03/10/12 7:00am
03/10/2012 7:00 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | David Liebman and Lewis Porter perform at Raphael Vineyard in Peconic during a previous Long Island Winterfest event.

Action at the wineries has slowed as Old Man Winter tightens his grip on the North Fork, which means it’s about time for Winterfest.

The popular jazz concert series will run for six weekends during February and March, with the first concerts kicking off the weekend before Valentine’s Day. Admission to the jazz concerts are $15 per person and includes a glass of wine.

The concerts brought an impressive 7,000 people to the East End last winter, and Winterfest organizers are hoping that number will balloon this season. Scroll down for a complete calendar of performances.

Saturday, Feb. 11

1:30 p.m.

The Christine Spero Group

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards

www.christinesperogroup.com

2 p.m.

Beledo

Wolffer Estate

www.beledo.com

3 p.m.

Vadim Neselovskyi Trio

Clovis Point

www.vadimneselovskyi.com

3 p.m.

Chuk Fowler & Higher Energy

Jamesport Vineyards

www.chukfowlermusic.com

3 p.m.

Jazz on the ½ Shell

Peconic Bay Winery

www.jazzonthehalfshell.com

4:30 p.m.

Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadour

Peconic Bay Winery

www.papovazquez.com

4:30 p.m.

Stephane Wrembel

Bedell Cellars

www.stephanewrembel.com

7 p.m.

Hotel Indigo

Live at the Indigo

Sunday, Feb. 12

2 p.m.

David Amram Quartet

Castello di Borghese

www.davidamram.com

2 p.m.

Michael Jazz Trio

Macari Vineyard (North)

www.michaeljazztrio.com

2 p.m.

Dida’s Trio

Palmer Vineyards

www.didapelled.com

3:30 p.m.

Carl Burnett

Duckwalk Vineyards North

www.lifebeforemidi.com

3:30 p.m.

Bobby Corsetti Jazz Quartet
Ronnie Dinoto, keyboards; Charles Interrrante, bass guitar; Steve Klein,drums; Bobby Corsetti, guitar and vocal

Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards

www.bobbycorsetti.com

3:30 p.m.

Nilson Matta Brazilian Voyage

Sparkling Pointe

www.nilsonmatta.com

Saturday, Feb. 18

3 p.m.

Jane Hastay & Peter Martin Weiss

Diliberto Winery

www.tickleslapmusic.com

3 p.m.

Natalia Bernal & Jota Sete

Laurel Lake Vineyards

www.jasonennis.com

3 p.m.

Mundoclave

Macari Vineyards (North)

www.mundoclave.com

4:30 p.m.

Matt Marshak

Bedell Cellars

www.mattmarshak.com

4:30 p.m.

Steve Adelson Stick

Castello di Borghese

www.steveadelson.com

4:30 p.m.

Pearl Street Band

Waters Crest Winery

www.pearlstreetband.com

7 p.m.

Live at the Indigo

Hotel Indigo

Sunday, Feb. 19

12:30 p.m.

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard

Champian Fulton Quartet

www.champian.net

2 p.m.

Michael Weiss Trio

Clovis Point

www.michaelweiss.info

2 p.m.

Christine Correa & Frank Carlberg Duo

Diliberto Winery

www.redpianorecords.com

3:30 p.m.

Peconic Bay Winery

Sarah Manning Quartet

www.sarahmanningmusic.com

3:30 p.m.

Trevor Davison Quartet

Raphael

www.trevordavison.com

Saturday, Feb. 25

1:30 p.m.

Tessa Souter Group

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards

www.tessasouter.com

3 p.m.

Mike Pride’s FROM BACTERIA TO BOYS

Martha Clara Vineyards

www.mikepride.com

3 p.m.

Will Sellenraad

Palmer Vineyards

www.willsellenraad.com

3 p.m.

58th & Ninth, David Varriale, drums; TJ Swan, guitar

Sherwood House

www.myspace.com/58thninth

4:30 p.m.

John Davis Quartet

Peconic Bay Winery

www.jdmusicproduction.com

4:30 p.m.

New Mo Swing

Raphael

www.revels-bey.com

7 p.m.

Live at the Indigo

Hotel indigo

Saturday, Feb. 26

2 p.m.

Eri Yamamoto Trio

Clovis Point

www.eriyamamoto.com

2 p.m.

Mark Gatz Trio

Jamesport Vineyards

2 p.m.

Danny Kean & Friends

Pellegrini Vineyards

www.dannykean.com

3:30 p.m.

