We’ve only barely recovered from the last Good Spirits, our semi-quarterly cocktail pairing party, but we’re still pretty psyched at the line-up of local wineries–really local, meaning they grow on the same little land mass of Long Island we call home–and local grub that will appear at our annual wine tasting in less than three weeks.
It’s called Brooklyn Uncorked, and it’s at Brooklyn’s beautiful Brooklyn Academy of Music (aka BAM) mere steps away from most subway trains and a straight short shot via cab down Flatbush Avenue off the Manhattan Bridge. Here’s the skinny, directly from our fantastic events meister Samantha Seier. We call her Sam, as should you when you see her at Uncorked next month.
The Just-Released, Ultra-Official Deal on Brooklyn Uncorked:
Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 4-8 p.m.
BAMCafé, 30 Lafayette Avenue at Ashland Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Tickets on sale now, $40 (or $50, for an Edible subscription too)
Brooklyn Uncorked, the unforgettable coming-together of winemakers and food artisans from opposite ends of Long Island, isn’t just about eating and drinking. It’s about community.
Nearly 50 wineries lie just 70 miles east of New York City in the ocean-tempered climate and rich soils of Long Island’s Hamptons and North Fork. For four decades, this wine country has been nurturing grapes and crafting wines that today show up at wine shops and restaurants from Montauk to Manhattan, and can also be enjoyed at tasting rooms amidst rows of vines a stone’s throw from farmstands, seafood shops, B&Bs and all the East End gastronomic experience has to offer.
At the fourth annual Brooklyn Uncorked, on May 5, some very happy attendees will stroll the halls of the Brooklyn Academy of Music while imbibing Long Island wines and noshing samples from Edible’s curated list of Gotham restaurants, bakers and other food artisans. Many participating wineries will feature rosé releases to highlight winery participation in the May 2010 Run for the Rosés benefit for CancerCare, a national non-profit offering free social services to individuals with cancer as well as to their family members.
The Long Island wine is the main draw, of course. But it doesn’t go unpaired. Among the tables of vintners bearing bottles made from grapes grown just a day’s drive away are selected comestibles from the very food-focused boroughs. Among those creating dishes are Tanoreen, DuMont, Dressler, Txikito, Gramercy Tavern, Palo Santo, Stinky Bklyn, Savoy, D. Coluccio & Sons, Tipsy Parson, Liddabit Sweets, Orwasher’s Bakery, Katchkie Farm and Great Performances. That’s a whole evening of food and wine for just $40 (or $50 with an Edible subscription). Buy tickets here.
Among those wineries that will be pouring are Bedell Cellars, Bouké, Brooklyn Oenology, Channing Daughters Winery, Clovis Point, Corey Creek Vineyards, Gramercy Vineyards, Grapes of Roth, Jamesport Vineyards, Lieb Family Cellars, Long Island Merlot Alliance, Macari Vineyards & Winery, Martha Clara Vineyards, The Old Field Vineyards, Palmer Vineyards, Raphael, Roanoke Vineyards, Sherwood House Vineyards, Shinn Estate Vineyards, Waters Crest Winery, Wölffer Estate, Castello di Borghese, Mattebella Vineyards and Croteaux Vineyards. In addition, the New York Wine Stand, a program of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation and Pride of New York, to feature New York wines at city Greenmarkets, will sample Empire State rieslings.
Partner wine shops throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn will feature New York wine for the month of May with tastings and classes. A list and map of wine shops will be available here.
Brooklyn Uncorked is produced by Edible Brooklyn, along with its sister publications, Edible Manhattan and Edible East End, with support from the Long Island Wine Council and the New York Wine and Grape Foundation.
Brooklyn Uncorked runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Members of the public can sample during the 4-hour event for $40, with an early session open to the food and wine trade. Trade should RSVP to event director Samantha Seier, firstname.lastname@example.org.