09/30/12 8:00am
09/30/2012 8:00 AM
Martha Clara Vineyards, Kent Animal Shelter, Long Island Wine Country

KENT ANIMAL SHELTER COURTESY PHOTO | Wines & Canines revelers Sunday at Martha Clara.

Kent Animal Shelter raised about $30,000 at its third annual Wines & Canines 5k Dog Walk and Run at Martha Clara Vineyards last Sunday.

The event raised money to help animals at the shelter, contribute to programs and to help the shelter build a new $2.5 million facility at its Calverton property, shelter officials said.

Volunteers and staffers at the River Road shelter have been working to raise money for the new facility for about a year-and-a-half, and have raised about a quarter of the money needed to date, said Kent Executive Director Pam Green on Friday.

“A lot of people are expressing interest in the project,” she said. “We’re trying to get more community involvement.”

Ms. Green said the nonprofit organization has already received DEC permits for the new shelter, and is about to submit plans to the town planning board and the county health department. She said they’re planning a big event for next year to help push the construction funding over the top and expects the permitting process to take about six months.

“We may not reach our goal by the time we break ground. It will possibly be a phased project,” she said. “We’re hoping when people see that it’s really going to happen, they’ll contribute.”


09/28/12 12:00pm
09/28/2012 12:00 PM

BETH YOUNG PHOTO | Claudia Pilato of Bridgehampton National Bank, All For The East End Executive Director Kerry Connaughton and President Myron Levine at the announcement of the new non-profit at Martha Clara Vineyards Thursday.

Next August, a consortium of East End non-profits will band together to launch All For The East End, an annual concert to be held at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead to benefit non-profits on the East End.

The event, to be held Aug. 19, 2013, will include an all-day music festival culminating with a major production in the evening.

The event is modeled after the successful “All for the Sea” concert series at the former Southampton College of Long Island University, and many of its organizers were affiliated with the college before it closed several years ago.

Myron Levine, who will serve as president of the organization’s board of directors, also served on the board of overseers of Southampton College and now serves on the board of Peconic Public Broadcasting, which was formerly the college’s radio station, WLIU, in Southampton.

The executive director of the new organization is Kelly Connaughton, who founded the Sag Harbor American Music Festival last year.

“There are over a thousand registered non-profits on the East End. Part of our mission is raising awareness of them,” said Ms. Connaughton at a press conference unveiling the new group at Martha Clara Vineyards Thursday afternoon.

She said the money raised by the concert will be made available to non-profits through grants issued by the Long Island Community Foundation, a Syosset-based group that advises and provides grants to non-profits.

The group hopes to net between $500,000 and $600,000 to give to non-profits after the first concert, and has already signed on Bridgehampton National Bank, which will be the lead sponsor with $50,000 donated to the event, as well as several other sponsors who have already given a total of nearly $100,000, said Mr. Levine at the press conference.

“The East End of Long Island is not all glitz and glamor as people may believe it to be,” he said. “It’s really composed of a community that’s incredibly down-to-earth and supportive.”

The group has brought in Nile Rogers Productions to produce the event and Jim Durning, who recently managed digital media for Roger Waters’ “Wall” tour, to do the marketing.

Mr. Durning said they’re planning an event for younger children in the morning, a concert for teenagers in the afternoon, and a concert for adults in the evening. He said tickets will be competitively priced.

“They’re not going to be $150 tickets,” he said.

The headliners will be announced next spring.

East End Arts executive director Pat Snyder put the group in touch with Martha Clara Vineyards, who agreed to hold the event on the 100 acres of their 200-acre Sound Avenue property that is not covered in vines.

“We want to bring the two forks together. This is going to be a great event for doing so,” said Martha Clara winemaker Juan Martinez. “We’re excited. It’s been a long time in the making.”


05/26/12 3:40pm
05/26/2012 3:40 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Barbara Celeste and John Horvat of Mattituck having lunch behind their 1959 Nash Metropolitan.

The Second Annual Wounded Warrior Project Car Show sponsored by Peconic Bay Region of Antique Automobile Club of America was held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Martha Clara Vineyard.

There were 156 classic cars, muscle cars, trucks, vans, fire trucks and even WWII Army trucks on display.

