A celebration marking 40 years of wine grape cultivation on the North Fork of Long Island is being held, coincidentally, at the winery that last week was named "Winery of the Year" in the New York Wine & Food Classic competition.
It was four decades ago that Alex and Louisa Hargrave planted the first vines on the North Fork. Today, more than 3,000 acres of grapes and 70 wine producers are flourishing on the outer tip of the island.
The event will involve 42 Long Island wineries and 34 chefs from the region. Louisa Hargrave, now a wine writer and author, will be honored, as will chef/author John Ross, the father of North Fork farm to table cuisine. The event will be emceed by wine writer and Best Cellars founder Joshua Wesson, with Wine Enthusiast magazine as the presenting sponsor.
The McCall Vineyard & Ranch includes merlot and pinot noir grapes as well as a herd of white Charolais beef cattle. The 42 wineries will be pouring barrel samples and special selections, with the chefs offering creations made with local ingredients from farm and sea.
Harvest East End takes place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. next Saturday. Tickets are $150 per person, with a special Vin-IP ticket available for $250. The event is organized by the Long Island Wine Council with support from Merliance, and is a fundraiser for several local charities.
McCall is located at 22600 Main Road (Route 25) in Cutchogue. Phone: (631) 734-5764.