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Parrish Art Museum’s Two Forks And A Cork

Originally Posted: March 27, 2012

Edward Callaghan

Vinters Michael and Paula Croteau of Southold Croteaux Vineyard. (John Wegorzewski)

Southampton - The Business Council, a network of local and regional business leaders with a strong interest in promoting the vitality of the East End through support of the Parrish Art Museum held its annual wine tasting event at the Museum featuring spectacular wines from the North and South Forks. Don Sullivan, of the Southampton Publick House is chairman of the Business Council

Miche Bacher of Mali B. Sweets. (John Wegorzewski)

This year seven wineries were featured including Channing Daughters Winery, Croteaux Vineyards, Duck Walk South, Jamesport Vineyards, Palmer Vineyards, Peconic Bay Winery, and Wolffer Estates Vineyard.

A highlight of the tasting was the lovely rose offered by Michael and Paula Croteau, whose Southold Croteaux Vineyard is dedicated exclusively to the production of rose wines. No surprise that their delicious roses are best sellers at top restaurants such as Jean-Georges and Café Luxembourg.

Creative and absolutely scrumptious hors d'oeuvres from The Riverhead Project flowed constantly from the kitchen under the direction of Chef Gregory Ling one of the country's premier farm to table chefs.

And for those with a sweet tooth Greenport "Dessert Queen" Miche Bacher of Mali B. Sweets offered a tempting array of her imaginative cookie creations infused with savory herbs - a chocolate wafer with a zing of chili pepper; rosemary shortbread cookies and herb scented marshmallows on a stick.

Among the crowd of several hundred were WPPB general manager Wally Smith, artist Justine Diianni, Watermill Center's Matko Tomcic, Linda Miller of the Hamptons Creative Group, Southampton Inn's Dede Gotthelf and Terry Moan, gallerist Tulla Booth, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, Interior designer Betsy Nichol and her husband off-Broadway producer Gary Beeber, gallery owner Laura Grenning, Eco-activist Catherine Bedard, Parrish Museum curator Alicia Longwell, Executive Director Terrie Sultan and Christopher French, and scores more noshing and networking.

Marshmallows on parade. (John Wegorzewski)

Principal Sponsors for the Tasting Event were Bridgehampton National Bank, Brooks Brothers, Edible East End, Hamptons Creative Group, Hampton Jitney, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, Kim Folks Event Planning and Consulting, Pine Barrens Printing, the Riverhead Project, Southampton Publick House, and Wölffer Estate Vineyard.

Also lending support were Wine Enthusiasts comprised of 27 Hampton Salon, Nancy Grady-Brown Harris Stevens, Judy and Paschal Malone, Maran Corporate Risk Associates, Peconic Beverage, Jan Rose-Rose Jewelers, Suffolk County National Bank, Thomas C. Taylor-Janney Montgomery Scott and Wine Tasters consist of: Hamptons.com, Councilman Christopher R. Nuzzi-Town of Southampton, Southampton Inn, and Stitch.


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