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Wine Country: 'Amalgam of Metropolitan Influences, Agricultural Traditions'

Wine Enthusiast discovers the East End as a unique 2013 travel destination.

Long Island Wine Country can rack up another favorable review as a destination from a respected wine publication.

This week, Wine Enthusiast magazine lauded the North and South forks, with their beaches, fishing, rolling farmland and preservation as “wine country unlike any region in America … just a two-hour drive from Manhattan, it’s a unique amalgam of metropolitan influences against a core of hearty, agricultural tradition.”

Restaurants with farm-to-table philosophies such as North Fork Table in Southold and Noah’s in Greenport are also praised as are B&Bs like Jedediah Hawkins in Jamesport.

“The South Fork is home to only three wineries, but with outstanding producers like Wölffer Estate Vineyard and Channing Daughters, it’s well worth a day trip,” writes reviewer Anna Lee C. Iijima.

Read the full story on Wine Enthusiast here.

joe insider January 08, 2013 at 10:54 PM
The "farm to table" philosophies" has been around for YEARS. The local eateries of the North fork have been buying and serving local produce long before any of these relatively new establishments. The fundamental difference now is that the fact that local products are served is heavily marketed. I am not faulting them. In fact I say good for them but, let us not think that they somehow invented something new here.
Richard Olsen-Harbich January 09, 2013 at 03:24 AM
The North Fork can indeed claim to be out in front of the local food movement. Our own John Ross was years ahead of his time with his Southold Restaurant. He's a true locovore pioneer and was doing this way before most everyone else back in the 70's. Matt Carr is another huge early supporter of local agriculture. Many others as well. It's a beautiful thing. We live in a very special place.
Richard Olsen-Harbich January 09, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Thank you to Anna Lee and the Wine Enthusiast for including us in this piece. It's great to have the recognition!
George Barry January 09, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Couldn't agree more, with Richard (above), we live in a truly unique place. This is why I enjoy playing music at wineries so much...it's a truly natural fusion of old traditions and new. -George Barry (solo acoustic guitarist and also with Holiday Road

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