Long Island's "Wine Country"

The harvest season on Long Island had begun!

Long Island’s twin forks in Suffolk County, New York celebrates its 40th anniversary this year in wine production. Started in 1962 by Louisa and Alex Hargrave in Cutchogue. LI, the industry have exploded to nearly 60 wineries on both the North and South Fork of Long Island and on more than 3,000 acres. There are numerous Gold Medal winners to choose from now to the end of season in November-December. Special wine tours are available from the Long Island Railroad/ www.lirr.org. More info from I LOVE NY’s web site: www.iloveny.com. Or take the North Fork Winery Tour through Oct.27/ 631-369.3031. Less than 2 hours from NYC by car. Lots to see and do here as the colors in Oct.-Nov. are spectacular.
Find your favorite “farm stand” or “farmers market” to shop fresh fruit
and vegetables. Stay at a B&B or dine out in a cozy restaurant or bistro from Riverhead to Greenport on the North Fork, from Riverhead to Montauk on the South Fork. The LIRR gets you there if you’re not driving, or the Hampton Jitney which has a number of stops in NYC.

For more info on touring Long Island’s “Wine Country” this Fall contact
Long Island’s Convention & Visitors Bureau in Hauppauge/ www.discoverlongisland.com for their Calendar of Events, or the Long Island Wine Council in Riverhead/ www.liwines.com and the North Fork Promotion Council in Southhold/ www.northfork.org.for a detailed map of
Long Island’s “Wine Counry”

Some of the wineries we visited include Bedell Cellars and Borghese Vineyard in Cutchogue and Palmer Vineyards in Aquebogue,LI. They do tours also and have excellent tasting rooms to sample and shop.

Long Island together with the many precincts of New York State
is now the second largest producer of wine production in the U.S. after
California.

So enjoy!

Enjoy!

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Michael Zufolo, Producer/Co-Host of Let's Travel! Radio

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: info@365ticketsUSA.com or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply: www.Hornblower.com

 

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