HARVEST EAST END SHOWCASES THE BEST OF THE LONG ISLAND WINE REGION
2012 Event Raises $46,000 for the East End’s Land, People and Environment
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY – August 29, 2012 – HARVEST EAST END: The Wine & Food Classic, presented by Wine Spectator and heldSaturday, August 25, at the Hampton Classic Horse Show, was a terrific success. Showcasing the wine-and-food bounty of Long Island Wine Country, this third-annual event attracted 1,200 people and, based on preliminary financial results, generated charitable proceeds of $46,000 for its charity beneficiaries, East End Hospice, Group for the East End and the Peconic Land Trust. HARVEST is organized by the Merliance and Long Island Wine Council and is intended to further raise the profile of the Long Island wine region and the world-class wines made here, and to raise funds to support the East End’s land, people and environment. Since it began in 2010, HARVEST has contributed $137,000 to its beneficiaries.
Wine Spectator Publisher Marvin R. Shanken and Executive Editor Thomas Matthews were both in attendance, and gave HARVEST high marks. “The venue, food, wine and organizations all worked together to deliver a delightful experience that really showcased the character and quality of the East End’s bounty and raised money for three worthy causes,” said Mr. Matthews. “Perfect weather just topped it all off. We look forward to next year’s event.”
The event’s silent auction, comprised mainly of unique experiences contributed by the participating wineries and restaurants, generated roughly $22,500. The top three lots by proceeds were contributed by Wölffer Estate Vineyard (a weekend of luxury at the estate), Jamesport Vineyards (a VIP tour and tasting, and dinner in the wine cellar) and Merliance (the opportunity for the winning bidder to participate in the organization’s blending trial for its 2011 cooperative merlot blend), respectively.
The HARVEST Luxury Raffle brought in additional revenue of $8,150. The three prizes—a trip to Barbados donated by the Barbados Tourism Authority, a collection of 20 magnums of Long Island wine, and winner’s choice of three dates for the Wine Spectator 2013 Grand Tour—were enthusiastically received by three lucky winners, whose names were drawn and announced live at the event.
“HARVEST continues to grow and achieve new heights for Long Island wine,” said Event Chair Roman Roth, who also is Executive Vice President of Merliance and Vice President of the Long Island Wine Council. “It was a star-studded night with attendees like singer Shontelle, star chef Philippe Haddad and hometown heroes like WPPB’s Bonnie Grice, our mistress of ceremonies. We are thrilled that our local wines can attract such a world-class, wine-loving audience. And we’re proud to be able to raise funds for causes that help sustain our East End way of life.”
Complete event information can be found at www.harvesteastend.com. Photos are posted at http://jmgphotoonline.nextproof.com/galleries/harvest-east-end and may be used with credit to event photographer Jessica Guadagno, please.
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ABOUT HARVEST EAST END
HARVEST EAST END was established in 2010 to celebrate the Long Island wine region and its fall harvest bounty, raise the profile of world-class Long Island wines, and to raise much-needed funds for regional charities supporting our land, environment and people. HARVEST is organized by Merliance and the Long Island Wine Council. To date, the event has raised $137,000 for its charity beneficiaries.
ABOUT WINE SPECTATOR
With more than 3 million readers, Wine Spectator is the world’s most widely read wine magazine. Its digital offerings include the wine world’s most comprehensive website, WineSpectator.com, and the most frequently-downloaded wine app, VintageChart+. The company also presents wine tastings around the U.S., and its annual Wine Experience weekends have raised more than $14 million for charities and educational institutions.
Merliance, formerly the Long Island Merlot Alliance, joins togetherLong Island producers of quality merlot and merlot-based blends, in a nonprofit trade association formed in 2005. We believe merlot and merlot-based blends are the iconic red wines of not only Long Island but the entire East Coast.
ABOUT THE LONG ISLAND WINE COUNCIL
TheLong 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 50 full members.
ABOUT THE HAMPTON CLASSIC
The Hampton Classic Horse Show is one of the country’s largest and most spectacular hunter/jumper horse shows. With thousands of spectators, more than 1,600 horses and close to $700,000 in prize money, the Classic is not only a sporting event of major proportions, but also one of the most extravagant social events of the Hamptons’ summer season.
Donnell Brown Stires
HARVEST Event Director