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Monday, February 11, 2019

Anniversary North Fork Wine Weekend

IMG_20190209_150037_297Ugh, Monday again. We did have a really nice weekend so can't complain about that. It was our anniversary yesterday (married for 18 years -- crazy!) IMG_20190209_190833_104so we went away for the weekend. Spent the night at the Hotel Indigo on Long Island which is close to the North Fork wine region of Long Island. The North Fork is such a contrast to the rest of Long Island. Farmland, small villages, farm stands, wineries, etc. Really pretty and cozy. This time of the year it is also pretty quiet. Of course it's fun to go during the warmer weather months where you can sit outside and everything is green and pretty but that also means much larger crowds. Traffic can get crazy and the lines in the tasting rooms and hotel prices just get wacky. So it's nice to go during the off-season sometimes. Especially Sundays seem to be extra quiet. 

We drove out Saturday morning (a little over 2 hours) and did some wine tasting. We started at Clovis Point and then headed to Osprey's Dominion. Osprey's always seems to be a stop we make each time we go out there. After that we headed to lunch at A Mano which was pretty delicious. I had lasagna and Mike got a brunch egg spinach/mushroom/potato hash type dish. After lunch we continued on and stopped at Sannino Vineyard which was really small but very cozy. They are apparently building a new place for it. I imagine that's going to be nice but the current small place also had its charm. After that we went to Bedell which is really polar opposite, very sleek and modern looking. They do have a nice covered porch which can be nice during the warmer months if it happens to be raining. I remember one year we sat outside under the covered porch sipping wine, watching the rain on the grapes/vines. Last stop of the day was Macari where we ended with a bottle of wine and some cheese, serrano ham and crackers. Pretty delicious end to the day. We then checked into our hotel and hung out at the hotel bar for a while longer before eventually calling it a day.

Sunday we slept in a bit and then took advantage of the breakfast buffet included in our room rate. Just wanted to have a quick snack to have something in our stomachs before setting off on more wine adventures. :) We headed over to the South Fork to check out Channing Daughters Vineyard which was a pleasant surprise. We tried a bunch of quite different wines. They also had a bunch of neat wood sculptures/artwork and the grounds seemed nice. Then headed back over to the North Fork and Paumanok. I know we have definitely been there before as well. They have a huge outdoor deck overlooking the vines. Really pretty rustic feel to everything as well. Definitely a place to come back to during the nicer months. Last but not least we stopped at Coffee Pot Cellars. We went there for the first time over New Year's when we were on LI for NYE 17-18. Really enjoyed the place last time (pretty small boutique winery, cute dog called Beasly and a bunch of regulars) Sometimes you don't know if you can replicate an experience but definitely glad we decided to stop back there again. Hung out there for a bit before eventually leaving, stopping at Starbucks and heading back to Connecticut. 

Well, now it's Monday morning and back to reality. This is going to be a very busy week at work. I have a bunch of really tedious reports I need to get through and they need to be done by Wednesday but really Tuesday because I won't be in the office Wednesday and Thursday. Heading to Pittsburgh for a client meeting. So yeah, definitely going to be a busy week. Also supposed to snow tomorrow. Ugh. Can't winter be over already?  

Letter/Mail Update: A letter went out on Friday to: Lotte/Denmark. Received a letter from/owe a reply to: Kimber/Canada, Nina/WA and Tiffany/OK. 

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