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North Fork Valentine's: Chocolate & Wine, Prix Fixe & Fondue, Music, Love & You

Cover photo courtesy of The Village Cheese Shop on Love Lane. Valentine's Weekend on the North Fork will be sunny, cold, and (mostly) decadent.

Several vineyards are offering special chocolate pairings and wine; head to Waters Crest Winery's new Cutchogue tasting room, to Pindar or Osprey's Dominion in Peconic, Clovis Point in Laurel or Martha Clara on Sound Avenue. For a variation on the wine & sweets theme, check out cupcakes at Sparkling Point, brownies at The Old Field, a mixed dessert flight at Lieb, and chocolate fondue at The Village Cheese Shop.

Prefer beer? Greenport Harbor Brewing is having a special For the Love of Beer party, with pairings, live music and new brew releases.

Want to skip the alcohol? There's lots of prix fixe, concerts, films, talks, even special birdwatching.

Enjoy.

The Highlights

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Food, Farm & Vineyard

Nearly every restaurant and vineyard has some special event or deal this weekend. Savor our foodie culture with your sweetheart.

Live Music

This weekend offers two dozen shows, from classical to jazz to rock & back again.

Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Chinese acrobats, a fine art & craft show, an author event, many ongoing exhibits.

History

Join a local history chat with artifacts in Greenport's historic schoolhouse.

Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Birdwatch with Audubon.  Stargaze at Custer.

Food, Farm and Vineyard

Friday

  • First and South: Prix Fixe, Greenport. First and South has a weekend full of events in store, kicking off with a delicious 3-course Valentine's Prix Fixe. Details.
  • aMano: Prix Fixe, Mattituck. Offering 2 Prix Fixes: Early Menu, 4-6:30; Evening Menu that includes a glass of sparkling starts at 6:30. Reservations essential. 4pm. Details.
  • Laurel Lake Vineyards: Paint & Sip, Laurel. PaintNite hosts a great Paint and Sip Night. Space is limited; tickets include wine, art supplies & instruction. 6-8 pm. Details.

