Women Are Smarter than Men and Other Must-Attend Wine Salons This Weekend

There’s still one more day to enter our HARVEST ticket giveaway (or to buy a whole bunch for you and your friends), but this weekend brings the first series of wine salons hosted at wineries, restaurants and other venues on both forks–a sort of preview of all the fantastic local flavors that HARVEST brings. (See the full schedule here.)

HARVEST includes some special 10-mile dinners (only 50 tickets left) and culminates in a terrific evening tasting event, followed by an unforgettable gala dinner and wine auction (still the region’s only one), but because the event is also about bringing attention to–and teaching people about–our scrumptious wine region, the organizers have assembled winemakers, writers, chefs and others to run wine salons for the next three Saturdays. In fact, Edible East End helped put together a few of them and we invite you to come join us for the discussion (and just say hello).

First off, yours truly, will be moderating a discussion this Saturday morning at Gramercy Vineyards in Mattituck on “Women of the Vine: Vintners, Farmers and Other Pioneers of Taste,” a timely gender-specific topic that will cover the unique approach that women bring to our wine and food region, why female wine drinkers are helping to fuel our region’s growth, and why women make different wine than men do. The panel includes Carol Sullivan of Gramercy Vineyards, Jeri Woodhouse of A Taste of the North Fork, Melanie Douglass of Noank Aquaculture Cooperative, and Kelly Urbanik of Macari Vineyards.

Next, deputy editor Eileen Duffy offers a primer on Long Island’s last ten vintages, an entertaining, informative and tasty taste down memory lane. Join her at Castello di Borghese, Long Island’s first-planted vineyard, to swirl, sip and swap stories about the vintages of the last decade, 2001 to 2010, and learn what wines of which vintages to snag for your cellar.

For those interested in sustainability matters, next weekend, Edible East End contributor and Quail Hill farmer Scott Chaskey leads a discussion of biodynamics, organic practices and farm sustainability in general, with some innovative North Fork vintners and farmers are finding success using these ancient and new techniques, including Barbara Shinn of Shinn Estate Vineyards, K.K. Haspel of The Farm in Southold, Mary Woltz of Bees’ Needs in Sag Harbor, and Steven Storch of Natural Science Organics.

There are offerings for all flavors and interests–from food and wine pairing sessions with renowned local chefs, to assorted discussions on how the scents of the sea influence our wine, to wine-geeky vertical tastings in special Riedel glasses. And at $25 per salon, this is a particular affordable offering that benefits HARVEST and its very worthy charitable partners. Learn more and reserve your space here.