Let’s face it – we’re a child-centered society. Long gone are the days when kids were merely props or accessories that had to stay still and be quiet. Nowadays we’re taking our kids everywhere; to upscale restaurants, to the opera and even to wine-tasting at vineyards. And why not? Family-friendly vineyards like Macari in the North Fork of Eastern Long Island make it easy for parents to bring their kids along.
We recently went to a wine tasting at Macari Vineyards and right from the start we knew we would feel comfortable having our kids there. We began with a tasting of white wines. We had the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Colina Chardonnay, 2005 Estate Chardonnay and ended with 2010 Early Wine. After a quick debate, we decided to purchase the Early Wine and the Sauvignon Blanc. As we were planning on having the Sauvignon at the premises, we opted for a chilled bottle, which arrived open and with two glasses (which we, of course, returned later). We also purchased a bottle stopper knowing that, sadly, we would not be able to finish the entire bottle.
We then headed outside towards an area with picnic tables – most of which are covered by patio umbrellas – and sat at one of the tables. We had a lovely picnic with cheese, crackers and grapes (so the kids could reap the benefits of resveratrol as well) and enjoyed our Sauvignon Blanc peacefully. After a leisurely picnic we relaxed in the sun and watched our children run around the rows of green, luscious vines. Although we had more activities planned for later in the day (most of which were errands) we savored the moment as we sipped our wine and realized peace and tranquility can be achieved, even with kids in tow.
150 Bergen Avenue
Mattituck, NY 11952