Saturday 

  • First and South: Prix FixeGreenport. First and South has a weekend full of events in store, kicking off with a delicious 3-course Valentine's Prix Fixe. Details.
  • The Old Field: Couples Discount, Southold. In the spirit of love, The Old Field offers a little encouragement. Depending on how long you have been together come and get a discount off your tasting fee... 5 years $2.00 off, 10 years $4.00 off, 15 years $6.00 off, 20 years $8.00 off, 25 years $10.00 off, 30+ years $12.00 off...So grab your sweetheart, get warm by the fire, and enjoy each other and some wine! 11 am - 4pm. Details
  • Duck Walk: Valentines on the Vines Wine Dinner, Southold. Five course meal crafted by East End Events Catering, each dish specially paired with a Duck Walk wine. Menu includes lobster, duck & filet mignon. 7 pm. Menu & Details.
  • Sparkling Pointe:  Sparkling Wine & Cupcakes!, Southold.  Sparkling Pointe offers a Valentines Wine & Cupcake Tasting all day (11 am-5 pm), all weekend...Yum! Details
  • Osprey's Dominion: Valentine's Music & Tastings, Peconic. Live Music with the East End Trio, 4 stations of Chocolate Pairings; 3 of Oyster Pairings. Chocolate provided by Hampton Chocolate Factory. 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Pindar: Valentine's Wine & Chocolate PairingPeconic. A special wine pairing with North Fork Chocolates! Enjoy three perfectly matched Pindar wines (2014 Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Moscato & 2013 Cabernet Franc) with chocolate truffles, crafted and selected by Chef Amaral for our wines. Reservations are not necessary. (Come early. Limited quantities.) 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Details
  • Rafael Vineyards: NoFo Varietals 101, Peconic. 4 tasting flight with pairing that includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, & Merlot with a free glass. 12:30-2:30 pm. Details
  • Sannino Bella Vita Vineyards: Vine to Wine Tour, Peconic. Be a part of the most comprehensive wine tour in the region. Mini viticulture and winemaking tour will be given by owner and winemaker, Anthony Sannino. Tour includes wine tasting, cheese plate and special discounts. Reservations required. 1 pm. Details
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards: Winemaker's WalkCutchogue. Tour and tasting; starts at 1 pm. Details
  • Waters Crest Winery: Wine & Chocolate, Cutchogue. Waters Crest Wine & North Fork Chocolate: The entire tasting menu, both white & red wines paired with their hand crafted sweets: Think... 2013 Dry Riesling paired with White Chocolate/Thai Chili blend; 2012 Merlot paired with Baci Cherry Truffle... In the new tasting room. 2 pm+. Details.
  • The Village Cheese Shop: Chocolate Fondue for Two, Love Lane. Fruits, pretzels, cakes...and check out their new selection of Dessert Wines from France & Long Island! Plus, 5 types of Cheese Fondue & melted "Mont d'Or" cheese over charcuterie, matched with their expanded 4-page wine list, featuring imported Ciders and local and European Craft Beers. 10 am-8 pm. Details.
  • Shinn Estates Vineyard & Farmhouse: ToursMattituck offers a couple of ways to experience wine and wine making. Walk the vineyard with Barbara Shinn, Learn about sustainable, organic and Biodynamic winegrowing. Taste four wines. 1:30 to 2:30 pm, Details. Prefer to be indoors? Tour the winery and barrel center starting at 2:30, also involving a taste of four wines. Details.
  • aMano: Prix FixeMattituck. Offering 2 Prix Fixes: Early Menu, 4-6:30; Evening Menu that includes a glass of sparkling starts at 6:30. Reservations essential. 4pm. Details.
  • Bridge Lane: Wine 101, The Chardonnay Spectrum, Mattituck. Chardonnay "is so sadly misunderstood because of its incredible versatility and ability to adapt and express itself in any climate. Don’t be a hater, come learn about the multifaceted spectrum that chardonnay encompasses." Taught by Julia King, Lieb Cellars Tasting Room Associate and WSET Certified Sommelier. Five wines will be tasted during the class and cheese will be served. 5-7 pm. Details.
  • Macari Vineyards: Valentine's Sparkling Pairings, Mattituck. Sparkling Tasting! Katherine (100% Chardonnay), Gabriella (100% Pinot Noir, rosé) and HORSES (100% Cabernet Franc, rosé — limited edition) paired with gourmet treats including North Fork Bacon, heart-shaped cheese, local chocolates, popcorn, + more. Also pouring glasses of our Bergen Road 2010 out of magnum! All day. Details
  • Clovis Point: Wine & Chocolate--the Weekend of Romance, Laurel. A luscious and eclectic chocolate pairing created by North Fork Chocolate Company. Tasting flight includes the 2014 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, 2013 Cabernet Franc, and the 2013 Merlot paired with bite-size chocolates including apple cider caramel, fig, moccachino dark chocloate truffle made with Clovis Point's 2013 Syrah. Live Music Erin Chase. 11 am-6 pm. Details.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards: Wine 102: Wine & Chocolate PairingSound Avenue. Martha Clara offers a Special Valentine's Day Session of its wine education series, deliciously focused around the romantic pairing of Wine and Chocolate. 1 pm. Details.

Sunday: Happy Valentine's Day!

