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whelan's Wine Journal Entries

Roanoke Vineyards (written Jul 18, 2011)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon

Nothing bad about this place. From the moment we walked in we were promptly greeted and given a great flight of the wines here. Careful explanation of the process used there and the winemaker's attention to detail. This is all evident in the wine as we tasted our way through some exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. One thing I noticed is that Cabernet Franc along Rte 48 is completely different than that on 25. I'm still trying to deciphe that mystery as the ones on 25 seem a lot more earthy in flavor. We will be returning to this vineyard soon.

Castello di Borghese Vineyard and Winery (written Jul 18, 2011)
Wine: 1 stars Winery: 1 stars Ambiance: 1 stars

Favorite Wine: NONE

If your looking for rude, unattentive, and snobby hosts. Make this a stop. The only good thing we got from this vineyard was a picture next to the Pinot Noir truck. The flights were reasonably priced but we were given their finest clear plastic cups to taste in with just a tiny splash of wine that barely gave you any indication of what you were tasting. The bad taste in our mouths was not just left by the wine. A Long Island Wine Ambassador (how do I get this job) was there and was promptly treated with a nice glass, and free samples while we were shunned off as tourists. After the foul taste in our mouths from bland wines with little body we inquired about the purchase of logo glassware and were promptly given a "we don't sell those" which was followed by a woman who looked down at us and said "Oh, those are like $10 each". After being spoken down to we left with no purchases, maybe looking young has it's disadvantages in some places. Unfortunately for them we spent loads of our money elsewhere on better wine, so the sour taste was quickly abolished. Good luck to you Castello di Snobese Vineyard, may your attitudes chirp up and not reflect the rusty old truck parked out front.

Old Field Vineyards, The (written Jul 18, 2011)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Merlot

First stop off the Orient Point Ferry and your welcomed by a nice farm setting, complete with the morning roosters, hens, chickens, ducks, geese, an adorable 10 year old dog, and great wine. Great first stop and really gave us a good introduction to the LI wines and what we could expect.

McCall Wines (written Jul 18, 2011)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Ben's Blend

Nestled in a converted horse barn that faces the fields away from the road you sit either at tables or in the stalls while the gracious hosts pour your selections. Fantastic atmosphere, quiet, and quality wines from people who spend time to explain them to you instead of reading from a sheet of paper. Give the Ben's Blend a try!

Duck Walk Vineyards (written Jul 18, 2011)
Wine: 2 stars Winery: 1 stars Ambiance: 1 stars

Duck Walk, Pindar, Jason's; they are all in the same family and I can tell why. The wines are less than desirable and all save for Jason's have the appeal that the limo and bus tours desire for their droves of tourists and non-wine aficionados to come and stop in, pound down the vino and move on. I cannot stress enough, if your looking for a wine-cation, drive yourself (with a DD) over on the ferry and search out the vineyards on your own. Otherwise you won't get the full experience of what LI wines have to offer.

One Woman Wines & Vineyards (written Jul 18, 2011)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Sauvignon Blanc

If you didn't notice the sign you would drive right by without a second look. The tasting room is literally a small shack with the vineyard behind and a small porch to sit on the side. The "one woman's" daughter was there to pour us our tasting and what great wines they have. Nothing fancy or overdone about the decor or layout, you can tell they only care about the wine. As stated, there literally is One Woman who does all the work on the 60 acres, with the help of one person I might add. The daughter explained that her mother goes out each day to cut specific grapes, or leaves to maintain a specific environment for the vines and it shows. One of their bottles sells for $140 at a well known NYC restaurant. Worth the stop, would go again!

Pindar Vineyards (written Jul 18, 2011)
Wine: 2 stars Winery: 1 stars Ambiance: 1 stars

Favorite Wine: Sauvignon Blanc

I'm not sure what winery the others are used too. But if you like to choose your wine by standing in the vino section of a grocery store then make this stop. The tasting bar was mobbed with over 200 people clammering for a spot so they could get their "taste on" and see who hits inebriation the fastest. I should have known by the number of limos and coach buses outside what we were walking into. Being our first trip to LI for a wine tour we quickly learned to stay away from big places with buses outside. Very touristy and not for the true wine aficionado. We bought one bottle, not sure why.

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