QUEENS --When you think of Queens, you probably think of the Mets, the U.S. Open or the airports. Vineyards and wine probably don't come to mind. Queens is set to uncork what could be the borough and New York City's first homegrown wine. It all starts with grapes growing in a vineyard on a 46 acre farm in Floral Park. The land has been a working farm since 1697. Queens County Farm Museum now operates the site with a mighty crop of visitors, 500,000 a year, mostly kids. The farm's organizers thought they'd attract more adults by starting a vineyard with several grape varieties. There are merlot grapes, newly bottled with a 2006 and 2007 vintage to choose from. There's also a table red and a chardonnay, all made with grapes grown in Queens.
So, how do they taste? The wine makers don't expect to compete with California or Long Island wines, but creating the first Queens vintage, well, that's something worth toasting to.