2011 Alumni and Friends Winery Tour
November 12, 2011
It was a perfect fall day to set out for Long Island’s North Fork andEast Endwith a fun group of Alumni and Friends and enjoy our eclectic itinerary.
As we assembled and boarded our coach bus and readied to depart the Farmingdale campus, we were excited to be together, evidenced in the sounds of laughter.
After passing around some treats, our first stop was Macari Vineyards, where we tasted various highlighted wines representing their current crop of grapes. There were samples of red, white and rose wines, even sparkling wines. Very tasty. I personally purchased a Chardonnay selection. We learned about the history of the vineyard and relaxed on their spacious deck overlooking part of the vineyard.
We were then on our way to lunch at the Lobster Roll North, owned by an alum who specially made a dessert for us and addressed the crowd personally about his memories of Farmingdale, when we actually had the Culinary Arts curriculum in the 1960’s. Everything on the special menu prepared for the group was delicious and everyone enjoyed the experience. Adjacent to the restaurant is a shopping plaza, consisting of unique stained glass, candies, antiques and more that everyone had the opportunity to peruse and shop.
A visit to theNorth Forkwould not be complete without a stop at a farm stand. Known for local produce as well as homemade pies and other baked goods, Briermere Farms is a must-visit if you are in Riverhead. The entire bus emptied onto the property, which already had a line out of the door to purchase the pies! Their turnips were so large and fresh, I could not resist and ended up with almost 9 pounds of them! Enough to keep me happy for a long time!
Soon, we were on our way to Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, where they are almost as well known for their Horse Rescue Farm as much as for their delicious array of wines. We had reservations for a 4:30pm tour of the Horse facility, so we entered the wine tasting house, bustling with activity and live music. Here, you purchase the number of tastings you desire to try, so you can have as little or as much as you want. I enjoyed their Merlot, and the Chardonnay seemed to be a hit with our crowd. There is So much to see here, it was a great choice for this year’s tour.
As darkness descended upon us, we re-grouped and boarded the bus for the ride back to Farmingdale. True to our schedule, we got back to the campus at approximately 6:15pm, tired from our busy day, but happy for the “grape escape” it provided for all of us!
My thanks to everyone who joined us and let’s see what trip we can come up with for next year!
- Eileen Hasson, Director of Alumni Relations