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Winterfest: Jazz on the Vine and Wine making on North Fork, Long Island

Vitalay Golovnev – awesome trumpeter

Long Island Winterfest and Jazz on the Vine continues to be a huge success as a forum for some great musical talent and enjoying North Fork wines. Weekends are busy for a Bed and Breakfast owner but I was able to take some time with two of my sons last Sunday afternoon to hop over to nearby Osprey Dominion winery and listen to the trumpet of of Vitaly Goloveny and a talented group of musicians on saxophone, bass and drums. It was a beautiful afternoon with just enough clouds to temper the strength of the sun that streamed through the large windows framing the tasting room. It is a large space and could have been an acoustic challenge but Vitaly tempered his playing of the trumpet skillfully to take the space into account and maintain a decibel level that was perfect for enjoyment of the sound. Winterfest continues through March 20th and a complete list of all musical performers and venues can be found on the Long Island Winterfest web site. You will find a quick  reference list for who is playing and where on last week’s Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast blog.

In the Vineyard: Wine making at the Sannino Vineyard

I have written in earlier postings about making my own barrel of wine with the Sannino’s Bella Vita vineyard. While the grapes we picked last fall continue their fermentation process in barrel, vat or bottle, this time of year starts a new growing season for the vines.

Netting that protected the grapes from hungry or just opportunistic wildlife has been removed and it is time to prune the vines.

Pruning is basically cutting off unwanted canes to allow the vines to produce a smaller and more intensely flavored crop the following year. This is done by cutting off approximately 90 percent of the past year’s cane growth, retaining only a few canes for fruit production in the upcoming season.

Vine before pruning with last years canes intact

Critical decisions are made during this process as to what parts of the vine are to be kept in order for the plant to be most productive. The photos illustrating the process here are of the same vine before pruning; leafless and then with most of the main canes removed except for four centrally located canes.

After pruning the main canes are laid along and tied to the first layer of wire

All canes have buds capable of producing the shoots, leaves and grapes for next seasons harvest. When pruning only four canes are kept to concentrate the growth of the plant and reduce the amount of fruit produced. The quality of the fruit produced this way is essential to the end product, a full rich wine. When pruning only the central canes are kept because they will allow the optimum amount of space between the main trunks, a consideration when planning for the most productivity in the vineyard. Only two of the four are needed but the additional two are left for insurance in case of damage during the next process.

As shown in the photographs, once pruned the vines are laid  on wires strung between posts and tied to them. One cane is directed to run left and the other right. There is some space left over between the trunks so a third cane is folded across the space.

Once canes have been put in place for the growing season they are called ‘Cordons’. The buds which will gradually swell, shoot and grow as the weather warms are spaced from 4 to 8 inches along each Cordon. Some buds will produce several shoots and  all but the largest and healthiest  will be removed to further concentrate the strength and vigor of the plant . The remaining shoots will then become next years canes and each canes will eventually bear one to three clusters of grapes close to the cordon as they continue  growing vertically.

Cane pruning as it is called is one of two most common methods on The North Fork. The other method is called Spur pruning. Spur pruning is the pruning style of choice for backyard vineyards and vines that are trained on fences and other simple trellises. The two methods can be used in the same field but only one would be selected as the average for the given variety or field.

More on pruning and progress in the vineyard and winery in our next ‘In the Vineyard’ blog post

Winterfest; Jazz on the Vine on Long Island’s North Fork

Winterfest, Long Island’s celebration of music and wine kicked off on Valentine’s Day weekend once again this year, with great success. The Festivities continue this weekend with music at Palmer, Castello Di Borghese, Martha Clara and Baiting Hollow Vineyards and Waters Crest Winery on Saturday. On Sunday Diliberto, Macari, Pellegrini and Raphael wineries will each be featuring musical events.

