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EAT. DRINK. LOCAL.

Long Island Food and Wine Festival.

Chefs and vintners are banding together to get the word out about the area’s delicacies before the tourist season hits full swing.

The Long Island Wine & Food Festival will celebrate a world class wine region! A premier travel destination on the East End of Long Island, the North Fork delivers remarkable cuisine, boutique wineries, craft beer, and quaint accommodations. Festival guests have the opportunity to learn about local flavors, tastes, sights and smells of Long Island’s wine country.

Meet local and celebrity chefs. Enjoy local wines and fare. Experience the rural character of Long Island’s North Fork.

The three-day festival kicks off with an exclusive cocktail reception on June 25th. On Saturday, June 26th, be sure to keep your glass full while experiencing the wines, food, and activities that our 41 wineries will offer. The festival culminates Sunday, June 27th with a Grand Tasting in the historic village of Greenport, a working seaport since the 18th century.

It is sure to be a weekend to remember!

The New York Times had a great article here

See the full schedule here to find out whats going on at the wineries.

Father’s Day Fun Activities.

Lots of fabulous things happening this weekend on the North Fork.

From the Strawberry Festival in Mattituck to Winery Tours and the Greenport Gallery Walk.

find out what’s going on at Suffolk Times twitter list here

Scroll down to see some Upcoming Winery Events

Castello di Borghese Vineyards

Saturday, June 19, 2010
1pm

Winemaker’s Walk at Castello di Borghese Vineyard

A guided tour of the winery and production facility and wine tasting at
Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery. $20 per person. Please call to make
reservations (631) 734-5111 or purchase tickets online securely with your
credit card at www.castellodiborghese.com.

Saturday & Sunday, June 25 & 26, 2010
11am – 5pm

Piano Tasting at Castello di Borghese Vineyard

Enjoy this wonderful afternoon event ‘showcasing’ beautiful pianos
graciously supplied by Frank and Camille.  Castello di Borghese Vineyard is
located at 17150 County Rte 48 in Cutchogue, NY.  Call 631-734-5111 for more
information or visit our website at www.castellodiborghese.com

Saturday, June 26, 2010
1pm

Winemaker’s Walk at Castello di Borghese Vineyard

A guided tour of the winery and production facility and wine tasting at
Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery. $20 per person. Please call to make
reservations (631) 734-5111 or purchase tickets online securely with your
credit card at www.castellodiborghese.com

Saturday, June 26, 2010
12-2pm

Rolling in Dough A Traveling Wood Fire Brick Oven Pizza at Borghese Vineyard

Rolling in Dough, a mouth watering, wood-fired, brick oven pizza on wheels
will be tantalizing your taste buds at Borghese as part of the Long Island
Wine and Food Festival events being held throughout the weekend.   Pizza &
Wine available for purchase for your visit.  Castello di Borghese Vineyard
is located at 17150 County Rte 48 in Cutchogue, NY.  Call 631-734-5111 for
more information or visit our website at www.castellodiborghese.com

Saturday, June 26, 2010
2-4pm

Long Island Wine and Food Festival Event featuring Executive Chef Lia Fallon
at Castello di Borghese Vineyard

Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Amarelle, Lia Fallon is a seasoned culinary
executive, food stylist and producer. Educated and trained at the Culinary
Academy in New York where she received her culinary arts degree, will be our
featured Chef during the first “Long Island Wine and Food Festival”.
Chef Fallon began her career in Manhattan at The Food Network as a food
stylist, working for celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse and Bobby Flay and now
will bring her incredible talent to Borghese for this special tasting
experience.  Chef Fallon evokes food to perform and achieve beyond ordinary
expectations and will pair everything with Borghese’s Award-Winning wines.
Castello di Borghese Vineyard is located at 17150 County Rte 48 in
Cutchogue, NY.  Call 631-734-5111 for more information or visit our website
at www.castellodiborghese.com


Clovis Point Winery

JUNE

SATURDAY,  June 19th, Live Music
Baxter-Miller Band
2-5pm

SUNDAY, June 20th, Live Music
Join us for a Father’s Day Celebration
Sue Giordano Duo
2-5pm

