From NYC to the East End of Long Island, an exciting array of wine tasting events are planned for the fall. The New York area is an ideal place to watch the color of the leaves change and experience a variety of outdoor activities. Wine tasting is a fall favorite as people travel through New York for pumpkin picking and fresh produce.
Feel the warmth of Italy all around you at Raphael Vineyards in Peconic. The Petrocelli family offers a mix of New World advances with Old World charm. Wine tasting ranges from $2 to $4 per glass. Wines can also be purchased by the glass or bottle. Wine enthusiasts enjoy live music in the afternoon on scheduled dates. Upcoming events include Norman Vincent on October 6, Aron Michaels on October 12 and Scott J. Keller & Friends on October 13. For more information about upcoming events, visit the Raphael website.
Picturesque Pindar Vineyards in Peconic has been a landmark on the North Fork for decades. Its award-winning wines have become renowned around the country. Pindar was founded by Dr. Herodotus “Dan” Damianos and grew with the help of his wife Barbara and their family. His son Alexander is the owner and general manager of Duck Walk Vineyards while his son Jason is the proprietor of Jason's Vineyard. Pindar will feature live music with Tommy Sullivan on October 5 and 6 as well as a live performance by Grant Werner on October 12. Check out the Pindar website for more information about future events.
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard is owned by the Rubin family and offers a bucolic setting for day trips complete with beautiful rescue horses. The family-friendly environment includes live entertainment on Saturdays and Sundays. Upcoming weekend performers include Tommy Keys, Ricky Roche and Southbound. Visit the Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard website to see the complete events schedule.
If you can't escape the city, plan to participate in one of the two sessions of the NYC Autumn Wine Festival on November 9. The cost for admission is $99 and rises to $109 during the final week of registration. Wine lovers can also take an optional wine class for $25. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Creative Arts Workshops for Kids. The festival includes 3 hours of tasting over 200 wines at sampling tables, nibbling on light accompaniments made by Union Square Events and a live jazz performance from Gil Parris and his band. Participants also receive a Ridel stem to take home.
Wine lovers who live closer to New Jersey can take part in the New Jersey Harvest Wine Festival on November 1. Early birds pay just $69 then the price goes up to $79. Those who wait until the final week will pay $89. There will be an irresistible selection of over 150 wines with the sounds of live jazz in the background. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Family Promise of Bergen County. For information about additional wine events throughout New Jersey, visit the New Jersey Wines website.
People with hectic schedules who can't make it out to the Long Island vineyards or wine tasting events in NYC and New Jersey can book their own wine tasting at home. Traveling Vineyard home parties are reminiscent of Tupperware parties but are centered on wine tasting and education instead. Party guests have an opportunity to buy various wines after tasting them.