Sample 2010 Vintage at Festival Tasting

HARVEST EAST END TO FEATURE BARREL SAMPLES OF
HISTORIC 2010 VINTAGE

Long Island’s Best Vintage Available to Taste Years Before Release

THE EAST END OF LONG ISLAND, NY – August 22, 2011 – Historic. Magical. The vintage of the century. These are common descriptors of 2010, a picture-perfect year for growing grapes on Long Island. Taste these remarkable wines at HARVEST EAST END, presented by FOOD & WINE.

At the Fall for Long Island Festival Tasting, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, Long Island winemakers will be pouring their 2010 barrel samples. Ticket-holders for the Festival Tasting and Harvest Moon Gala and Live Auction of Long Island Wine (entry to the Tasting is included with Gala tickets) can swirl, sniff and sip these wines years before they’re released. It’s a particular perk of attending this wine-focused event. Don’t miss your chance to taste the future at HARVEST!

What the Winemakers Are Saying:

“Weather-wise, here on Long Island, it doesn’t get much better than 2010. We had a mild, not-too-wet spring followed by a long, hot summer—ideal conditions for fully ripe grapes with high sugar concentration. For fruit-forward wines with Long Island’s signature food-friendly acidity and low alcohol, 2010 was our best vintage yet.” –Roman Roth, Wölffer Estate Vineyard and The Grapes of Roth

“The reds, the whites, the still wines and sparkling—2010’s conditions were just right for any and every kind of wine we make on Long Island. The 2010 vintage is one people will be talking about for years to come.” –David Page, Shinn Estate Vineyards

“2010 was the vintage of the century for Long Island. Our wines from this phenomenal vintage will make collectors and wine lovers sit up and take notice. This is the vintage that says, ‘Long Island has arrived.’” –Russell McCall, McCall Wines

Tickets to the Festival Tasting are $125; entry is included in the ticket price for the Harvest Moon Gala, starting at $275. For tickets and more information, visit www.harvesteastend.com.

About HARVEST: Wine Auction and Celebration of Long Island’s East End
Timed in conjunction with the fall grape harvest and full harvest moon, HARVEST EAST END is presented by FOOD & WINE and organized by the Long Island Merlot Alliance and Long Island Wine Council. All proceeds of the live auction will benefit East End Hospice, Group for the East End and the Peconic Land Trust.

About FOOD & WINE
FOOD & WINE is the modern, stylish, trend-spotting, talent-seeking epicurean brand. Created by American Express Publishing, the luxury-lifestyle authority, FOOD & WINE includes a monthly magazine with a circulation of 925,000, a books division and the website foodandwine.com, with updates on Twitter (@fandw) and Facebook.

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