  • First and South: Grab Your Date SundayGreenport. Enjoy a special Lobster dinner prix fixe for two, and join in the 2nd Annual Sadie Hawkins Dance Party. Live music starts at 5 pm; dance floor at 10 pm. 'til close. Details.
  • The Old Field: Brownie & WineSouthold. Enjoy a free brownie with the purchase of a flight or glass of wine on this romantic day! 11 am - 4pm. Details.
  • Sparkling Pointe:  Sparkling Wine & Cupcakes!Southold.  Sparkling Pointe offers a Valentines Wine & Cupcake Tasting all day (11 am-5 pm), all weekend...Yum! Details.
  • Greenport Harbor Brewing: For the Love of BeerPeconic. Music, food, chocolate, friends. Robert Bruey, Grace & Grit (caterers), North Fork Chocolate Company, charity bike raffle. New brew releases. 2-6 pm. Details.
  • Lieb Cellars Oregon Road: Dessert Flight & MusicCutchogue. Dessert Flight which will feature three wines and homemade sweet treats all day and music by Jeff LeBlanc, 1-4 pm Details. 
  • Waters Crest Winery: Wine & ChocolateCutchogue. Waters Crest Wine & North Fork Chocolate: The entire tasting menu, both white & red wines paired with their hand crafted sweets: Think... 2013 Dry Riesling paired with White Chocolate/Thai Chili blend; 2012 Merlot paired with Baci Cherry Truffle... In the new tasting room. 2 pm+. Details
  • The Village Cheese Shop: Chocolate Fondue for TwoLove Lane. Fruits, pretzels, cakes...and check out their new selection of Dessert Wines from France & Long Island! Plus, 5 types of Cheese Fondue & melted "Mont d'Or" cheese over charcuterie, matched with their expanded 4-page wine list, featuring imported Ciders and local and European Craft Beers. 10 am-8 pm. Details.
  • Shinn Estates Vineyard & Farmhouse: ToursMattituck offers a couple of ways to experience wine and wine making. Walk the vineyard with Barbara Shinn, Learn about sustainable, organic and Biodynamic winegrowing. Taste four wines. 1:30 to 2:30 pm, Details. Prefer to be indoors? Tour the winery and barrel center at 2:30, also involving a taste of four wines. Details
  • aMano: Prix FixeMattituck. Offering 2 Prix Fixes: Early Menu, 4-6:30; Evening Menu that includes a glass of sparkling starts at 6:30. Reservations essential. 4pm. Details.
  • Macari Vineyards: Valentine's Sparkling PairingsMattituck. Sparkling Tasting! Katherine (100% Chardonnay), Gabriella (100% Pinot Noir, rosé) and HORSES (100% Cabernet Franc, rosé — limited edition) paired with gourmet treats including North Fork Bacon, heart-shaped cheese, local chocolates, popcorn, + more. Also pouring glasses of our Bergen Road 2010 out of magnum! All day. Details
  • Laurel Lake Vineyards: Couples Wine ToursLaurel. Enjoy a personal wine tour and tasting with your loved one guided by Laurel Lake Vineyards Winemaker Juan Sepulveda. Pricing is two for the price of one! Reservations required, all day. Details.
  • Clovis Point: Wine & Chocolate, Life of Rex Jewels--the Weekend of RomanceLaurel. A luscious and eclectic chocolate pairing created by North Fork Chocolate Company. Tasting flight includes the 2014 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, 2013 Cabernet Franc, and the 2013 Merlot paired with bite-size chocolates including apple cider caramel, fig, moccachino dark chocloate truffle made with Clovis Point's 2013 Syrah. Live Music Bryan Gallo. Life of Rex Jewels: metalsmith artist Regina Narduzzi's original hand-crafted pieces. 11 am-6 pm. Details.
  • Diliberto Winery: Sunday (Dinner) with Grandma, Jamesport. "Sundays with Grandma” dinners, feature a pasta demonstration, three-course homemade meal paired with our award-winning wines, live Italian music performances. Tickets required. 1 pm. Details.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards: Wine 102: Wine & Chocolate PairingSound Avenue. Martha Clara offers a Special Valentine's Day Session of its wine education series, deliciously focused around the romantic pairing of Wine and Chocolate. 3:30 pm. Details.

Monday: Happy President's Day!

  • Sparkling Pointe:  Sparkling Wine & Cupcakes!Southold.  Sparkling Pointe offers a Valentines Wine & Cupcake Tasting all day (11 am-5 pm), all weekend...Yum! Details.
Live Music

Friday:

  • Lieb Cellars Oregon Road: Album Release PartyCutchogue.  Julia King,  releases "The Morning After".  6-9 pm Details.  
  • Four Doors DownMattituck. Free Jukebox night, 7 pm. Details
  • Pace's Dockside: Pace's Loves Mardi Gras Party, Make Some Noise DJs, 9 pm -1 am. Details.

Saturday: 

  • Peconic Landing: A Romantic Afternoon with the New Inlet Chamber Orchestra, Greenport. Classics by "Robert Fuchs, George Gershwin, music from West Side Story, and music from the opera The Towers of the Moon in celebration of the season of love." 4 pm. Details.
  • North Fork Roasting Co, Southold. Open Mic music. 6-9 pm. Details.
  • Osprey's DominionPeconicEast End Trio, 1-4 pm. Details.
  • PindarPeconicTommy Sullivan, 1-5 pm. Details
  • Greenport Harbor BrewingPeconicMarty Attridge, 2-5 pm. Details.
  • Raphael Vineyard, PeconicKatharine Zukohski, 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Lieb Cellars Oregon Road, Cutchogue.  Points East, 3-6 pm Details.
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards, Cutchogue.  Cabaret with Marguerite Volonts, 2-4 pm.  Details.
  • Mattituck-Laurel Library: Lucy & the Swingettes, Mattituck. Come join us for an afternoon of love songs and swing tunes from the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s. You will love Lucy as she warbles these familiar songs, accompanied by the “Swingettes” — seven talented women on some “swinging” recorders. 2 pm. Details.
  • Four Doors DownMattituck. Yankee Rebel, 8 pm. Details
  • Laurel Lake Vineyards, LaurelDennis O'Connor, 1-4 pm. Details
  • Clovis PointLaurel. Erin Chase, 1:30-4:30 pm. Details
  • Martha Clara Vineyards, Sound Avenue. Michael Thomas Duo, 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards: Sound on Sound Concert Series, Sound Avenue. Martha Clara Vineyards opens its Sound on Sound (Avenue) Concert Series with Matt Marshank--a great Saturday date for Valentine's Day Weekend. 7-10 pm. Details.

