Wine is in the Macari’s blood. The Macari vineyard, now run by two generations, unofficially started when the grandfather (third generation) was peddling alcohol during Prohibition in Queens. Now, the family owns 500 acres full of homegrown grapes and some major kudos behind it (Wine & Spirits award, Texsom International Wine Awards). As one of the more wine-serious joints, it is reservation-only and doesn’t accept parties larger than 12 (if you want to come for your birthday/bachelorette, you’ll be relegated to their downstairs cellar room). The tasting room overlooks the looong stretch of vineyards, and if you decide to walk amongst them, you’ll spot a composting piles for the soil and plenty of livestock. Not to mention, and trip to the end gives you a breathtaking view of the Long Island sound. 150 Bergen Ave, Mattituck (631-298-0100, macariwines.com)
Jerry Seinfeld recently made the joke, “If you go out [of NYC], you’re gonna be on the Island. Long Island is not one of those places. You can’t get in it. There’s nothing to get in. You just stay on it.” While this “dead zone” rep of Long Island (suburbs, suburbs and Hamptons) is semi-warranted, the North Fork is a pleasant gastronomic surprise. Parallel to its more famous cousin, the Hamptons in South Fork, the Easternmost region makes for an ideal weekend getaway from NYC with stretches of farmland for pumpkin picking, restaurants helmed by NYC chefs and nearly 3,000 acres of vineyards sourcing the best Long Island wineries. Here are some of our favorite places to sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine.
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