The Long Island Wine Council, a winery trade group, is sponsoring a paid public tasting event in Nassau County on June 2 with 30 wineries participating.
The event, called “A Taste of Summer,” will run from 5-7 p.m. with entry an hour earlier for those who purchase VIP tickets. It will take place in the Fairgrounds Barn at Old Bethpage Village Restoration at 1303 Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage.
In addition to the wineries, who’ll be pouring new releases and summertime wines, Catapano Dairy Farm, a goat cheese producer in Peconic, and Mecox Bay Dairy, of Bridgehampton, which makes cow cheeses, will be sampling their wares. Also, Long Island celebrity chef Tom Schaudel, co-owner of Jewel in Melville and owner of Coolfish in Syosset, A Lure Chowder House in Southold and aMano Osteria & Wine Bar in Mattituck, will be serving his signature snacks.
This is the first time the wine council has held an event in Nassau. Most of its previous events have been on the East End or in New York City. More than a decade ago, a group of East End wineries particpated in a charity food and wine event at the Carltun in Eisenhower Park and more recently many of them poured samples at a tasting at Post Wines in Syosset.
“We have so many loyal customers throughout Long Island that make the trip east to see us. We’re thrilled to be able to offer them as well as those who may not yet have tried our wines an opportunity closer to home,” said Ron Goerler, Jr., president of the wine council.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Taste of Summer event because the winemakers will have an opportunity to show just how far Long Island wines have come in such a short period of time, and I get to try to pair dishes that will live up to that quality,” Schaudel said in a press release.
General admission for the event is $75 and VIP tickets are $100. Wine country visitors who completed tasting by June 2 will be entitled to get one ticket free for each ticket purchases. Passport holders need stamps from 10 different participating wineries to be eligible. For information about the passport program, click here.