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Jack’s Waterfall performs Friday night at The Suffolk Theater. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Jack’s Waterfall performs Friday night at The Suffolk Theater. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Organizers for the 2015 Winterfest are expecting to event to draw at least 10,000 additional people to the East End this season, up from about 7,500 last year. The six-weekend festival features live music and more at North Fork vineyards, restaurants and concert venues.

On Friday night at The Suffolk Theater, Winterfest officially kicked off. Read more about the event and see photos at northforker.com.

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Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks perform at Jamesport Vineyard. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks perform at Jamesport Vineyard during a previous Winterfest concert. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

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.

Read the full story on northforker.com.

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COURTESY PHOTO | Aquebogue’s own acclaimed trumpet player Alex Siplagin will perform at Winterfest this weekend.

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

Ahmad Ali
Harbes Family Vineyard
3 p.m.
Jazz on the Half Shell
Macari Vineyards & Winery
3 p.m.
Danny Kean & Friends
Pellegrini Vineyards
3 p.m.
Steve Adelson Stick-Tet
Castello di Borghese
4:30 p.m.
Alex Sipiagin
Raphael
4:30 p.m.
Mike Freeman ZonaVibe
Wolffer Estate
6 p.m.
Live at the Indigo
Hotel Indigo
7 p.m.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Paula Atherton
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard
2:30 p.m.
Josyane Monaco
Diliberto Winery
2:30 p.m.
Iris Ornig
Palmer Vineyards
2:30 p.m.
Eliana Marcia & Banda Azul
Raphael
4 p.m.
Don Miller’s String Theory
Lieb Cellars
4 p.m.
The Rare Groove Band
Bedell Cellars
4 p.m.
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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Mike Engle, Byron Preston and Keenan Zach of The Mike Engle Vibratrio perform at Palmer Vineyards in Riverhead Saturday afternoon.

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.”

Related: Jazz on the Vine schedule

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.

cmiller@timesreview.com

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KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | Papo Vazquez Pirate Troubadors performing at Raphael during Jazz on the Vine 2012.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | Papo Vazquez Pirate Troubadors performing at Raphael during Jazz on the Vine 2012.

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:

A complete list of events for Long Island’s 2013 Jazz on the Vine Winterfest concert series

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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

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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

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BARBARAELLEN PHOTO | Vicki DeRosa of Wading River gives out tastings of red mulled wine.

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.”

jennifer@timesreview.com

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