The sun has set on summer, but viewing life through rosé-tinted-glasses is seasonless, even if the grape variety is traditionally reserved for warmer weather. And this fall, vineyards and venues from the North Fork to New York City are giving us reason to celebrate all things red, white and rosé with Long Island wines. Raise a glass—and perhaps stomp a grape or two—at these 2018 New York wine festivals.
Where: Martha Clara, Riverhead
When: Sunday, September 9, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Beach days may be over, but this popular North Fork winery is offering people a chance to get their feet wet at a grape stomp party. Back for its ninth year, despite the vineyard’s change in ownership from the Entenmann family to Mexican wine producer Rivero-González this spring, this lively event allows guests to feel the grape skin between their toes while listening to live music. Lombardi’s Love Lane Market will be serving edibles, and there will be complimentary bicycle rentals for those up for a ride around the farm. Go.
Harvest in the Square
Where: North Plaza – Union Square Park
When: Thursday, September 20, 6:00 p.m. (VIP), 7:00 p.m. (General Admission)
Lenz Winery and Bedell Cellars will represent Long Island at the 23rd annual Harvest in the Square. Their wines can be paired with food tastings prepared with fresh produce from Union Square Greenmarket. Clink glasses with pride — proceeds from the event support local charities and ongoing efforts for district improvements such as beautification. Go.
Annual Wine Club Members Harvest Luncheon
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Where: Sparkling Pointe, Southold
When: Sunday, September 23, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
#FOMO Alert: This members-only event features a guest appearance by Chef Wayne Waddington at La Plage, who will pair four courses of his noted French-American cuisine with Sparkling Pointe wines. Go.
Brooklyn Wine Fest
Where: Brooklyn Expo Center, Brooklyn
When: Saturday, September 29, 1:00-4:30 p.m. (Session 1), 6:00-9:30 p.m. (Session 2)
Oenophiles flock to this event to sample vinos from Argentina to Italy and Long Island in between. In a venue of global wines, raise a glass to hometown pride after visiting the Palmer Vineyards booth. The Long Island vineyard, which was recently purchased by Paumanok, will showcase the strides our region has made alongside the juggernauts of centuries past. California, South Africa, Austria and Australia will also be among the represented, as will notable retail brands like Barefoot, 90+ Cellars and Rooftop Red. Food and live music are on the menu, too. Go.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard Annual Harvest Party
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Where: Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Sagaponack
When: Saturday, October 6, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
This annual event is extra special this year, as Wölffer Estate is toasting to its 30th anniversary. Expect new surprises in honor of the celebration to go along with old favorites, like a bountiful lunch, tastings of Wölffer wines and ciders, music, dancing and family-friendly activities. The dry red cider is the new beverage on the block. Casual and approachable, the cider has aromatic notes of raspberry, black currant and blackberry. It’s a perfect transitional drink and plays well with soft cheeses, s’mores and Asian and Mexican dishes. Currently, the cider is available for purchase at Wölffer Estate Vineyard, local retailers including select Whole Foods and Fairway locations in the Northeast or by visiting Wolffer.com. Bookmark it.
Rock the Harvest
Where: Pindar Vineyards, Peconic, N.Y.
When: Saturday, October 13, 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Wine with a jam. Pindar Vineyards will celebrate harvest with tastings, Crazy Crepe and Weenie Panini food trucks and music from Montauk-based classic rock band 3Bs. The tasting room opens at 11 a.m., food trucks arrive at noon and the 3Bs go on at 1 p.m. Go.