New York state is a major but unheralded wine region. Long Island alone produces more than 500,000 cases of wine a year. A 90-mile drive from New York City to the East End of Long Island brings you to the jewel of the region, the North Fork. Sandwiched between Peconic Bay and Long Island Sound, its rural character is expressed in farms and vineyards that spill down to the sea. Unpretentious and laid-back, the North Fork is a perfect retreat. The moderate maritime climate makes the fall grape-harvest season an ideal time to enjoy this fine wine and dining destination.