To make un-fine wine, simply place grapes beneath a silk pillow, repeatedly mash your head against it, and then wring the pillowcase into a nearby mouth. Taste traditionally produced fine wines with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get a tour for two, including a wine tasting, a cheese platter, and one glass of wine apiece at Clovis Point Wines (a $60 value) in the pastoral setting of Jamesport.
Clovis Point is a small boutique winery dedicated to producing local Long Island wines from its historic vineyards. As you and a fellow oenophile explore nearly 20 acres of scenic grapevines and listen in on the salacious gossip that runs through them, an informative guide will accompany you, teaching you about sustainable vineyards and the practices that ultimately give birth to the vineyard's award-winning wines. Once you're back inside Clovis Point's renovated 1920s potato barn, you'll get to sip six select varieties of Clovis Point's grape bloods, intentionally bamboozling your palate in between with nibbles from a complimentary cheese plate. After the tasting, you'll be treated to one whole glass of your favorite wine, which makes for a lovely foreground as you admire the tasting barn's mahogany doors, bluestone floors, and breathable oxygen atmosphere.
Unlike tequila shots and shotgunned root-beer floats, wine is a slow sip, making it a more enjoyable libation. Plus, wine can help you reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and progression of disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. Keep yourself and a loved one healthy-hearted and purple-lipped with today's Groupon to Clovis Point.
- Clovis Point’s 2004 regular chardonnay ($13.50) — pearlike, sleek and fresh, with a floral bouquet — is a winner. Its 2004 barrel-fermented chardonnay ($22.50), a little richer but more subdued than the regular version, is a trifle buttery. Clovis Point’s 2003 merlot ($18.50) is smoky, soft, light and shows a touch of licorice. Its 2004 Vintner’s Select merlot ($27.95) is a crowd-pleaser — stylish, bursting with fruit and zip. – Howard G. Goldberg, New York Times
- I love Long Island wines and have tasted them all...but my favorite is Clovis Point. The winery in Jamesport is also my favorite, with a beautiful vineyard facing covered back porch and a quaint and pleasant tasting room. – Steve R., Yelp
Clovis Point Vineyard & Winery
When the founders of Clovis Point Vineyard & Winery first laid eyes on the 10-acre plot of North Fork farmland, they knew they had found the perfect spot to transform their vision of a boutique winery into a reality. The plot hit everything on their checklist—sun-swept fields, accessibility, and a picturesque 1920s potato barn that would later be transformed into a tasting room complete with mahogany doors, bluestone floors, and a heated patio overlooking the vineyards. The barn isn't Clovis Point Vineyard & Winery's only nod to the past. According to the New York Times, which lauds the winery as “emblematic of the versatility of some East End boutiques,” the name stems from stone spear tips believed to originate from the Clovis people, a tribe of Indians who inhabited North Fork during the Paleolithic Age.
Today, the winery has grown to span 15 acres of merlot, cabernet franc, and chardonnay vines, which winemaker John Leo ferments into award-winning wines. He also maintains the founders' original vision of keeping production on a smaller scale, producing only 2,000 cases per year to ensure that each bottle has the interesting flavors and easy-going personality reflective of its small-town upbringing.