Jamesport Vineyards opened its beautiful grounds to the Second North Fork Crush in two batches on Saturday, welcoming some 350 people to spacious tents and sunny grass lawns.
(Jamesport Vineyards pulled off two events at once, welcoming visitors with its normal wine tasting experience and wood-fired pizzas and hosting the under-the-tent, ticket-only North Fork Crush.)
This year’s Crush featured a couple dozen wineries, many from here on the North Fork, others from the Finger Lakes and Brooklyn, and a few from afar, like Cloud 9 from New Zealand.
Vineyard owners were there to answer questions, explain methodologies and varietals, many of which are only available here on the North Fork. Still, wineries weren’t the only craft beverage makers at the festival; Subtle Tea Co. showcased its refreshing goodness on tap too, as did Yankee Folly Cidery.
Craft food purveyors of all sorts showcased their delicious goods. To get a feel for the diverse offerings, consider these examples (the whole list would be too much): Vines & Branches of Greenport offered olive oil and vinegar tastings; Salsa di Parma gave crackers topped with a delicious blend of cheese, garlic and yummy;
Drunken Fruit offered strawberry shortcake treats, Wine at the Finish Line featured its delicious End of the Line wine-infused French Macarons, The Health of Nations shared tastes of their specialty chocolates. Peconic River Preserves spreads were so yummy!Local favorite CJ’s American Grill catered with wine-sensible finger food.
Exhibitors went beyond food and drink. People shopped specialty craftsmen such as NY Glass Act
and perused wine books presented by their authors.
The North Fork Crush is the brainchild of Sam Kimball of New York Wine Events who started the “Crush” line of events—the first was in Brooklyn—and Alan Gabay, who helped bring it to the North Fork.
The North Fork, with its foodie culture, many small production vineyards, beautiful landscape and easy accessibility is the perfect place for such an event.
Kimball said the Crush events have evolved over time to include more craft food, and that the North Fork Crush was special because so many wineries participate, whereas at other events distributors staff most of the tables offering tastings. The difference is two fold. Not only can people get in depth questions answered from the winemakers, but also smaller production, available-only-at-the-vineyard wines can be enjoyed.
Making the event even easier to enjoy, New York Wine Events arranged for buses to bring people out from the city so folks could avoid the stress of traffic. But Gabay said that once people realized the weather would be gorgeous, many canceled the bus part of their tickets so they could stay the weekend. (Those folks were really lucky as weekends can be very hard to book last minute; one good resource to find your full range of options is DiscoverLongIsland.com, and of course our NorthFork.org).
If you missed the Second North Fork Crush, don’t worry, you’ll have another chance next year. And NY Wine Events is teaming up with Jamesport Vineyards again to do Jazz in the Vines on two summer Saturday nights. July 30 features Matt Marshak, and August 27 features Richard Elliot. Tickets and Details.