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Act now for private dinners in September

Undated -- Sagaponack, NY -- The vineyard at

Undated -- Sagaponack, NY -- The vineyard at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, New York. Credit: Newsday/Courtesy of Wolffer Estate Vineyard

Yes, it’s a bit early to start thinking about the fall, but the Long Island Wine Country’s first annual Harvest Celebration, which takes place on Sept. 24 and 25, includes some events that are sure to sell out way in advance.

On Friday Sept. 24, 11  “10-Mile Dinners” will be given. Each will be limited to 10 guests and will feature the wines of an East End winery, the cuisine of a noted chef and a ritzy setting. For example: Clovis Point Wines / Christian Mir of Stone Creek Inn / a private home in Bridgehampton. Or McCall Vineyards / John Ross, dean of North Fork cuisine / private beachfront home in Cutchogue. Chefs Noah Schwartz (Noah’s), Tom Schaudel (Coolfish, A Mano) and James Carpenter (The Living Room Restaurant at The Maidstone), among others, will also be cooking. The price per person is $350. Two of these dinners have already sold out.

On Saturday Sept. 25, there will be educational wine programs ($25), a wine tasting ($125) and a gala dinner and live auction of LI wines at Wolffer Estate in Sagaponack. The gala ($275) will feature a farm-to-table dinner created by Keith Luce (Luce & Hawkins), Gerry Hayden and Claudia Fleming (North Fork Table in Southold).

All proceeds will benefit East End Hospice in Westhampton Beach and the Peconic Land Trust. For more information or to order tickets, go to or call 631-288-7080.


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