March 31, 2010
Long Island Wine Country Announces Spring Promotions: April Barrel Tasting Month and Run for the Roses campaign in May

May Run for the Rose Program to Benefit CancerCare

Long Island, New York, March 31, 2010: Building on the success of its third annual Winterfest Jazz on the Vine program, the Long Island Wine Council will host its second annual Barrel Tasting promotion in April, and “Run for Rose” tasting program in May. “People enjoy visiting wine country throughout the year,” noted Executive Director Steve Bate. “Our promotions showcase some of the regions finest wines, and offer visitors special tasting opportunities.”

During the month of April, participating wineries such as Clovis Point, Jamesport Vineyards, Palmer Vineyards, Raphael Winery, Peconic Bay Winery, Shinn Estate, Waters Crest Winery, and Wolffer Estate will feature tastings of the 2008 red vintage directly from the barrel, giving consumers an exclusive preview of the region’s red wines before they are available for release in 2011. Some wineries will offer special barrel tasting “flights,” while others will provide private tours and seasonal food pairings matched with the wine samples.

In May, participating wineries will showcase newly released rosé blends or rosé of Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc from the 2009 vintage in special flights or pairings with food prepared by local chefs. One dollar from the sale of all rosés during this promotion will be donated to CancerCare, a national non-profit offering free social services to individuals with cancer as well as to their family members.

In April and May, local restaurants will offer wine specials and pairing menus in tandem with the promotions. To support these promotions, hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, and transportation/tour companies on the East End will also offer special packages at attracting price. A list of participating wineries, activities and offers associated with each promotion will be posted on

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 full members.

CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free professional counseling, therapeutic recreational events and activities, health information, and financial assistance to families and children affected by any type of cancer. For more information, visit


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