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Long Island wineries celebrate 40 years at Aug. 24 Harvest East End festival

McCall's vineyard on the south side of Main Road, Cutchogue. (Photo by Shelley Wax)

McCall’s vineyard on the south side of Main Road, Cutchogue. (Photo by Shelley Wax)

It’s time once again for Long Island’s biggest wine celebration, the Harvest East End tasting fest.

This year’s event, which takes place Aug. 24, marks 40 years of winemaking on Long Island. And, it’s the first time that the event, established four years ago, is taking place on the North Fork, where most of the East End wineries are located. Previous fests were held in The Hamptons. This year’s site is McCall’s Vineyard & Ranch in Cutchogue, recently honored as New York State’s Winery of the Year.

The event, presented by the Long Island Wine Council, Merliance  and Wine Enthusiast magazine, will prove attendees with the opportunity to taste wines from such great vintages of 2010 for the reds and 2012 for the whites.  “It doesn’t get any better than that,” said wine council vice president  Roman Roth,

Roman Roth at 2011 Harvest East End

Roman Roth at 2011 Harvest East End

who is winemaker and partner at Wolffer Estate Vineyard. He says there will also be barrel samples of the 2012 reds, offering a “first glimpse of the fantastic ’12 vintage.”

Josh Wesson

Josh Wesson

The main event, which runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. will be emceed by sommelier Joshua Wesson, who is theformer CEO of Best Cellars . The will honor Louisa Hargrave, the Long Island winemaking pioneer and author, and chef John Ross, author and father of the North Fork’s farm to table cuisine.

More than 40 Long Island vineyards and a restaurants and purveyors of gourmet eats will be showcasing their wares.

All proceeds from the event are to donated to East End Hospice, Group for the East End, The Peconic Land Trust and The Long Island Farm Bureau Foundation. Last year’s event raised $46,000.

Tickets to the event at $150 per person and available online until Aug. 23, 10 p.m. (eastern time).  A VIP ticket, which includes early entry, is $250. Tickets will, however, be available at the door.

The wineries include: Anthony Nappa Wines (Peconic), Baiting Hollow Farm VineyardBedell Cellars (Cutchogue), Bouké (Mattituck), Brooklyn Oenology, Castello di Borghese (Cutchogue), Channing Daughters Winery (Bridgehampton), Clovis Point (Jamesport), Coffee Pot Cellars (Cutchogue), Comtesse Thérèse (Aquebogue), Croteaux Vineyards (Southold), Diliberto Winery (Jamesport), Duck Walk Vineyards (Water Mill), Gramercy Vineyards (Mattituck), Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard (Mattituck), Jamesport Vineyards, Jason’s Vineyard (Jamesport), Kontokosta Winery (Greenport), Lieb Cellars (Mattituck), Macari Vineyards (Mattituck), Martha Clara Vineyards (Riverhead), Mattebella Vineyards (Southold), McCall Wines (Cutchogue), Merliance, Old Field Vineyards (Peconic), One Woman Wines & Vineyards (Southold), Osprey’s Dominion (Peconic), Palmer Vineyards (Riverhead), Peconic Bay Winery (Cutchogue), Pellegrini Vineyards (Cutcogue), Pindar Vineyards (Peconic), Raphael (Peconic), Reilly Cellars (Cutchogue), Roanoke Vineyards (Riverhead), Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard (Peconic), Scarola Vineyards (Mattituck), Sherwood House Vineyards (Mattituck and Jamesport),  Shinn Estate Vineyards (Mattituck), Sparkling Pointe (Southold), Suhru Wines (Mattituck), T’Jara Vineyards (Mattituck), Waters Crest Winery (Cutchogue) and Wölffer Estate Vineyard (Sagaponack).

Regettably, if you’re looking for two of Long Island’s top wine producers, Paumanok Vineyards (Aquebogue) and Lenz Winery (Peconic), you won’t find them here, because they are not members of the Long Island Wine Council. Still, there will be plenty of good wine available.

