I know it’s heartbreaking, but with only two weekends left in the summer calendar before labor day it’s important to get in as much as possible. That said – and this will be the topic of a later post – September, and the fall in general, is arguably the best time to visit the North Fork.
We began this weekend late Friday afternoon at Diliberto Winery with their homemade pizza. They have an old-school tasting room and a really beautiful setting set off the main wine trail. There is seating both inside, under their covered porch, as well as out on their patio. Pizza is made to order and goes nicely with their wines. Just note, signs prohibit anyone under 21.
After finishing our pizza, we went to Palmer Vineyards. It was evening and we noticed that Palmer was open late Friday. They have a fantastic self-guided tour through their entire facility, and when you come during the fall you can actually watch the wine being made. They are very family friendly and serve glasses of wine and Noah’s bites. If you sit outside on the lawn, you can bring your own food, too. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed sitting out, watching the sun set in the vines, listening to their live band play into the evening.
On Saturday we ventured off our Fork to Sag Harbor for the Bay Street Theater’s outdoor reading of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. I know, I know, but it’s Shakespeare. Don’t worry, like the necessity of bringing oxygen into space, we brought a bottle from Sparkling Pointe to help us breathe. Despite the five hundred year difference, the sparkling wine-theater pairing was exquisite.
On Sunday, Sparkling Pointe released their 2011 Topaz Imperial, available for Wine Club Members only (we’ll be talking more about wine clubs, both generally and specifically, in later posts). This event included a glass of this sparkling wine and two of Chef Noah’s lobster sliders. If you’ve never been, Sparkling Pointe is the only winery on the Island that produces only sparkling wine, and they do so in the méthode champenoise. They have a beautiful vineyard and tasting room. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon; in addition to their delicious bubbly, they also offer a selection of meats, cheeses, and crackers for purchase. The staff is always amazingly attentive, making you feel not unlike a celebrity in the very posh surroundings.
Sadly, the weekend must end, and with only two weekends before Labor Day, there really is no excuse not to make the trip out to the North Fork.