Winterfest: Live of the Vine, now in its eighth year of providing cabin fever-suffering East Enders with a respite from the winter doldrums, returns with live concerts and more with a kickoff party at The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead Feb. 6.
The 2013 edition of the Winterfest Jazz on the Vine series continues at local wineries this weekend. Tickets to the concert events are $20.
Check out the complete schedule below:
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Snow flurries fell as wine lovers and jazz musicians kicked off Winterfest’s Jazz on the Vine series Saturday afternoon. Originally scheduled to start Feb. 8, the series was postponed by last weekend’s blizzard.
Going on its sixth straight year, the Jazz on the Vine series is designed to bring visitors to the North Fork during the winter season. It will feature more than 80 concerts at local vineyards. Events are also scheduled at the newly renovated Suffolk Theater, Hotel Indigo and the Hilton Garden Inn in Riverhead.
“In the dead of winter, to see a full tasting room, it’s amazing,” said John Larsen, tasting room manager at Pellegrini Vineyards in Cutchogue. “It makes the winter go by that much quicker.”
Pellegrini Vineyards featured a Spherical Flamenco Jazz Trio, with Emma Larsson also performing.
“It’s nice to be able to sit, listen, and enjoy a glass of wine,” said Katie O’Callaghan, who traveled from Manhattan with Steve Messemer to enjoy a Valentine’s Day weekend.
“This is great, the place especially,” Ms. O’Callaghan said. “The acoustics are great, and its not all traditional jazz. It’s nice they do a different style.”
“The fact that it’s actually snowing adds to the charm,” Mr. Messemer said. “This is something we will definitely make into a yearly thing.”
The couple had never been to a Jazz on the Vine event before.
Pellegrini Vineyards will be hosting three other events throughout the series, Mr. Larsen said.
The Mike Engle Vibratrio, a three-man band led by Mike Engle, performed at Palmer Vineyards in Aquebogue Saturday. It was the band’s first time performing in the Jazz on the Vine series.
“We’re loving it,” said Keenan Zach, who plays bass. “It’s a great atmosphere. Exactly what the winter needs.”
“It’s inspiring to see so many people,” added Mike Engle, who described the trio’s music as “organic, spontaneous, but rooted in tradition.”
Mr. Engle said he would be honored to play in the series again.
“They are so nice and they sound great,” said Robin Helmer-Reich, who was cuddled up in a booth, sipping on red wine and listening close by. “Jazz on the Vine is a great program.”
This was the second year Ms. Helmer-Reich, of Center Moriches, has attended the series. “It’s a great thing to do in the dead of winter, when there aren’t too many choices of what to do.”
Blanche Pesc traveled from Rockville Center with her husband Dan and their dog to enjoy the afternoon.
“Every time we’ve come it’s been a great experience,” Ms. Pesc said. “You always end up meeting great people.”
Last year’s series brought more than 7,500 people to the North Fork, up from 6,000 in 2011. Events cost $20 at the door and include a glass of wine. You also get the chance to win a free night’s stay at an East End hotel with a gift basket of Long Island wines.
The events originally scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 8-10 have been postponed until March 22-24, extending the series another week.
Winterfest is produced by East End Arts, the Long Island Wine Council, the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Suffolk County Office of Economic Development. For more information visit www.liwinterfest.com.
The 2013 edition of the Winterfest Jazz on the Vine series kicks off February 8. Tickets to the concert events are $20.
Check out the complete schedule below:
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
Tessa Souter Group
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards
Mike Pride’s FROM BACTERIA TO BOYS
Martha Clara Vineyards
58th & Ninth, David Varriale, drums; TJ Swan, guitar
John Davis Quartet
Peconic Bay Winery
New Mo Swing
Live at the Indigo
Sunday, Feb. 26
Eri Yamamoto Trio
Mark Gatz Trio
Danny Kean & Friends
Laurel Lake Vineyards
Rory Stuart Quartet
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
Jane Hastay & Peter Martin Weiss
Natalia Bernal & Jota Sete
Laurel Lake Vineyards
Macari Vineyards (North)
Steve Adelson Stick
Castello di Borghese
Pearl Street Band
Waters Crest Winery
Live at the Indigo
Sunday, Feb. 19
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard
Champian Fulton Quartet
Michael Weiss Trio
Christine Correa & Frank Carlberg Duo
Peconic Bay Winery
Sarah Manning Quartet
Trevor Davison Quartet
Nearly 300 people turned out at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard Saturday for one of the first shows of Winterfest 2012.
Richard Rubin, the winery’s CEO, said this year’s kickoff was more successful than last year despite the light snow that covered the North Fork earlier in the day.
“Bad weather tends to put a lot of fear in people, but we’re very thrilled with the turnout,” he said. “It just shows that Winterfest is a really popular event that people look forward to.”
There are 71 concerts set for this year’s Jazz on the Vine series, the most in the annual event’s five-year history.
Some 6,000 people in total flocked to 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.
In addition to the Winterfest activities, the Baiting Hollow Vineyard offered barrel tastings of its 2010 Red Velvet wine, which will be available for sale this summer. The tastings were paired with mini Red Velvet cupcakes.
Denise and Nate Brauner, a married couple from Brooklyn who learned about Winterfest through a Groupon offer, described the Red Velvet wine as “stunning.”
“Everything has been perfect,” Ms. Braunner said. “We’re having a great time. The wine, music and atmosphere is fantastic.”
The Christine Spero Group, a music group from the Catskills area, had its first Winterfest experience this Saturday at the Sound Avenue vineyard.
The group’s leader, Elliot Spero, described the event’s turnout as “wonderful.”
“This is a great crowd,” Mr. Spero said during an intermission. “It took us four hours to get here because of the weather, but it was worth it.
“The snow made it into a true Winterfest.”
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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