Randy Napoleon

Laurel Lake Vineyards

www.randynapoleon.com

3:30 p.m.

Rory Stuart Quartet

Bedell Cellars

www.rorystuart.com

Saturday, March 3

3 p.m.

Sazon Mix

Martha Clara Vineyards

www.sazonmix.com

3 p.m.

Amy Cervini Quartet

Palmer Vineyards

www.amycervini.com

3 p.m.

Bryan Campbell

Sherwood House Vineyards

www.bryancampbellguitarist.com

4:30 p.m.

Nelson Riveros Ensemble

Macari Vineyards (North)

www.nelsonriveros.com

4:30 p.m.

In The Moment

Pellegrini Vineyards

www.myspace.com/maginthemoment

4:30 p.m.

Amy London Quartet

Duckwalk Vineyards North

www.amylondonsings.com

7 p.m.

Live at the Indigo

Hotel Indigo

Sunday, March 4

12:30 p.m.

Paula Atherton

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards

www.paulaatherton.com

2 p.m.

Waters Crest Winery

East End Jazz

2 p.m.

Holli Ross

Sparkling Pointe

www.holliross.com

3:30 p.m.

Alex Sipiagin Quartet
Alex Sipiagin – trumpet,
Gene Jackson – drums,
Boris Kozlov – bass
Misha Tsiganov – piano

Peconic Bay Winery

www.alexsipiagin.com

3:30 p.m.

Chiemi Nakai/Afronaughtica

Bedell Cellars

www.chieminakai.com

4 p.m.

All That Jazz! All Star Super Band
Randy Brecker – Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Lew Soloff – Trumpet
Morris Goldberg – Alto Sax &
Penny Whistle
Ada Rovatti – Tenor Sax
Jim Campagnola – Tenor &
Baritone Sax
Peter Weiss – Bass
Rashid Lanie – Piano
Claes Brondal – Drums

Raphael

www.thejamsession.org

Saturday, March 10

2 p.m.

Dennis Raffelock

Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard

myspace.com/dennisraffelock

3 p.m.

Monday Michiru

Laurel Lake Vineyards

www.mondaymichiru.com

3 p.m.

Dan Aran Trio

Palmer Vineyards

www.danaran.com

4:30 p.m.

Ojoyo

Duckwalk Vineyards North

www.ojoyo.com

4:30 p.m.

Rare Groove Band

Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards

www.raregrooveband.com

4:30 p.m.

Shenole Latimer Quartet

Raphael

www.shenolelatimer.com

7 p.m.

Live at the Indigo

Hotel Indigo

Sunday, March 11

12:30 p.m.

Dara Tucker

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard

1 p.m.

Jarrett Cherner

Wolffer Estate

www.jarrettcherner.com

2 p.m.

Macari Vineyards (North)

The Curtis Brothers

www.curtisbrothersmusic.com

2 p.m.

Martha Clara Vineyards

Roosevelt Dime

www.rooseveltdimemusic.com

3:30 p.m.

Pellegrini Vineyards

Ray Anderson

www.rayanderson.org

4 p.m.

Lauren Kinhan

Bedell Cellars

www.laurenkinhan.com

Saturday, March 17

1:30 p.m.

Oscar Penas Ethereal Ensemble

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards

www.oscarpenas.com

3 p.m.

Dwayne Kerr

Clovis Point

www.dwaynekerr.com

3 p.m.

Duckwalk Vineyards North

The Avengers

www.theavengersband.com

3 p.m.

Shan Kenner

Pellegrini Vineyards

4:30 p.m.

Jack Morelli Trio

Jamesport Vineyards

www.jackmorellimusic.com

4:30 p.m.

Heather Hardy

Bedell Cellars

www.heatherlilmamahardy.com

7 p.m.

Live at the Indigo

Hotel Indigo

Sunday, March 18

Philip Dizack Quartet

Martha Clara Vineyards

www.philipdizack.com

Sunday, March 18

2 p.m.

Ahmad Ali

Sherwood House Vineyards

www.ahmadalimusic.com

2 p.m.

Lobenstein/Salerno Duo

Sannino Bella Vita Vineyards

www.davelobenstein.com

3 p.m.

Mambo Loco

Raphael

www.mamboloco.com

3:30 p.m.

Bakithi Kumalo Band

Sparkling Pointe

www.bakithikumalo.com

sbrix@timesreview.com

03/05/12 5:00pm
03/05/2012 5:00 PM

SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | Les Howard, winemaker at Raphael in Peconic.

