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Events, Things to Do and How to ‘Beat the Heat’ Vacations on Long Island’s East End

As the summer heats up the thoughts of city and urban dwellers inevitably  turn to beach vacations and cool ocean breezes. For those of  you who still haven’t made plans for a summer getaway there are still rooms available at the Shorecrest BandB June through Labor Day, including July 4th week and the following weekend, where you can relax on our own private Long Island Sound beach or launch your paddle board or kayak from our second Shelter Bay Inlet beach, both just steps from the Inn.

For families or groups looking for a house to rent together, we still have some weeks available through July, August and September at our four water front 3 /4 bedroom rental houses: two in Southold on the LI Sound and Inlet; one on the Lake in East Marion with sandy bay beach access, and one on the Great Peconic Bay in Aquebogue. All newly renovated with air conditioning and all modern conveniences. Check out our property rental website www.shorecrestpm.com for more details and visit the online reservation calendar or call 631 765 1570 for availability. We look forward to hearing from you.

It is mid June and the number of activities on and around the East End of Long Island increase as the summer progresses. Below is detailed information on a few of them; for a more comprehensive list of activities around Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast, the North Fork, Southold, Shelter Island, Greenport and the North Fork Vineyards, check the Events Calendar on this blog.

East End Events through June 2012

Southampton, June 23rd

LaughNYC PRESENTS: A Night of Wine & Comedy

On Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 at 8:00pm, the Hampton’s House of Gardens at 534 North Magee St in Southampton presents a night of great wine and hilarious comedy. Visitors can expect superb Wolffer Estate Wine to enjoy that is sold on premises and the comedic headliner is Ricky Valez! Also making a comedy stand will be Brian Jian, Paul Corrigan from XM Radio, and Adam Lucidi. This is an adult’s only event. The doors will open at 6:30pm and tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door.

For reservations and info  Call 631-471-6335

Dancing in Setaukeet – ongoing on Monday evenings

Ballroom and Latin Dance Classes

Head to the Setauket Neighborhood House at 95. E. Main Street in Setauket on June 25th, and July  9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th for Ballroom and Latin Dancing classes. Class times are as follows:

7:00pm – Tango II
8:00pm – Swing II
9:00pm – Advanced International Cha – Cha

Classes are $15 per person per class or $12 per person if classes at paid in full at or before your first lesson. For more information call Patty at 516.909.1686

East Hampton, theater through June 30th

The John Drew Theater at Guild Hall presents LUV by Murray Schisgal

Tuesdays through Sundays, June 7th through June 30th at 8pm visitors can enjoy LUV, directed by Lonny Price. This hilarious hard-luck story is presented by special arrangements with Samuel French, Inc. Tickets for Prime Orchestra is $85 or $80 for members, Orchestra seating is at $50 or $48 for current members, and balcony seating is available for $40, or $38 for Guild Hall members.

This event is located at the Guild Hall at 158 Main Street in East Hampton. Call ahead of time to be ensured of reservations. 631-324-0806 or check for tickets online at GuildHall.org

Keep an eye on our blog and events calendar for more details on ‘Things to Do’ on the East End and North Fork of Long Island.

The Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast Events Calendar – Your Most Up-to-Date Guide to Things to Do on the East End of Long Island, New York

At Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast in Southold, New York, keeping up with local events is imperative to our guests ultimate comfort and experience on Long Island. For this very reason, we keep a regular scheduled list of events available to our guests and views here on our BnB blog.

Long Island Events Calendar

If you check over to the right of this page where the arrows point, you will see that the top arrow shows Next Event, which indicates the events that are going on in the Southold area of Long Island currently.  Click on the More Info tab to see a more robust listing. The arrow pointing down shows you the Upcoming Events listed in our area along with the date of the event. Use these helpful tips to help you plan your trip to the North Fork of Long Island at the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast Inn.

A map on the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast site will show you all of the local entertainments to be found here.

North Fork Entertainment

There are many things to do while staying over in the North Fork, Long Island area.

