It was back to work for two weeks before going out again on vacation which happened to coincide (by choice) with our anniversary. Barb and I visited the North fork area of Long Island, where there are a lot of vineyards and wine making facilities. We stayed at a bed and breakfast place on one of the vineyards – the only one on Long Island located on a vineyard.
It is called Shinn Estate Vineyards and run by Barbara Shinn and husband David Page who were renowned in NYC for several high quality restaurants they operated before giving it up to purchase a former potato farm and create a vineyard. If you have time, here is an 8 minute You Tube video of Barbara Shinn talking about her organic and sustainable farming methods.
We drove down to New London, CT and took the ferry
Here I am waiting with the car to drive it onto the ferry.
It was a one hour 20 minute boat trip, and a 30 minute ride after to get to the B&B. After checking in, we took in the afternoon wine and cheese provided and went for our complimentary wine tasting.
We thought the Brut was excellent, as well as several other varieties. As we went to various other vineyards also for tastings, we bought a few bottles of whatever we liked. Overall we came back with several mixed cases. We also took in the beach one day. Lots of small round smooth rocks.
We had the place to ourselves, which continued to amaze me since it was peak vacation time and we were less than 2 hours away from 6 million people in NYC. We were told that mid-week Tuesday through Thursday is light and the weekends plus Friday and Monday are much more busy. So as it turns out we picked the perfect time and perfect weather for a perfect vacation!