Hello Mother, Hello Father
Try to imagine summer camp with impeccable food, endless wine, and no kids. Enter Wine Camp, a four-day immersion in Long Island wine country launched this March by the Long Island Wine Country B&B Group, an association of seven North Fork B&Bs.
For $995 per couple, campers get a hands-on introduction to grape growing, harvesting, winemaking, tasting and pairing, as well as three nights stay at a B&B, banquet dinners at nearby restaurants, and a selection of wines from the eight participating wineries: Bedell Cellars, Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery, Corey Creek Vineyards, The Lenz Winery, The Old Field Winery, Paumanok Vineyards, Peconic Bay Winery, and The Tasting Room.
During the first session, campers received spoof awards at the closing dinner—”Best spitter,” “Most likely to open their own winery on Staten Island”—and a budding romance developed between two campers, lubricated, of course, by fermented grape juice.
“The first one was spectacular,” said Ellen Carbonell, proprietor of Home Port B&B in Peconic. Mrs.
Carbonell expects up to 50 campers for the next sessions on May 1720 and July 2629. (For information and reservations, 495.9744 and longislandwinecountrybandb.com.)