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Cutchogue: Bedell Cellars First Crush
On a shockingly bitter cold Tuesday in November, Bedell Cellars of Cutchogue held an exciting launch party celebrating the release of Bedell First Crush Red 2013 and the winery’s collaboration with artist Mickalene Thomas; who’s art proudly decorates the bottle. The expected 200 guests stayed warm at the Four Seasons in NYC and indulged in a variety of Bedell wines in suitable honor of the winery.

Bedell Cellars’ owner and Hollywood film producer Michael Lynne, mingled with guests with a smile on his face that never faltered. Among those invited were several whom are well known in the art and entertainment community including Stacy Engman, a curator at the National Arts Club in New York; Mashonda Tefiere, previously married to musical artist Swizz Beats; and Will Cotton, a famous painter whose inspiration is sourced from Katy Perry.

The 2013 First Crush is an exquisite blend of 60% merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, from grapes picked from younger vines. Lettie Teague of The Wall Street Journal describes it as, “A light juicy blend, pretty, uncomplicated, marked by soft tannins and bright red berry fruit.” It is absolutely delicious and delightfully smooth. Among other wines poured were an oak barreled chardonnay, a stainless steel chardonnay, and the Musée, another red blend with heavy, velvety tannins and a long finish. 3-2

Accompanying the wine were elegant hor dourves of steak carpaccio with truffle oil, seared tuna with mango chutney, duck wontons, and fried oysters among several others. Guests reacted very positively grabbing bites just as quickly as wine was being poured. Each food passed was more delicious than the last and thankfully were not in short supply.

Some time into the evening, Michael Lynne addressed the attendees, announcing the release of First Crush and introducing Mickalene Thomas whom also spoke to the crowd of the wine and her artwork. She described First Crush as being very easy to drink and would also make for an excellent art piece after drinking! Both speakers radiated positive energy and the crowd gave a loud and long applause to honor the collaboration. 4-2

The evening was a lovely celebratory event of art, great food, and excellent wine. To name this newly launched Bedell wine First Crush is an understatement. It truly seems more appropriate to be titled “First Love.”

The 7th Annual Live on the Vine Winterfest 2014 presented by Suffolk County National Bank will host its kickoff along with co-host, Edible East End, at the enchanting Suffolk Theater on Friday, January 17, 2014 from 6 PM to 9:30 PM.1488024_589814264432895_313456124_n

Celebrate Long Island’s great musical talent, wine, food and friends in high style! You’ll be transported back in time to an age of splendor and glory the moment you step foot in the completely restored 1933 art deco theater. Join them for some light fare, Long Island wines and hear some of the best music east of NYC! Or if you prefer, go all the way and make a reservation for dinner!

PERFORMING

  • Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks
  • Bakithi Kumalo
  • Mambo Loco

Ticket price: $20 in advance / $25 at the door.

Tickets are limited: Get your tickets online now at: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=a9d25995fc93f22d73cdd116160293f8 or call the Box Office at 631-727-4343.

The Suffolk Theater is located at 118 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901.6-week-music-festival

Live on the Vine is a 6 week mid-winter music festival that take place in Long Island’s unique vineyard tasting rooms, hotels and other venues on the East End. It has been recognized for its cultural tourism impact during an off season and has greatly stimulated the business economy during the cold winter months. Conceived in 2006, this event is well on its way to becoming a regional and even national attraction with great growth potential. In 2012 Winterfest Jazz on the Vine was awarded the National Destination Marketing Award by Americans for the Arts and Destination Marketing International, a prestigious award validating our work and our vision which includes expanding our overall musical selection to encompass talented performers in jazz, blues, soul and country (hence the name modification, “Live” on the Vine.)

(Sagaponack,NY) Twilight Thursday at Wolffer Estate with Alex …..Be Part of the ExperienceTwilight Thursdays at Wolffer Estate Vineyard (139 Sagg Road in Sagaponack, NY) is a Hamptons Tradition at the Winery on Sagg Road a musical afternoon not to be missed! Every Thursday from 5PM to 8PM. Thursday, June 6, 2013 come out and hear Alex, sip some delicious wine and enjoy the breath-taking sunset with some friends. Alex is Lori Stokes of ABC News, oldest daughter.
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Talented with a smoky voice – ALEX will be unforgettable! There is a reason ALEX has developed a following.. With her Smokey , Smooth, and Silky style she has mesmerized audiences at a very tender age, far beyond her generation’s expectations.  From her  sultry ability to captivate singing Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” to Sting’s introspective “Fragile” she  reveals a range and scope that echoes the before and after in the annals of great music  literature.  Versatile in selections in French, Greek, and Spanish she has enjoyed rave reviews for her international flare.. the famed “Quien sera” is always a big crowd pleaser.    In order to reach for the stars, she has now joined  forces with the juggernaut Vocal/Artistic  director which Oprah Winfrey has dubbed “The Vocal Coach to the Stars”, Kenn Hicks. Even though Kenn’s client list is quite extensive from JLO, Sting, to Mary J. Blige he has taken an interest in ALEX as a true upcoming artist to watch.  According to Hicks… “ALEX possesses a wealth of zeal, passion, and compassion when she sings which are vital elements of distinction as an artist carves out their own niche in the world of music.”

