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LIVE ON THE VINE & Shorecrest Specials

The North Fork of Long Island is a magical place in the winter, not only for it’s spectacular views and serene, peaceful environment but all the great events that are going on!

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Live on the Vine is a 6 week mid-winter music festival that takes place in Long Island’s unique vineyard tasting rooms, hotels and other venues on the East End. It has been recognized for its cultural tourism impact during the off season and has proved to be a great attraction to food, wine and music lovers over the winter months, when room rates are lower and tables at some of our top restaurants easier to procure.  

To help you celebrate Winterfest and Live on the Vine in style, Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast is offering two great specials through March during this major North Fork festival:

Winterfest special – book two nights and enjoy dinner on us!

Your 2 night weekend stay at the Shorecrest will include not only $100 towards dinner for two at either the Frisky Oyster or Noah’s restaurant, but over our exclusive winery discount and complimentary tastings card for you  to use at over 20 local wineries, access to our two private beaches, full  concierge services  and of course our full four course candlelit gourmet breakfast!

North Fork Getaway – get $50 off a 2 night stay, free special tasting and bottle of wine!

Book 2 nights anytime through March 2014 and receive a $50 discount off the listed rate plus our exclusive winery discount card and a free tasting and bottle of wine from Sannino Bella Vita vineyard in Peconic. All stays at the BnB include of course our well reviewed gourmet breakfast and concierge services to help you plan your stay.

To book your stay and special offer visit our website to learn about the Inn and rooms,  then click on the ‘Check availability – Guest rooms’   link to select your dates and book, or on the Specials  tab to add the special offer you would like to choose.

 

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Keep up with the our BLOG or Facebook page to see the live music schedule every weekend during LIVE ON THE VINE. This weekend’s line up is as follows:

Saturday, February 22nd

1:00 – 3:00  Raphael: Nicky Schrine

1:00 – 3:00  Jason’s Vinyard: Nina Et cetera

2:30 – 4:30  Sherwood House: Jack’s Waterfall

4:00 – 6:00  Coffee Pot Cellars: Rorie Kelly

5:00 – 8:00  A lure Restaurant: Divello & Anderson

Sunday, February 23rd
1:30 – 3:30 Bedell Cellars: Buddy Merriam’s Back Roads Trio
1:30 – 3:30 Raphael: Gabriele Tranchina Ensemble
1:30 – 3:30 Palmer Vineyards: Brian Lenair
3:00 – 5:00 Sparkling Pointe: Nightingale Jazz Band
3:00 – 5:00 Pellegrini Vineyards: Scogeojam

 

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North Fork Long Island Wineries: Live Music this Labor Day

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The last weekend of summer kicks off the beginning of our fall harvest season, for many locals a favorite time of the year on the North Fork. We at Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast especially love week days on the North Fork during September and October. The weather is mild, we have the beaches and walking trails virtually to ourselves and can always get a reservation in our favorite restaurants.

Shorecrest BandB is fully booked weekends through the beginning of October but we are offering discounts on two, three and four night stays mid week, Sunday through Thursday where availability allows. A delicious full course breakfast and our exclusive discount card to 24 local wineries is always included.
View from deck of North Fork Waterfront house

View from deck of North Fork Waterfront house

We also have availability at some of our vacation rental cottages and homes. Visit our website for more information and a link to our online reservation calendar for either BandB rooms or Rentals.