Arts and Culture

The Arts in Southold Town

The folks of North Fork and Shelter Island enjoy participating in the appreciation of  The Arts in Southold Town. The priority of The Arts is to reach and help to stimulate as many as possible to visit and participate in a great and reliable arts feature in the community.

Visit The Arts in Southhold Town – Phone: 631 734-6320

The North Fork Community Theater

The North Fork Community Theater has been an integral part of the North Fork community for over 50 years.

Visit North Fork Community Theater – Phone: 631 734-6320

Dining

North Fork Table and Inn

Try the North Fork Table and Inn for some delectable Long Island fare. Don’t forget The Lunch Truck too that sells exquisite food created by Chefs Fleming and Hayden from 11:30 to 3:30, 4 days per week, closed Tuesday thru Thursday

Visit the North Fork Table and Inn or the Lunch Truck – 631.765.0177

A Lure Restaurant

Welcome to A Lure where the food is fresh, fantastic and what Long Island dining is all about. Visit their location on Long Island during your next visit to Shorecrest BnB.

Visit A Lure Restaurant – 631 876-5300

Heritage Sites

Custer Institute and Observatory

Enjoy the beauty of the vast open night sky from the Custer Institute and Observatory. Long Islands oldest public observatory has many special events throughout the year.

Visit the Custer Institute and Observatory -  631-765-2626

Wineries

Corey’s Creek Vineyards

Corey’s Creek Vineyard offers a tasting room and gift shop in an open airy, barn-like structure with glass doors that open to an outdoor deck. When staying at Shorecrest BnB check out Corey Creek.

Visit Corey Creek Vineyards – 631- 765-4168

Duck Walk North Vineyard

Creating award winning, distinctive wines on the North Fork, Duck Walk North Vineyard is another nearby winery option.

Visit the Duck Walk North Vineyard – 631- 765-3500

Hamptons Restaurant Week

Join us in the Hamptons for the 10th annual Hamptons Restaurant Week extravaganza. The Hamptons Restaurant Week is presented by Long Island Restaurant & Marketing Hospitality Group and is focused on organizing and encouraging businesses on the East End of Long Island to provide bargain priced meals at some of areas top restaurants.

During Hamptons Restaurant Week, all participating restaurants will offer a three course prix fixe for $19.95 and/or $24.95 until closing, with the exception of Saturday evenings when the offer ends at 7pm.

While the East End of Long Island is famous for many things such as vacation destinations, wineries, golf courses and Bed & Breakfast Inns, it is also famous for its premier dining establishments.

Running from March 18th to March 25th visitors to Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast can visit one of many nearby restaurants for some of the finest dining in New York.

Participating Restaurants

  • Comtesse Therese Bistro (631) 779-2800
  • Touch of Venice Restaurant (631) 298-5851
  • noah’s (631) 477-6720
  • North Fork Oyster Company (631) 477-6840
  • Jamesport Country Kitchen (631) 722-3537
  • Jamesport Manor Inn (631) 722-0500
  • Legends Restaurant (631) 734-5123
  • Vine Street Cafe (631) 749-3210
  • La Maison Blanche (631) 749-1633
  • Bayview Inn & Restaurant (631) 722-2659
  • North Fork Table & Inn (631) 765-0177

Head to Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast Inn and find out why a getaway on the North Fork of Long Island to find out exactly why visitors continue to return season after season and year after year. Participating establishments will offer their own unique variety of a three-course prix fixe menu with the exclusion of Saturday evenings after 7pm. Some of the perks of Hamptons Restaurant Week include:

  • Restaurants will offer their course menus for either $19.95 and/or $24.95
  • Visitors to the participating establishments can try discounted bottles of wine from local vineyards for $19.95 or $24.95
  • Participating vineyards will offer tasting room discounts with up to 15% off of bottles of their select wines, 20% off cases, or a flight of five tasting wines for $5
  • The campaign also includes discounts at lodging properties and local vineyards

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast Special for Winterfest & Jazz on the Vine, the North Fork of Long Island’s celebration of wine and music.