SATURDAY, June 26th
Join the Managing Partner Hal Ginsburg for a VIP tour of the Vineyard along with wine and a Greek cheese tasting
At 1:00 and  3:00
Fee for this event is $15.00 per person ($10.00 per person for Wine Club Members)
Please RSVP

SATURDAY, June 26th
Book Signing
Rosemary Mckinley, a local author from 2:30-5:00pm
101 Glimpses of the North Fork and Islands

SATURDAY, June 26th (Evening)
Dinner and Library Wine Tasting
with live music
Jazz on the Half Shell
6-9 PM
Dinner paired with Cellar favorites.
We will be serving five wines with five courses

SUNDAY, June 27th
Clovis Point is pouring at the
Long Island Wine and Food Festival Weekend in Greenport
www.LongIslandWineandFoodFestival.com

Lieb Cellars

Father’s Day Weekend
Saturday June 19 and Sunday June 20
Celebrate Fathers Day with Lieb Cellars. All Dads will receive a free tasting flight of their choosing.

Wine Club Spring Pick-Up Party

Sunday June 27 (Rescheduled from June 13th)
12 – 3 pm
$20 Gold Club Members
$5 Platinum Club Members

Wine and Chocolate Pairing Education Class
By Exotic Chocolate Tasting

Part of the Long Island Food and Wine Festival
Saturday June 26
5 – 7 pm
Join us for a special Exotic Chocolate & Wine Pairing Event featuring Roxanne Browning. Roxanne will be pairing 5 fair trade exotic chocolates with 5 of our wines.
$40 per person / $25 for wine club members
RSVP Required

www.liebcellars.com    35 Cox Neck Road, Mattituck, NY 11952       631 298 1942

Martha Clara Vineyards

Saturday June 19th 7pm

Sail on the beautiful scenic
Mattituck Inlet & LI Sound
w/ Captain Bob & Martha Clara
Vineyards Winemakers.
Wine will be served along with light hors d’oeuvres.

$75/ticket+tax
Wine Club Members $55/ticket
for a max of 4 tix+tax
Purchase tix with gina@marthaclaravineyards.com

Osprey’s Dominion

Saturday 6/19/10 – Live Music
With Sahara from 1:30 – 5:30PM

Saturday 6/20/10 – Celebrate Dad
Live Music with TJ Brown from 1:30 – 5:30PM

ART HAPPENINGS

5TH ANNUAL OUTSIDER ART IN THE HAMPTONS

Visionary, Art Singular & Self -Taught Artists

NOW through Monday September 6th, 2010

Galerie BelAge, 8 Moniebogue Lane, Westhampton Beach, New York 11978

Gallery Contact number: 631-288-5082  www.galeriebelage.com

Gallery Hours: Monday thru Friday 10 – 5:00, Saturday + Sunday 12 – 6:00

Opening Night Reception: Saturday June 19th, 2009, 5:00 to 8:00 PM

Featuring Live Outsider Music and Poetry Reading by Self taught artist, poet, and song writer; Phil Demise will be giving a rare musical solo performance and reading poems from his book “PERIODS”. The “NYC Gothic Blues duo Lone Vein” will also be performing live.

This year’s exhibition includes 80 established and emerging artists from France, Netherlands, China, Switzerland and throughout the USA, including Long Island. Mediums include works in oils, acrylics,sculpture,photography,video,with musical, dance & poetry performances. Additionally there will be a satellite exhibit for the month of August at the Greenport Brewery’s Gallery. The “UnHamptons North Fork Edition” of the “5th Annual Outsider Art in theHampton’s, with a selection of art in coordination with the Westhampton’s Beach Exhibition.

These exhibitions are a collaborative effort with Three Non Profit organizations; Fountain Gallery + Pure Vision Arts from New York City + Survivors Art Foundation.

Enjoy your Father’s Day Weekend!

