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Category: North Fork

Vineyard Vacations

An A, B and C of winemaking estates

For those who enjoy sipping and savoring a white or red, there’s a bevy of exceptional wine destinations to visit in classic European regions and in “the new world,” which includes Long Island. How lucky we are to live so close to North Fork winery tasting rooms and to be able to savor the best local foods and wines at restaurants like the North Fork Table and Inn. It even feels like France, sipping rosé at an umbrella-topped table on the gravel-based terrace at Croteaux Vineyards in Southold.

But though we all value our local bounty, the endemic enthusiasm for traveling to far away wine regions offers new pleasures: Discovering distinctive terroir and topography, exciting foods and wines, diverse cultures and regional recreational opportunities.

This ABC of winemaking estates introduces Abadia, Barnardus and Caudalie—located in Duero, Monterey and Bordeaux, respectively. These winery hotels are located on vineyards and each offers two restaurants, a spa and tastings. Each is also located near a major airport. Another bonus? A plethora of non-wine-related activities are within reach.

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Long Island’s Perfect Driving Loop

“Welcome to Long Island Wine Country” sign signals arrival in the North Fork and tasting rooms such as Paumonok (Aquebogue), Tasting Room (Jamesport) and Shinn Estate and Sherwood Vineyard (Mattituck). Mattituck is also home to block-long Love Lane and the inventive food and welcoming hospitality at Love Lane Kitchen. Heading west, Main Rd. reaches Tanger Outlet, where the newly opened Empire State Cellars & Tasting Room, just before the entrance to the Long Island Expwy., pours and sells New York State wines.
My loop then passes Rte. 25 and goes north where, after a pie-buying stop at Briermere Farms, Sound Ave. (Rte. 25A) wiggles west between rural farms, the beach and campgrounds at Wildwood State Park, Sound Beach and Miller Place, ending in Port Jefferson. Also called North Country Rd., 25A is bordered by tree-covered hillsides, historic clapboard houses and steeple-topped churches as it edges past a pond and waterside park and arrives at the stunning Stony Brook Village Center. Its stately post office and storefront boutiques across from the Three Village Inn (Mirabelle Tavern) all face the harbor.
by Irvina Lew
AAA Car & Travel
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The Place To Be

About 75 miles east of Manhattan, Long Island divides into two water-bound, 40-mile long, scenic strips: The North Fork, with its rural vineyards, farms and marinas, and The South Fork, better known as “The Hamptons.”

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