- November marked a significant milestone in the development of the North Fork's prominence as an internationally recognized wine region, as an agritainment tourism model and as popular year-round vacation destination. Last month the North Fork Promotion Council (NFPC) celebrated its 25th anniversary and its seminal impact on the success of one of New York State's most beautiful peninsulas.
News 12 Anchorman Doug Geed was the evening's Master of Ceremonies.
Over 300 hundred residents, visitors, vintners, business people and politicians gathered at Jason's Vineyard to not only celebrate the anniversary of the NFPC, but to also honor two men who are indelibly connected to the well measured, careful development and success of the region. Dr. Herodotus "Dan" Damianos
, founder of the Pindar, Duck Walk North and Duck Walk South
Vineyards, was joined by Suffolk County Legislator Edward Romaine
at a gala event that recognized their significant contributions to the land, the community and the commerce of the North Fork.
Gala was indeed a celebration of the bounty of the region as a dozen local restaurants and purveyors offered up locally inspired selections from both land and sea that were complimented by a number of the superb wines created by Dr. Dan's son, Jason Damianos
, at his eponymously named vineyard. Also in attendance were the good Doctor's other vintner sons Alex
and Pindar Damianos
The Damianos family was one of the region's earliest vintners and represents the North Fork's highest producing vineyard in bottle count. Dr. Dan was nothing short of effusive in describing this year's harvest, "I think we are looking at the single greatest harvest in the history of the North Fork Wine Region. The wines, particularly the reds, are going to be outstanding."
Every North Fork event features a superb selection of Long Island wine, particularly when it is the Harvest Gala.
The evening's Master of Ceremonies was popular News 12 anchorman Doug Geed
and the music of the Trevor Davison Orchestra
elegantly echoed throughout the tasting room and alfresco deck area that was enclosed against the winter weather. There were also a number of silent auction items that included, of course, wine tours and B&B weekend overnights.
State Senator Ken LaValle
joined NFPC President Neboysha Brashich
and Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell
in presenting proclamations to the honorees, who were also gifted two beautiful pieces of artwork that celebrated the North Fork, as well as their contributions to it. Both men were joined by their wives who were presented bouquets celebrating that time tested adage that "behind every great man is a great woman." A sentiment roundly endorsed by both recipients in their acceptance remarks.
The NFPC, a not-for-profit organization, has for the past 25 years served to promote the North Fork of Long Island through strategic marketing and advertising to enhance the economy while preserving the environment and quality of life. The 25th Annual Harvest Ball was an extraordinary event celebrating a pivotal organization at the heart of the ongoing success of the region.
For more information go to www.northfork.org
Guests feasted on local bounty from both land and sea supplied by participating North Fork restaurants.
Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com