UPCOMING EVENTS & WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

Martha Clara Vineyards Events

Community Events
Fri June 18
8-11pm Project SERV Fundraiser
$15 at the door. Admission includes free glass of wine and door prizes. Music all night. info: 631 298 7194 or paulmatthews202@gmail.com

Vineyard Events
Sat 19th
2-5pm Live Music – Hank Stone (Folk/Rock)

Sun 20th
2-5pm Live – Music Alan St Jon(classic rock/pop

Look for us on

facebook.com
twitter.com
Youtube
6025 Sound Ave Riverhead NY   631 298 0075   marthaclaravineyards.com

Last Chance Animal Rescue Vineyard Hike at Palmer Vineyards

Vineyard: Palmer Vineyards
Time: 10:00 AM
Sunday, June 27th
Last Chance Animal Rescue Vineyard Hike

Babe in the Garden

10:00 AM
Join us in the morning for a 2 mile hike with Palmer Vineyards vineyard manager, Josh Carp. Josh will give us a brief vineyard tour while we get a bit of exercise. Don’t forget to bring your favorite fluffy friend.
Donations will be accepted to benefit Last Chance Animal Rescue, a charitable, not-for profit organization created to save the lives of animals. One of the main goals of the foundation is to rescue animals that are located in “KILL” facilities and underwrite the costs of relocating them to “NO KILL” facilities in hopes of finding them a forever family.
Dogs available for adoption will join us as well!

Time: Doors open at 10 AM Hike begins at 10:30, poop bags will be provided
Donation: $15 includes a free mimosa after the hike
For more information: www.palmervineyards.com

UPCOMING EVENTS & WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

Martha Clara Vineyards Events

Community Events
Fri June 18
8-11pm Project SERV Fundraiser
$15 at the door. Admission includes free glass of wine and door prizes. Music all night. info: 631 298 7194 or paulmatthews202@gmail.com

Vineyard Events
Sat 19th
2-5pm Live Music – Hank Stone (Folk/Rock)

Sun 20th
2-5pm Live – Music Alan St Jon(classic rock/pop

Look for us on

facebook.com
twitter.com
Youtube
6025 Sound Ave Riverhead NY   631 298 0075   marthaclaravineyards.com

Last Chance Animal Rescue Vineyard Hike at Palmer Vineyards

Vineyard: Palmer Vineyards
Time: 10:00 AM
Sunday, June 27th
Last Chance Animal Rescue Vineyard Hike

Babe in the Garden

10:00 AM
Join us in the morning for a 2 mile hike with Palmer Vineyards vineyard manager, Josh Carp. Josh will give us a brief vineyard tour while we get a bit of exercise. Don’t forget to bring your favorite fluffy friend.
Donations will be accepted to benefit Last Chance Animal Rescue, a charitable, not-for profit organization created to save the lives of animals. One of the main goals of the foundation is to rescue animals that are located in “KILL” facilities and underwrite the costs of relocating them to “NO KILL” facilities in hopes of finding them a forever family.
Dogs available for adoption will join us as well!

Time: Doors open at 10 AM Hike begins at 10:30, poop bags will be provided
Donation: $15 includes a free mimosa after the hike
For more information: www.palmervineyards.com

Events @ Borghese Vineyards

Saturday, June 5 thru Sunday, June 13, 2010 (with receptions on Sundays June
6th & June 13th) 1-5pm

Women Sharing Art Exhibit at Castello di Borghese Vineyard

Women Sharing Art, Inc. is a multi-media group of women artists who Share
Energy & Explore Artistic Passions …… The Women Sharing Art Exhibit will
include Watercolor, Oil & Acrylic Paintings, Photography, Fiber Art,
Mosaics, Art Glass, Asian Brush Painting and more, at Castello di Borghese
Vineyard is located at 17150 County Rte 48 in Cutchogue, NY.  Call
631-734-5111 for more information or visit our website at
www.castellodiborghese.com.

Saturday, June 12, 2010
1pm

Winemaker’s Walk at Castello di Borghese Vineyard

A guided tour of the winery and production facility and wine tasting at
Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery. $20 per person. Please call to make
reservations (631) 734-5111 or purchase tickets online securely with your
credit card at www.castellodiborghese.com.

