Events and celebrations happen constantly on the North Fork, especially at the wineries. Sometimes you might be looking for a celebration, sometimes you may want something more intimate.
Recently North-Forks went to a barbeque hosted by Jim Waters of Waters Crest. Waters Crest doesn’t have vineyards of their own, so the event was held at Cedar House Bed and Breakfast on Sound Avenue in Mattituck. For those who aren’t aware, and until this event we were among them, Cedar House has their own brand of wine as well, Scarola, which is definitely worth checking out. At the helm of the grills, preparing salmon and steak, as well as a pile of other delicious cold dishes was Tom Schaudel of Alure and Amano, as well as Jewel further up Island in Melville.
What made the afternoon extremely unusual is that Jim limited the barbeque to a maximum of thirty people, meaning that he was able to personally spend some time with each of his guests. We each had time to speak to him about his wines and changes coming to his tasting room, including pizza ovens and lounge space. We also spoke with David and Donna Perrin of Cedar House and got to see some of the guest rooms at their B&B. For out of towners, it’s an ideal place to stay in the midst of wine country.
This isn’t to say there wasn’t live music. Mike Dorio gently strummed his guitar and sang for much of the afternoon, until being accompanied by Tom, once he was finished cooking, for a quick jam session to close out the barbeque.
There are many wineries that offer their guests a quiet experience to taste the wines, perhaps enjoy a glass while chatting with another guest. While perhaps not as exciting as the celebrations, we urge you to experience these establishments when you’re ready to have a day just about wine.