North Fork wine enthusiasts are expected to turn out Saturday night to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue.
The event, from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature small plates prepared by 10 of Long Island's leading chefs, who have supported Paumanok since the 1990s.
Guests will enjoy live music by Hurricane, Tom Schaudel's band, special live auction items, an oyster bar, and an open wine bar featuring Paumanok's wines and the release of Paumanok's first sparkling wine, a 2009 Blanc de Blanc, to celebrate the occasion.
Doug Geed will serve as guest MC, proceeds from the event will be donated to Peconic Bay Medical Center. $150 per person, tax included.
Recently, Wine Enthusiast Magazine's nominations for the 2013 Wine Star Awards were announced — and Paumanok Vineyards earned the distinction of being a contender for American Winery of the Year.
Paumanok is located on Main Road in Aquebogue; luminaries, including Hillary Clinton and Martha Stewart, have stopped by the winery.
Founded in 1983, Paumanok Vineyards is the only winery in New York State to grow chenin blanc, a highly acidic grape from the Loire valley of France.
The vineyards' 103 acres, on-site production facility and tasting room are owned and managed by Ursula and Charles Massoud and their three sons. Besides chenin blanc, merlot and semi-dry riesling are top-sellers at the winery. Patrons are welcome to take a free self-guided tour or pay for a guided tour of Paumanok—one of the first North Fork wineries to implement solar power in the fall of 2009.