Over thirty years ago the Hargraves planted the first of what was soon to rapidly grow into a wine region. Through the next few tumultuous decades the vines matured and starting churning out prodi that was get national recognition. Today the Winery is under new ownership but the planted acerage increased and the product still is climbing the charts of greatness. If there is only time for one winery while whilsting the time by, make this your stop. Even if there was no walls, no people, you had no undergarments on, your teeth were all loosening and your brake line in the car busted, do go in to taste some of the regions finest offerings I have discovered. Its on the northern route of LI Wine Country on Sound Avenue in the town of SouthHold.
What to buy: The Cab-Franc is something to dream about, but lay down the extra greenbacks for the Reserve.
I am not one for the mall/strip mall lifestyle. Its kind of disgusting watching robust humans salivating over a Krispy Kreme doughnut in a food court. Drive up windows kill me too. Get out of your car and walk a little.
So with that in mind I seek to find a shopping experience that tends to match a city atmosfear where ther is a walkable downtown. The only two place I see worth any trip is the East Hampton Main Street and the Town of South Hampton. The stores here sometimes are summer outposts from the city and you can find more than a Tommy Hilfiger sweatshirt that look like a tarpulant wrapped around you.
If you are a mall person, the Roosevelt Feild mall is one of the nations largest, and has many designers from all levels of the spectrum.
Of course there is Wal-Marts and K-Marts littering almost all major towns roadways with their ugly box architecture, and China direct imported goods. So if you need batteries or socks there is somewhere to get them.
Lenz winery first opened its door in '78-'79 in the end of the last century. The century headed by 1900 not 1800, remember we are now in the one with the 2000 in the beginning. Damn, time goes fast. Lenz is popularized by its Old Vine Merlot at 55 dollars a bottle but a much more robust Merlot can be found bottled in the Estate Selection at 22 a bottle. Its the second oldest winery in the region and this comes through in the know how of taste and maturity of their grapes. Deep into LI Wine Country, Lenz sits on the Northside of Rt.25 in the town of Southhold just west of the NorthShore cultural outpost of Greenport.
What to buy: Merlots are the prized possesion of LI Wine Country as the Cabernet Sauvignon's are the west coast goodie.
Every few miles a farmstand will lye ahead of the haze raising off the hot asphalt all at the same time just beyond the wavy sights in you rear view mirror. Their everywhere, welcomed to the highway shoulders with wide open arms. All products come too locally without making large voyages in the back of a 18 wheeler truck. You know what your about to put inside your body since their distribution chain is short lived. Drive Rt.25 into Long Island Wine Country and you will have no questions where the nearest Farm Stand is? I promise, unless you have no eyes and are floating yourself along a scent trail straight to a newly baked Blueberry Crumb Pie.
What to buy: Corn is a LI favorite
Not one shop but 50 or 60. Small shops may have been the past and these outlets are the future (possibly not that good environmentally) but everything is in one place, designer, sports etc etc...
What to buy: If you can think of it, it's there except electricals and photographic.... if you can wear it......