The North Fork of Long Island celebrates wine, winter and music again this year with the Winterfest festival and JAZZ ON THE VINE. From February 11 to March 18 visitors to the North Fork will be able to enjoy 6 great weekends of truly exceptional jazz performances in winery tasting rooms. Good times for music and wine lovers!
Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast has created a special two night stay package for our guests during the festival and through April 15th. Included in your stay is a $25 gift certificate towards dinner for two at either the Frisky Oyster or Noah’s, two of our favorite Greenport restaurants, a $50 gift certificate towards a one hour aromatherapy massage for each guest, our exclusive discount card to 24 wineries including some free tastings, and a private wine class or champagne in room ’ picnic’. At these rates you might consider a family re-union or friends getaway!
Speak to us about other activities in the area. To select your dates and choose a room visit our website www.shorecrestbedandbreakfast.insideout.com. To book on line click on the ‘check availability’ link or call Marilyn at 631 765 1570

This years program includes over 70 performances at 20 participating wineries:

Schedule of Events for Long Island Jazz on the Vine during Winterfest

Saturday, February 25:
1:30 – Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard – Tessa Souter
3:00 – Martha Clara- Mike Pride’s FROM BACTERIA TO BOYS
3:00 – Palmer Vineyards – Will Sellenraad
3:00 – Sherwood House – 58th & Ninth
4:30 – Peconic Bay Winery – John Davis Quartet
4:30 – Raphael – New Mo Swing
- presented by Tanger Outlets

Sunday, February 26:
2:00 – Clovis Point – Eri Yamamoto Trio
2:00 – Jamesport Vineyards – Mark Gatz Trio
2:00 – Pellegrini Vineyards – Danny Kean & Friends
3:30 – Laurel Lake Vineyards – Randy Napoleon
3:30 – Bedell Cellars – Rory Stuart Quartet
- presented by Hampton Jitney

Saturday, March 3:
3:00 – Martha Clara Vineyards – Sazon Mix
3:00 – Palmer Vineyards – Amy Cervini Quartet
3:00 – Sherwood House – Bryan Campbell
4:30 – Macari Vineyards – Nelson Riveros Ensemble
4:30 – Pellegrini Vineyards – In The Moment
4:30 – Duck Walk Vineyards North – Amy London

Sunday, March 4:
12:30 – Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard – Paula Atherton
- presented by Long Island Rail Road
2:00 – Waters Crest – East End Jazz
2:00 – Sparkling Pointe – Holli Ross
- presented by Elegant B&Bs of the North Fork
3:30 – Peconic Bay Winery – Alex Sipiagin Quartet
3:30 – Bedell Cellars – Chiemi Nakai/Afronaughtica
- presented by Hamptons.com
4:00 – Raphael – All That Jazz! All Star Super Band

Saturday, March 10:
2:00 – Sannino’s Bella Vita Vineyard – Dennis Raffelock
3:00 – Laurel Lake Vineyards – Monday Michiru
3:00 – Palmer Vineyards – Dan Aran Trio
4:30 – Duck Walk Vineyards North – Ojoyo
4:30 – Ospreys’ Dominion – Rare Groove Band
4:30 – Raphael – Shenole Latimer Quartet
- presented by Next Stop Magazine

Sunday, March 11:
12:30 – Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard – Dara Tucker
1:00 – Wolffer Estate – Jarrett Cherner
2:00 – Macari Vineyards – The Curtis Brothers
2:00 – Martha Clara Vineyards – Roosevelt Dime
3:30 – Pellegrini Vineyards – Ray Anderson
4:00 – Bedell Cellars – Lauren Kinhan

Saturday, March 17:
1:30 – Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard – Oscar Peñas Ethereal Ensemble
3:00 – Clovis Point – Dwayne Kerr
3:00 – Duck Walk North – The Avengers
4:30 – Pellegrini Vineyards – Shan Kenner
4:30 – Jamesport Vineyards – Jack Morelli Trio
4:30 – Bedell Cellars – Heather Hardy

Sunday, March 18:
2:00 – Martha Clara Vineyards – Philip Dizack Quartet
2:00 – Sherwood House – Ahmad Ali
2:00 – Sannino’s Bella Vita – Lobenstein/Salerno Duo
3:30 – Raphael – Mambo Loco
3:30 – Sparkling Pointe – Bakithi Kumalo Band

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast Special for Winterfest & Jazz on the Vine, the North Fork of Long Island’s celebration of wine and music.

