Although we headed to the North Fork once or twice during my pregnancy, the reality is that if you’re not tasting the wares, it’s not so fun … especially when everyone around you is swirling and sipping and enjoying. All that was forgotten Thursday when Matt and I (and Nolan) headed to two vineyards and then had a lovely dinner. Going to the North Fork during the week is ideal because you avoid any traffic and the tasting rooms aren’t crowded. One-on-one time with the staff is usually fun and informative and they are often much more generous when it comes time to pay the bill if no one else is around.
I picked up Matt right after work and off we went! During the week, most tasting rooms close on the early side (between 5 and 6) so check with the individual vineyard you are visiting. First, we stopped at Paumanok in Aquebogue. We had never been here but I tasted their Sauvignon Blanc at A Mano and it was so amazing that Matt gifted me four bottles after I had Nolan. I asked for an IV of it while I was in the hospital but surprisingly, the staff would not oblige. It turns out their steel-fermented Chardonnay is delicious as well. Both wines are perfect for summer so bring one to a bbq! Preferably at my house.
After Paumanok, we took the short ride to Sherwood House’s Jamesport location where we sipped some more and had a few good laughs with Ami and the guy who is really nice whose name I never remember. The people who run Sherwood House are seriously the FRIENDLIEST people ever. Go there already!
Me and Nolan snuggling
After Sherwood we had another delicious dinner at A Mano in Mattituck – great food, wine and dessert. Before heading home I had the pleasure of breastfeeding in my car in a parking lot, which I’m getting better at. It’s not too bad, especially if I’m not driving. Kidding!! Don’t call CPS; I don’t nurse and drive.