It’s the holidays and here they come…your family. Your loving yet overbearing parents, crazy cat lady Aunt Clara, and the dreaded cousin frighteningly reminiscent of Randy Quaid in Christmas Vacation. Looks like you picked the wrong week to stop drinking. But fret not! There are multitudes of local, sustainably farmed wines made right nearby on Long Island that will take the edge off and not bite into the ugly Christmas sweater budget. Here are a few of our favorites. Cheers!
Jamesport Vineyards is a three-generation family-owned and sustainably run winery and vineyard. Ron and Ann Marie Goerler came to the North Fork over 30 years ago and planted their first Chardonnay vines in 1981. Ron Sr. was a leading pioneer for the Long Island wine industry. It was his vision about the area that has made the wines what they are today. Their approach is still the same now as it was then—leave the land in better shape than when they found it. The Goerlers believe in sustainable approaches with their vineyards, as well as their wines. Today they use integrated pest management (IPM) practices which help them use less fertilizers, fungicides, and herbicides. It is a direct reflection on the quality of the wines produced at Jamesport Vineyards. http://www.jamesportwines.com/
Our sleek and intimate Tasting Room offers our exceptional wines to taste and purchase by the bottle or glass. Enjoy live music on the lawn of our outdoor lounge from our Adirondack chairs and picnic tables. Our Tasting Room staff will be happy to provide picnic quilts or a croquet set at your request. Goodale Farms’ locally made, award-winning cow and goat cheeses are available for purchase. http://liebcellars.com/
Founded in the spring of 1983, our 103 acre estate is entirely owned and managed by Ursula and Charles Massoud, and our three sons. Born and raised in the “Old World”, wine has always been a part of our lives and we continue the tradition at Paumanok Vineyards. The winery is a renovated turn-of-the-century barn that houses a fermentation tank room and lab. The spacious tasting room was built on top of the barrel cellar. It is surrounded by an inviting deck overlooking the vineyards. Our deck and tasting room are the perfect setting for private parties and weddings, with many special events scheduled throughout the year. http://www.paumanok.com/index.html
Shinn Estate Vineyards has a working philosophy of low-impact, sustainable farming. Since its first planting in 2000, husband-wife team and former restaurateurs David Page and Barbara Shinn have integrated both organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyard, producing consistently balanced fruit-driven wines with long aging potential that have a distinct sense of place. The winery also offers Shinn Estate Farmhouse, the first inn on a vineyard site on Long Island. A historic homestead, Shinn Estate Farmhouse presents its guests with the tranquility of a farm environment paired with the cachet of lodging at a world class winery. North Fork inspired breakfasts are served to overnight guests utilizing local produce, cheeses, duck, fish and shellfish. http://shinnestatevineyards.com/
Perched on a rise overlooking the lush vineyards to the east and the gently rolling Hamptons landscape to the west, Wölffer Estate Winery is unquestionably one of the most beautiful and stylish on Long Island. Rivaling European wineries, the rustic, Tuscan-style building with its warm ochre walls, houses a lavish tasting room with imported stain glass doors, an expansive portico and underneath is the state-of –the-art winery – an appropriate foundation for the world class Wölffer wines created and nurtured by winemaker Roman Roth. . Known for its highly popular dry Rosé (“Summer in a Bottle” ), Wölffer Estate wines embody the region and reflect a classical style of winemaking, with a rich concentration of fruit and lively acidity. http://www.wolffer.com/
For more information – Long Island Wine Country: http://www.liwines.com/