The North Fork of Long Island celebrates wine, winter and music again this year with the Winterfest festival and JAZZ ON THE VINE. From February 11 to March 18 visitors to the North Fork will be able to enjoy 6 great weekends of truly exceptional jazz performances in winery tasting rooms. Good times for music and wine lovers!
Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast has created a special two night stay package for our guests during the festival and through April 15th. Included in your stay is a $25 gift certificate towards dinner for two at either the Frisky Oyster or Noah’s, two of our favorite Greenport restaurants, a $50 gift certificate towards a one hour aromatherapy massage for each guest, our exclusive discount card to 24 wineries including some free tastings, and a private wine class or champagne in room ’ picnic’. At these rates you might consider a family re-union or friends getaway!
Speak to us about other activities in the area. To select your dates and choose a room visit our website www.shorecrestbedandbreakfast.com. To book on line click on the ‘check availability’ link or call Marilyn at 631 765 1570

This years program includes over 70 performances at 20 participating wineries:

Schedule of Events for Long Island Jazz on the Vine during Winterfest

Saturday, February 25:
1:30 – Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard – Tessa Souter
3:00 – Martha Clara- Mike Pride’s FROM BACTERIA TO BOYS
3:00 – Palmer Vineyards – Will Sellenraad
3:00 – Sherwood House – 58th & Ninth
4:30 – Peconic Bay Winery – John Davis Quartet
4:30 – Raphael – New Mo Swing
- presented by Tanger Outlets

Sunday, February 26:
2:00 – Clovis Point – Eri Yamamoto Trio
2:00 – Jamesport Vineyards – Mark Gatz Trio
2:00 – Pellegrini Vineyards – Danny Kean & Friends
3:30 – Laurel Lake Vineyards – Randy Napoleon
3:30 – Bedell Cellars – Rory Stuart Quartet
- presented by Hampton Jitney

Saturday, March 3:
3:00 – Martha Clara Vineyards – Sazon Mix
3:00 – Palmer Vineyards – Amy Cervini Quartet
3:00 – Sherwood House – Bryan Campbell
4:30 – Macari Vineyards – Nelson Riveros Ensemble
4:30 – Pellegrini Vineyards – In The Moment
4:30 – Duck Walk Vineyards North – Amy London

Sunday, March 4:
12:30 – Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard – Paula Atherton
- presented by Long Island Rail Road
2:00 – Waters Crest – East End Jazz
2:00 – Sparkling Pointe – Holli Ross
- presented by Elegant B&Bs of the North Fork
3:30 – Peconic Bay Winery – Alex Sipiagin Quartet
3:30 – Bedell Cellars – Chiemi Nakai/Afronaughtica
- presented by Hamptons.com
4:00 – Raphael – All That Jazz! All Star Super Band

Saturday, March 10:
2:00 – Sannino’s Bella Vita Vineyard – Dennis Raffelock
3:00 – Laurel Lake Vineyards – Monday Michiru
3:00 – Palmer Vineyards – Dan Aran Trio
4:30 – Duck Walk Vineyards North – Ojoyo
4:30 – Ospreys’ Dominion – Rare Groove Band
4:30 – Raphael – Shenole Latimer Quartet
- presented by Next Stop Magazine

Sunday, March 11:
12:30 – Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard – Dara Tucker
1:00 – Wolffer Estate – Jarrett Cherner
2:00 – Macari Vineyards – The Curtis Brothers
2:00 – Martha Clara Vineyards – Roosevelt Dime
3:30 – Pellegrini Vineyards – Ray Anderson
4:00 – Bedell Cellars – Lauren Kinhan

