Commuters and other travelers on the Friday 5:21 p.m. eastbound train from Ronkonkoma can now relax with a glass of Long Island-produced wine for their trip to the North Fork.
New for this summer, the Long Island Rail Road’s Wine Train is serving Long Island regional wines each Friday once it departs the Ronkonkoma station for points east, ending at Greenport.
The LIRR, in cooperation with the Long Island Wine Council, developed the program to showcase varieties of North Fork and South Fork wines, including those from Laurel Lake, Peconic Bay, Macari, Pindar, Duck Walk and Jason wineries. Each week, different wines will be featured.
This Friday will feature both a red and white from Peconic Bay’s Nautique lines. The price is $5 a glass.
The train leaves Penn Station at 3:55 p.m., but wine won’t be served west of Ronkonkoma.
On the South Fork, LIRR has the Hamptons Reserve Train, a Friday night express that leaves Penn Station at 3:58 p.m. with stops in the Hamptons and Montauk.
The train features air-conditioned two-by-two seating, with attendants serving alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages as well as snacks. A Hamptons Reserve ticket is $37 if reserved in advance, or $43 if purchased onboard.