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New Special Offers and Packages @ Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast

A North Fork Wine Country Experience

* only available to guests of Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast and other NFBBA members.


Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast is delighted to announce the launch of our Winery Discount and Free Tastings Certificate EXCLUSIVE to guests of Shorecrest and other NFBBA member BnB’s!

The Discount card entitles guests to discounts on purchases and complimentary tastings to 24 local North Fork Long Island vineyards and includes:

  • One free tasting to five different vineyards (tastings can cost from $8 – $12 each, depending on wine for a $40-$60 value)
  • Free tastings with purchase to an additional 7 wineries- ($56-$84 value)
  • 23 wineries offer from 10% to 25% discount on purchases

(Average 17% discount on all wine purchases)

Total value of card $100- $150 PLUS  depending on purchases

Visit our reservation calendar to select your room and secure this great wine appreciation offer
Visit our blog for the latest news on North Fork and Long Island Wine Country events.

Click on the link to our reservation page for specials and retail items that you can add to your stay to enhance your visit

A Long Island Wine Country vacation at Shorecrest BnB by the Sea

Book three nights at full price midweek in June and your 4th night is free! Your stay night will include a complimentary bottle of wine and chocolates on arrival, our exclusive winery discount and complimentary tastings card for you  to use at 24 local wineries, access to our two private beaches, full  concierge services  and of course our full four course candlelit gourmet breakfast!

Visit our new Area Attractions page on the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast website to see interactive maps of the area. We are adding to them all the time. You will be amazed by how much there is to see and do on the North Fork and at Shorecrest we offer the concierge services that help you make the most of your time here. We look forward to welcoming you to Shorecrest and the North Fork soon.

 

A North Fork Wine and Food Appreciation Experience

At this wine tasting and food pairing class at a local winery you will:

• Meet the wine maker and tour the vineyard.

• Learn about viticulture from vineyard to barrel, from bottle to glass, from pouring to tasting!

• Taste up to 8 different wines paired with a generous smorgasbord of cheeses, fruits, savories and sweets, to teach you what goes with what!

• Leave with your own set of tasting notes on the wines you have sampled, an aroma wheel explaining the mysteries of wine appreciation and a knowledge of how to judge and appreciate wine.

Use your EXCLUSIVE  24 winery discount card to continue exploring the vineyards of the North Fork of Long Island, enjoying complimentary tastings and generous discounts along the way.

Dates available:

• Saturday  June 12th

5-6:30 pm, 7:30-9 pm

• Saturday  July 10th

5-6:30pm, 7:30-9pm

• Saturday July 24th

5-630pm, 7:30-9pm

• Saturday August 7th

5-630pm, 7:30-9p

• Saturday August  21st

5-6:30pm, 7:30-9pm

Couples Golf 2 Night Getaway

 

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast, located on the Long Island Sound less than a five minute drive from Island’s End Golf course is the perfect place to ‘come home to’ after a satisfying yet tiring day on the links!

Enjoy 1 round of golf for two including cart and club rental at Island’s End Golf Course

2 luxurious nights in a queen room at the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast

Full gourmet breakfast each day

Complimentary beverage and snacks (available 3pm until early evening)

Golfers also receive our 24 Winery Discount and Free Tastings Certificate EXCLUSIVE to guests of Shorecrest and other NFBBA member BnB’s!

Dates and Rates for Golfing stays:

June – Labor Day weekend

$375 per person, 2 night stay

Fall and winter (Post Labor day through April 30th)

$365 per person, 2 night stay

Weeknight Couple golf package – Sunday thru Thursday (except July and August):

Deduct $25 from per person rate for two night weekday package

Holiday Rates

Add $25 per day national holidays

Run for the Roses on the North Fork for Memorial Day weekend

The Shorecrest beach on Long Island Sound after a spring storm

We’re expecting some beautiful weather and this is the  FINAL WEEKEND of the 2010 RUN FOR THE ROSES campaign!

VISIT PARTICIPATING WINERIES TO SAMPLE THEIR EXCELLENT ROSÉ WINES and contribute to a very important cause: ONE DOLLAR OF EVERY BOTTLE OF ROSÉ PURCHASED DURING THE MONTH WILL BE DONATED TO CANCERCARE.