Saturday, March 17:
1:30 – Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard – Oscar Peñas Ethereal Ensemble
3:00 – Clovis Point – Dwayne Kerr
3:00 – Duck Walk North – The Avengers
4:30 – Pellegrini Vineyards – Shan Kenner
4:30 – Jamesport Vineyards – Jack Morelli Trio
4:30 – Bedell Cellars – Heather Hardy

Sunday, March 18:
2:00 – Martha Clara Vineyards – Philip Dizack Quartet
2:00 – Sherwood House – Ahmad Ali
2:00 – Sannino’s Bella Vita – Lobenstein/Salerno Duo
3:30 – Raphael – Mambo Loco
3:30 – Sparkling Pointe – Bakithi Kumalo Band

News from Shorecrest BandB: A Winter Wonderland photo diary of the North Fork of Long Island

The path to the Shorecrest inlet beach: a winter wonderland in a blanket of new snow

Always a fan of the great natural beauty of the North Fork, its open fields and miles of beaches, I am particularly enamored of its winter glory. The area is looking especially beautiful at present in its white winter coat of snow and offers great photo opportunities for the camera buff. I am equally fond of the local wildlife which, if not in hibernation might need some extra help during this kind of harsh winter weather. The birds at my feeder just outside my window are a constant source of entertainment as they brave the storm to supplement their winter diet.Over the summer we could hear the call of a red fox in the nights and spotted him a few times dashing across route 48 in the late evening or early morning hours. Now we know where he goes as we can spot his tracks in the snow from his nightly hunting forays. I hope he manages to find and make a meal of some of the sleeping voles that were eating my bulbs and perennial flower roots last spring! Gardeners quickly lose any sentimental feelings over pesky rodents, and anyway, I’m a big admirer of handsome Mister Fox.

Large amounts of snow can be a burden in an urban setting; and not pretty as soon as it turns from pristine white to a dirty gray color, then black, in a very short time.  Piled high on every corner, it makes getting around a chore in the city as I remember well from when I worked in Manhattan. But on the sparsely populated North Fork the snow remains white and pristine on all but the busiest main roads and its beauty a pleasure. Driving the back roads, visiting the creeks and vineyards or hiking the nature preserves and beaches, the stunning views just take your breath away.

If you want to regain that feeling of childhood, when a snow storm was a magical event that transformed the landscape and made everything beautiful, take a little break and come stay with us for a couple of days. We are only just over two hours from Manhattan and a less than fifteen minutes from the Orient Point Ferry. Visit the ‘Area Attractions’ page of our website to see our map and lists of things to do and see while you are here. Bring your Valentine , any time through the end of March, and be treated to a complimentary champagne picnic or wine class included in the cost of a two night stay. Visit our website and click on the ‘check availability BnB rooms’ for rates and calendar.

News updates from Shorecrest

Each winter I choose a couple of projects to improve the comforts and amenities of the BnB for my guests. This year I tackled extending the central heating and cooling system that serves the rest of the house to the west porch and improving the insulation of the storm windows. The result has been that guests have been able to sit out there, play chess, scrabble or just read on even cold days this winter. It is also now usable for far more days of the year for in house massage, and is large enough for either a single person or couple to receive their treatment. There is nothing so relaxing as a semi outdoor massage with natural daylight and a view of the gardens and water of the inlet beyond.

We are offering special stay packages with massage and/or wine classes included throughout the winter and early spring. Please visit our website to check availability, special offers and discount on massage with a two night stay or more.

Shorecrest waterfront houses available for summer rentals

Summer is coming and isn’t it time to think about a vacation for you and yours? If you are limited for time, traveling far by plane can cut so much time from your much needed holiday and so exhausting, you need another vacation to recover when you get back! Isn’t it fortunate then that there is so much to do on the North Fork for all ages and it is amazing that such an idyllic place could be just a short journey from large Metropolitan areas as Manhattan by road, train or bus and Boston and Connecticut via the Cross Sound Ferries from New London or Bridgeport. We are also only 45 minutes from Long Island’s McArthur airport and two hours from JFK or La Guardia for those coming from further away and who need to fly. Great for families with children and even pets, Shorecrest Property Management has four waterfront houses still with availability for rent this coming summer. Please visit our Property Management website  for photos and details and links to our reservation calendar for house prices and availability.