Les Howard doesn’t see himself as a winemaker.

He considers himself a shepherd who guides grapes into wine.

He doesn’t push the grapes, and he doesn’t change them. In the cellar of Raphael in Peconic, he aims to turn the small red and white fruits into their highest potential.

“I’m not making,” he said. “I’m guiding. The more I learn, the less I try to change it.”

Mr. Howard, 37, has worked in Long Island Wine Country for his entire career, starting out as a cellar hand at Pindar Vineyards.

“I had no idea I was going to be a winemaker,” he said.

“I needed money,” he said with a laugh, “so I became a cellar hand.”

He soon learned he couldn’t deny his fascination with wine. He learned the art of winemaking quickly and became an assistant winemaker at Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards, Wolffer Estate Vineyards and Bedell Cellars.

He landed his first gig as head winemaker in 2005 at Jamesport Vineyards, migrated back to Pindar and then joined Raphael in 2010.

Along the way, he’s made good friends with other winemakers, a band of people he says genuinely care that their peers succeed.

“We feel like we all have to make good wine to bring our reputation up as a region,” he said. “We’re not afraid to share knowledge.”

Mr. Howard is hard-pressed to identify his single favorite wine.

“I love all the wines I make,” he said.

He admits that the red wines currently fermenting in Raphael’s oak barrels made with grapes harvested in the 2010 season just might be the highest quality he’s ever made.

He went to far as to say the 2010 red vintages will be some of the best wines ever to emerge from Long Island.

“These are some of the best wines I’ve ever worked with,” he said while strolling past rows of red-striped barrels in the dimly-lit cellar of Raphael. “No one’s tasted anything like this from Long Island.”

He said the 2010 growing season was certainly the best the Island had seen since the highly successful 2007 season — if not the best ever. He didn’t use many sulfites in his red wines since the tannin structures were so rich in many of them. He didn’t use any sulfites, which is quite rare, in his 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon.

He said winemaker peers in California who tasted the 2010 vintages were blown away by the quality of the wine.

“To me, all of these wines are remarkable,” he said.

Until those vintages are released, he’ll continue guiding, not making, what he believes is the best Long Island has to offer.

sbrix@timesreview.com

03/01/12 5:14pm
03/01/2012 5:14 PM
Macari Vineyards

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Kelly Urbanik, head winemaker at Macari Vineyards, sits among the casks in the Mattituck winery’s barrel room.

Winemaking is not just a man’s world, at least not anymore.

Of the more than 50 wine-producing entities on the North Fork, 11 percent have a woman behind the wine. Seven percent of the wineries produce an entirely female-made product, with day-to-day responsibilities falling to the head winemaking woman — or women, such as Old Field’s mother-daughter winemaking team of Rosamond and Perry Baiz.

“One of the strengths of our region is our very high percentage of women in the wine industry — from ownership to management, through the vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms,” said Steve Bate, executive director of the Long Island Wine Council.

The percentages are close to those of California, where, according to womenwinemakers.com, 9.8 percent of the wineries have women in charge.

Theresa Dilworth, owner of Comtesse Thérèse in Aquebogue, said that when she started out 12 years ago, hers was the North Fork’s first female-owned vineyard/winery. “There were lots of husband-and-wife teams,” she said. “After me, there was Alie Shaper of Brooklyn Oenology and Bouké Wine.”

Ms. Dilworth said she doesn’t see the North Fork’s wine industry as being male-dominated. As an international tax lawyer at Ernst & Young, she was the first woman in her department in 1987, and has been outnumbered by men on a much higher scale.

“It was 17 men and then me,” she said. “Three years later we merged with Arthur Young and then it was three women out of 35. It’s different out here. To me it’s more about the people. Gender doesn’t really enter into it.”

Claudia Purita owns One Woman Vineyards in Southold, where she is also winemaker and vineyard manager.

“I’m just a hard worker,” she said. “Women are treated as if they can’t do as much as a man, but I think I’m proving them wrong.”

Ms. Purita does nearly all the work to both manage the 16 acres of grapes and make 2,000 cases of wine each year.

“I’ve been called a superwoman or a bionic woman,” she said. That could be the result of having grown up on a farm in Italy.

“All of the food and drink on the dinner table, including the wine, had to be worked for … We didn’t really have time for TV or to play,” she said.

Like Ms. Purita, 30-year-old Kelly Urbanik, head winemaker at Macari Vineyards, grew up making wine at home with her family.

