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Billboard Live Band @ Madison Theatre, Malloy College

Billboard Live Band @ Madison Theatre, Malloy College

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This n’ That – Diane’s Pick List

This n’ That – Diane’s Pick List

Winterfest, 1.4.18

Winterfest, 1.4.18

  While the East End is truly magical and even more beautiful under a blanket of white – TONIGHT’S HAPPY HOUR IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER CONDITIONS. Please mark your calendar and join us next time: Thursday, January 11th @ 5PM The Hotel Indigo/Bistro 72 […]

Winterfest Experience, 2017 – Behind the scenes of the Winery Tour

Winterfest Experience, 2017 – Behind the scenes of the Winery Tour

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-Written By Sarah Colichio,  Photos by Alex Quiros   ©2017 Main Street Agency

 

Our Winterfest Wine tour began at The Hotel Indigo where participants met and waited for the bus, we stopped briefly at The Hyatt Hotel to pick up a few more passangers as we settled in our seats on the bus you could feel the relaxation process beginning, Kristen briefly told us the agenda for the day and we were on our way. Our first stop on the tour was The Pellegrini Vineyard’s, a beautiful 14,000 square foot venue that makes some of the tastiest wine! We were greeted at the entrance by friendly staff members then ushered inside where we were given a complementary glass of wine with the option of a 2015 Rose or a 2015 Chardonnay.

Through out the two floors of the building our guests were seated and able to enjoy the relaxing melodies of the Jack Morelli Music band, playing some jazz, hits from the Beatles and much more. During the intermission we were able to talk with band members as well as go explore the grounds. It was an exceptionally warm day in February and most attendees walked through the vineyard acres, some cozied up in the gazebo that was just a few feet into the rows of vines. Others found nice spots in the sun to relax, sip their wine and have a little snack! The wine cellar was a particularly cool spot (literally). Barrels were lined neatly along the walls of the cellar waiting to be bottled and enjoyed, it was quite an amazing site to see the finished/unfinished product and how it is stored. The couples enjoyed the break by talking and getting to know unfamiliar faces. Once the band started up again we headed back into the room to listen.

 

 

At three the group met at the bus eager to see what the next vineyard had in store for us, the atmosphere of the bus changed on the way to stop number two Martha Clara Vineyard. Everyone was a bit chattier this time around being that they had time to get to know each other and have some wine in the mean time! When we pulled up to Martha Clara everyone was eager to get off the bus and see what makes Martha Clara so wonderful. We got to walk through the small market they have on sight and the recently opened dining room, to the back patio where family’s, friend, couples, and even some dogs were hanging out enjoying the beautiful Saturday. We made our way to a separate room for a private wine tasting with the winemaker himself, Juan Micieli-Martinez. We all took our seats at the tables and admired the small sample of wine pre-poured for us. Juan started off by giving some background on the vineyard and himself then we dove into the wine tasting experience, The first wine we tried was a 2016 Sauvignon Blanc that was straight from the barrel also known as “raw” wine.

 

 

Juan explained the difference of bottled and raw wine then let us sip the sample and mingle. The next two we tasted were the same wines just prepared differently, first we tried a 2014 Chardonnay that was fermented in a stainless steel tank and the next was prepared in an oak barrel. There was actually a noticeable difference in the two; the stainless steel bottle had a softer taste to it while the oak bottle had a strong taste that it adapted while aging in the oak barrel. Juan explained the difference between both wines and why the barrel prepared bottle had that strong taste then he opened the floor up to any questions we had. After a little break we moved on to the reds, the first bottle we tried was a 2013 Merlot, then a 2013 Northville Red. While sampling the last of the reds, Juan showed us the proper way to evaluate a glass of wine from the swirling of the glass to “getting your nose right in there” and then told us about 14 different types of grapes they use to make their wine. After the tasting was over we were able to go out to the balcony that overlooked the vineyard and stables.

We had a little time before going to Dark Horse for dinner so Kristen asked the bus if they would like to stop at LI Vodka for a quick drink and then out the door to dinner, with a roaring yes we were off. At LiV there was an awesome band playing classics like Sweet Caroline and Winterfest attendees were able to let loose dance and having a drink. The entire atmosphere of the bus from the beginning of the day to the ride to dinner completely changed, it started of a bus of strangers to a bus of friends singing “Party in the USA” as we pulled up to Dark Horse. We got VIP treatment while being escorted to our private dining room, the party began the minute Kristen plugged her phone into the AUX cord, everyone danced and mingled while waiting for the first course to be served and continued that in between courses. The hardest part of the evening was picking one of the several delicious options for the main course, and then trying to finish the mouthwatering inside out apple pie for dessert.

