Jamesport Vineyards


The other weekend we ventured out east to Long Island’s renowned North Fork for an afternoon of wine tasting at Jamesport Vineyards.  The first time we visited, we happened to stumble upon it when we were in the area for some pumpkin picking.  We followed the parade of cars, the sound of live music and the smell of brick oven pizza out back to a large grassy area complete with an outdoor tent, tables and chairs, and an extensive stone bar.  The kids loved the music and of course we enjoyed the wine so we promised ourselves we would make it a point to return this fall before the weather got too chilly.  A couple of Saturdays ago, after a morning spent at the baseball field, we piled into the car and headed out to Jamesport with the hope that we could relive that perfect fall day all over again.  But let’s be real…does that ever really happen?  Noooo.  We arrived just as the band left (bummer) but we did remember to pack badminton rackets (although it was too windy to play) so instead, the boys tossed around a football while the hubs and I sampled some Sauvignon Blanc.  We didn’t last as long as the first time but the kids found their fun with each other and with the little boy sitting at the adjacent picnic table.  And of course we rewarded them with McDonald’s on the drive home (the car smelled sooo good).  If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend this family friendly vineyard.  The grounds are beautiful, there is live music on the weekends, a tasty menu and it’s a short drive to Greenport.  You can even make a day of it by visiting Patty’s Berries and Bunches and then heading across the street for a glass of wine, a light bite and perhaps a game of badminton.