“My grandfather always had vineyards,” she said. Despite childhood dreams of becoming a veterinarian, she majored in viticulture/oenology at the University of California/Davis. As an undergraduate intern in 2001, she worked as a vineyard monitor for wine giant Beringer.

“I was an extra set of eyes looking for diseases on their vineyards throughout Napa Valley,” Ms. Urbanik said.

She also worked the harvest in Burgundy, France, in 2003 as part of a scholarship offered by the La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, a wine-drinking brotherhood established in the 18th century. The following year, while working at another French winery, Louis Jadot, she realized her dream of becoming a winemaker.

“It was the first time I worked in a real cellar,” she said. “I liked the fact that if I worked in the winery, I could help the wine become what it’s supposed to be.”

She never dreamed she would one day work in New York. “In California, nobody talked about wines from the East Coast or New York,” she said.

She recalls answering an ad for an assistant winemaker on winejobs.com that said, “Must be willing to relocate.”

“I received a phone call from an unusual area code asking to please call them back.” The caller was John Levenberg, Bedell’s winemaker at the time, who came out to California to meet her.

She earned the title of Bedell’s assistant winemaker in June 2006 and officially became head winemaker two years later after Mr. Levenberg left the company. But she alone blended Bedell’s 2007 Musée, which received 91 points from Wine Spectator, the most awarded to any East Coast winery.

“I consider that my wine,” she said.

Ms. Urbanik left Bedell in June 2010 to become head winemaker at Macari. As for her gender, Ms. Urbanik said she’s only thought of herself as a woman in the wine business when others have brought it up.

“Otherwise, I haven’t really thought about it,” she said.

gvolpe@timesreview.com

02/27/12 7:00am
02/27/2012 7:00 AM

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | One Woman Wines, produced almost entirely at the hands of Claudia Purita produces 2,000 cases per year.

For nine years, Claudia Purita has been the one woman that is the namesake of Southold’s One Woman Wines and Vineyards.

The owner, head winemaker, and vineyard manager, Ms. Purita grew up in Italy and made roots – literally – in New York State by planting 12 acres of grapes in Southold.

Her vineyard is the first on Long Island to grow Grüner, an Austrian white wine grape.

Ms. Purita is one of only  a handful of female head winemakers on the North Fork, but her position of winemaker, vineyard manager and owner make her an anomaly.

Be sure to check out Thursday’s paper for more on female winemakers of the North Fork.

02/25/12 7:00am
02/25/2012 7:00 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Vicki DeRosa of Wading River gives out tastings of red mulled wine at a recent Winterfest event at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard.

Another packed weekend of Winterfest concerts gets underway at 1:30 p.m. Saturday when the Tessa Souter Group performs at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard.

Here’s a complete schedule of this weekend’s dozen Winterfest show:

Saturday, Feb. 25

1:30 p.m.

Tessa Souter Group

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards

www.tessasouter.com

3 p.m.

Mike Pride’s FROM BACTERIA TO BOYS

Martha Clara Vineyards

www.mikepride.com

3 p.m.

Will Sellenraad

Palmer Vineyards

www.willsellenraad.com

3 p.m.

58th & Ninth, David Varriale, drums; TJ Swan, guitar

Sherwood House

www.myspace.com/58thninth

4:30 p.m.

John Davis Quartet

Peconic Bay Winery

www.jdmusicproduction.com

4:30 p.m.

New Mo Swing

Raphael

www.revels-bey.com

7 p.m.

Live at the Indigo

Hotel indigo

Sunday, Feb. 26

2 p.m.

Eri Yamamoto Trio

Clovis Point

www.eriyamamoto.com

2 p.m.

Mark Gatz Trio

Jamesport Vineyards

2 p.m.

Danny Kean & Friends

Pellegrini Vineyards

www.dannykean.com

3:30 p.m.

Randy Napoleon

Laurel Lake Vineyards

www.randynapoleon.com

3:30 p.m.

Rory Stuart Quartet

Bedell Cellars

www.rorystuart.com

02/18/12 9:30am
02/18/2012 9:30 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Nilson Matta Brazilian Voyage played last Sunday at Sparkling Pointe in Southold.

The popular Winterfest jazz concert series picks up where it left off last week with a full weekend of concert events at local wineries Saturday and Sunday.

Admission to the shows are $15 per person and includes a glass of wine.

Saturday, Feb. 18

3 p.m.

Jane Hastay & Peter Martin Weiss

Diliberto Winery

www.tickleslapmusic.com

3 p.m.

Natalia Bernal & Jota Sete

Laurel Lake Vineyards

www.jasonennis.com

3 p.m.