Winterfest continues through March 20th and a complete list of events and venues is listed below:




1:30 pm

Palmer VineyardsDida Pelled’s Trio

3 pm

Castello di BorgheseBakithi Kumalo

3 pm

Waters Crest WineryPearl Street Band

4:30 pm

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard Champian Fulton

4:30 pm

Martha Clara Vineyards Rare Groove Band

Rare Groove Band


2 pm

Diliberto Winery Jody Sandhaus Duo

2 pm

Macari Vineyards Don Miller & “Bass Station”

3:30 pm

Raphael Matt Wilson Quartet

3:30 pm

Pellegrini Vineyards Bob Magnuson/Glenn Alexander

Don Miller

1 pm

Southampton Cultural CenterInside the “Out” Side of Jazz – FREE!
Discussion with Ed Green; Moderator Steve Watson:

“Ellington, Jazz, the Opposites – and You!”

3 pm

Laurel Lake VineyardsMonday Michiru

3 pm

Baiting Hollow Farm VineyardJanine DiNatale

4:30 pm

Sherwood House Vineyards Ahmad Ali

4:30 pm

Martha Clara Vineyards Groove Gumbo

2 pm

Raphael Isaac Jaffe Quintet

2 pm

Bedell CellarsMatt Marshak

2 pm

Brecknock Hall, Greenport Hot Club of the Hamptons

3:30 pm

Osprey’s Dominion – Vitaly Golovnev

3:30 pm

Jamesport Vineyard MEM3 (Ernesto Cervini)


1:30 pm

RaphaelMorris Goldberg & OJOYO

3 pm

Waters Crest WineryOscar Penas Ethereal Ensemble

3 pm

Palmer Vineyards Tim Siciliano Trio

4:30 pm

Osprey’s Dominion Trevor Davison Quartet

4:30 pm

Martha Clara Vineyards – Benito Gonzalez


2 pm

Sherwood House VineyardsRay Anderson Duo

2 pm

Laurel Lake VineyardsBernal/Eckroth/Ennis

3:30 pm

Raphael Alex Sipiagin

3:30 pm

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard Tessa Souter

1 pm

Vail Leavitt Music Hall Inside the “Out” Side of Jazz – FREE!
Discussion with Lara Pellegrinelli, Adam Schatz, Ken Druker. Moderator Bob Barta.
“Reaching the Audience: Jazz in the Digital Age”

3 pm

Baiting Hollow Farm VineyardShenole Latimer Trio

3 pm

Diliberto Winery Jane Hastay & Peter Martin Weiss

4:30 pm

Clovis Point Willie Williams

4:30 pm

Macari Vineyards – Nelson Riveros


2 pm

Pellegrini Vineyards – Shan Kenner & Raw Trio

2 pm

Sparkling Pointe Susan Pereira & Sabor Brasil

3:30 pm

Jamesport VineyardMichael Jazz Trio

3:30 pm

Raphael Jerry Costanzo Sextet

1:30 pm

Raphael Bob Cunningham Trio

3 pm

Martha Clara Vineyards – Sabroso Latin Jazz Ensemble

3 pm

Palmer Vineyards Steve Salerno Trio

4:30 pm

Macari Vineyards Kelley Suttenfield

4:30 pm

Jamesport Vineyard – Iris Ornig Trio


2 pm

Bedell Cellars Lauren Kinhan

2 pm

Sparkling Pointe Beleza Sol

3:30 pm

Raphael Mambo Loco

3:30 pm

Clovis Pointe Marc Devine Trio


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.

North Fork Long Island Wine Country Special Events Spring 2010

The local wineries have all kinds of events planned for the next three months. Shorecrest will be offering special packages for visitors staying two nights or more and we will be thrilled to help you plan your North Fork getaway. Visit our website and booking calendar for the latest and last minute specials and packages. And remember, as the weather gets warmer having our beaches available just across the road or for long walks or sunset gazing, or our private inlet beach makes a stay here so much more special. Perhaps you will find your very own heart shaped pebble to sign and add to our collection or start your own.
We hope you come back many times and collect many hearts!