Sunday: Happy Valentines Day!

  • First and South: Grab Your Date SundayGreenport. Enjoy a special Lobster dinner prix fixe for two, and join in the 2nd Annual Sadie Hawkins Dance Party. Live music starts at 5 pm; dance floor at 10 pm. Details.
  • Osprey's DominionPeconicKristina Rocco Band, 1-4 pm. Details.
  • Raphael Vineyard, Peconic. Chris & Eddie Duo, 1-4 pm. Details
  • Greenport Harbor BrewingPeconicRobert Bruey, 2-6 pm. Details.
  • Lieb Cellars Oregon Road, Cutchogue.  Jeff Leblanc, 1-4 pm Details.
  • Clovis PointJamesportBryan Gallo, 1:30-5:30 pm. Details
  • Martha Clara Vineyards, Sound Avenue. Michael Thomas Duo, 1-4 pm. Details.
Visual, Performing & Literary Arts

Friday

  • Matinee Film: Roman HolidayMattituck-Laurel Library. "A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome, starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn." 1:30 pm. Details

Saturday

  • Author Event: Max Bayer & the Star of David, Floyd Memorial Library Greenport. Jay Neugeboren presents his novel with a reading and  Q&A. The story is a strange and strangely beautiful tale that conjures up a golden era of boxing. 3 pm. Details.
  • Chinese New Year Acrobatics, Greenport. Acrobat Li Lu will perform plate spinning, foot juggling, hand balancing, artistic cycling, ribbon dancing and Chinese water bowl manipulation. Free. 1 pm. Details.
  • The Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild: Fine Art & Craft Fair, Peconic.  Antiques, fine art, pottery, photography, crafts, gifts, food & more. 9 am -4 pm. Details
  • Timeless Classic MoviesMattituck-Laurel Library. Teacher and cinema connoisseur, John Newcombe gives r a lively interactive presentation of the classic movie “The Last of the Mohicans” with Daniel Day Lewis. Register in advance. 1 pm. Details.

Ongoing

  • Greenport Harbor Brewing: Ikons and HeroesGreenport. Artists Oliver Peterson of Water Mill and Case Jernigan of Brooklyn exhibit together. Peterson "is a multidisciplinary artist, finding inspiration in diverse subject matter- graffiti,  literature, politics, religion, medicine, advertising and modern heroic figures." Jernigan "uses cut paper as his primary medium and his simple imagery is a  juxtaposition to the mixed media works of Peterson."  Through April 17. Open Fri-Sat 2-7 pm and Sun 12-6pm. Details.
  • Nova Constellatio GalleryGreenport. Exhibiting these paintings. Thurs-Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5. Details.
  • Sirens' Song Gallery, Greenport.  Sat-Mon. 12:30-6 pm. Details.
  • Gallery M.  Greenport. Open 11-7 Weekend Days.  Details.
  • South Street GalleryGreenportSibylle Pfaffenbichler, new works. Fri-Mon, Noon-5 pm Details. 
  • Floyd Memorial LibraryGreenportCollages by Donald L. Currie. On exhibit through February 28. Open when the library is. Details.
  • Southold LibrarySouthold. TBA. Open when the library isDetails
  • Castello Di Borghese Vineyards, CutchogueTwo exhibits:  Jazz Horse Series by Candace Eaton series through Jan. 7, and Pomme© by Artist Robert Perez. Open when the tasting room isDetails.
  • Jacqueline Penney Gallery & StudioCutchogue. A huge collection of the artist's acrylic landscapes and other works.  Open year round. Details.
  • Cutchogue Library GalleryCutchogueSolo Show by Tom Lulevitch. 51 paintings, gyclee, water guilded gold leaf on medieval style sun dials, portable sundial diptychs and ornamental crosses. Include several panoramas of various NoFo vineyards and farms. Each piece is done with egg oil on traditional gessoed panels with gold or silver leaf frames, all hand made by the artist. Through February 29.  Open when the library isDetails.
  • Alex Ferrone Gallery: Small Works 2015Cutchogue. An eclectic selection of 70+ works by twenty-two regional photographers, including: Patricia Beary, Karen Bell, Karen Celella, Carolyn Conrad, Tom D’Emic, Susan Dooley, Rich Faron, Scott Farrell, Alex Ferrone, Ray Germann, Gerry Giliberti, Nijole Kudirka, Jacques LeBlanc, Jim Lennon, Katherine Liepe-Levinson, Mike McLaughlin, Bruce Milne, Chris Randall, Jim Sabiston, Jeff Schultz, Jim Slezak, and Mary Trentalange. Th - Sun 11 am - 6 pm (5 pm Sundays); or by appointment. Details.
  • Mattituck-Laurel Library GalleryMattituck. Showing Moments in Time, watercolors by Evelyn Lucas Lucas tries "to capture the essence of light falling on familiar objects, the interlocking of shapes of buildings, the beauty of a field, newly planted, the tangled remains of the summer flowers by the side of the road.” Open when the library is. Through February 29. Details.
  • Clovis Point WineryLaurel. Photography Exhibit, Jeff MacholzDetails.
  • Rosalie Dimon GalleryJamesport. Paintings by Patricia Feiler and drawings by Jeanette Martone. Open Wed. - Sun., noon to 10 pm. Through May 4. Details.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards: Artist in ResidenceSound Avenue. Martha Clara Vineyards displays the work of Alexandra Katharine Adams. See some of her art hereDetails.

