Every year, about this time, I lead a group of motorcycle-buddies on a tour of local wineries out on the east end of Long Island. It's beautiful rural country out there, with large farms and over a dozen wineries.
I ride my motorcycle year-round but most bikers put their machines away for winter. "Ralph's Champagne Tour" has two purposes: first, to lure my friends into a day of riding (which is usually their last of the year) and, second, to buy a bevy of bottles of delicious local wine, port and Champagne.
As a "locavore," I appreciate local foods. The wines available at these vineyards are exceptional in quality and not available elsewhere. With the exception of the largest vineyard (Pindar), these wines aren't distributed through stores so you have to go directly to the winery to get them.
In addition to the care the winemakers put into crafting their products, they also experiment in delightful ways. There is a blueberry port that knocks your socks off with its intense fruity flavor and pleasing aroma. This year, I got some boysenberry fruit wine to give as gifts and expect it to be a big hit among recipients.
Finally, it's nice to have company on the road. Most of my riding is by myself and I enjoy the comraderie of like-minded souls with whom I can share laughs and motorcycle-talk. That, and terrific weather, made for a super day.
I'm using a borrowed computer (a Mac) which I don't know how to operate, so the pictures below aren't cropped or edited the way I normally like. I'm happy simply to be able to post them.
What did you do this weekend?