Tuesday, October 25, 2011

dog-friendly wineries on the north fork

you may or may not know that we live in long island, which is home to quite a few great wineries and vineyards out on the north fork. if you'd like to check it out further, the official L.I. wine country site is here, but since i'm feeling extra helpful today (and also because i love maps), here's a reference shot for you from that site:


photo from Long Island Wine Country's official site

i've been out the wineries twice before this trip with desmond, and both times were a blast. i knew the trip with him would be different and came with its own...challenges...but i felt confident we could make it work. joey valiantly offered to be the designated driver and dog handler (this was part of my birthday gift from back in august, but we couldn't make the trip until october), and i'm still not entirely sure what he was thinking, but i'm glad he made that choice. :-)

as you can see, there are quite a few places to go, but not all of them were going to be dog friendly. i basically just picked a few places that i had never been to and started sending emails to ask about desmond. we wound up hitting three spots:
there are definitely more than three dog-friendly wineries, but there are only so many hours in the day.

between us and our friends (desmond's aunt jane and uncle tim), we got some pretty good photos.

meat, cheese, and red wine at peconic bay

desmond is sitting in the background with joey, i swear (both peconic bay photos courtesy of t. schatz)

the sparkling white at peconic bay was pretty good, but i decided not to buy it in case i came upon something better. i regret that decision, but at least i did buy a yummy cabernet sauvignon reserve while i was there.

at jamesport, desmond met a cute frenchie who belonged to one of the staff members. after some on-leash play that almost brought me to the ground, we all went over to an empty part of the field near the grape vines and let the dogs run around off-leash. i don't have pix of that part, but trust me when i say that desmond was thrilled.

love!

"ooh, mom, can we go say hi? can we, can we, pleeeeaaaase????"

a nice c-shaped greeting

desmond has this crazy ├╝ber excited run he does all the time at the dog park and decided to bust out here, too. it's part true-greyhound run, part wonky-legged run.

a quick shake break

i assume the frenchie was making fun of desmond's sweater here
enjoying some wine, beer, and conversation. they had a seasonal beer (a pumpkin, i think), and it was delicious.

as you can see from these last two pictures, i am part sicilian. there's another couple of shots like this, and they also include my flailing hand gestures. what can i say?

jamesport has a raw bar every weekend

time for a rest. or maybe a contemplation of all of life's injustices. could go either way with him.
desmond, i think you look sharp no matter what that frenchie says! (all jamesport shots courtesy of j. romanyenkov)

what was great about jamesport was that desmond was allowed in the tasting room. the room was basically a hallway/bar that you entered from the parking lot and had to walk through to get to the outside tables, outside bar, and band. at first, we assumed we had to walk desmond through right away and get him to the tables, but they let him hang with us at the bar instead. a few of the staff even came out to say hi to him and asked all about him. it was a very pleasant experience. plus, we brought home four bottles of wine from this winery and an artsy black & white photograph of a grapevine, so i vote jamesport a raving success.

then it was off to baiting hollow farm vineyard, where we planned to spend the rest of the afternoon and evening.

cheese plate, spinach & artichoke dip, a sandwich, and--of course--some hot dogs. because who doesn't eat hot dogs with their wine?

baiting hollow is also a horse rescue

here are some more pictures of desmond looking thrilled to death, after changing into something warmer

he really has it so rough

a family photo

rocking my sunglasses

making tim's hat look extra classy
 
i think he knows he looks good (baiting hollow pictures are from all three of our cameras)

baiting hollow had a good setup, i think, but it was very crowded. it was their anniversary weekend, so we were forewarned. desmond did really well there, considering it was after 3pm and we'd started our long day at 8:30am. plus, there were a few other dogs, and desmond didn't flip his lid and try to be best friends forever with each of them. i'm sure joey's to thank for that. the wine there was good, but not the best we'd had of the day. we didn't bring any home. oh well.

the whole trip was a great time and i'm very lucky that joey agreed to put up with all of us winos in honor of my 30th birthday. he's super.

p.s. my post before this one was my 100th, but i wasn't paying any attention. so, belated woo!
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