We have a friend who happens to be, along with his band partner, an excellent musician, performing as the Earthtones on the North fork/East end of Long Island.
Armed with this information, we decided to visit one of the local vineyards on a Sunday afternoon, just to see what the Earthtones experience was about.
Weekends offer several "live music" signs in front of the numerous vineyards; we have a musical preference, and had been told that theEarthtones might fit the bill. For those seeking out an afternoon sipping wine and listening to live music, you won't be disappointed.
We aren't wine "tasters"- our interests might be cultivated in that direction at some point, but frankly, the notion of being very unclear as to what we were tasting (in the presence of experts) remains been a bit intimidating.
No worries- wine tasting (other than enjoying a fabulous glass offered by Raphaels) wasn't on the menu!
Listening to classics from Bob Dylan or John Prine was a perfect complement to a great glass of wine- no comments on the texture of the vino solicited!
A few suggestions for those that haven't yet enjoyed the vineyard experience:
Our friends Glenn and Rick are fantastic- we like classic rock, and their offerings were just perfect. The Earthtones offer really, really good listening. The local offerings vary; check ahead to see if the music being offered is in your area of preference.
One doesn't have to be ANY kind of wine expert to enjoy the ambiance of the local vineyards- Raphaels has an interior full of tables, with a bar in the center- no reason to feel intimidated for simply purchasing a glass of wine with which to enjoy the music!
Some of the vineyards are venues in which it's a "bring your snacks" environment. We entered the area to see a long table, with a group of people enjoying the fabulous music, the local wine, and a huge array of snacks that were brought by them. Call ahead to check their weekend schedule of events.
There was an outside area, along with several tables inside.
I don't know about you, but the vineyards this year may usurp a few days out on the boat. While we love sailing, and bringing a picnic, this experience will remain a "keeper"- full enjoyment of local flavor, absent the time consuming task of getting the boat ready (and, sans our bulldog and min-pin, who force a real sense of guilt on our part if we don't bring them along). Sorry- no dogs allowed at the vineyards!
Live music from the Earthtones, and a great glass of wine in a relaxed, fun environment were exactly what we'd hoped for.
Thanks, Glenn and Rick of the Earthtones, and Raphaels - we loved the music, the wine was wonderful, and we now have a weekend plan for guests that will most certainly include vineyard visiting.
For those interested in a fabulous afternoon, the schedule for the Earthtones can be found below.
Looks like we'll be doing some more wine tasting!
Look for the Earthtones at the following times/locations in June and July:
Sunwaters Restaurant, Dune Road, Westhampton Beach June 20th, 7-10
Route 48 Vineyards, Cutchogue June 28, 2-6
Laurel Lakes Vineyards, Laurel, July 4, 1-5
Clovis Point Vineyards, July 5, 2-5
Laurel Lakes Vineyards, July 18, 1-5
Bedells Vineyards, Cutchogue July 19, 1-5
Will post August as the summer unwinds. Great music from Glenn and Rick of the Earthtones, and a wonderful atmosphere provided by a Raphaels- thank goodness summer is here!
To view Glenn Jochums website go to www.glennjochum.com- lots of "stuff" for music aficionados.