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Taste the North Fork-Wineries!

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One way to Taste the North Fork this Veteran’s Day Weekend is hop on and off the free shuttle bus as it stops at twenty different wineries all along the North Fork. Each is offering something special, whether a discount, a featured vintage, or live music. Here are just a few examples:

On Saturday, Waters Crest Winery (one of my favorites, since winemaker Jim Waters is so kind to my guests) is offering a wine blending class from 2 to 3 pm. On Sunday Jim will host cooking with Tom Schaudel, which includes a food demonstration and tasting that includes a signed copy of Tom’s book, ‘Playing with Fire’. On Monday he’ll give you a personal winemaker’s tour, which is a 45 minute session plus a taste of 4 Waters Crest Wines.

I'm participating in the Sannino Vine to Wine program

I’m participating in the Sannino Vine to Wine program

If you like vintage art, Sparkling Pointe Vineyard is offering a special collection of antique French posters, complimented by special tastings from its library of vintages. Bedell Cellars will have live music and special tastings. Sannino Bella Vita will be saluting our veterans by offering a 15% discount to members of the military, and everybody can get a red, white, or pink flight for just $5. The full list of participating wineries and the shuttle stops is here.

Taste The North Fork-Shorecrest

Shorecrest Welcome Picnic

 

 

One of the loveliest, easiest ways to enjoy all that our wineries have on offer this festival weekend is to stay at Shorecrest. Here you’ll find calm, quiet beauty, a delicious breakfast, and all the inside skinny I can offer on the happenings throughout the weekend. You’ll find Shorecrest an oasis adjacent to, but blissfully apart from, all the hullabaloo. Of course I’m joining in the spirit of the weekend–stay here and I’ll give you a certificate for a tasting at Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard and a free bottle of their delicious wine.

Taste the North Fork-Love Lane!

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Come Taste the North Fork by taking a simple stroll up and down Love Lane, a few blocks packed with unique shops right in the heart of Mattituck, and enjoying the special farmer’s market and merchant events. The Love Lane community will be honoring our veterans by donating a portion the weekend’s revenues to a locally founded veteran’s organization.

The farmer’s market, which runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm, involves a huge range of locally grown and crafted products. For example, Browders Birds will be offering certified organic eggs, spice rubs, lambs wool, honey, and T-shirts. Race Rock Oysters will be presenting smoked blue fish and fresh oysters. Coffee aficionados should check out the offerings of Long Island Coffee Roasters. Invincible Summer Farms will be offering farm made goods, rare heirloom vegetables, and more. 8 Hands Farm will showcase wool and hand crafted bone jewelry. And these are just some of the participants in the farmers market!

Love Lane merchants will be contributing to the fun in many ways from 11 am to 6 pm. You can dance down the street to the music of the Long Island Banjo Society, who will perform from 11 am to 2 pm, courtesy of Love Lane independent bookstore Bookhampton. Or unwind with a relaxing 15 minute chair massage by the Blue Sage Day Spa. And when you get hungry, you’ll be able to sample local produce cooked into lots of treats. For example, the Village Cheese Shop will feature Paninis made with local apples and honey. Love Lane Kitchen will offer butternut squash soup made with the organic produce of Mar-Gene Farms. Love Lane Market will be adding local ingredients to its wood-fired pizzas. Wash these delicious meals done with a glass of wine, a pint of beer, or a bottle of cider, brought to you by Roanoke Vineyards. Looking for a delicious treat to take home as a useful souvenir? The Love Lane Sweet Shoppe will feature the locally crafted Really Good Jams.

And these merchants aren’t the only ones participating. You’ll have to take the Love Lane stroll to check them all out.and when you’re done, if you want to check out other venues, hop on the free shuttle; it stops right at Love Lane.

Taste The North Fork-Shorecrest

Taste the North Fork-Shorecrest

 

One of the loveliest, easiest ways to enjoy all that Love Lane has on offer this festival weekend is to stay at Shorecrest. Here you’ll find calm, quiet beauty, a delicious breakfast, and all the inside skinny I can offer on the happenings throughout the weekend. You’ll find Shorecrest an oasis adjacent to, but blissfully apart from, all the hullabaloo. Of course I’m joining in the spirit of the weekend–stay here and I’ll give you a certificate for a tasting at nearby Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard and a free bottle of their delicious wine.

Taste the North Fork-Greenport!

Taste the North Fork in Greenport,dockside

Beautiful Greenport Village, located just a couple miles away from Shorecrest, offers many ways to Taste the North Fork. Indeed you could while away the entire weekend there (though you’d be missing so much in the other hamlets too). You could start by sampling some Long Island Vodka at Claudio’s, the oldest, same-family run restaurant in the United States.  And then you can wander a few blocks and have a terrific dinner. For example, Noah’s, right on historic Front Street, is offering a marvelous prix fixe dinner (or lunch), with or without wine pairings. Or for a “freshly farmed dinner,” head one block off the main drag to First and South. Or check out the dynamic offerings at The Square (especially since Chef Keith Luce invites you to taste free appetizers). And that’s just Friday!

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On Saturday, the special ways to Taste the North Fork expand far beyond food and drink. Head to Clarke’s Garden to learn how to heal with natural products grown, harvested, and made on Shelter Island by Holly Cronin. Or join the Siren’s Song Gallery and the Oysterponds Historical Society for the totally unique, kid friendly, Dyed in the Wool event. Or hunt like a scavanger, Greenport style. Choose between the less traditional “Greenporches”, which will lead you pass through 6 beautiful Greenport Village settings, hosted in part by local agricultural and maritime viniculture producers. Snacks and beverages at each porch. Or go for the more traditional scramble by heading for the 1 pm starting line in Mitchell Park. If local history is more your speed, check out Greenport’s whaling past with a special exhibit at the Stirling Historical Society. If you’d like to listen to live music, one of your choices is Prentiss McNeil at Front Street Station.

And these Saturday listings aren’t even half of what Greenport has on offer that day, and doesn’t even begin to touch what’s going on Sunday. Full listings here.

Taste the North Fork–Shorecrest

Taste the North Fork-Shorecrest

 

One of the loveliest, easiest ways to enjoy all that Greenport has on offer this festival weekend is to stay at Shorecrest. Here you’ll find calm, quiet beauty, a delicious breakfast, and all the inside skinny I can offer on the happenings throughout the weekend. You’ll find Shorecrest an oasis adjacent to, but blissfully apart from, all the hullabaloo. Of course I’m joining in the spirit of the weekend–stay here and I’ll give you a certificate for a lovely wine tasting at nearby Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard and a free bottle of their delicious wine.

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