The Magic of Taste on Your Plate


36 Hours on the North Fork, Long Island

4 p.m. Cheers to women and wine history

Look for the large red barn and sign for Poppy & Rose in Aquebogue on Route 25, which is one of two main roads filled with vineyards, beautiful countryside views, and farm stands. Kelly Koch, who spent over 15 years as a winemaker for Bedell and Macari, recently opened her own boutique winery. This winery shares a tasting room with Woodside Orchards. You can enjoy their bright and peachy varietals, like the sauvignon blanc ($13), or opt for a non-alcoholic apple cider ($4). The best way to enjoy these beverages is on the patio with a warm cider doughnut ($2). There are other nearby options for more drinks and snacks, such as Terra Vite and the Dimon Estate (both new additions) or the well-established Paumanok Vineyards, which has been around for 40 years. However, if you’re interested in history, take a trip down North Road (Route 48). At Borghese Vineyard, you can relax on a blue Adirondack chair next to Long Island’s first commercial vines and toast with a glass of sparkling rosé ($15) to Louisa and Alex Hargrave. They started a movement on this revered land in 1973.


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