Good Neighbor Organic Vineyards & Winery: It’s an organic experience — as the sign says, after all! This Northport-based winery and tasting room, owned by partners Ben and Janah Crow and Court and Jen Wengreen, is so worth the drive.

The feeling here is just all kinds of good, and the libations are top notch. The wines were amazingly delicious and you can feel great about their organic approach.

Of particular interest are the chia and coffee hard ciders, dry with great undertones of their namesakes. My favorite is the Ciderye barrel-aged cider — oh so yummy. I’m actually sipping on a Good Neighbor Organics Pinot Noir as this is typed.

The evening I set out to paint on location at Good Neighbor was a warm one in September. The sun was just beginning its descent, leaving me enough time to do underpaintings from two locations. One was overlooking the field of lavender, with a backdrop of vines. Simply enchanting.

My second underpainting was done from the apple orchards, where grand old apple trees frame the vines that peek through their branches and over the old treetops. It’s a magical place with a heart, and I can’t urge you enough to go see for yourself!