Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Wine Tasting in the Hamptons
Last weekend I had a fun but short whirlwind trip to South Hampton to celebrate a good friend's upcoming wedding with a bachelorette weekend. We sunned, we laughed, we danced and we drank our way through South Hampton until I had to say goodbye and fly home Sunday night. One of the highlights of the weekend was Saturday afternoon when we went wine tasting at three different vineyards in the area. I've been wine tasting several times in the Napa/Sonoma area since we moved out here but I didn't know what to expect from Long Island. We had a great time! The vineyards were pretty, the people were friendly and the wine was delicious. It's not quite like California with the rolling hills and wineries for days but it was perfect for an afternoon with friends and would be a lovely rainy day activity when you're out at the beach! My awesomely organized friends had arranged for a very luxe party bus to take the 13 of us around for the day so we could all enjoy drinking the wine and listening to music in comfort in the bus without having to worry about who would drive. If you're going with a big group or want to make an occasion of it I would definitely recommend spending the money to hire a car or van to take you around.
Here are the spots we hit and the insider tips to plan your wine tasting day! Click on the vineyard name for the website!
Duck Walk Vineyards - This was our first stop and such a pleasant little spot! We did a tasting of 5 wines and they were all pretty tasty. I think my favorite was the Sauvignon Blanc. The great part about this vineyard is their nice little back patio space. We sat in the sun with wine and sandwiches we had brought with us for a lovely picnic. They even had a guy out on the patio playing the guitar. On a Saturday afternoon the vineyard wasn't too crowded so our big group fit in perfectly.
Contact info: 231 Montauk Highway (Rt 27), Water Mill, NY 11976 Phone: (631) 726-7555 x4
Channing Daughter's Winery - This was our second stop and the landscaping was a lush green and beautifully manicured. This vineyard was a little smaller and quieter than the others but very beautiful. While friendly, the staff didn't seem set up to serve tastings to such a big group so we bought a bottle of white sat outside in the grass and enjoyed our wine amidst the beautiful landscaping.
Contact info: 1927 Scuttlehole Road, Bridgehampton, NY, 11932 (631)537-7224
Wolffer Estate - This was our final stop and it was clear we had saved the best for last! The estate reminded me of a Mediterranean villa and we sat outside on the patio under a beautiful wooden pergola looking out at the vineyard and drinking a very tasty Rose. The wine was delicious, the vibe relaxing and the setting beautiful. I've heard they host weddings here and I certainly wouldn't mind going to one!
Contact Info: 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, Long Island, NY (631)537-5106