First Taste of Summer
The Torne Valley Vineyard occupies a former estate that overlooks the Ramapo River. It offers lunch and outdoor seating. We’ve tried to dine there since Father’s Day.
Now, we sit at a table for six, just off the tented patio. The band Hip Replacements—whose members’ average age exemplifies the tongue-in-cheek name—play “California Dreaming.” Several people at tables under the tent quietly sing along.
We toast to summer with Kimmie’s crush, a semi-dry red table wine. Our cheese platter arrives. Succulent flavors of shredded swiss, prosciutto and pesto humas on crackers enrapture me. Ah, the flavor of summer!
on the river
photo by Trent Erwin