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Category Archives: North Fork Winery Events

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!