APRIL: The focus here in Wine Country in April is on barrel tastings and special events at area vineyards highlighting our amazing 2008 red vintages.

MAY: Join us for “Run for the Rose’s” when the wineries will highlight new rose’ releases with a percentage of rose’ sales donated to Cancer Care. This promotion will take place Saturdays and Sundays throughout May. Our local vineyards will also be celebrating “bud break” with special events on weekends in May. Come join the fun!

JUNE: 1st Annual LONG ISLAND WINE & FOOD Festival – June 25-27, 2010
For those who love great food, wine, (even beer) and fun…..this is an opportunity to learn about our local flavors, tastes, sights and smells. Meet local and celebrity chefs, enjoy local wines, fare, and attend special events all weekend long. We suggest you book your stay soon soon as this is sure to be a sold-out weekend!

Long Island Wine Dinner at the Fifth Season with Macari Vineyards

The Spring Winemaker’s Dinner will be held at the The Fifth Season Restaurant on Long Island and this year they are teaming up with Macari Vineyards for the event.  The Fifth Season Restaurant originally opened its doors in Greenport, Long Island and relocated in April to Jefferson.  The Spring Winemaker’s Dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, March 3rd and this year they will be features a four course dinner which will be priced at $55 per person, including wine pairings.

The Fifth Season Restaurant has been receiving terrific reviews from Zagat, Newsday, and New York Times.  Zagat rated it as a Top Restaurant in the United States while the New York Times says it is a restaurant for all seasons.  Add this combination to Long Island wine and you have a winner!

The menu and wine pairings for the Spring Winemaker’s Dinner will feature:

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February Wine and Chocolate Tasting on the North Fork

Wine and chocolate, what can we say?  Celebrate Valentine’s Day all month long in February with a wine and chocolate tasting at Lieb Family Cellars.  Wine and chocolate are truly the most decadent pairings that one can imagine!  Lieb Family Cellars and Bon Bons Chocolatier are coming together to offer a chocolate and wine tasting during the month of February which will include five wines paired with five handmade chocolates.  Wine will include a brut sparkling wine, three varieties of red wine, and a chardonnay.  Each wine will be specially paired with a chocolate that share some of the same flavoring as the wines.  Sounds delightful to me!

Wine and Chocolate tasting will he held Saturdays and Sundays in February from 1-5 P.M. at the Lieb Tasting Room in Mattituck.  Tickets will be $18 per person, or $12 if you are a wine club member.  Yes, chocolate and wine can harmonize together in a sinful tasting experience.  If you have questions, please visit their website or contact them at 631-298-1942.

Upcoming events at the Lieb Family Cellars will also include a Winter Club Winter Soiree on February 28th from 1-4 P.M.  featuring a chocolate fondue fountain, live music, and tasting of unreleased wines.  During the month of March they will be hosting wine and cheese pairings.

TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Wine Destinations Includes Long Island

The North Fork of Long Island has long been known for having access to many wineries.  Now TripAdvisor has named it one of the Top 10 Wine Destinations!  This is very exciting for North Fork to be included as a top wine destination along with California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys.  

The North Fork of Long Island was once home to many potato farms.  Gradually the farms were converted to growing grapes and now there are over 30 wineries on the North Fork of Long Island.  The wineries cover thousands of acres of vineyards and are located a short distance from the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast.  The wineries are open year-round and many feature wine tasting.  Additionally, they have wine clubs and host musical entertainment and wine dinners throughout the year.  The wineries are also perfect locations to host weddings, especially as the sun sets over the vineyard.     

Visit the North Fork of Long Island and check out our wineries!  You will not be disappointed.

North Fork Winery Events Featuring Martha Clara Vineyards

Wineries are in abundance on the North Fork of Long Island and today I would like to share some activities at the Martha Clara Vineyards.  The Entenmanns family bought the land in the late 1970’s and converted it into the Martha Clara Vineyards in 1996.  The first grapes were planted and now they have over a dozen types of Classic European varieties including Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah.