The event featured wine tastings, music, food, raffles and auctions.

Car owners received trophies for class awards and people’s choice awards.

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10/14/11 4:00pm
10/14/2011 4:00 PM

Rick Terry

A fundraiser in memory of late Lobster Roll Northside general manager Rick Terry is being held Sunday evening at Martha Clara Vineyards on Sound Avenue in Riverhead.

Mr. Terry died suddenly at age 44 last December.

The event will feature artwork, an auction, entertainment, door prizes, wine and food. The entry donation is $40 and all proceeds benefit the Emma Wheeler Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

The event runs from 6:30-9:30 Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at Lobster Roll Northside.

08/14/11 12:03pm
08/14/2011 12:03 PM

The fifth annual North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead Saturday was a smash hit and a sellout, with 300 people at the VIP session and 2,500 attending the regular event.

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Long Ireland Beer co-owner Dan Burke hands a sample of Breakfast Stout to Melissa Johnides (center) of North Babylon at the North Fork Craft Beer,BBQ & Wine festival Saturday. In the straw hats are Travis Johnides of North Babylon (left) and Mike Howland of Patchogue 'The Beer Amigos' who do a podcast about beer on iTunes.

08/02/11 4:18am
08/02/2011 4:18 AM

SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | Martha Clara Vineyards winemaker and general manager Juan Micieli-Martinez holds up a bottle of the 2010 Estate Reserve Riesling

The soft white grapes used in the 2010 Estate Reserve Riesling at Martha Clara Vineyards are handled very gently.
Winemakers take special care to hide the grapes and their juices from oxygen to prevent oxidation. The grape juice is then fermented in stainless steel, and upon pouring a golden glass of the finished product, floral aromas with hints of white tea leaves waft through the air.

On the palette, a distinct sweetness is subtly balanced with acidity.

That’s why the winery’s riesling was rated the highest among 564 other wines at the 7th Annual Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association Competition last month in Haymarket, Va.

Entries were submitted by 118 wineries from 11 states.

“This is a big deal for Long Island and a big deal for the North Fork,” said Martha Clara Vineyards winemaker and general manager Juan Micieli-Martinez.

The wine’s victory — which won Best in Show and Best in Category, meaning it was the best riesling overall —  came somewhat as a surprise. The best riesling typically flows from the New York Fingerlakes region, which has a cooler growing climate conducive to producing that wine, Mr. Micieli-Martinez said.

“The Fingerlakes has always been given credit for their dynamite riesling,” he said. “For us to win down here on the island is even more of a special honor.”

He credits Martha Clara’s win to its location — its land and soil — as well as the management of the vines and careful attention to detail and the handling of the grapes and juices.

The competition’s 19 judges considered aroma, taste, structure and overall concept in each wine entered, according to Gordon Murchie, president emeritus of ASWA. Each judge had to be familiar with east coast wines, as grapes in the east differ from those in the west.

He said Martha Clara’s Riesling earned its honor by reaching a certain “level of sophistication.”

“It shows, in the factors of tasting the wine, that overall this is a top quality wine that is going to do extremely well in the consumer marketplace.”

Since the winery has won, it will only sell three bottles of its 2010 Estate Reserve Riesling to members of the public or six bottles each to Martha Clara Vineyards Wine Club members. One bottle costs $19.99.

Other North Fork wineries were bestowed with awards for their wines as well. Sherwood House Vineyards in Mattituck took two silver medals — one for a 2007 Cabernet Franc and one for a 2006 Sherwood Manor.

Vineyard 48 in Cutchogue won a silver for its White Table Wine and a bronze for its 2010 Riesling.

A bronze medal went to the Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard in Mattituck for the 2007 Blue Mack, and Martha Clara also won silver medals for the 2010 So Vin Yon Blonk — which also won Best in Category — and 2009 Cabernet Franc, as well as a bronze for the 2007 Clusters.


04/12/11 5:25am
04/12/2011 5:25 AM

Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead hosted the second annual “Bark for Life,” a non-competitive walk that aims to raise money for cancer research Sunday.

More than 150 people and pooches turned out for the walk around the Sound Avenue vineyard which raises funds for the American Cancer Society.

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KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | The second annual 'Bark for Life' was held at Martha Clara Vineyard Sunday.