For those visitors looking to enjoy wine and music this week on Long Island’s North Fork, here are some of the venues with musical line ups:
2114 Sound Avenue, Baiting Hollow NY 11933
(631) 369-0100
Saturday, August 31: Tommy Keys 12-2pm, Acoustic Soul 2-6pm
Sunday, September 1: The Denice Given Band 2-6pm
Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery  <http://castellodiborghese.com/>
17150 County Rte 48, Cutchogue NY 11935
(631) 734-5111
Saturday, August 31: Jazz with Marguerite Volonts 2-4pm
1935 Main Rd, Jamesport
(631) 722-4222
Saturday, August 31: The Cutchogue Wonders 1:30-4:30pm
Sunday, September 1: The Mike Engle Jazz Vibratrio 1:30-4:30pm
31855 Main Rd, Cutchogue
(631) 765-8929
Friday August 30: Live and Local Songwriters Showcase featuring Eddie Ayala, Christine and Jim LoPiano of Martini Garden, Chris J. Connolly and Larrin Gerard.
Saturday August 31: Robert Bruey 2-5pm
Sunday September 1: Jay Scott 2-5pm
260 Manor Lane, Jamesport NY 11901
(631) 722-3416
Saturday, August 31: Danny Keys 1:30-4:30pm, Opera in the Vines with Belle Voci 7:30-9:30pm
3165 Main Road, Laurel NY 11948
(631) 298-1420
Saturday, August 31: The Earthtones 1-5pm
Lenz Winery <http://www.lenzwine.com/>
38355 New York 25, Peconic <https://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&oe=UTF-8&q=38355+New+York+25,+Peconic&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x89e8908356326af9:0xa5eb6fbb819b9266,38355+New+York+25,+Peconic,+NY+11958&gl=us&ei=tenmUf6IFc6ErAfJvIHQCA&ved=0CCwQ8gEwAA>, (631) 734-6010 <tel:631-734-6010>
Saturday, August 31: Home Groan 2-5pm
35 Cox Neck Road, Mattituck NY 11952 (631) 298-1942
Saturday, August 31: Jon Divello 2-6pm
6025 Sound Ave, Riverhead NY 11901
(631) 298-0075
Saturday, August 31: Keith Maguire 1-5pm
Sunday, September 1: The Sly Geralds Band 2-6pm
44075 Main Rd, Peconic NY 11971 (631) 765-6188 <tel:631-765-6188>
Friday, August 30: Sahara 5-8pm
Saturday, August 31: Lone Sharks 1-5pm
Sunday, September 1: HooDoo Loungers 1-5pm
5120 Sound Ave, Riverhead NY 11901
(631) 722-9463
Saturday, August 31: Something: Beatles Tribute Band 2-5pm
Sunday, September 1: Small Island 1-5 pm
37645 Main Road (Route 25), Peconic, NY 11958
(631) 734-6200
Saturday, August 31: Tommy Sullivan 1-5pm
Sunday, September 1: Tommy Sullivan 1-5pm
34515 Main Road, Cutchogue NY 11935
(631) 734-4057
Saturday, August 31: Chris Hurley 2-6pm
Sunday, September 1: Chris Hurley 1-5pm
39390 Main Rd, Peconic NY 11958
(631) 765-1100
Thursday, August 29: Noiz 6:30-10:30pm
Friday, August 30: Mambo Loco 5-10pm
1375 Mill Rd, Peconic NY 11958 >
Thursday, August 29: Bob Blatchley Acoustic 1-5pm
39750 County Road 48, Southold NY 11971
(631) 765-0200
Friday, August 30: Bossa Nova Fridays 6-8pm
Sunday, September 1: Alexander Clough House Band 2-5pm. Performing jazz standards & bossa nova classics every Sunday.

 

Dan’s Taste of Two Forks – We Thank You !

Guests of Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast are drawn to the North Fork of Long Island, and this particular small section of it in particular, as much for the outstanding restaurants as the many excellent wineries and farm fresh produce. In featuring many of them in the annual event  Dan’s Taste of Two Fork’s has become a landmark  happening for the community and a showcase for the culinary genius of top chefs from NYC to the very eastern tip of Long Island. This year the event was hosted by Bobby Flay and located in Sayre Park in Bridgehampton. We want to show our support by mentioning in our blog our hometown Chefs from the villages of Southold and the nearby Greenport, where my friends and fellow BnB owners can be found on many an evening enjoying the wonderful fair they offer in their outstanding restaurants.

NOAH’S (Greenport, NY):  One of my favorites, and famous for their small plates and raw bar, Chef Noah Schwartz created crabbed stuffed devil eggs for Taste of Two Forks.