Mattituck Movie Theater Shows all week;  listings here.

History

Saturday

  • Stirling Historical Society: If These Walls Could talk, Little Red Schoolhouse Greenport. Discuss interesting information and artifacts Greenporters discovered while renovating their homes. Keynote speaker, Diane Foote tells tales of the traveling circus at the turn of the 20th Century she discovered via reclaimed billboards advertising it that were used for sheathing her home. Share your own renovation revelations and swap some history with your neighbors. 3 pm. Details.

Ongoing

  • Shelter Island Historical SocietyShelter Island. Museum open Sat and Sun 10am-2pm. Details
  • Fire Fighter MuseumGreenport. The Fire Fighter is a famous and historic fireboat open for free tours Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5. Details.
  • The East End Seaport MuseumGreenport. The museum boasts an array of exhibits on the maritime heritage of the area, including displays on the Greenport menhaden fishing industry, the oyster industry, lighthouse lenses, a model ship of the USS Ohio, and more. Sat & Sun 1-6 pm. Details
  • Southold Indian MuseumSouthold. A rich collection of primarily Algonquin art and artifacts. Sunday 1-4:30 pm. Details.
Outdoors, Land, Sky & Sea

Saturday

  • North Fork Audubon: Birdwatching WalkOrient Beach State Park. Tom Damiani leads. (Beginners welcome & binoculars available). 10 am. Details. 
  • North Fork Audubon: Lunch & Screening of 'The Messenger', Orient. North Fork Audubon hosts: "Su Rynard’s documentary The Messenger unveils the complex effect of disappearing forests on migrating birds. While building windmills and skyscrapers has been great for life in the 21st century, we are inadvertently interfering with these birds’ ancient rite of passage. The changes in tree-lined landscapes are causing the decline of many songbird species—especially the Cerulean Warbler, Purple Martin, and Olive-Sided Flycatcher. Rynard uses a unique combination of animation and breathtaking cinematography in her film to show that these birds’ journeys are not only beautiful, but also important to the ecosystems that humans inhabit."  Noon. Details.
  • The Custer Institute: StargazingSouthold. The oldest public observatory is open for viewing, weather permitting. Note, viewing is best with less moon. Enjoy the peak Geminid show too. Here's the moon calendar.  8 pm - midnight. Details.
  • Group for the East End: Native Plant Gardens,  Cutchogue. Invite more visitors into your garden this year! Increase in birds, butterflies and other garden guests when you choose native plants over alien plant species. Local ecologist and gardener Julia Priolo shares tips on selecting native plants for your gardens. For more information or to register your family contact Jessica Kennelly at jkennelly@eastendenvironment.org. 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. Details.

Ongoing

  • Orient Beach State ParkOrient Point, offers a huge range of outdoor activities, including canoeing, hiking, paddle boarding, and swimming. Details.
  • Harbor Cruises, sailboatGreenport. Sail the harbor on the Virgin Star and check out the tall ships from sea; the expert crew will give historical background on each ship. Newly built 52’ Virgin Star is a large spacious trimaran that offers a comfortable stable sail, USCG certified for 47 passengers.  1:30-3 pm; 3:30-5 pm; 6:30-8:30 pm (Sunset Sail). Details.