineyards and wineries (wine is the staple crop!). Even on a rainy day, an afternoon sampling wines (and vodka!) and touring the vineyards is enjoyable.

All of the winery worker were extremely helpful and knowledge, answering all of my questions about working there, how to do a tasting, and how to know how to pair different wines with different foods. Some things I learned:

  • For your palettes sake, you should try not to jump back and forth from white to red.
  • When tasting, smell the wine first. Just like with food, if it smells pleasing to you, you will probably like it (and vice versa). Next, vigorously swirl the glass around (not gently, like you see in the movies). The best way is to firmly hold the glass stem with 2 fingers and, while holding it firmly on the bar, moving the glass in a circular motion. From there, when sipping, allow the wine to touch all of your taste buds.
  • Lighter, crisper wines are better paired with light dishes such as fish. However, more heavy bodied wines go good with heavier foods, maybe a steak. If you want something to drink while eating spicy foods, something with a bit of a sweeter taste usually goes well.
If you’re interested in booking a wine tour on the trolly, visit North Fork Trolley Company.
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Our designated driving vehicle for the day, the trolley

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Inside Macare Winery

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Tasting menu

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Now that's my kind of wine glass!

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Visiting one of the many farm stands along the way

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Sampling a sparkling white wine at Palmer Vineyards

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I loved this sign at Palmer Vineyards

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The group sampling flavored vodkas wine at Long Island Vodka. For $6 ($7 if you're not on a tour) you can sample 3 flights...trust me, 3 is plenty! Some flavors include lemon, raspberry, strawberry, and orange. If you want something sweeter, go with raspberry and strawberry (lemon and orange were pretty hard to swallow, literally). Bonus: You get to keep the shot glass!

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Lots of Vodka at Long Island Vodka

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The many wines at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard

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Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard had a very whimsical feel to it

2 Comments

  1. We often enjoy our visits to LI Wine Country on the North Fork (one of the side benefits of having a Son at school in Glen Cove). There are so many wonderful wineries there, with truly dedicated artisans. We like bringing some of the comparable wines from our home base among the wineries in Virginia Wine Country as trades with Long Island’s winemakers.

    1. That’s a great idea! I also always find it interesting how many people don’t know about Long Island’s Wine Country. It really is so amazing!

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