I look forward to welcoming you to Shorecrest and the North Fork soon!

Greenport Holiday Festival on Long Island’s North Fork

The holiday season in the historic maritime village of Greenport, just 5 minutes drive from Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast in Southold began Saturday, November 27th with the arrival of Santa and the lighting of the holiday tree in Mitchell Park. Every weekend through to the New Year events are scheduled in the village for children and adults, including the opportunity for shopping, great dining (such as Noah’s and The Frisky Oyster) plus concerts, house tours, films, and much more for your entertainment.

The season culminates with a bang – literally – on New Year’s Eve with a party and celebration at the carousel in Mitchell Park, the traditional raising of the anchor, and spectacular fireworks over Greenport Harbor. For a complete list of events you can visit the Greenport Holiday Festival website and for photographs and more pictures, the Suffolk Times on line newspaper has a comprehensive spread on Greenport and the festival activities this week. Parade photo by Katharine Schroeder/Suffolk Times Review

Fireworks over the Harbor in Greenport

 

Visitors to Greenport and the North Fork discover a treasure trove of delights for all appetites; gifts for everyone on your list; decorations and gift wraps; antique stores and museum shops. All the villages along the length of Rout 25, one of the two east to west roads from Riverhead to Orient Point offer their own unique holiday festivities.

Each year the Southold Historical Society hosts a candlelight tour of the Historic District in December to coincide with the North Fork Bed and Breakfast Associations Holiday House Tour; also in Southold is the Custer Institute Observatory, which is open every Saturday evening for star gazing or catching the latest meteor shower. Southold is famous for its dark skies and lack of light pollution and star gazing is a favorite of Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast or rental house guests from our beach on the Long Island Sound.

Speaking of things to do on the North Fork during the holidays and winter, we cannot forget to mention the wineries and vineyards. Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast is making its own wine this year with Lisa and Anthony Sannino of Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard on Peconic Lane in Cutchogue, the only custom wine making facility on the North Fork of Long Island. We are just printing up our first label and hope to have some bottles ready to serve and gift in time for Christmas this year. Shorecrest and the other members of the North Fork Bed and Breakfast Association (NFBBA) also offer to our guests an exclusive winery discount card, with special offers on purchases and complimentary tastings at over 20 wineries.

So come along and enjoy the festivities during the holiday season; we are open for visitors Christmas day and the week between Christmas and New Year, and every weekend throughout the winter. We look forward to welcoming you to Shorecrest soon.

Wishing you a very happy holiday season and healthy and Successful New Year

Marilyn

Innkeeper and Manager, Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast and Property Management

Greenport Holiday Festival on Long Island’s North Fork

Harvesting the North Fork – New York, Long Island’s Wine Country

Harvesting the grapes in the Sannino Vineyard

October is harvest time for grapes as well as apples and pumpkins here on the North Fork of Long Island. This year I decided to take part in the custom wine making program run by Lisa and Anthony Sannino at their Bella Vita vineyard in Cutchogue.  I want Shorecrest to have its own wine and a couple of other BnB owner friends, Mark and Liz Macnish of Andrew’s Legacy in Cutchogue and Leueen who owns Harbor Knoll in Greenport liked the idea too, so we purchased a barrel together. This is such a great idea! A barrel produces 23 cases, 12 bottles to a case, and is such a fun thing to do with friends or family.

Merlot grapes on the vine ready for picking.

The program is a hands on experience, from harvesting the grapes in the Sannino’s own vineyard and learning all about viticulture as we go, through all the processes involved in creating a bottle of wine:  picking, crushing and pressing the grapes,  through the fermentation process  and then blending and bottling.

