Presenting HARVEST 2012

 WINE SPECTATOR SIGNS ON AS PRESENTING SPONSOR OF HARVEST EAST END

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY – June 13, 2012HARVEST EAST END announces that Wine Spectator has signed on as Presenting Sponsor of our 2012 event. The endorsement of the magazine, widely considered one of the wine industry’s most authoritative voices, underscores the serious wine focus of the event. HARVEST will take place Saturday, August 25, on the grounds of the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, and will be attended by Wine Spectator Publisher Marvin R. Shanken and Executive Editor Thomas Matthews.

“Thanks to the hard work and commitment of its vintners, Long Island has proven its ability to craft stylish, elegant wines,” said Mr. Shanken. “It is our great pleasure to serve as Presenting Sponsor of HARVEST EAST END, and to lend our name to an exciting event that showcases the region’s bounty and raises money for such worthy causes.”

“As our coverage in the May 31, 2012, edition of Wine Spectator shows, we believe in the fine food and flourishing wine culture of Long Island’s East End,” added Mr. Matthews. “And we believe that HARVEST EAST END is a fine showcase for the region’s distinctive, food-friendly wines.”

“We are honored to have Wine Spectator join us in support of HARVEST,” said Ron Goerler, Jr., president of the Long Island Wine Council, HARVEST co-organizer with Merliance, and winemaker and owner of Jamesport Vineyards. “As our premier event, HARVEST enables us to show our strength as a cohesive wine region—and one that’s on the rise.”

Other major HARVEST sponsors include:

 For a complete list of HARVEST sponsors, visit www.harvesteastend.com/sponsors.

“We are extremely grateful to all our sponsors, who help us to grow the event for the benefit of our charity partners, East End Hospice, Group for the East End and the Peconic Land Trust,” said Event Chair Roman Roth, executive vice president of Merliance and winemaker and technical director at Wölffer Estate Vineyard, adding, “Every great wine region needs a great wine event, and HARVEST is the one for Long Island.”

HARVEST will bring together 40 East End wineries and 30 top regional restaurants for a celebration of the harvest bounty of Long Island’s East End. Tickets are available at www.harvesteastend.com/tickets. Prices are as follows:

  • General admission: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., $125 per person before August 11; $150 after and at the door (if available)
  • Vin-IP experience: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., $250 per person or $2,500 for a reserved table of eight

Complete event information can be found at www.harvesteastend.com.

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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 $91,000 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.

ABOUT MERLIANCE
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
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 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.

Media Contact:
Donnell Brown Stires
HARVEST Event Director
631-477-6207
dbrown@longislandmerlot.com

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