Best Long Island Wineries of 2017
One of the greatest things about long island is its booming wine country; very few things are better on a warm spring day then a trip out to the vineyards. A time honored tradition, most of our 2,753,918 residents have at least tried one of the wines from the multitude of vineyards Long Island has on its east end. Today we are going to take a closer look at 3 of Long Island’s most popular vineyards.
Beginning with Pindar Vineyards, Pindar was manifested from the dream of Dr. Herodotus Damianos in the early 1980’s when vineyards were unheard of on Long Island. It was Dr. Damianos who shaped the wineries out on the east end with Pindar being one of the best-known wine producers out there. One can almost always find a reason to pick up a bottle of winter white, or relax after a long day with a bottle of merlot reserve barrel select, or one of our all-time favorites, their late harvest Riesling dessert wine. My time spent at this vineyard is always time well spent, they have an incredibly knowledgeable sommelier on staff who is always able introduce me to something new with each visit.
Next on the list is Duckwalk, as you enter into a large room with the wine bar dead center you select your wines and make your way to the back deck where you will find live music and an unbelievable view of their vineyard. The go to’s here are the Gatsby red which invokes a time long forgotten when alcohol was outlawed and still in very high demand. Another great selection is the Aphrodite which is a late harvest gewürztraminer, a dessert style wine, that pairs well with cheese, named after the Greek god of love, nothing could be more romantic then sharing a bottle with your better half after finishing a picturesque dinner. Dr. Herodotus Damianos and his son alexander also founded Duckwalk back in 1994. The building has hints of Normandy chateau architecture and is a staple in the Hamptons community.
Next on our tour is Raphael vineyard. Raphaels was born from the vision of proprietor John Petrocelli who named the winery in honor of his father, and continues a centuries old family tradition of wine making. As you walk into one of the most stunning rooms outside of Europe you quickly realize the main room was heavily inspired by Mediterranean architecture. At this location we opted for a wine flight and we were leaning very heavily toward reds, starting with La Fontana, a Bordeaux blend with a full body and a very complex flavor, followed by the estate merlot, a medium body with a balanced acidity, we finished with the cabernet franc, and with a soft hue and rich body this was definitely the favorite of the day. On a personal note, with its old world charm, this is a place I could see myself getting married.
And last on our tour is Vineyard 48, not known for their wine but for the party food and atmosphere. No trip is complete until you stop at Vineyard 48, this is the place to be for the young and the young at heart. Often touted as one big drunken dance party, this is in reality more of a wine bar in a prime location. With free food on a grill and large buckets of wine with fruit in it, not exactly a sangria, but some wine based concoction, you are not likely to leave here with an empty stomach. We love this place for its party life style and low-key atmosphere and it is a good end to a relaxing and beautiful day in Long Islands wine country.