9am, Thursday morning. I met Lisa at the corner of 59th and Lexington. She drove west in a super fun Jeep and we were off to Millerton for the day.
We’re both longtime fans of Harney & Sons and have been meaning to make the trip upstate to visit their tea factory and shop/café for years. I’ve written about their tea shop in Soho, but it’s always more exciting to see the original.
Then there’s the shopping room filling with magical trinkets – tea is the focus, but not the only thing offered. There are candles and gavottes, tea-scented lotions and creams.
Let’s start with a pot of tea. The Golden Monkey, yes please. A beautiful rounded and balanced black tea with notes of caramel and honey. This is the type of tea you want on chilly days with a good book and warm soup as companions.
From the tea shop it’s a mile drive to the tea factory/headquarters of Harney & Sons. We were given an incredible tour of the place by John Harney himself! Mr. Harney is the founder, the original Harney of Harney & Sons. It’s still a family business (amazing) and we also met his son Mike Harney and Mike’s wife, Brigitte. Their son Emeric runs the Soho store in Manhattan. We saw all the loose leaf teas and ooh and ahh over the fine machinery and packaging department. It was Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory…only tea instead of chocolate. Some of the machines churn out several hundred tea sachets per minute! Watching them go from loose leaves to sachets and into boxes which are then heat sealed and placed into larger boxes was mesmerizing to say the least.
Still digesting all the new things we learned, we drove back south, a twenty-minute to the town of Millbrook, NY…home of Millbrook Winery.
Did you ever wonder where wine corks come from?
2010 Tocai Friulano – Hudson River Region, Estate Bottled
2010 Chardonnay – New York State
2009 Chardonnay Proprietor’s Special Reserve – Hudson River Region (pictured above)
2010 Pinot Noir – New York State
2010 Merlot – New York State
Hunt Country Red – New York State
And finished on savory nibbles and Extra Virgin Olive Oil from their sister winery – Villa Pillo in Tuscany, Italy. Millbrook is part of a family of four wineries including ones in the North Central Coast of California, Tuscany, and the Russian River Valley.
Don’t forget to visit the upstairs loft before leaving!
This floor is called “Art in the Loft” and showcases local artists from the Hudson Valley community. From the balcony upstairs you can also get a gorgeous view of the vineyards…it’s ahhh so peaceful. Just a few more minutes of relaxation before driving back into our crazy city. Happy weekend!