Courtesy photo: Harvest East End

In celebration of the wine, food and culture of the East End, the Long Island Wine Council will host Harvest East End, a tasting gala, on August 5.

This year’s event, with a “Back to Our Roots” theme, will be held at Martha Clara Vineyard in Riverhead and for the first time will be independent of Dan’s Taste of Summer series.

“Although we’re thankful for what Dan’s Taste of Summer did through the years that they hosted it, we wanted it to have more of an East End feel this year,” said Harvest East End planning committee chair Juan Micieli Martinez. “By taking it over ourselves we were able to really make the focus on the East End.”

This event was organized by a committee comprised of members from four wineries: Palmer Vineyards, Sparkling Pointe, Bedell and Martha Clara.

“We feel the event will be a good representation of the Long Island Wine community,” said Martinez, who is the general manager and winemaker at Martha Clara.

Featuring over 20 East End wineries, Harvest East End 2017 will honor 11 of the men and women who began the legacy of the Long Island wine community: Anne Marie and Marco Borghese, Dr. Dan Damianos, Jason Damianos, Robert Entenmann, Dave Mudd, Bob Palmer, Robert Pellegrini, Gabby Pisacano, Sam Rubin and Christian Wölffer.

Lombardi’s Love Lane Market of Mattituck will provide hors d’oeuvres; fresh roasted corn from Harbes and oysters from the Long Island Oyster Growers Association will be available for purchase.

A silent auction which includes traditional items such as cases of wine or wine club memberships will also feature “experiences” such as accommodations or a round of golf that people can bid on.

Proceeds from the event support cooperative initiatives dedicated to progressing viticulture, sustainable agriculture and community relations, according to a statement from the Long Island Wine Council.

“We hope that people will enjoy the quintessential East End summertime experience at the event: a nice chilled, fresh expressive white wine or rosé paired with a bite or some oysters or roasted corn,” said Martinez. “We are highlighting all the things that make the East End special.”

Tickets are available online.

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