Christine and I went out for a day trip on Sunday to the north fork of Long Island. We started out by meeting some friends from grad school in Queens for lunch. Strand Smokehouse in Astoria has an excellent BBQ brunch, with free coffee and a great pastrami platter.
After lunch we headed out to Bedell winery. This place was excellent. We are in their club so we get free tastings, but their wines are great and we are considering upgrading our membership. We cleaned them out of their FirstCrush white.
Our other favorites are Paumanauk and Palmer, but after Bedell we went on to Sparkling Pointe, a new one for us. It has a carnival in Rio theme and serves amazing sparkling wine. Christine bought a $75 bottle for our anniversary that is coming up.
Next we went to the new Roanoke Vineyards tasting room on Love Lane, next to the cheese shop. This place does tastings for another winery as well. We really liked the wild yeast fermented Chardonnay.
We finished off the day by walking a couple blocks to some Italian place before heading home. It was called A Mano. The food there was okay; Christine had an amazing prosciutto wrapped baked persimmon as an appetizer. I always plan on getting dinner in Flushing on the way back or at North Fork Table, but we always somewhere else when we go out there. All in all, another great day trip.