Renowned wine educator, author to speak on the North Fork

COURTESY PHOTO | Renowned wine educator and author Kevin Zraly will speak at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue Sunday.

Renowned wine educator and author Kevin Zraly, the 2011 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award winner, will give a free lecture at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue.

Mr. Zraly began Windows on the World Wine School in the mid-1970s at the restaurant that sat at the top of the World Trade Center, where he worked as cellar master and later wine director. The wine course is now held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. He distilled his courses, which still run today, into a best-selling book, “Windows on the World Complete Wine Course,” about a decade later.

Additional honors bestowed on Mr. Zraly include the Society of Wine Educators’ Lifetime Achievement Award, the European Wine Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Food and Beverage Association’s Man of the Year Award.

At Sunday’s lecture, Mr. Zraly will speak about his career experiences, Long Island wines and nationwide changes in the wine industry.

Guests will receive a tasting glass of 2008 Bedell Cellars Musée and 2009 Gallery wines. A question-and-answer session and book signing of Mr. Zraly’s recently released “Complete Wine Course,” 2012 edition, will follow the talk.

To RSVP, email Molly Deegan at [email protected] or call 734-7537.