Long Island Wine Country: Planning Your Trip

By Bob Johnson

Part 5 of a 5-Part Series

If this series has motivated you to plan a trip to Long Island wine country, you’ll be happy to learn that numerous resources are available.

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But before going any further, let me tell you about an annual event that has just about reached its conclusion for 2013: It’s called Jazz on the Vine, and it’s part of the Long Island Winterfest. It provides a great excuse to brave the winter weather and visit “wine country” during a season you might otherwise not consider.

Over a six-weekend span, wineries and other venues on Long Island play host to live performances, providing a cool backdrop for your wine-tasting adventure. When the temperature is brisk outside, nothing beats sitting inside with a glass of wine and some smooth sounds.

Unfortunately, unless you’re at least semi-local, it’s probably too late for you to take part in the 6th annual Jazz on the Vine. The final performances of 2013 are set for March 24.

But if you do live nearby (remember, Manhattan is only two hours away)… or if you’d like to get an idea of what to expect for a trip next winter… all the information you need is here.

For general trip planning — including information on all the wineries, dining destinations, lodging, other attractions and special events — the Long Island Wine Council’s website is the place to go.

And if you’d like to explore the wine regions of New York beyond Long Island, the Uncork New York! website is packed with helpful information.

In order to get the most out of wine and all its wonders, sometimes we need to get out of our comfort zone. Yes, great wines are made in Europe and America’s West Coast states, but they do not have the market cornered in that regard.

The Long Island wine region demonstrates that, and serves up a number of pleasant surprises. If you have the opportunity, give the wines of Macari Vineyards, Roanoke Vineyards and Sparkling Pointe a try. You just may discover a new favorite.

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