Expect events like vertical tastings in addition to live music acts during this year’s Long Island Winterfest. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
The ninth annual Long Island Winterfest: Live on the Vine, traditionally a five-week music festival designed to provide winter gigs for performers and to get people out to the East End vineyards and concert halls during the colder months, will be moving in a new direction in 2016.
The festival, which has been a collaboration of the Long Island Wine Council and East End Arts since its inception, will now feature 23 specialty wine tasting and education events at various North and South fork vineyards.
Think small classes hosted by winemakers and samples of rare library wines. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Salt at Shelter Island’s Island Boatyard opened “The Tasting Room” this week. Julia Hathaway pours a glass for proprietor Keith Bavaro. Jamesport Vineyards is partnering with Salt on this new venture.
Jamesport Vineyards brought the North Fork wine industry to the next level this weekend with its newest tasting room, a joint venture between the vineyard and Shelter Island’s new restaurant, Salt, located on the waterfront.
“This is the first tasting room you can reach by boat,” said Salt co-owner Keith Bavaro. “Opening weekend was fantastic. It was a big hit even though we haven’t done any advertising for it yet.”
Not only is the tasting room the first that can be accessed directly by boat, it’s also the first satellite tasting room on Shelter Island. (more…)