Thursday, August 13, 2015

Eating Our Way Through The North Fork - Kontokosta Winery

No trip to the North Fork would be complete without a stop at a winery. The North Fork of Long Island is home to 38 wineries and 3,000 acres of planted vineyards. I'm not entirely sure people outside of the NYC area would recognize any of these labels, but we're not big label-whores anyway.

Actually, my family members aren't really wine drinkers at all, so we didn't feel compelled to pick the "top wineries" in the East End. Instead, we opted for the vineyards with a beautiful setting and a pleasant visitor experience. Kontokosta was a great choice.

The Greenport winery is just off Main Road along the northern side. It's the easternmost winery on the fork and has a massive open backyard that overlooks the Long Island Sound waterfront. We arrived shortly after 2PM and entered the main house through the western side.

As soon as you walk in, you are welcomed into a massive open space. The far end of the room is the tasting area bar with a long table in the center of the room to gather with friends.

The long sides of the room are floor to ceiling windows that overlook the vineyards on the southern side and the patio/great lawn on the northern side.

While the indoor bar was crowded, my family opted to head outside to the outdoor bar (a makeshift tent with coolers) down towards the cliffs overlooking the Long Island Sound. As you can see from the photo below, the grounds were massive and open. Perfect for a little 4 year old girl who wanted to burn off some toddler energy.

Towards the far end, we were able to find a shaded picnic table and purchase a chilled bottle of rosé ($20) to enjoy in the warm August afternoon. My father dozed off for a quick mid-afternoon nap while I did everything I could to prevent him from doing so.


I also had a chance to show off my toddler photography skills. See some shows below.

What else can I say? It was just a perfect summer day with my family.

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