Toast summer with Long Island Wines

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Rose wine in a glass at Croteaux Vineyards

Rose wine in a glass at Croteaux Vineyards in Southold. (June 28, 2009) Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

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The Long Island Wine Council is hosting a summer kickoff at the Fairgrounds Barn in Old Bethpage Village on June 2. More than 100 wines will be poured by more than 30 local wineries, including Anthony Nappa Wines, Clovis Point, Croteaux Vineyards, Gramercy Vineyards, Old Field Vineyards, Roanoke Vineyards, Shinn Estate Vineyards and Wolffer Estate Vineyards.

On the menu are cheeses from Catapano Dairy (Peconic) and Mecox Bay Dairy (Bridgehampton), produce from Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck, and nibbles from chef Tom Schaudel of Jewel in Melville.

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The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. and tickets are $75 per person. VIP tickets permit the holder to start drinking and eating at 4 p.m. and also grants access to a winemakers lounge where reserve wines will be poured.

Old Bethpage Village is at 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Bethpage. For more information on the event, or to purchase tickets click here or call 631-722-2220 or email

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