Six months away from the Hamptons is six months too long and I’ve always wanted to go out east in the winter, so we rented a – come to find out, very small – car and hit the road.
Our destination was good ‘ole Gurney’s (if you’ve read this blog for a bit, you know I’m a big fan – if not, catch up here and here). HUGE roadblock… there’s a vineyard situated conveniently between the city and Montauk, so we clearly had no choice but to make a pit stop on our journey to the beach. Twist my arm.
Vineyards and me go together like almond butter and jelly. They’re prime time for good wine, good cheese, good people, and great snaps. But, before hitting the wine tasting, we hit another Hamptons favorite, Nick and Toni’s. Everythingggg on their brunch menu rocks, but special shout out to the Bloody Mary’s and breakfast pizza… don’t ever change.
Upon leaving the restaurant, we realized that it wasn’t just flurrying outside… it was SNOWING for the first time this winter. I have to ask you to pause here and remember that I grew up in the south, therefore, snow is still a novelty to me only granted by magic and spring skiing. Some of us kept our cool and looked picture perfect…
… others did not. I won’t name names.
Wolffer Estate is an East Hampton staple known for its wine, ponies, and swanky summer soirees. It was on my Hamptons bucket list last summer, but we never quite got around to it.
So, for a second, imagine yourself in my shoes… during the first snow of the year (!!!) … in the Hamptons… on a vineyard… drinking wine. I was home.
We started our first round of the tasting, and then the second, and then the third…
And then the only thing that could have possibly stopped us from the fourth round happened.
At dusk, Christmas lights turned on and glowed over the entire vineyard. Again… Colby… Snow.. Hamptons.. Vineyard.. Christmas lights. I was in a very good place/on the brink of tears.
We frolicked until our toes went numb, then returned to the cozy tasting room to finish up.
PS, I have exactly one friend who does not drink alcohol, so if that’s your jam, they do have virgin wine available called Verjus (pronounced Veeehhhhhrrrrrr-jew, in the heavy foreign accent of your choice). It is non-fermented and therefor kid and adult-who’s-had-too-much-to-drink friendly. It’s quite refreshing.
We emerged from the tasting room to find the ground COVERED in snow and walked/sashayed/slid to our chariot. Then our resident DD drove us to Gurney’s to check into our home for the weekend. Stay tuned for Part II.
You can visit Wolffer at 139 Sagg Road. If you’re coming from the city, you’ll need a car unless you want to take the train out to East Hampton. It’s an easy cab from anywhere in the Hamptons. The tasting room is wonderful, surprisingly reasonably priced, and has the most fantastic and accommodating staff around. It is truly a do-not-miss if you’re in the area.