For her husband’s birthday my friend organized a visit to 3 wineries in Long Island this past Sunday. It was an ideal, cloud free 70 degree day, and we were all excited. We visited Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, Macari Vineyards and Vineyard 48. Each one had unique elements but in terms of best tasting wines I vote for Macari!
Baiting Hollow was a our first stop. There was a main tasting house with a back porch and yard with picnic tables. The fun feature here was the horse rescue. Since 2007 they’ve rescued former race horses and the like. You can see the stables and visit the horses.
Baiting Hollow had a white dessert wine we all wanted to taste, Cheval Bleu, but unfortunately they were out of it. The riesling was probably the best one out of the 3 I tasted: chardonnay, riesling and a blend of estate merlot and cabernet franc, Red Velvet. There were at least 10 different wines to try and you could also do some shopping for wine related decor.
We hopped on the bus and were off to Macari Vineyards. The name seemed so familiar and I realized that I’ve had their wine at Momofuku Noodle or Ssam Bar. The main building reminded me of wineries in Santa Barbara or Napa, large inside with high ceilings and lots of light. They had a few long counters where you could stand and taste but since we were a group of 10 we were led into a room on the side with our own counter, very nice! We had a flight of 4 wines: Collina Chardonnay, 2009 Chardonnay Estate, 2010 Rose and a 2008 Merlot Estate. I think there were more available to taste but we had a group package. More