Wine Country – LI New York style!

I went to college in Ithaca (go CU!), so my first experiences with wineries were around the Finger Lakes – wine touring with my KD sorority sisters and my college boyfriend, downing sweet sweet wines by the goblet.

My first date with Alex (this time around), was at a winery in Long Island. He picked me up in his convertible, packed a lunch, and zoomed us way way out east to reconnect and hang out with his friends:

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We now go out east to the Long Island wineries a few times a year – our friends, Tony and Erin, live about an hour away from the area, so we make a day of it! Packing cheese and apps, although the number of wineries allowing outside food has steadily dwindled.

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One of our favorites is Sherwood House – they offer fresh shucked oysters and shrimp cocktail on the weekends, which is pulled from the ocean literally hours before!

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Erin and I took an impromptu class on how to shuck oysters from the oyster guy several months ago when they weren’t quite busy, and we’re huge fans of the Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine here.

They have a lovely tasting bar and seating area inside, as well as a small backyard area.

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We love the front area where there’s plenty of tables! There’s nothing better than sitting outside on a gorgeous summer day, drinking sparkling wine and eating oysters.

P1020592We packed a feast! You will never starve if you hang out with us. 3 different kinds of cheese, 2 different types of olives, 3 different meats, homemade bruschetta, and country bread. P1020594

Plus several dozen oysters.P1020599

Their Blanc de Blanc is so lovely. And this is the last of their Blanc de Blancs – word on the street is that they will no longer be producing it. So once this is gone (which will happen in the next few weeks), it’s gone for good!

P1020605There’s live music on the weekends – these guys were AMAZING!

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And if you want to shop, there’s even an antique shop attached, with several nautical themed items that I usually drool over.

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We stopped at a farm stand on the way back home to pick up fresh produce and an armful of corn.

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Can you believe it’s almost autumn and pumpkins are out??

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As much as we love California wine country, it’s nice to know that we can easily head out to Long Island for something a bit closer to home. Where do you love to go in the summer?

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