- The second-annual Harvest
: Wine Auction and Celebration of Long Island's East End, presented by Food & Wine, is now selling tickets to all of the components of the event, which starts Labor Day
weekend and culminating the weekend of September 16 and September 17, 2011, following the full harvest moon. This wine-centric event features several events including educational Wine Salon programs, exclusive 10-Mile Dinners at private locations, the Fall for Long Island Festival Tasting with food and wine of the East End, and a Harvest Moon Gala with dinner prepared by one of Long Island's most notable chefs, Tom Schaudel
of A Mano, Coolfish, A Lure
, and the only live auction of Long Island wine.
The Festival will be held in Cutchogue. (Courtesy Photo: WordHampton)
Organizers of the event are the Long Island Merlot Alliance
and Long Island Wine Council. Beneficiaries are regional charities East End Hospice
, Group for the East End
and Peconic Land Trust
. The event chair is Wölffer Estate Vineyard
winemaker Roman Roth
, executive vice president of the Long Island Merlot Alliance, while the mistress of ceremonies is WNPR's Faith Middleton
Highlights Of Harvest
• Saturdays, September 3, 10, 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hour-long Wine Salon programs will offer a behind-the-scenes look at viticulture and vinification on Long Island. A few titles include Pen and Palate: Wine and Food Writers from Long Island; Does the Glass Make a Difference? The Riedel Challenge; A Truly Blind Tasting; and From Sea to Shore: Pairing Shellfish and Wine.
Numerous vineyards will participate. (Courtesy Photo: WordHampton)
• Friday, September 16 - starting at sunset
These exclusive dinners for only 10 to 12 diners will offer an unforgettable, locally sourced meal, each hosted by a top East End winemaker and regional chef at private homes in the Hamptons, on the North Fork and Shelter Island. A sampling of dinners includes Martha Clara Vineyards
hosts a dinner prepared by Larry Kolar
of Sole East at the home of Robert Entenmann
; and Clovis Point
hosts a dinner prepared by Lia Fallon
of Amarelle at the home of Tim O'Brien
• Saturday, September 17, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Fall for Long Island Festival Tasting, $125 per ticket. The Ludlow Farm: Home of Mecox Bay Dairy
and Fairview Farm
, Bridgehampton. Up to 30 local wineries will offer barrel samples of their not-yet-released wines from the phenomenal 2010 vintage - one of the best vintages on Long Island. The Festival Tasting also features the flavors of the region's farms, fishermen, cheesemakers and other food artisans in dishes made and served by top local chefs. The event will also feature a silent auction of "labels" (small original paintings) by nationally and regionally known artists. Small original paintings, conceived as "labels," will be commissioned for this event and lightly affixed to special magnum bottles of 2008 Merliance, the cooperative blend of 100 percent merlot made by the Long Island Merlot Alliance.
The cornerstone of Harvest will be the live auction of rare and unreleased vintages. (Courtesy Photo: WordHampton)
• Saturday, September 17, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Harvest Moon Gala and Live Auction of Long Island Wine, $275 per ticket (includes Festival Tasting). The Ludlow Farm: Home of Mecox Bay Dairy and Fairview Farm, Bridgehampton. The cornerstone of Harvest will be the live auction of rare and unreleased vintages of Long Island wine in various formats. This is a not-to-be-missed auction for the collector who knows Long Island is one of the world's most exciting emerging wine markets. A three-course farm-to-table dinner will be prepared by notable Long Island chef Tom Schaudel
(A Mano, CoolFish, and the forthcoming A Lure and Jewel), served with wines from across the East End. Live music from The Jerry Costanzo Orchestra
promises to have the crowd dancing into the night.
About Harvest: Wine Auction and Celebration of Long Island's East End
Now in its second year, Harvest is organized by the Long Island Merlot Alliance and Long Island Wine Council. This year Harvest is presented by Food & Wine. The event celebrates the one of the world's most exciting emerging wine regions, Long Island Wine Country, and bounty from the farms and waters of the East End. Harvest comprises educational wine seminars, private wine dinners, a food-and-wine tasting event, and gala dinner with a live wine auction. All live auction proceeds benefit East End Hospice, Group for the East End and the Peconic Land Trust. The inaugural event in 2010 attracted more than 800 attendees, and raised $60,000 for charity.
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