The tasting process is simple and straightforward at Applewood, which made it an ideal first stop for us amateur tasters (not to mention we were slightly hungover following an epic meal at Blue Hill at Stone Barns the previous evening). Choose 5 of their 21 wines to taste, and, since all three of us chose differently, we ended up sampling 15 of those 21. There is a 22nd option: hard cider.
One of Applewood's smiling staff will pour each, from white to red to dessert wines, allowing you all the time needed to savor and share any high-falutin' observations on such things as the aroma, body and finish.
If there's one or two you particularly enjoy, a simple tick mark on your tasting sheet is all it takes to signal you'd like to purchase a bottle. Prices range from $12 for the Apple Blossom Blush to $19 for the Merlot. We opted for the $13.60 deep red OBR and an additional plate of fruit and cheese and adjourned to the neighboring music barn, for a little pre-lunch snacking to the beat.
Best time of the year to visit: August on a sunny day for some of their Summer Fields wine or October, for the cider donuts.
July and August: Saturdays 11am-6pm and Friday and Sunday from 11am-5pm
March and April: Saturday & Sunday from 11am-5pm
May-June and September-December: Friday thru Sunday from 11am-5pm.
January and February: CLOSED.