During our recent weekend trip to the beach (and in the spirit of this year's summer fun list), we spent an afternoon exploring wineries on the North Fork of Long Island. It was relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable, and definitely a highlight of our trip. We didn't want to rush from place to place or feel driven by a tight schedule, so we opted to spend are time at two wineries with a break for lunch in between. The other benefit to this approach was that it left more than a few wineries yet to be explored, which means we'll have to go back!
Our first stop was Lenz Winery, a smaller vineyard known for its merlot. Lenz has a charming, expansive courtyard with picnic tables and vine-covered tables that are reminiscent of a secret garden. We felt lucky to snag two Adirondack chairs in the shade for our tasting, which completely put me in vacation mode. We both were really impressed with the wines at Lenz, and took home their Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, and, of course, the Merlot. I highly recommend visiting Lenz, and if you do go, you can bring in your own picnic spread to round out the experience.
At a certain point, I just never wanted to leave. The only thing that could lure me away was the promise of lunch!
We made a field trip to the North Fork Food Truck for lunch. It was slightly out of our way, but totally worth it for the fries alone.
The view from the tasting porch at Macari Vineyard's Mattituck location (above), our second and final stop. I realized upon arrival that I had actually been there many years before when wine tasting with friends (my only other excursion to the North Fork). Macari also has a smaller tasting room in Cutchoge, which is a bit more intimate. As an FYI, Macari does offer cheese plates to accompany wine tastings but as a result does not permit outside food. Our picks from Macari were their Dos Aguas red blend and the rosé.
Obligatory frolicking in the vineyard photo, with a bottle of rosé for good measure. Also - same day / slightly different outfit. It got really hot!