When Governor Andrew Cuomo deemed liquor stores, and the sale of alcohol in general, an essential business, there were great huzzahs in his favor. Alcohol sales have dramatically risen since the COVID-19 outbreak and, with the blending of days, happy hours have become a nightly ritual via Zoom or Houseparty apps.
But not all alcohol is created equal. Having tequila five nights in a row — okay, seven — may be frowned upon, but wine every day seems perfectly acceptable (just ask any mom right now). As delicious as those California or exotic, worldly grapes may be, there’s nothing sweeter than buying local. Whether you want it for yourself or feel like sending a care package to loved ones, here’s a roundup of what local East End wineries and vineyards are offering.
Castello Di Borghese is offering free local delivery to the North Fork on orders of $50 or more, and free delivery anywhere from Riverhead to New York City on orders of $200 or more.
Chronicle Wines now has 20 percent off all orders with free local shipping when you spend $50. Or, for those in the giving mood, add East End 20 percent donation to the cart and donate the 20 percent to a local fundraiser — Long Island Wine County PPE, North Fork Teachers Association Student Computer, or Long Island Aquarium.
Clovis Point in Jamesport has wine available for pickup daily from 12 to 4 PM, with free shipping on six bottles or more.
Croteaux, RGNY, and Shinn Estate Vineyards now offer a special Strong Island Relief Case, priced at $225, where $25 will go towards local hospitals. It includes three bottles of Shinn’s 2018 Coalescence, three bottles of Croteaux Vineyards 2018 “Jolie” Cabernet Franc Rosé, three bottles of RGNY’s 2018 Scielo Tinto, and three bottles of RGNY’s 2018 RG Viognier. In addition to the Strong Island Relief Case, RGNY offers quarantine survival kits as a way to be creative at home while enjoying its wines — a color and sip coloring book, an at home blending session, and a wine tasting kit. Free local delivery across the North Fork and free shipping across New York State.
Duck Walk Vineyards offers to-go sales at its South Fork location Friday, from 11 AM to 5 PM and Saturday and Sunday, from 11 AM to 6 PM. It also offering a 20 percent discount and free shipping on six bottles or more.
Kontokosta Winery offers free shipping on all phone and email orders of three bottles or more plus a 40 percent discount on cases of its 2018 Rose and a 30 percent off cases of 2015 Cabernet Franc.
Lenz Winery is offering free shipping on all orders. Lieb Cellars now has 20 percent off online orders and free shipping when you spend $50. It even offers kegs of wine, for when you’re really, ahem, thirsty. Enter code FNF at checkout.
Macari Vineyards has shipping included on all orders; type in DRINKLOCAL at checkout. It additionally has a no contact pick-up window at its Mattituck location from 11 AM to 5 PM daily.
McCall Wines offers curbside pickup in Cutchogue for both its wines and grass-fed beef.
Palmer Vineyards offers a 25 percent discount and free shipping on orders $300 or more with the code CLUB35 at checkout. Paumanok Vineyards offers free shipping throughout New York State when ordering $100 or more, free local delivery across the entire East End, and 20 percent off orders $300 or more. Or, enter code PICKUP to pick up orders at its Aquebogue location.
Pindar Vineyards in Peconic is open daily from 11 AM to 5 PM for bottle sales, on Saturdays and Sundays until 6 PM. It is also offering free shipping on six bottles or more to New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
Raphael Wine in Peconic offers pre-order and pre-pay curbside pickup Saturdays 11 AM to 2 PM.
Roanoke Vineyards in Mattituck is available for curbside pickup daily 11 AM to 5 PM.
Sannino Vineyard’s tasting house is open for bottle purchases to go from 12 to 5 PM daily, with curbside delivery available as well. Order online for half-priced cases, along with a buy one get one option when you buy a full 24 bottles from select options. There’s free shipping from Orient Point to Riverhead with a $25 fee for Long Island and NYC.
Shinn Estate Vineyards has in-store pickup available in Mattituck or free shipping on $50 orders or more.
Suhru Wines offers a quarantine care package in both white and red options, with 15 percent of each package price donated to local hospitals.
Wölffer’s drive through in Sagaponack is open daily 11 AM to 6 PM.