Here's a novel idea from Hudson Valley Wine Country- buy a $30 summer passport and you'll get a free standard wine tasting at each of 14 Hudson Valley wineries between June 1 and August 31. 

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The region runs from 60 miles north of New York City to just south of Albany-- an easy daytrip from Long Island. All told, there are 25 wineries and three designated wine trails that wind through the region.

Summer wine passports can be purchased online at hudsonvallywinecountry.com until May 31.