April 14, 2010
New Yorkers Kick Off the Spring Season with a Taste of Long Island

At Home or Out East, It’s a Vacation in a Glass

New York, NY, April 14, 2010 – New Yorkers with spring fever recently gathered at the Astor Center to usher in the season at a tasting exploring the pleasures of Long Island wines and agri-tourism. As the event demonstrated, with Long Island Wine Country only two hours from New York City, vacationers need look no further than their own backyard for leisurely pursuits and epicurean delights.

Unveiling New Vintages
Live music from jazz ensemble Beledo, a favorite of Long Island’s Wine Country’s annual Winterfest celebration, provided a festive backdrop to the walk-around tasting. Seventy-five wines from the North and South Forks were showcased at themed tables: white blends, red blends, whites under $25, reds under $25 and rosés. New releases made their début: vibrant reds from the optimal 2007 growing season, crisp whites from the cooler 2008 vintage, and elegant rosés with intense aromatics from the 2009 harvest. In keeping with the region’s prevailing farm-to-table philosophy, attendees enjoyed pairings with local products such as Seared Montauk Tuna Carpaccio, and Sliced Long Island Duck Breast with Wild Cherries served on Crisp Potato Latkes.

Exploring Agri-tourism
Wine producers on the East End, in tandem with local farms, restaurants, and hotels have shaped Long Island wine country into an agritourism destination by offering a range of leisure activities beyond the tasting room. Ron Goerler Jr., second generation owner of Jamesport Vineyards and newly-elected President of the LIWC Board noted, “In addition to themed tasting opportunities, our wineries offer interactive entertainment options such as live music performances, outdoor films, and even petting zoos. In many ways, Long Island Wine Country is a perfect getaway. From our stunning beaches to our local farm stands, restaurants and art galleries, there is something for everyone. ” For more information on the area’s best kept secrets, check out the North Fork Promotion Council, Hamptons Visitors Council and Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau websites; links can be found at

The Long Island Wine Council is an industry association dedicated to achieving recognition for Long Island as a premium wine producing region. Its role is to provide a coordinated effort for the promotion and development of the region's wine industry. The Council was founded in 1989 and currently has 48 members.

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