Unfortunately the day had to come to an end at some point as we dropped off the few couples at The Hyatt and then returning to Hotel Indigo where the few remaining joined Kristen downstairs to enjoy the rest of the Bakithik Kumalo concert.

Experience Wine Country,  Taste the North Fork  April 7-9, 2017

Experience Wine Country, Taste the North Fork April 7-9, 2017

The North Fork Promotional Council has received a grant from East End Tourism Alliance through an Empire State development grant program  –  to launch “taste the towns” a multi town program to promote the craft beverage industry with convenient shuttle service in each of the five east end […]

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A Perfect Pairing of Winter & Wine

[Courtesy of Holiday Inn Express, Riverhead http://hieeastend.com/2017/03/03/a-perfect-pairing-of-winter-wine/ ]

Friday, March 3rd

East End Arts
East End Arts presents Art Conversation Series “One Painting – One Artist – And The Creative Mind” with Jonathan Pearlman featuring artist Roxanne Panero at Good Ground Yoga, 4pm 107-5 Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays (631) 727-0900  eastendarts.org

Saturday March 4th

The Village Cheese Shop
Head over to The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck and enjoy Fondue Day! Pair that with their ½ off bottles of wine all day promotion and you’ll be able to experience what flavors make this North Fork gem so special.
105 Love Lane, Mattituck NY 11952 631.298.8556

Palmer Vineyards
Get in touch with your senses at Palmer Vineyards where they will be featuring a wine sensory evaluation with winemaker Miguel Martin. You’ll learn how to hone your senses and the ins and outs of wine tasting from Miguel himself. Tickets are $25pp and can be purchased directly with the vineyard. 3pm-5pm 5120 Sound Ave, Riverhead (631) 722-9463

Martha Clara Vineyard
As part of their Wine Education Series, join Michael E. Affatato of the Village Cheese Shop and Martha Clara Vineyards Winemaker Juan E. Micieli-Martinez for a wonderful pairing of European cheeses with Martha Clara Vineyards wines. $45 per person/$80 per couple. Wine Club Members: $40 per person/$75 per couple (limit two tickets per membership). Class starts at 1pm 6025 Sound Ave, Riverhead (631) 298-0075 marthaclaravineyards.com

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Peconic Ballet Theatre
An intimate evening of ballet & wine await you at Art Barre – wine tasting, art exhibitions and dance performances by Peconic Ballet Theatre’s professional dance company. $20 for 1 ticket & 2 glasses of wine 71 E Main St, Riverhead  (631) 591-1539 Peconicballettheatre.com

Sunday March 5, 2017

Blue Duck Bakery
Get poetic on Sunday Funday with the Blue Duck Bakery Dessert & Wine tasting featuring Susan Dingle & Maggie Bloomfield of Poetry Street. $20pp. 30 Hampton Road Southampton, NY 11968 631.204.1701

Sparkling Pointe
Learn about “The Art of Wine.” Visit Sparkling Pointe Vineyards and Winery to taste and learn about the unique process called Methode Champenoise. This guided tour of the vineyard and winery will provide an in-depth look into the Methode Champenoise winemaking process. The tour will be followed with an educational tasting featuring all three grape varietals, still and sparkling. $35pp. For tickets click here.

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard
Take in some Acoustic Soul at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard from 2pm-6pm. Free Admission. For more information visit.baitinghollowfarmvineyard.com

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There are two weeks left of shows at LI Winterfest Live at the Indigo. The country sounds of Southbound will take to the ballroom on Saturday, March 11th and Matt Marshak will close out the festival on Saturday, March 18th. All music events start at 7pm. Enjoy these performers with a 4-course prix fixe dinner for $55/person (+tax, gratuity.) See the menu here. For more information on the events call 631.369.2200 ext. 0.

Room packages are available at Holiday Inn Express.

One-Night Long Island Winterfest Package

  • Overnight stay
  • $25.00 Bistro 72 Credit
  • Bottle of Long Island wine at check-in
  • 2 General Admission tickets to Saturday night live show in Hotel Indigo’s Ballroom
  • $169.00 + tax, per room, double occupancy. Subject to availability.


Two-Night Long Island Winterfest Package

  • 2-night stay
  • $50.00 Bistro 72 Credit
  • Bottle of Long Island wine at check-in
  • 2 General Admission tickets to Saturday night live show in Hotel Indigo’s Ballroom
  • $279.00 + tax, per room, double occupancy. Subject to availability.
Winterfest 2017, Feb 24-March 19,2017

Winterfest 2017, Feb 24-March 19,2017

Meet the great people on the East End and all around. Main Street Agency is honored to be the marketing coordinator for this event and all creatives. Entering its 10th anniversary year, Winterfest is poised to continue within a new framework that broadens the benefits to […]