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Chef Keith Luce. Photo Courtesy of Dan’s Taste of Two Forks

MAIN at The Square (Greenport, N.Y): Chef Keith Luce served NoFo’ Duckling Summer Rolls!

NORTH FORK TABLE & INN (Southold, NY): Top rated by Zagat and one of the jewel’s of Southold, The North Fork Table and Inn’s chef, Gerry Hayden prepared Rock Shrimp Ceviche!

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North Fork Table & Inn. Photo courtesy of Dan’s Taste of Two Forks

FIRST AND SOUTH (Greenport, NY): Chef Taylor Knapp created Chocolate Covered Pork Rinds!

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First and South Chocolate Pork Rinds. Photo Courtesy of First and South

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLD MILL INN (Mattituck, NY): Old Mill Inn offered Mini-Mango/Jalapeno Cornbread Crabcakes w/Lemon Caper Sauce!

THE FRISKY OYSTER (Greenport,NY): Another favorite of mine (every guest I send there is thrilled) Chef Robby Beaver served Oyster’s Friskafella! Of Course!

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Bobby Flay and Chef Robby Beaver. Photo Courtesy of Frisky Oyster

 

Aside from the restaurants and extremely talented Chefs who participated, many of our local vineyards were also present serving wine! They Included: Castello di BorgheseJamesport VineyardsLenz WineryLIEB CellarsMacari VineyardsMartha Clara VineyardsMattebella VineyardsOne Woman WineryPalmer Vineyards, Pindar,   RaphaelScarola VineyardsSherwood House VineyardsSparkling Pointe Vineyards & WinerySuhru WinesWaters Crest Winery

 

4th of July on the North Fork of Long Island

The 4th of July weekend calls for a perfect getaway to the North Fork.

Rent one of our studios or houses for the entire week and lounge at our two private beaches. Our lighthouse cottage is still available for that weekend! Check out the calendar for other availabilities, they’re filling up fast so hurry! After spending some time on the beach you should head over to the wineries. Many of the vineyards will have live music on 4th of  July and every Sat. & Sun. Click here to check our availability and book!

Martha Clara vineyard will have live music on July Fourth. Two Man Acoustical Jam, winners Of The 2012 Battle of The Bands at Hecksher Park. This acoustic duo plays all forms of Rock, Pop, Party and Blues from the 60′s to now. Rain or Shine! Free Admission. Additional cost for wine and food.

They also have a Vines and Canines educational walk. Bring your dog down for an educational walk through the vineyard! A donation of a non-perishable dog or cat food item is required and will be donated to local shelter.

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Greenport Fire department will be setting off fireworks on July 3rd and July 6th at 10pm in honor of the Fourth of July!

There will be a July Fourth Concert and Fireworks from 6:30-10:00pm on the Peconic River waterfront in Riverhead. There will also be live music by Brady Rymer. A great event to take the family to while your enjoying your stay!

 

Things to do in Southold, Long Island N.Y.

We may not get the same amount of press as our neighboring town Greenport but we have a lot of unique attractions to offer as well. Not many towns can say they have an Indian Museum, Planetarium, Lighthouse and Vineyards in the span of 11 square miles. Come and explore our small and beautiful getaway.

Custer Institute Observatory:

1115 Main Bayview Rd  Southold, NY 11971 (631) 765-2626

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Long Island’s North Fork offers a dark night sky with next to no light pollution also known as perfect star gazing qualities. Whether your’e a local looking to get a glimpse of saturn’s rings or star deprived city dweller this is a great experience. ”The Custer Institute and Observatory is Long Island’s oldest public observatory (est.1927). Open to the public every Saturday evening from dark until midnight, our staff of volunteers will give you a tour of the facilities and the night sky through our powerful telescopes. Custer has frequent lectures, classes,concerts, art exhibits and other special events. Consider our observatory for your next meeting or theme party.” http://www.custerobservatory.org
Southold Indian Museum:
1080 Main Bayview Rd  Southold, NY 11971 (631) 765-5577
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This museum focuses on the archaeology and natural history of the area and indian tribes that once called Southold home. They have a wide variety of relics, pottery, and other various historical items. ”Our museum is dedicated to study and education surrounding archaeology and natural history. It is owned and operated by the Incorporated Long Island Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association.”  For details and events: http://southoldindianmuseum.org
Sunday Lectures: Programs are scheduled from 2:30 - 4:30 PM. Minimum requested donation is $5 for adults and children of 14 years and older; includes access to museum exhibits and refreshments…FREE for members.
The Old Field Vineyard:
59600 New York 25  Southold, NY 11971 (631) 765-0004
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“Established in 1974 by Chris Baiz, is a family owned and operated vineyard. After years of producing fruit for sale, The Old Field started making wines, first with its 1997 Pinot Noir, and now Merlots, Cabernet Francs, Chardonnays, Blush de Noir, and newly released Blanc de Noir sparkling wines. THE OLD FIELD, an agricultural area just one mile east of the village of Southold, had been actively farmed by native Americans for at least five hundred years prior to the arrival of “the first European settlers” in 1640.
For details, events, and wine purchases: http://www.theoldfield.com
One Woman Vineyards: 
5195 Old North Road Southold, New York  (631)-765-1200 
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This beautiful and quaint vineyard offers a wonderful star gazing wine tasting Saturday night event. It is something you won’t experience anywhere else, a definite “must” for travelers and townies alike. “For Claudia Purita, sustainability and self-reliance have always been a way of life. Growing up on her family’s farm in Calabria, Italy, Claudia assisted in growing vegetables and wine grapes and raising small animals from very young age. At her father, Domenico’s, side she learned to value the land and the fruits that it provides. After moving to Long Island and spending several years in the restaurant industry, Claudia decided it was time to “return to her roots.”
Horton Point Lighthouse: 
3575 Lighthouse Rd  Southold, NY 11971 (631) 765-5500

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Located On a cliff in Southold, off of Lighthouse Road (according to the plaque on the structure, the location is: Lat 41° 05′ 06.5″ N  Long 72° 26′ 44.0″ W).58 feet;  foundation is granite; tower and quarters are brick/granite with a cement wash painted white with black lantern and copper dome; original optic was a Third Order Fresnel; present optic is VRB-25 (1999), one green flash every ten seconds. The tower contains a 29-wooden-step staircase and two ladders of 11 steps each.” For a detailed history please visit their site: http://www.longislandlighthouses.com/hortonpt.htm
 

There are multiple parks and public beaches where you can enjoy the summer weather and pack a picnic with your friends and family. 

Memorial Day Weekend on the North Fork of Long Island

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It’s finally here! Memorial Day weekend is upon us! We’ve compiled a few of the events going on this weekend on the North Fork. Please also take a look at our calendar to get the full scope of everything that will be happening this weekend. Bring some smiles and good spirits with you this weekend. Enjoy!

SATURDAY MAY 25th 2013

Live Music @ the Vineyards:

Saninno Vineyard 1-5pm on the patio

Martha Clara Vineyard 2-6pm Live Music with Bobby Nathan Band
A five piece band covering a wide range of every genre of music including Blues, Soft Rock, Motown,
Southern Rock and Top 40 hits.
Free Admission

Live Music with Keith Maguire 1pm-4:30pm @ Raphael Vineyard -His influences range from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Elton John, The Beatles, U2, & Billy Joel. Visit his website,keithmaguire.com for more info

“Cabaret & Wine ” with Marguerite Volonts @ Castello di Borghese Vineyard

Memorial Day Parade, Greenport, NY : the parade will begin at 10AM and head down historic Main st. and continue on to front st. For more info, www.greenportvillage.com

Making Jams & Jellies at home, Hallock Farm Museum Riverhead, NY: Begins at 10:30 at the Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Avenue Riverhead, NY. For first timers and experienced jam makers, there is somethign to learn for everyone. $5 dollars for Hallockville members and $8 for non-members. Call 298-5292 or email hallockv@optonline.com

Gather in “The Square”, Main st. Greenport, NY: A culinary experience with chef Keith Luce. For details call, 631-477-685292 , Check out this amazing articke in the Examiner, “Chef Keith Luce launches The Square on East End’s North Fork”

Greenport Farmers Market: The weekly market kicks off its 2013 season on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., behind the United Methodist Church.