The Martha Clara Vineyards’ tasting room is open throughout the year and their gift baskets are perfect for the Holidays.  They can ship to Connecticut, California, New York, and Colorado and if you are looking for a gift for a wine lover, put this on your list.  Or, why not give the gift of joining their Wine Club?

They have on-going events during the year and for the month of December, make sure to add these to your “must do” activities:

Friday, December 11th – Wine Club Exclusive Wine Release Party at 7 P.M.  New releases will be featured and they will have discussions about the harvest.  Also, they will provide a tasting for a few of their 2009 futures.  Free to Wine Club Members.

A Night of Seven Fishes, Menu and Wine Pairing Dinner Friday, December 18th from 7 to 9 P.M.  Featured Chef will be David Girard of Buoy Seafood Market & Restaurant and tickets are $40 per person.

Tom Schaudel Wine Dinner, Saturday, December 19th from 7 to 10 P.M.  Menu features Seared Diver Scallops; Catapano Farm’s Goat Cheese Ravioli; Porcini Dusted Yellow Fin Tuna, Slow Braised Short Ribs, and Killer Fudge Brownie Sundae.  Tickets are $70.00 per person and includes wine paring.

Dance the Night Away at Osprey’s Dominion Winery

Care to dance?  The East End Ballroom will be holding a social dance at Osprey’s Dominion Winery on the North Fork of Long Island on Saturday, December 19th from 7 to 10 P.M.  The dance is open to everyone that enjoys music and wants to share the love of dance.  The East End Ballroom will be there to help you dance through the night with the music of George D. Smith and Josh Smith. Of course, you can’t dance at a winery without enjoying a little wine, which will be available at the cash bar. 

I have been taking lessons at the East End Ballroom dance studio in Riverhead and loving it.  It offers great exercise and so much fun.  The owner, George Smith, trained in England and is a brilliant dancer, entertaining teacher, and the music is marvelous too.  They offer a complimentary private lesson prior to a class and offer specialized lessons for either you or for a group.  Certainly worth checking out if you live in the area!

Come and enjoy a two night stay at the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast for the weekend of December 19th and receive two tickets to the Osprey’s Dominion Winery Social Dance.  Also you will be invited to attend Shorecrest’s private holiday party for friends and neighbors of the East End at 4 P.M. Sunday, December 20th.  What a great way to get into the Holiday spirit!

Fall Harvest Festivities at North Fork Wineries

Fall is harvest time for the wineries of the North Fork, and activities are in abundance.  Whether you are visiting the Shorecrest Inn on the weekend or mid-week, there are many wineries to visit and be able to enjoy the Fall harvest festivities.  Our featured winery in this article is Jamesport Vineyards located in Jamesport, Long Island.  

Jamesport Vineyards was established in 1981.  The vineyard consists of 60 acres and is tended to with Sustainable Farming Practices.  They produce about 7,000 cases of wine per year and varieties include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Semi Glace, Late Harvest Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and a Bordeaux Blend.  They are open for tasting Monday through Friday and Sundays from 11 A.M. until 5 P.M.  Saturdays they are open 11 A.M. until 6 P.M.  They have a variety of wine tasting options with price ranging from $5 to $15 and also offer flights of wine.  

In additional to lovely wines, Jamesport Vineyards also has a great line-up of entertainment.  We encourage you to make room on your calendar for this October, which includes: 

October 3, Jazz Funk Band with Funk Applied

October 4, Jazz Duo Paul Johnson and Tim Dahl

October 10, 60’s and 70’s Rock with Inner Sleeve

October 11, Jazz with Jazz on the Half Shell

October 17, Grateful Dead tribute with Reckoning

October 18, Jazz Duo Paul Johnson and Tim Dahl

October 24, 60’s and 70’s Rock with Inner Sleeve

October 25, Reggae with Quadra Love

October 31, Dub Reggae with  Noah’s Ark 

Stay tuned for additional wineries as they are featured on our Blog!