The Good Fork
On a narrow strip of land at the tip of New York's Long Island, tiny wineries are working hard to rival their famous peers around the globe—and stay mellow in the process.
Shinn Estate Vineyards
2000 Oregon Rd., Mattituck, shinnestatevineyards.com, $8.50 for tour and tasting
1450 South Harbor Rd., Southold, croteaux.com, tasting $5 for three wines and sangria
37645 Rte. 25, Peconic, pindar.net, tasting $4 for five wines
Wickham's Fruit Farm
28700 Rte. 25, Cutchogue, wickhamsfruitfarm.com, jam $6
Catapano Dairy Farm
33705 Rte. 48, Peconic, catapanodairyfarm.com, goat cheese $8 for 4.5 ounces
PSST! THEY CALL IT "NOFO"
And a couple other insider tips... There's nothing stuffy about tasting wine on the North Fork. Most people would rather sip and talk than spit their wine out in a bucket and make notes about it. The majority of the wineries are small, so if you're in a big group it's best to call ahead. Some have random hours; check online before you show up.