In conjunction with the Long Island Wine Council and with the help of county Legislator Ed Romaine, the Long Island Rail Road recently started offering North Fork wines on Friday afternoon train trips for customers looking to bring in the weekend with a taste of relaxation.
The "wine train," which started Memorial Day weekend and has gained steam ever since, departs Ronkonkoma at 5:21 p.m. on Fridays, where the wine is first available.
The train rolls into Riverhead at 6:05 p.m., subsequently hitting Mattituck and Southold before arriving in Greenport at 6:45 p.m. A 9:45 p.m. train leaves Greenport Friday nights for those looking to spend a few hours in the area before heading back East.
“This is a great way for the Long Island Wine Council to showcase its wine to travelers who may not be familiar with them,” said Romaine, R-Center Moriches. “Hopefully after they sample some fine wine, visitors to the North Fork will take a trip to our wineries or purchase Long Island wine in a local restaurant or shop.”
Patch took a recent trip to see what customers thought of the new promotion.