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WESTCHESTER COUNTY IMAGE | Westchester County Executive Rob Asporino.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY IMAGE | Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

So, you wanna be governor?

Apparently, that road goes through the North Fork.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who was reelected to that position in November and who has reportedly expressed an interest in seeking the Republican nod for governor in 2014, has scheduled a fundraiser at Lieb Cellars on Oregon Road in Cutchogue for Saturday at 2 p.m.

Among those hosting the event are New York State Republican Committee Chairman Edward Cox and Suffolk County Republican Chairman John Jay LaValle.

And the price?

One thousand dollars to be a “Gold Sponsor,” $500 for a “Silver Sponsor” and $250 per person for everybody else, according to the invitations sent out recently.

Mr. Astorino has been Westchester County Executive since 2010 and before that, he was involved in radio, as one of the founders of 1050 AM ESPN radio in New York, an executive producer of the Michael Kay Show on that channel, and as a host and program director on SIRIUS Satelitte Radio’s Catholic Channel.

Potential Gubernatorial candidates are nothing new to the North Fork.

Conservative Carl Paladino, who also has reportedly shown interest in running for governor in 2014, made a stop at a Suffolk 9-12 Project meeting at the Riverhead’s Elk’s Lodge a week before his upset win in the 2010 Republican primary for Governor, and Democrat Eliot Spitzer met with Riverhead Democratics in 2003 at the Calverton home of Art Binder prior to announcing his intentions to run for governor in 2006.

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GIANNA VOLPE FILE PHOTO | Lieb Cellars director of sales John Morales (from left), advertising consultant Peter Pace and owner Mark Lieb in front of the the Cutchogue tasting room.

A New York-based investment company has purchased both the Lieb Cellars vineyard and winery in Cutchogue and the Premium Wine Group in Mattituck for an undisclosed amount, the winery announced Thursday morning.

Southport Lane, a private equity firm, is combining the two businesses into one company. Mark Lieb, who founded Lieb Cellars and co-founded the Premium Wine Group, which makes wines for vineyards without production facilities, will serve as chairman of the board of the new company.

Peter Pace, who has worked for both firms for 14 months, is the new firm’s managing director.

Ron Goerler, president of the Long Island Wine Council, said the deal shows both the strength of the wine industry and its potential.

“It shows that someone feels very confident in the ability for Lieb to grow,” said Mr. Goerler, who owns and operates Jamesport Vineyards. “It looks to a bright future for our industry.”

Alexander Burns, chief strategist for Southport Lane, said in a press release, “The team’s passion for the business reflects our belief in the strength and quality of these companies, The combination or our expertise, along with Peter’s marketing strengths, gives us an even stronger operation.”

Lieb Vineyards, which was founded in 1992, includes 62 acres of grapes and two tasting rooms.

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