August 13, 2013

North Fork Wine Tasting

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, the weekend before last, JD and I took our friend Kaitlin out to the North Fork of Long Island to do some wine tasting. We brought her to two of our favorite wineries, and one more that we had yet to try. 

One Woman
We started our day at One Woman in Southold. One Woman won me over on our first visit back in February with their hundred plus year old tool shed that doubles as a tasting room. They are a small family owned and operated winery/vineyard that produces predominately white wines. I'm a red wine girl, whites tend to be too sweet for my taste, but not here. I love their Chardonnay Reserve and Gruner Veltliner the most, but all of their wines are delicious. The last time we were there we ended up talking with Gabriella, the owner's daughter, who helped plant all of the grapes. She immediately recognized us and came over to ask how we've been since then. 

McCall seems to be a more popular winery to visit. Their tasting room resides in a barn with antique tools hanging on the walls and though hay lines the floors in the horse stalls the horses have been replaced with picnic tables. They also have picnic tables set up on the lawn overlooking the vineyard where we sat and had a picnic of cheese and crackers while we enjoyed our tasting. My favorite from the tasting was the Cabernet Franc. 

Shinn Estate
Shinn is one of the places we have to stop at when visiting the North Fork, even if we are just going out to Greenport for the day. Picking up a bottle of wine from Shinn and a raspberry cream pie from Briermere is sort of a thing for us. We didn't get to do a tasting this time as they had a wedding going on, but we did spend a few minutes soaking up the afternoon sun in their new courtyard before getting a bottle of Nine Barrels Reserve Merlot to bring home. I think that's our current favorite from Shinn, but all of their wines are good. 

So, there you have it. If you are looking to get out of the city for the day and go wine tasting, these three wineries are worth the trip. And if you get to Briermere before 5pm, get a pie. You won't regret it. 

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