harvest-east-end.JPGCelebrates 40 Years of Winemaking in Long Island Wine Country Moves to the North Fork; Joshua Wesson to Emcee Cutchogue, NY - Harvest East End 2013, presented by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, returns to the East End for its fourth year on August 24th with a special event celebrating 40 years of winemaking in Long Island Wine Country. Taking place for the first time on the North Fork, the evening, emceed by Joshua Wesson, will showcase the region's world class wines from 42 Long Island winemakers and will feature over 30 top regional chefs at McCall Vineyard & Ranch in Cutchogue.  With up to 1,500 people expected to attend, HARVEST EAST END will benefit East End Hospice, Group for the East End and the Peconic Land Trust as well as new beneficiary, The Long Island Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Foundation. HARVEST is organized by the Long Island Wine Council with support from Merliance. "In commemoration of our 40th anniversary, we are looking forward to hosting our premier event on the North Fork, where the seeds of our wine region were planted. The McCall Vineyard, which also is a working cattle ranch, will create the perfect backdrop to what will be our best HARVEST yet," says Ron Goerler, Jr., event chair, proprietor and winemaker at Jamesport Vineyards and president of the Long Island Wine Council. "We are proud to be a part of this celebration of Long Island wine and food," said Wine Enthusiast Editor & Publisher Adam Strum. "With so many of the region's wines scoring 88 points or better in our magazine over the past year, Long Island has clearly established itself as a source of elegant, high-quality wines. The combination of superb wines, the array of delicious locally produced food, and stunning natural beauty just two hours outside of Manhattan earned Long Island's North and South Forks inclusion in our list of the 10 best wine-travel destinations of 2013." Nestled in the hamlet of Cutchogue near the Great Peconic Bay, the McCall Vineyard & Ranch is home to merlot and pinot grapes, and a herd of lovely white Charolais beef cattle. This beautiful charity fundraiser will raise the profile of Long Island wine region and the world-class wines made here with winemakers from 42 vineyards pouring barrel samples and special selections.  Alongside them, more than 30 notable chefs from restaurants such as A Mano, Arthur on Smith, BLT Prime, City Hall, First & South, Grana Trattoria Antica, Jedediah Hawkins Inn, Kitchen A Bistro, Madison & Main, Main Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Mali B Sweets, Mirabelle, Noah's, North Fork Table & Inn and Stonewalls Restaurant, just to name a few, will offer seasonal tastes sourced from East End farms, fields and fishing boats, showcasing the bounty of Long Island and its emergence as a viticultural and culinary destination.    This year's HARVEST Vin-IP Experience is presented by Lincoln.  Wine aficionados, collectors and connoisseurs will become not just VIPs - but Vin-IPs - as part of this exclusive ticket level. The Vin-IP Experience includes an hour early entry with a sparkling wine reception, one-on-one access to the evening's chefs and winemakers, reserved table seating, up-front parking and more luxuries to come. It will also feature The Library Lounge, where Vin-IPs can taste "The 40 Best Wines," a special sampling of Long Island vintners' favorite selections. Event Sponsors include Wine Enthusiast Magazine, The Lincoln Motor Company, E.W. Howell General Contractors, Grapes & Greens Agricultural Enterprise Zone, VOXX International Corporation, Hotel Indigo East End, Dan's Papers, Edible East End, Modern Luxury - Beach. DETAILS: Tickets On Sale: May 20 General Admission: 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., $125 per person before August 11; $150 after and at the door (if available) The Vin-IP Experience, presented by Lincoln: Early admittance from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., $250 per person or $2,500 for a reserved table of 10 More information is available at http://www.harvesteastend.com/.

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ABOUT HARVEST EAST END HARVEST EAST END was established in 2010 to celebrate the Long Island wine region and its harvest bounty, raise the profile of world-class Long Island wines, and to raise much-needed funds for regional charities supporting our land, environment and people. HARVEST is a 501(c)(3) organization and annual event which has raised more than $137,000 for its charity beneficiaries. ABOUT WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE   Wine Enthusiast Magazine educates and entertains readers about wine and the wine lifestyle in an accessible and user-friendly way. Published 13 times per year, the magazine's readership is more than 800,000. The magazine and its Buying Guide with more than 100,000 ratings and reviews are available online. The magazine hosts signature Wine Enthusiast events for both consumer and trade. ABOUT THE LONG ISLAND WINE COUNCIL The Long Island Wine Council is an industry association dedicated to achieving recognition for Long Island as a premium wine-producing region. Its role is to provide a coordinated effort for the promotion and development of the region's wine industry. The Council was founded in 1989 and currently has 48 full members. ABOUT MERLIANCE Merliance joins Long Island producers of quality merlot and merlot-based blends in a nonprofit trade association formed in 2005. We believe merlot and merlot-based blends are the signature wines of the Long Island wine region. Press Contact: Robin Insley Associates 212-849-8256/robin@robininsleyassociates.com