The current list of offers this weekend includes:

WINERIES:

Bella Vita Vineyard:
Receive a free wine glass with every purchase of our Bella Vita Rosé. $1 from every bottle sold will be donated to CancerCare. Food pairings every weekend from 12 – 6pm.  Call 631 734 8282 for more information.

Bouké Wines:
During the month of May, sample Bouké’s Rosé as part of the special tasting menu at The Tasting Room in Peconic. $1.00 from every bottle of Bouké Rosé sold will be donated to CancerCare. ALSO: Taste our Rosé at Claudio’s Restaurant in Greenport throughout the month.

Castello di Borghese:
ALL SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS IN MAY: ALL SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS IN MAY: Choose any Tasting Flight at Castello di Borghese and we will include a complimentary extra taste of our Rosé Fleurette ’08. For every bottle of our rosé, Fleurette sold, one dollar will be donated to CancerCare.

Comtesse Therese:
During the month of May, sample Comtesse Therese’s Rosé as part of the special tasting menu at The Tasting Room in Peconic. $1.00 or every bottle of Comtesse Therese Rosé sold will be donated to CancerCare.

Clovis Point:
During the month of May, $1 per bottle of Rosé sold will be donated to CancerCare.

Croteaux Vineyard:
Every Saturday in May, 1 pm: “French Crepe Demonstration” by Paula Croteaux owner of Farmhouse Kitchen Cooking School. Recipes & Crepe Sampling will be included with our tasting. During the month, $1 per Rosé 3- pack will be donated to CancerCare. Come to the Croteaux Tasting Barn and see our beautiful Spring gardens!

Duck Walk North and South:
During May, Duck Walk is pleased to donate $1.00 of each bottle of Windmill Blush to CancerCare.

Harbes Family Farm and Vineyards:
During the month of May, one dollar from each bottle of Rosé sold will be donated to the CancerCare.

Jamesport Vineyards:
Every weekend in May, Jamesport will feature our Rosé wine with fresh local oysters.
$1 per bottle of Rosé sold will be donated to CancerCare.

Lieb Family Cellars:
Complimentary tastings of our white merlot all through May.

Macari Vineyards & Winery:
During the month of May, $1 per bottle of Rosé sold during the month will be donated to CancerCare!

Martha Clara Vineyard:
During May, Martha Clara will donate $1 from each two or more bottle sale of Rose to CancerCare.

One Woman Wines:
May 29: LIVE MUSIC (weather permitting)
Every weekend: Enjoy a special cheeseplate with a glass of our Rose ($11) and throughout the month purchase a case of our Rose for only $100 (regularly $144); AND if our Goat has a baby in May, we will name it Rosie, and it will be in the pasture up front for everyone to see!!!

Palmer Vineyards:
During the month of May: Free Tastings of current Blushes and Rosé(s) every Saturday and Sunday. 10% discount on any wine purchase of 3 bottles or more.

Pindar:
Throughout May, Pindar is pleased to donate $1.00 of each bottle of Spring Splendor sold in the tasting room during the month of May to CancerCare.

Roanoke Vineyards:
Purchase a bottle of our Rosé and $1 will be donated to CancerCare.

Waters Crest Winery:
May 29, 3 – 5pm Alley O designer cookies will be releasing the exclusive COCO VIN Waters Crest cookie, paired with our new 2009 Rosé. Visit www.waterscrestwinery.com for more details.

Wolffer Estate Vineyards:
Visit the Wolffer Estate Wine Stand on the Montauk Highway:Purchase a bottle of our Rosé and $1 will be donated to CancerCare.

RESTAURANTS:

A Mano: During the month of May, NO CORKAGE FEE on any Long Island Rosé purchased at local wineries.

Amarelle: For the entire month of May, Domaines Corey Creek Rosé 2008 will be paired with an appetizer especially prepared for the Run for the Rosés.
May 27, 6:30: A six course wine pairing dinner with Bedell Cellars including Corey Creek Rosé 2008

Claudio’s Restaurant & Clam Bar: Throughout May, sample a special selection of Long Island Rosés by the glass.