Mundoclave

Macari Vineyards (North)

www.mundoclave.com

4:30 p.m.

Matt Marshak

Bedell Cellars

www.mattmarshak.com

4:30 p.m.

Steve Adelson Stick

Castello di Borghese

www.steveadelson.com

4:30 p.m.

Pearl Street Band

Waters Crest Winery

www.pearlstreetband.com

7 p.m.

Live at the Indigo

Hotel Indigo

Sunday, Feb. 19

12:30 p.m.

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard

Champian Fulton Quartet

www.champian.net

2 p.m.

Michael Weiss Trio

Clovis Point

www.michaelweiss.info

2 p.m.

Christine Correa & Frank Carlberg Duo

Diliberto Winery

www.redpianorecords.com

3:30 p.m.

Peconic Bay Winery

Sarah Manning Quartet

www.sarahmanningmusic.com

3:30 p.m.

Trevor Davison Quartet

Raphael

www.trevordavison.com

02/10/12 7:00pm
02/10/2012 7:00 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | David Liebman and Lewis Porter perform at Raphael Vineyard in Peconic during a previous Long Island Winterfest event.

The weekend we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. The first performances in the 2012 Winterfest Jazz on the Vine concert series will be held this Saturday and Sunday at participating wineries and Hotel Indigo East End in Riverhead.

Performances include Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadour at Peconic Bay Winery, Stephane Wrembel at Bedell Cellars, and the David Amram Quartet at Castello di Borghese. See a complete calendar of performances here.

There are 71 concerts set for this year, the most concerts in the series’ 5-year history.

Some 6,000 people flocked to the East End for last year’s concerts, and Winterfest organizers expect that number to grow this year. Tickets to all Winterfest concerts are $15 and include a glass of wine.

Pay attention to the backs of your tickets, where you’ll find a raffle stub for a chance to win a free night at an East End hotel with a gift basket of Long Island wines.

EVENTS

FRIDAY

Shinn Estate Vineyards, Mattituck. Palm readings with Joan Bernhardt in the tasting room, 5-8 p.m. $20; $5 for a glass of wine.

Peconic Bay Winery, Cutchogue. Game Night. Play games with your friends and get 2-for-1 glasses of wine.

Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, Riverhead. ChocoVino. A chocolate and wine pairing five-course dinner. $150 per couple. Call aquarium to reserve. $250 per couple including overnight stay accomodations at Hyatt Place East End.

SATURDAY

Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead. Long Island Comedy Festival featuring host Paul Anthony, George Rini from the New York City comedy scene and Frankie Pace of HBO and SNL. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Tickets available at marthaclaravineyards.com.

Comtesse Therese Bistro, Aquebogue. Red wine and dark chocolate pairing, 2-3 p.m. $40 per person. RSVP.

Diliberto Winery, Jamesport. Instructional Wine Class, every Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with tastings and Neapolitan-style pizza lunch. $45 per person, RSVP.

Duckwalk Vineyards, Southold. Celebrate Valentine’s, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Complimentary fine chocolates with tasting or wine purchase.

Sherwood House Vineyards, Jamesport. Valentine’s ‘Fond of You’ Fondue Party. Chocolate fondue and 2004 Merlot for two. $30 per couple. 1-3 p.m. RSVP.

SUNDAY

Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead. Vines and Canines Vineyard Walk, Valentine’s Day Theme. Bring your dog down for a walk through the vineyards with winemaker Juan Micieli-Martinez and his dog, Satchmo. Donations of non-perishable dog and cat foods and lightly-used pet supplies will be accepted.

Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead. Wine Education Series: Wine and Chocolate with Chip n’ Dipped. Three 45-minute sessions starting at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. $25, $20 for wine club members. Tickets available at marthaclaravineyards.com.

Diliberto Winery, Jamesport. ‘Sunday Dinner with Grandma,’ every Sunday except Feb. 19, 1-3 p.m. The art of preparing a three-course Italian dinner with food demonstration and wine pairing. $29 per person. RSVP.

Laurel Lake Vineyards, Laurel. Wine and chocolate pairing class, 1-2 p.m. $30 per person. RSVP.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Clovis Point, Valentine’s chocolate and wine pairings, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. $20 for flight and chocolates, $10 for wine club members.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Peconic Bay Winery, Cutchogue. ‘Free Tasting February.’ Sample give selected Nautique and estate-grown wines at no charge between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily during February (except during special events).

Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, Peconic. Wine and international chocolate tastings. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in February from 12-5 p.m. $15.

LIVE MUSIC

FRIDAY

Castello di Borghese, Cutchogue. 6-9 p.m. Cabaret and wine with Marguerite Volonts.

 

Jamesport Vineyards, Fireside Fridays, 5:30-9 p.m., Main Rd., Jamesport.

Wölffer Estate Vineyard, 5-8 p.m., Candlelight Fridays, Sagg Rd., Sagaponack.

Bedell Cellars, 1-5 p.m., Main Rd., Cutchogue.

Sherwood House Vineyards, 4-8 p.m. Live music with Paul Helbig. Main Road, Jamesport.

SATURDAY

Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards, Live music with the East End Trio. Valentine’s gift dessert and jewelry booths. 1:30-5:30 p.m., Main Rd., Peconic.

Palmer Vineyards, Live music with Todd ‘The Guitarman’ Grossman with flight tastings, new releases, chocolate truffles and New York cheese. 1-4 p.m., Main Road, Riverhead.

Martha Clara Vineyards, Live music with Mudpuppy, 2-5 p.m., Sound Ave., Riverhead.

Paumanok Vineyards, Live music: flute and guitar by Serenade Duo. 2-5 p.m., Main Rd., Aquebogue.

Sherwood House Vineyards, Live music with JONNI, 2-6 p.m. Main Rd., Jamesport.

Pindar Vineyards, Live music with Tommy Sullivan, 1-5 p.m. Main Rd., Peconic.

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, Live music with Shotgun, 2-6 p.m. Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow.

Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, Live music with Bob Blatchley, 1-5 p.m. Peconic Ln., Peconic.

SUNDAY

Clovis Point, Jamesport. 1:30-4:30 p.m., Main Rd., Jamesport.

Peconic Bay Winery, Live music with Gene Casey, 1-5 p.m. Main Rd., Cutchogue.

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, Live music with Denice Given and Conrad Taylor, 2-6 p.m. Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow.

Martha Clara Vineyards, 2-5 p.m. Live music with Keith Maguire. Sound Ave., Riverhead.

Bedell Cellars, 2-5 p.m. Live music with King Scallop Ensemble (Jazz on the Half Shell).

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Sherwood House Vineyards, 2-6 p.m., Fireside Fridays and glass specials, Main Rd., Jamesport.

Jamesport Vineyards, 1-5 p.m., Main Rd., Jamesport

Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, 1-5 p.m., Peconic Lane, Peconic.

Martha Clara Vineyards, 2-5 p.m., Sound Ave., Riverhead.

Peconic Bay Winery, 1-5 p.m., Main Rd., Cutchogue.

Pugliese Vineyards, 2-6 p.m., Main Rd., Cutchogue.

WINEMAKERS WALKS

Sunday

Castello di Borghese, Winemaker’s Walk, 1 p.m. Guided tour of the winery and production facility and tasting, $20. Route 48, Cutchogue. Reservations, 734-5111,castellodiborghese.com.

Shinn Estate Vineyards, Vineyard Walk, 1:30 p.m., Barbara Shinn explains the vines’ growing cycle and the organic and biodynamic farming methods used to grow Shinn Estate wine. $12.50 includes wine tasting. Oregon Rd., Mattituck. Reservations 804-0367, shinnestatevineyards.com.

Saturday and Sunday

Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, VIP Vine to Wine Tour: Tour of winery, mini viticulture and winemaking lesson and wine tasting. 1 p.m., $20. Peconic Ln., Peconic. Reservations, (631) 734-8282.

Wineries: If you’d like us to include your event, please e-mail Samantha Brix at sbrix@timesreview.com.

02/06/12 3:30pm
02/06/2012 3:30 PM

SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | Gilles Martin in the production facility of Sparkling Pointe holding a bottle of 2002 Brut Seduction.

Gilles Martin doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t making fruit juice.

The winemaker at Sparkling Pointe Vineyard in Southold remembers picking, coring and slices apples for cider as a child with his grandfather about 10 miles outside the Champagne region of France, where he was born.

When he grew older, he knew he wanted to work in technology and near the environment to be close to nature.

He joined his uncle, a winemaker, in the Langedoc province in the south of France when he was 22 years old. He earned undergraduate degrees in biology and food science and a masters degree in oenology from the University of Montpelier. There he completed a masters thesis on the technology of wine ultra-filtration, which received international acclaim and was awarded by former French president Jacques Chirac.

He then set out on a career in wine industries around the world, gaining much success and notoriety.

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