Participating eateries and food purveyors, from Long Island and New York City, include: A Lure (Southold), A Mano (Mattituck), A Taste of the North Fork (Southold), Bistro 72 (Riverhead), BLT Prime (New York City), Blue Canoe Oyster Bar & Grill, Blue Duck Bakery, Bonnie Jean’s (Rocky Point), Claudio’s (Greenport), Comtesse Thérèse Bistro (Aquebogue), CoolFish Grille & Wine Bar (Syosset), Cuvée at The Greenporter Hotel (Greenport), First and South (Greenport), Fresh (Bridgehampton), Gourmet Sorbet by the Sorbabes (Bridgehampton), Grana Trattoria Antica (Jamesport), Jedediah Hawkins Inn, Jewel (Melville), Kitchen A Bistro (St. James), Le Maison Blanche (Shelter Island), Love Lane Kitchen (Cutchogue), Madison and Main (Sag Harbor), Main Restaurant & Oyster Bar (Greenport), Maple Tree BBQ (Riverhead), Mirabelle (Stony Brook), Noah’s (Greenport), North Fork Chocolate Co. (Calverton), North Fork Table and Inn (Southold), Scrimshaw Restaurant (Greenport), Stonewalls Restaurant (Riverhead), The Frisky Oyster (Greenport), The Riverhead Project, Touch of Venice (Mattituck), Vine Street Cafe.

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Long Island’s biggest wine fest Aug. 25 at Hampton Classic, Bridgehampton

The scene at last year’s Harvest East End

Long Island’s biggest wine bash gets underway in just a few days.

Harvest East End, a tasting festival featuring 39 Long Island wineries and almost as many restaurants and food marketers, takes place in Bridgehampton on Aug. 25, the eve of the Hampton Classic horse show.

This is Harvest East End’s third annual festival, a fund raiser for three local charities, East End Hospice, Group for the East End and the Peconic Land Trust, and the first to tie into the Hampton Classic.

“Harvest is shaping up fantastically,” said Roman Roth, technical

director at Wölffer Estate Vineyards and chairman of Harvest East End. “It’s the height of the summer [in the Hamptons] … It will be a full house.”


Tickets, $150 each, have been selling briskly and $250 VIP tickets, which provide attendees with an extra hour of tasting and access to library wines, are already sold out.

Roman Roth at 2011 Harvest East End

Last year, the event, put on by Merliance and the Long island Wine Council, both trade groups, attracted 1,000 wine aficionados, half of them attending only the festival. (A gala dinner followed last year, but is not part of this year’s program.) Merliance executive director Donnell Brown Stires said the sponsors are anticipating 1,200 attendees this year.

The lineup of culinary offerings, an array of locally sourced produce, meat, fish and fowl, includes treats from many of the top toques on the East End, including Tom Schaudel of A Mano Osteria,  Mattituck; Noah Schwartz of Noah’s, Greenport; Kevin Penner of Cittanuova, East Hampton; Keith Luce of Luce & Hawkins, Jamesport; and Starr Boggs, among others. They’ll be duck, tomatoes, tuna and lobster in many guises, as well as cheeses and sweets.

Among the 39 participating wine producers (only two East End wineries, Paumanok Vineyards and Lenz Winery, are not participating because they’re not members of the Long Island Wine Council) are numerous well-established producers as well as a few new ones. Award winning bottles, new releases and barrel samples will be among the approximately 200 wines available for tasting.

The wineries and restaurants participating do so on the expectation that people who taste the wines and foods will follow up with visits to the various wineries and eateries.

There’ll be more than wine and food under the big tent. The sponsors will be selling tickets to a luxury raffle. Prizes include three nights in Barbados, a selection of 19 Long Island wines in magnums and two tickets to one of three 2013 Wine Spectator Grand Tour tastings. There will also be a silent auction. Lots will include hands-on wine and food experiences, golf, and even yodeling lessons from Roth.

There’s more. In the several weekends following the event, Harvest will sponsor a series of invitation-only “10 Mile Dinners” in private homes, wineries and gardens, each limited to 10 guests. Two of the dinners already are sold out.  Invitations to the dinners, which feature foods and wine sourced from a 10-mile radius, can be requested by email.



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