Long Island Wine Country 50th anniversary Grand Tasting

Long Island Wine Country 50th anniversary Celebrations were eclectic, approachable and unique.

The Long Island Wine Country recently marked a significant milestone as it celebrated 50 years since the first vineyard was planted by Alex and Louisa Hargrave in Cutchogue. The local community came together to show their support and appreciation for the region’s rich history and the hard work and dedication put in by the Hargraves, which paved the way for the thriving wine industry in the area. It was a momentous occasion that highlights the enduring legacy of the Hargraves and the continued growth and success of Long Island’s wine industry.

The Magnum event occurred Saturday, August 19th, 2023, at Peconic Bay Vineyards in Cutchoge, New York, along the North Fork of Long Island Wine Trail. Five stations featured different wine styles, poured by friendly hospitality members from each winery. It was a great experience to witness the camaraderie between the winemakers and enjoy the various producers, each with its unique flavor profile. The event celebrated Long Island Wine Country’s anniversary with a mix of elegance and approachability, showcasing eclectic decor and food in a friendly atmosphere. The delicious food pairings showcase the connection between farm-to-table and grape-to-glass. Over a dozen top East End restaurants, such as Braun’s Seafood, The Frisky Oyster, North Fork Table & Inn, PAWPAW, Love Lane Kitchen, & Noahs, served delicacies during the event. Nibbles were a true delight starting with Long Island Oysters, Sterling Caviar, North Fork Potato Chips, and Gourmet Food’s International selection of cheese and charcuterie.

Long Island Wines produces quality wines thanks to the cool maritime climate that allows a wide range of varieties to thrive, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Merlot, and Semillon.

Below are some of the wines we enjoyed during the grand tasting. We recommend trying them to appreciate the uniqueness of Long Island Terroir.

Fermentation Station

Pet Nat & Unique Bubbles:  

Clovis Point Vineyard 2020 Sparkling Cabernet Franc

Macari Vineyards 2022 “Horses” Sparkling Petit Verdot (Pet Nat)

Chronicle Gratitude Pet Nat

Long Island Bubbles

RG|NY Sparkling White 

Sparkling Pointe 2019 Brut 

Sparkling Pointe 2012 Brut Seduction

Rosé and Red Sparkling:

Croteaux Vineyards 2022 Sparkling Chloe

2019 Sparkling Pointe Topaz Impérial Brut Rosé

Maritime Minerality

Clovis Point Vineyard 2021 Chardonnay

Shades of Pink

McCall Wines 2021 Pinot Noir Whole Cluster Rosé

Fresh Fruits

Aromatic Whites: RGNY 2021 Viognier 

Suvignon Blanc: Suhru Wines 2022 Sauvignon Blanc

Cellar Treasures:

Wölffer Estate Vineyards 2019 Caya Cabernet Franc

A big celebration with a predecessor

Before the Grand Tasting Event, there was a Trade and Media Event hosted back in June at Manhattan’ iconic Temple Court now The Beekman Hotel, where some of our Ambassadors could participate and express their opinions about Long Island Wines. For instance, Marina Mendieta, New York, and New Jersey Ambassador, mentions her excitement to participate in the event to improve her knowledge of Long Island wine and wineries. “The media and portfolio tasting provided a firsthand experience of Long Island’s best wines. I was impressed by the quality and modern take on traditional labels. It was remarkable to see canned and sparkling wines of incredible quality, and the lunch pairing was exquisite.”

Long Island Wine Country is a place full of promise and excitement. The future holds endless opportunities for joy, expansion, and delicious wine. Let’s raise a glass to all the fantastic things to come!