This weekend The Epicurean Man and I planned a fabulous weekend for Karate Boy, we planned a great trip out to Long Island to a pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins, as well as to visit a vineyard for wine. The Scott family which consisted of Peter Paul, Deneen, Kaya … Justin, Raquel and their adorable son Justin jr., joined us on our pumpkin patch and vineyard adventure. A dear friend of mine Cindy had recommend Paumanok Vineyard to go to, so I went on the Internet and googled a pumpkin patch that was also in the same area. The weather was just beautiful, and un-seasonably warm for fall, we were so excited to head out-door for a few fall activities.
First stop was Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm, located on the east end of long Island in the scenic town of Aquebogue. The farm is a spacious 26 acre field and the pumpkins are picked right off the vine. There are over 18 different varieties of pumpkins for us to pick from. The town is very picturesque and we all agreed on feeling transported from New York. Driving up to Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm, Karate Boy was so excited and so was everyone else in the car, the first thing we noticed and headed to was the corn maze. A 3 acre corn maze, what an exciting adventure, none of us had ever been in a corn maze before so we were so thrilled. The gang headed in and yes, we got lost. Karate Boy was a bit nervous, making sure we all stayed together, he did not want to loose his mum and dad of course. There were other activities like the bouncy castle, barn of hay and yessssss…. Picking Pumpkins.
After spending a few hours having insane fun picking pumpkins at Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm we were all off to settle down and enjoy some fantastic wine at Paumanok Vineyards. I planned the day to include all of us as a family. Cindy suggested this vineyard since it was family friendly and casual yet beautiful and sexy if you were to also go as a couple. We have been planning for over a year now with the Scott family to go to a vineyard. I was determined to get this trip done before the weather turned cold. The Paumanok Vineyards was everything I expected in a vineyard in the North Fork would look like. The Vineyard mirrored something out of Napa Wine Country, rolling rows of grape vines, sprawling grounds, simply beautiful. Founded in the spring of 1983, the 103 acre estate is entirely owned and managed by Ursula and Charles Massoud and their three sons. Only premium vinifera grapevines are planted, consisting of Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit verdot. ” The winery is a renovated turn-of-the-century barn that houses a fermentation tank room and lab. The spacious tasting room was built on top of the barrel cellar. It is surrounded by an inviting deck overlooking the vineyards.”
The Epicurean Man and Peter Paul headed to the bar to do a tasting on a few wines so they can decide on what bottles to get for us. The rest of us waited on the scenic deck taking in the lovely vineyard that was bathed in such gorgeous light. I took Karate Boy and Kaya down to the vines to take some photographs, after Karate Boy met some boys and and was invited into a soccer game.
The guys came back with their selection a Cabernet Franc, http://paumanok.com/cabfranc07.html it was a perfect choice, we sipped it and talked about all it’s notes,” black cherry and plum with accents of tobacco, herb and smoke.” It was a lovely sipping wine I thought. The Epicurean Man and I cannot wait to come back again to the Paumanok Vineyards, and spend time tasting more wines and learn in detail about the Vineyard and wine making.
It was such a fabulous day in Long island with our friends, it was the ultimate fall adventure, picking pumpkins, eating apple cider donuts, frolicking through a corn maze, ending with a spectacular evening on a beautiful vineyard sipping wine and basking in gorgeous sun-light. The Epicurean Man, Karate Boy and I had a wonderful week-end adventure out in North Fork Wine Country.