Hope to see many of you on June 6th  5-8pm at Wolfer...I had the pleasure to see Alex perform last year at Wolffer and I am looking forward to hearing her again this year…..Check out other Wolffer events this summer…click here...

 

Additional Performance Dates this summer…unfortunately not in the Hamptons
Sunday, June 9th  @11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Join ALEX for Sunday brunch at this wonderful venue located at 23 East Palisades Avenue in Englewood, NJ. 
Monday, June 10th @6:30 PM
Located at 11 West 31st Street in New York, AYZA Midtown offers  elegant wine and gourmet chocolate. Add the sultry sounds of Alex and you’ve got a a formula for fun and maybe a little romance. 
Monday, June 17th and July 8th @ 8:00 PM
Located at 36 N. Van Brunt Street in Englewood, NJ, this Northern New Jersey hotspot boasts fine food and wines and  it’s a great place to hear wonderful music too. 
Thursday, July 11th  @7:00 PM
Located in the center of the quaint town of Westwood, New Jersey at 284 Center Avenue,  Bibi’z serves up exciting dishes and unique ambiance. Add the incredible sounds of ALEX and you’ve got an ideal evening!
IMG_0163Gorgeous Hamptons Sunset*Live Music*Exquisite Wine…..Greetings Hamptons Mouthpiece Readers…This summer is going to be very exciting and in keeping with my theme of bringing you information that you may not know…last week I visited Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Bridgehampton for Twilight Thursday a Hamptons tradition at the Winery on Sagg Road every Thursday from 5-8pm. Wolffer is so breath-taking and the perfect place to be on a Thursday night from 5-8pm relaxing with friends and listening to some real talented musicians while enjoying a glass of wine or you can purchase a bottle. I had a wonderful time seeing some friends I have not seen in awhile while sipping on one of my favorites at Wolffer their Rose. I went there specifically to see Alex…a new singer that is equally as beautiful as she is talented. Alex is the daughter of Lori Stokes co-anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News  and Brian Thompson, New Jersey Bureau Reporter for WNBC.

I am told Alex is going to be back at Wolffer performing this summer, she has a flair about her that is warm and embracing. As I sat listening to her sing I thought it would be great if she sang Valerie by Amy Winehouse because I thought her voice was jazzy and she would sound amazing and she sang just that song. Were you in my head Alex? She did not disappoint she was great and everyone loved her.

What’s next for Wolffer..well this Thursday 6/21/12
Iris Ornig, bassist and composer – eclectic jazz, inventive, unique style, iris+ornig
Sunset Friday’s…enjoy a beautiful sunset, live music and of course a glass of wine.

haitian+indieThis Friday 6/22/12 Haitian Indie soul artist Obed Jean Louis is a guitarist and composer who has performed in the Hamptons and New York with his unique style.

6/23/12 Celebrate the Group for the East End’s 40th Anniversary with a benefit and auction June 23rd from 6-11PM on the grounds of Wölffer Estate Vineyard!, Saturday June 23, 2012
For more information on events at Wolffer check out their website. http://www.wolffer.com/
bedellIf you are on the NorthFork visit Bedell Cellars...I love this Vineyard and it is equally as beautiful as Wolffer…I had the pleasure of visiting that vineyard during Memorial Day weekend when I visited with friends. We had a fantastic time and I recommend as one of my favorite places to visit. For all of you Hamptons locals and visitors, you can take the Shelter Island Ferry or you can take that long drive through Riverhead….Make sure you go with friends and select someone to be the designated driver…Don’t drink and Drive…Your life and others around you are important. For more information for Bedell Cellars visit their website
www.bedellcellars.com/
Well that’s it Hamptons MouthPiece Readers...I can’t wait for Alex to come back out to the Hamptons to perform…Looking forward to hearing Iris Ornig this week. I love Jazz….
Come back this summer to cheek out what’s really happening in the Hamptons…things others are not highlighting.