SUNDAY MAY 26th 2013

Live Music @ the Vineyards:

Saninno Vineyard 1-5pm on the patio

1-5pm Live Music with Suffolk Horns @ Martha Clara Vineyard
This seven piece band consists of five horns, a full rhythm section, and five separate vocalists. Their music includes a combination of R&B, Funk, Classic Rock, Blues and Soul.Free Admission

Live Music: Hoodoo Loungers @ Osprey’s Dominion 1pm-5pm

Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival, East End Arts Council, Riverhead NY: From noon to 5pm along Main st. Riverhead. An arts and crafts show and sale, street painting festival, local musicians and activities for children including drum circle, face painting and crafts. FREE. for details, eastendarts.org

MONDAY MAY 27th 2013

Vines & Canines Educational Vineyard Walk @ Martha Clara -10am Vines & Canines Educational Vineyard Walk Bring your dog down for an educational walk through the vineyard! A donation of a non-perishable dog or cat food item is required and will be donated to local shelters.

Chowder Festival on the New Suffolk waterfront: Begins at noon and continues until 3pm. New Suffolk ave and first St. This is a family friendly event and offers a variety of plants, chowders, BBQ, live music and activities for kids. All proceeds go to the restoration of the new suffolk waterfront. For more details, newsuffolkwaterfront.org

Celebrate Winterfest with Shorecrest Getaway Specials

February 9 marks the beginning of Jazz on the Vine, the theme for the sixth consecutive 2013 Long Island Winterfest. This year it will go on for 6 weekends, from February 9 to March 17. In most cases, admission prices includes a glass of wine and a chance to win a gift basket of Long Island wines, not to mention an afternoon of great jazz performances.

Long Island Wine country will be hopping this winter with swinging jazz music and special events and offers. Our vineyards and wineries provide the perfect venue and backdrop to the cool sounds provided by the over 140 groups that will be featured during Winterfest. Sipping wine and listing to this amazing live music will be the pinnacle of your romantic east end get away.

But best of all… Winterfest coincides with Shorecrest’s Winter Romance getaway package. It’s $475 for a two nights stay and runs through April 2013. It’s good for any room and the package includes:

• A 2 night stay at Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast plus:

• $20 towards dinner for two at one of our favorite restaurants, either the Frisky Oyster, First and South or Noah’s in Greenport

• 2 x $50 gift certificates towards a one hour aromatherapy massage for each guest (non refundable and use optional)

• Our exclusive discount card to 24 wineries including free tastings

• A private wine class or in room champagne picnic.

Here is an example of the MANY performances in just one weekend:

February 16, Saturday

3:00            Pellegrini Vineyards- Spherical Flamenco Jazz Trio with Emma Larson

3:00             Palmer Vineyards- Mike Engle Vibratrio

3:00             Macari Vineyards & Wintery – Monday Michiru

4:30             Waters Crest Winery-  Pearl Street Band

4:30            Raphael- Amina Figarova presented by Tanger Outlets

4:30             Duck Walk North-Morris Goldberg & Ojoyo

6:00            Martha Clara Vineyards- Matt Marshak Band

7:00            Live at the Indigo

February 17, Sunday

2:30             Pellegrini Vineyards- Jack Morelli Trio

2:30            Jamesport Vienyards- Adam Kromelow Trio

2:30            Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards- The Natalie Fernandez Quartet

4:00             Bedell Cellars- Richie Siegler Latin Jazz

4:00             Raphael- Bakithi Jumalo Band

4:00             Lieb Cellars- Joseph Carter III Group

 

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

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