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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published May 28th 2011

If you enjoy drinking wine, and like to know everything there is to know about the wines you drink, you will enjoy visiting the various wineries in and around New York City. Some of them are located in the City itself, while others are on Long Island. There are several wineries in and around the area, so you can spend several weekends visiting a different one each time. You may discover a new wine that you previously had no idea existed, and that one may become your new favorite.

City Winery

This winery is more than just a place to tour and sample wines. Visitors are actually encouraged participate in the wine-making process itself. It was the founder's, Michael Dorf, desire to do just this that led him to start planning and eventually bring City Winery into fruition.

You'll enjoy getting together with others who share your love of wine and wine-making over a meal prepared from the freshest ingredients and a bottle of wine that in a sense you are "personally acquainted" with. Throw in live entertainment by well-known artists and you have the makings of a perfect wine outing.

Pugliese Vineyards

Take a trip out to the North Fork of Long Island and visit Pugliese Vineyards. This family-owned and operated vineyard has been in business since 1980, and specializes in several different kinds of wine, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and others. They also offer some amazing champagne wines as well as port wine varieties.

Live entertainment is often presented at Pugliese Vineyards on certain Saturday afternoons. Visit the website to find out which wines are available for sampling and which Saturdays you can enjoy live music from artists such as the Home Fries band.

Laurel Lake Vineyards

On your next visit to the North Fork of Long Island, stop in at Laurel Lake Vineyards. When you see the natural surroundings of this area, you may wonder if you've completely left the State of New York, but don't worry. You're still not that far from "The City that Never Sleeps."

Before you go, check to see if the day you are planning on visiting is one of those in which wine tours are offered. If it is, you can tour the winery, then go to the tasting room for a sample of some of the best wines in New York. Enjoy them at the bar or on the two-story deck that afford you a spectacular view of the vineyards. Depending on the day of your visit, you may also get to enjoy live entertainment. A little advance planning will ensure that you get to do everything you want—tour the wine, enjoy the music, and just bask in the beautiful rural setting of Laurel Lakes Vineyards..

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard

It took Sam Rubin a few years to find the perfect site for his farm, but he finally did so, on the North Fork of Long Island. For years, he operated a successful farm, growing different crops and plants, but decided to try his hand at growing wine grapes when he noticed that becoming a common practice in and around Suffolk County.

The results of Sam's decision, coupled with the sound business ones made by his son Richard, led to birth of Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard. Today, this vineyard is one of the most well-known ones in Suffolk County. Sam is aging as well as his fine wines are, and still works in the vineyards. On the day of your tour, you're likely to see him among the grapevines or personally checking out the wine-making process. If you do, let him know how much you appreciate his courage in deciding to become a vintner.
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Why? Because drinking wine is fun
When: Whenever you want
Where: All over New York City
Cost: Depends on the winery
Long Island is fun and the wine is great!
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