Saturday, May 1, 2010

Reconnaissance trip #2

At the beginning of March, Jola and I set on a reconnaissance trip #2 to the North Fork. As expected, the drive was extremely enjoyable.

Since wine making is one of the biggest industries on Long Island, we have picked it as our first area of interest. Yes, we were ready to toil for the greater good!

Photo by Ewa Rumprecht
Makari Vineyards in Mattituck, an award winning winery since 1995, was our first major stop. Here we have met Alexandra Makari, one of the owners of the vineyard, who was very generous with her time and information.

It is always great to see the production side of the winery - the heavy duty equipment, the vast vats (that's a tongue twister for you) and barrels, the lab, and storage areas.

What is visible to the eye at Makari Vineyards - the main building with the tasting room, the observation deck, and event area, are just a part of the well run operations. Sustainable land cultivation with composting of own materials, application of manure collected from neighboring cow and horse farms, as well as environmentally friendly treatment of vines, are what make the vineyard so appealing.

Check out Makari Vineyards' website; it has plenty of information about the vineyard, lists upcoming events, and sports a very active Award & Media section.

Photo by Ewa Rumprecht
Stop number two - Lenz Winery, in Peconic since 1978.

What an auspicious arrival we had; as soon as we have parked the car, we have noticed a pleasant looking couple walking their dog on the border of a vineyard. They happened to be the very two people we needed to meet. Tom Morgan is a Wholesales Representative for Lenz, his wife Mary is an editor of Edible East End.

They were very kind and toasted our visit and success of our project with one of the house's sparkling wines. The tasting room was cool; it looked a bit like a cross between a barn, a general store and a saloon from a Western.

Both Tom and Mary were veritable fonts of information and oozed enthusiasm about East End. We have followed their recommendation and ate a delicious meal at Noah's, a seafood restaurant in Greenport run by chef Noah Schwartz.

We have visited galleries in Greenport, but about that another time.

On the way home, we were discussing our trip, interesting people we met, nice things we have seen and tasted. It was a good and productive day.

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