Our daughter is visiting from Brooklyn for the week and we spent the afternoon visiting the new Kotokosta Winery, Main at The square, First and south, Blue canoe before dinner at Comtesse Therese - amazing day!
Kntokosta is Greenport's first winery and it is nothing short of spectacular - the wines are good, too! The tasting room is an incredible space, soaring ceilings, walls of windows, clean, spare, industrial-chic at its very best. The building is sided with reclaimed wood and the tasting room is powered by a huge wind turbine. It's a short walk (.13 mi.) from the back doors to the bluff overlooking the Sound, which is reached by a wide, mowed trail that leads to picnic tables under trees. One couple brought their own chairs to sit right on the edge of the bluff; Stephanie gladly supplied them with an iced holder for the bottle of white they purchased. There is a steep, winding path to the nice beach below but it is doable if you are up to it; fishermen were on the rocks below. After our tasting we bought glasses of our individual choices to sip at one of the tables to fully enjoy the view and experience the incredible surroundings while a huge red-tailed hawk soared overhead. I hesitate to give such a glowing review for fear of them being over-run but there were plenty of people there on a Thursday afternoon so I think it's safe to say the secret is already out. Their wines can only be purchased there; I wanted to buy every one they offered but settled on an excellent Savignon Blanc; a Cab Sav which is by far the best we have ever tasted out here (NoFo is not really known for its Cab Savs for good reason); a lovely Chardonnay and the Blum Merlot (so named in honor of the winemaker from the former Ackerly Pond Winery who recently passed way; it is made from grapes from Ackerly Pond). They also offer their own Merlot featuring grapes grown on site. I will be going back ASAP for their Cab Franc, the first one I ever liked after tasting many out here, and their Viogner, also the best I have ever tasted. They have cheese and something else (I forget) but they do not allow outside food in so be fore-warned. We can't wait to go back. BTW, the owner/operators also own the Harborfront Inn, across from Noah's.
Then we heade to Main for a drink and oysters. We ordered a dozen, mixed, West coast only (I know, blame the daughter who married a West Coast guy), and an incredible crab cocktail. The couple next to us ordered a dozen local, also mixed, and before we finished, Bruce, who was manning the oyster bar, brought over 3 locals for us to taste and 3 West Coast for the other couple - nice gesture and typical of the very friendly staff. If the freshness of the oysters and crab are any indication of the food they serve then dinner should be delicious and we plan to go back soon. It really is a small space inside so reservations are suggested, they were doing a brisk business when we were there.
We walked over to First and South, another favorite of ours, to sit outside and enjoy their super french fries (with another drink). We got in the car to head back west but hubby said we should stop at Blue Canoe so our daughter could see what had been done to the old Chowder Pot, which she had stumbled into once. We sat at the outside bar (club soda; there was still dinner and wine to come) and watched the ferries go back and forth while skateboarders and strollers filled the boardwalk that runs from there all the way back to Claudio's.
We barely made our reservation at Comtesse Therese, which was almost full. Dinner was excellent but the chocolate cake I ordered for dessert was topped with a warm, decadent chocolate sauce that we fought over. We have had their wines before and enjoy them but we had never eaten there; I highly recommend them for food as well as wine. They also have a liquor license in case anyone would like a cocktail before dinner.
NoFo is in the news and here are links, hope they work:
hamptons-magazine.com/dining/articles/is-the-north-fork-the-next-napa-valley (if the link doesn't work just go to hamptons-magazine.com, it's on the front page).
From the facebook page of Kontokosta:
shorecrestbedandbreakfast.com/blog - nice pics of the winery and more local news for NoFo.
Nice write up by a blogger who recently spent the weekend in Greenport:
Both these links are on the winery's facebook page and you can get them there if these links don't work.
Finally, regarding Claudio's Restaurant in Greenport....I don't think I have ever read a kind word about them but we love the bar (inside, not the outside!). We recently went there for their pineapple martinis made from the huge jar of vodka filled with fresh pineapple on the bar and ordered their delicious homemade potato chips (truly addictive). We also had arguably the best, freshest, cherrystone clams on the half shell ever. Then we said, what the heck, let's order a lobster to share. We watched the bartender fish it out of the tank (2 & 1/2 lbs.) and ordered it broiled. It was perfectly cooked and served with corn that came directly from the farm and fresh, crisp, homemade cole slaw.
Sorry for the long post, hope you make it to some of these places soon!