Wine:Look at the Legs

Greetings Hamptons MouthPiece Readers….Yesterday, March 10th I had the pleasure to do something that I have never done before and WHOW was it a wonderful experience. My friend Sharon and I took the Ferry from Shelter Island yesterday over to the North Fork and visited Water’s Crest in Cutchogue, NY. When we arrived we were greeted and asked if we would like to have a wine tasting while we waited for everyone to arrive for our Wine Blending event. The answer to that was an absolute YES….since I was the designated driver for the day, my tastings were limited but Sharon was free to enjoy herself. We started with the 2009 Reserve Chardonnay, I am not a fan of Chardonnay but I did like this wine, it was light and fruity and one that I would enjoy drinking. Our 2nd tasting was the New Release “2010 Campania Bianco another Chardonnay, Sharon loved this one, I however preferred the 1st one, it felt a little heavy for me and I like wines that are very light. Our last tasting with the White Wines was the 2010 Dry Riesling…this was my favorite of the 3 and I loved it. It was perfect for me and I am told that it is a perfect pairing with spicy food…

It was then time for the event and so we were walked to the back where we each were seated next to our partners and we worked in groups. We were given 3 reds that we would be blending.

  • 2008 Merlot
  • 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin(cs)
  • 2007 Cabernet Franc Grand Vin(cf)
James Waters the owner and the Wine Maker was the host for the day and we were given a lesson on blending and an overall history of Water’s Crest. Although Water’s crest makes several delicious wines on the East End in Long Island you might be surprised to learn that they do not have a vineyard, they purchase their grapes from another Vineyard who grows grapes in LI and they then make the wine on the premises. We were taught about our Palet’s…how to taste the wine, what we should be tasting, why wine-makers blend wines. Wine makers blend wines for several reasons, from enhancing the aroma -to adjusting the sweetness of the wine.
It was time for us to start blending our wine and that was both educational and a lot of fun. I was not sure how I was going to do on my first try because I do not really care for Merlot. Merlot being the prominent wine I had to come up with a formula that would give me the smooth mellow taste that I enjoy… WHAM I did it…I blended a wine that was so delicious for my taste and Jim(the owner) tasted it and liked it as well. Here was my formula:
**Merlot*CF*CS 
(now you didn’t think I was going to give you the percentages)
Look at the Legsnot referring to Larry Rivers sculpture that graces the outside Residence of a home in Sag Harbor.….
Fun Fact: When you swirl a glass of wine and look at how it runs down the glass, you’re looking at the legs. Look at the ring of wine near the top of the glass and how the droplets form and run back down into the wine. These are the legs. I am told they usually occur in high alcohol wines and you’ll see the link between alcohol and wine legs shortly.
Sharon after several tastings finally got her blend where she wanted it to be…you will see in the video I posted her various attempts and her perfect saying for the day..“I don’t believe in wasting”
We were all given our very own personal blend to take home with us and before we left Jim let us each sample a Special blend that will not be ready until 2014..It is still sitting in the barrel until Mid-summer and afterwards will sit in the warehouse until 2014…It was delicious…I am told it will retail for $50 a bottle.
We ended our day at Water’s Crest and the cost for such a wonderful afternoon was only $30. What a find and a definite cool thing to do on a Saturday afternoon in March. Sharon and I left and stopped over at Sparkling Pointe that was literally 2 minutes away. This place is absolutely beautiful and for you Sparkling Wine fans they only have sparkling wine…They are also the recipient of the Jazz on the Vine, LI Winterfest Closing event on March 18th at 330pm…well worth a visit.
There is another opportunity to take this class but hurry class is filling up quickly…
Saturday, March 17th**2-4pm, $30pp**create your own Wine Blend on Saturday, March 10th or March 17th from 2-4pm, for a truly unique experience.  You will have a one of a kind opportunity to create your very own 375ml bottle.  The cost is $30 per person which includes an artisanal cheese plate to pair with the currently released Waters Crest Red Wine flight.
Space is limited to the first 30 people to respond per event date. RSVP required to Waters Crest. 631-734-5065

There is one weeked left for the LI Wine Fest, might be worth a drive From NYC, The Hamptons or Western LI and even NJ…..For more information about Water’s Crest…click here and for more information and the schedule for the Jazz on the Vine www.liwinterfest.com..Well that was my experience and as always, Hamptons MouthPiece keeping you in the know!