Wind Down at Long Island Wine Bars

As the calendar flips to October, wineries around the globe celebrate harvest season with grape stomping and tastings. But weekend family obligations and a lack of vacation time (that summer trip to Florida was totally worth it, though!), make escaping to the East End let alone California or Italy difficult this time of year. Take a shorter-but-sweet trip to a local wine bar to toast to a new year of must-sip vines.

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Le Vin, Lake Grove

Working late is better when vino is involved image: facebook.com/levinwinebar

Working late is better when vino is involved. image: facebook.com/levinwinebar

Chef Guy Reuge opened Le Vin just a hop, skip and a short drive away from his popular Stony Brook Village restaurant Mirabelle in mid-March and people have been coming in droves for small plates and global vintages ever since. Pull up a seat at the oak-colored wooden bar and pair menu staple Pata Negra, a cured Spanish ham with rich nutty flavor and a note of sweetness, with a Chardonnay. The oaky flavor stands up to the salt and fat. Go

Madiran, Setauket

image: facebook.com/madiranthewinebar

image: facebook.com/madiranthewinebar

Low lighting, an approachable owner (Jacqueline Malenda) known for making her rounds and a laid-back vibe make Madiran the perfect spot for a post-work drink. The wine menu’s extensive list focuses on terroir-driven classics from “Old World” European wine regions like Italy and France and also incorporates hard-to-find vintages the “New World.” Consider ending the night with pistachio semifreddo, a light dessert that still satisfies the sweet tooth. Go 

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, Garden City

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Wine and small plates are a recipe for sharing and conversation, making Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas the place to catch up with an old friend. Speaking of old friends, welcome red vinos back into your life as the temps dip. The Boedecker 2013 Pinot Noir, a rich, smooth easy-drinking wine, lets winos ease back into darker options. Go 

The Wine Cellar on Main, Northport

Just steps from Northport Harbor, The Wine Cellar on Main serves vino with a view. Toast to the sunset with a leisurely Sparkling Pinot Noir Rose or a sweet Spanish Late Harvest Moscatel. Inside, the rustic, intimate setting is ideal for discovering a new favorite vintage or a local band—The Wine Cellar hosts live music Thursday through Sunday nights. Go   

The Petulant Wino, Aquebogue

Even the bread at The Petulant Wino has a touch of vino—it’s made with yeast from Channing Daughters winery. As for the menu, guests will find vintages from nearby Paumanok, Clovis Point and Jamesport as well as international options. Those who prefer beer can order pints from Long Ireland, Greenport and Blue Point (yes, Hoptical Illusion made the list). Go

Verde Wine Bar & Ristorante, Deer Park

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Verde Wine Bar and Ristorante is known for putting modern twists on Italian classics, using locally sourced ingredients and a wine list that includes options from the Finger Lakes, Long Island, Napa Valley and Oregon. The warm, rustic ambiance invites conversation and lingering with a second bottle. Go 

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

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