DRINK IT IN

Long Is­land, New York, is a wine-lov­ing boater’s par­adise.

Yachting - - CURRENTS - By Kim Kavin

Only 60 miles from New York City lies Port Jef­fer­son, which wel­comes boaters to Long Is­land’s North Shore all sum­mer. And within easy driv­ing dis­tance of Port Jef­fer­son are rows and rows of grapes be­ing cul­ti­vated and bot­tled by some 50 North Fork winer­ies and vine­yards to max­i­mize wine-tast­ing plea­sure. ¶ What Napa and Sonoma are to Cal­i­for­nia, Long Is­land’s North Fork is to New York: a scenic get­away in­fused with the sweet scents of caber­net sauvi­gnon, chardon­nay, ries­ling and more. For boaters who ar­rive at Port Jef­fer­son — Dan­fords Ho­tel, Ma­rina & Spa takes tran­sients up to 250 feet length over­all — tast­ings can be­gin right in town, in­clud­ing with tast­ing menus at lo­cal res­tau­rants. Another op­tion is book­ing a lo­cal car ser­vice that spe­cial­izes in tour­ing area vine­yards. Start early, drive east and then make your way back to the boat one win­ery at a time, fin­ish­ing, per­haps, with short ribs or twin lob­ster tails at Wave Seafood & Steak, within walk­ing dis­tance of the tran­sient slips at Dan­fords. ¶ Long Is­land’s sparkling wines have earned a strong rep­u­ta­tion, with Pugliese, Macari and other vine­yards hav­ing won notable awards. There also are some in­ter­est­ing cre­ations to try, such as Duck Walk’s Vi­dal Ice Wine (made from grapes frozen on the vine) and Blue­berry Port, made from fruit shipped in from Maine. ¶ And speak­ing of the farm-to-ta­ble lifestyle, Sang Lee Farms is in Pe­conic, near some North Fork wine-tast­ing routes. Boaters who pre­fer to bring home bot­tles and cook their own feast in the gal­ley can do or­ganic pro­vi­sion­ing at Sang Lee, where the farm stand is open seven days a week dur­ing the sum­mer months. ¶ Just re­mem­ber to buy some bread too, to soak up the vino along with Long Is­land’s North Fork magic.

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