Two weeks ago, at the end of September and right before a storm was due to come through I went out with some other ‘winemakers in training’ to pick Merlot grapes. The harvest is early this year on the East End of Long Island due to the long hot summer, starting with some 75 degree days in April and ninety degree days in June. Grapes do well in this weather and the sugar content is high. That is how Anthony knows when the grapes are ready to harvest; he measures the sugar content and crushes a few bunches to taste the juice. So delicious, and that is before it became wine! Also delicious was the al fresco lunch that Lisa, with the help of Anthony’s mom and dad, served on their farm house’s porch in the vineyard, but I get ahead of myself.

Underdeveloped grapes are found higher on the vine in more shade

The seed of an unripe grape is green, and reddish in a ripe grape.

The morning for our grape picking experience was perfect; not too hot or chilly, and started with coffee and breakfast on the wrap around deck. I’d already served breakfast to my guests but was glad of an extra ‘cuppa Joe’ before we went off into the vineyard with our pruners and collection baskets to pick the ripe bunches of grapes. I learned where to cut and which ones not to choose. The seed of a ripe grape is reddish and green if it is not yet ripe.

There are also several diseases that can afflict grapes especially fungi and these were to be avoided. The fungus that we saw a little of that day was BotrytisAs an avid gardener, I had yet to meet a fungal disease that I could like, but Botrytis I learned is not all bad.  The fungus gives rise to two different kinds of infections on grapes. The first, grey rot, is the result of consistently wet or humid conditions, and typically results in the loss of the affected bunches. The second, noble rot, occurs when drier conditions follow wetter, and can result in distinctive sweet dessert wines, such as Sauternes. This summer, with such consistently hot weather the few bunches that were infected were of the ‘noble’ kind but as we were picking merlot and not grapes for sweet wines, we had to discard those.

What not to pick - Botrytis blight at 3 o'clock!

We were also careful to avoid the under ripe grapes that were higher on the vine and shaded by more leaves. The grapes we wanted all grow at the lowest level of the vine and were hanging down in giant lush clumps.

We picked for several hours and when our bins were full and also the stomachs of us field hands (after eating as much fresh baked pizza, pulled pork, salad, chicken and pasta as we could, paired of course with equally delicious Bella Vita wine) we headed off to help with the ‘crush’. The baskets of grapes were loaded onto trucks for transportation to the winery where they were weighed, Anthony taking careful notes all along, and then processed through a machine that de-stems them before shooting the crushed up pulp and skins into giant bins ready to begin the first part of the fermentation process.

More on this in the next article, but if this interests you enough to think you would like to make your own wine and enjoy a wonderful North Fork experience in the process, contact me at the Shorecrest for a special discount on a barrel of wine when you are my guest . I will also be putting together special packages over the winter and spring that will include Friday night dinners with your weekend stay at the BnB, wine appreciation classes with food pairing, and guided tours with a customized itinerary based on what there is going on at the time, for my guests. Larger groups might consider renting one of my private water front houses that sleep from 6-8 people and also accept children and in some cases pets. To see more details please visit the Shorecrest Property Management website.

My website now includes a page with maps of all the wineries, restaurants and other amenities in the area. Check my ‘Area Attractions’ page before planning your trip to see all there is to do in this unique part of Long Island.

So keep checking into the blog for updates on how the wine making process is going as well as other events and happenings at the Shorecrest BnB on the North Fork of Long Island’s fabulous East End!


Two weeks ago, at the end of September and right before a storm was due to come through I went out with some other ‘winemakers in training’ to pick Merlot grapes. The harvest is early this year on the East End of Long Island due to the long hot summer, starting with some 75 degree days in April and ninety degree days in June. Grapes do well in this weather and the sugar content is high. That is how Anthony knows when the grapes are ready to harvest; he measures the sugar content and crushes a few bunches to taste the juice. So delicious, and that is before it became wine! Also delicious was the al fresco lunch that Lisa, with the help of Anthony’s mom and dad, served on their farm house’s porch in the vineyard, but I get ahead of myself.

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