Plus if you are staying at the Shorecrest BnB or one of our rental houses you get to use our fabulous beach on Long Island Sound or launch your kyaks from our other beach on the inlet behind the BnB.

We look forward to seeing you at the Shorecrest and on the North Fork soon and wish you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast – A North Fork Gardeners Diary

Daffodils on the berm in early April at the Shorecrest

Early harbingers of spring, daffodils wave to passers by on route 48 in Southold

Part 1

The Passionate Gardener

This is going to be a section of my blog devoted primarily to gardening. I hope to add to it weekly during the season. There are lots of things I want this blog to be about but one aspect of life I am most interested in and passionate about , is the beauty and wonder of nature, and particularly the artistic pleasure of harnessing those wonders in creating a garden

I feel so fortunate to be living and working on the North Fork of Long Island. With its rich soil and (fairly) agreeable climate for plant health, it is a fine place to grow a garden and I count my lucky stars every day as I cross the road from my BnB to the beach, walk by the waters of the Long Island Sound and if I time it right enjoy a glorious sunset.

My last three houses were purchased  largely because of their location on a parcel of land with  potential  for a  garden. I have ‘built’ or ‘created’ gardens throughout my life wherever I have lived. As an art student living in a rented ground floor ‘flat’  in East London with only enough money to buy a dozen or so packets of ‘four o’clock’, marigold, lupine and nasturtium seeds to spread around a bare patch of earth in the forlorn looking back yard, a carpet of color was created that lasted from Spring until Frost.

Pansies and perennials in the Shorecrest secret garden

Instant gratification; pansies can be planted in April for early color in the flower border

When I first moved to New York I took a summer rental in the Catskills so that although I was living in a Manhattan apartment with no garden  I could spend my vacation days double digging flower beds and ambitiously planting climbing roses and every variety of annual I could find for an ‘instant gratification’ garden. The landlord was quite happy to have me do the work and beautify his cottage, but obviously thought I was quite mental!

I grew up in England and one of my earliest memories is the garden my uncle made when we moved from the city to the countryside when I was 5 years old. Our house was literally built on what a few months before had been a cow pasture. I ‘helped’ him lay out the flower beds and lawns, double dig the vegetable patch, and use a giant hand sieve to remove stones and pebbles from the less than perfectly loamy soil. I was fascinated when he turned an oil drum filled with cement and the handles and axle from an old baby carriage into a giant roller to flatten and grade the soil before planting grass seed for a lawn that could have served as a putting green it was so perfect.

Speicies tulips April 2010 in the meditation garden

Species tulips return every year

Every day I walked to school past the gardens of my neighbors, all apparently committed horticulturists and took a great interest in the health and progress of their dahlias, roses, chrysanthemums et al. In England almost everyone is a gardener; it seems to be in the blood, but it probably also has a lot to do with being blessed with an almost perfect climate for a wide variety of flowering plants. We never had to contend with the humid but overly warm nights that you find in New York (bliss for fungus diseases, awful for plants prone to downy mildew and black spot) or a sudden inexplicable hail storm on an otherwise perfect June day with hail stones sharp as knives and the size of quarters that can decapitate every bud on the roses and hydrangeas; or Lyme ticks lurking in the shrubbery! But the North Fork of Long Island and my spot in particular, surrounded as it is by the moderating waters of the Long Island Sound and the Ashamomaque inlet of Shelter Bay is much more temperate and better suited to growing things than almost any other area of New York State. This, and the remarkable richness of the soil is why there are so many wineries and farms here also.

Flame colored hybrid tulips compliment red maple leaves in the Shorecrest meditation garden

What follows is the story of my current garden at the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast. It is a work in progress as all gardens are and in my next post I will explain how it came into being. Hopefully you will follow along with the trials and tribulations of combating voles, sudden late frosts and all the drama and pleasure that go along with the job of taking care of a garden.

Meanwhile I have included photographs here of the garden as it looked earlier in the season as it just awoke from its winter sleep, in March and April.

Until the next time…..

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