Looking for an excuse to taste some of the finest local wines in a place not so far away? Harvest East End on the North Fork of Long Island is an annual celebration of Long Island's rich winemaking history. The one-night event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 23 at McCall Vineyards and Ranch in Cutchogue, NY. Dan's Papers, a publication based on LI's East End, joins the Long Island Wine Council as managing partner for the first time, thus renaming the event Dan's Harvest East End. Over forty vineyards and thirty top chefs will feature tastings of current-release wines and barrel samples, as well as seasonal bites sourced from local farms. Up to 1,500 people are expected to attend including honorees Tom Schaudel, a LI chef-restaurateur, and Florence Fabricant, a New York Times food critic.
“This is Harvest East End’s fifth year and with Dan’s Papers as the managing partner in this joint venture, we expect this year to be even more exciting for all the participating wineries and restaurants and a fun experience for all attending,” said the event chair, Ron Goerler Jr., in the official press release.
Participating wineries include Anthony Nappa Wines, Coffee Pot Cellars, Martha Clara Vineyards, and Pellegrini Vineyards, all of which are based in LI. Touch of Venice Restaurant and The North Fork Table and Inn, among others, will purvey the eats. There will also be a silent auction on three-liter bottles of Jeroboam wines that are bottled especially for Dan's Harvest East End. A portion of the benefits will be donated to the regional charities of Long Island Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Foundation and Peconic Land Trust in an effort to maintain LI's local agriculture.
General admission tickets are $125 per person with entry at 7:30 p.m. VIP tickets are also available at $275 per person with an early entry allowed at 6:30 p.m. "The Vin-IP Experience" includes exclusive access to older vintage tastings. Click here to purchase tickets to this week's event.
McCall Vineyards and Ranch is a relatively new vineyard on the North Fork owned by Russ McCall, a successful wine distributor. According to their website, McCall partnered with Peconic Land Trust to save over 200 acres of land that was set to be developed into condominiums in the mid-1990s. McCall follows a French model and grows mainly two types of wine: Pinot Noir and Merlot. It wasn't until 2007 when they sold and distributed their first vintage wine which they had been saving for almost a decade. McCall also manages a herd of organic grass-fed cattle.
Traveling from the NYC-area is a breeze. Hop on the E or J train and transfer to a Ronkonkoma-bound LIRR train at Sutphin Blvd/Jamaica station. At Ronkonkoma transfer to a Greenport-bound LIRR train and get off at Mattituck Station. Hop in a taxi to ride the remaining couple of miles. Bring a book for the three-and-a-half-hour journey. Driving is also a great alternative and will take about three hours.