KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | David Liebman and Lewis Porter perform at Raphael Vineyard in Peconic during a previous Long Island Winterfest event.
The weekend we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. The first performances in the 2012 Winterfest Jazz on the Vine concert series will be held this Saturday and Sunday at participating wineries and Hotel Indigo East End in Riverhead.
Performances include Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadour at Peconic Bay Winery, Stephane Wrembel at Bedell Cellars, and the David Amram Quartet at Castello di Borghese. See a complete calendar of performances here.
There are 71 concerts set for this year, the most concerts in the series’ 5-year history.
Some 6,000 people flocked to the East End for last year’s concerts, and Winterfest organizers expect that number to grow this year. Tickets to all Winterfest concerts are $15 and include a glass of wine.
Pay attention to the backs of your tickets, where you’ll find a raffle stub for a chance to win a free night at an East End hotel with a gift basket of Long Island wines.
Shinn Estate Vineyards, Mattituck. Palm readings with Joan Bernhardt in the tasting room, 5-8 p.m. $20; $5 for a glass of wine.
Peconic Bay Winery, Cutchogue. Game Night. Play games with your friends and get 2-for-1 glasses of wine.
Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, Riverhead. ChocoVino. A chocolate and wine pairing five-course dinner. $150 per couple. Call aquarium to reserve. $250 per couple including overnight stay accomodations at Hyatt Place East End.
Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead. Long Island Comedy Festival featuring host Paul Anthony, George Rini from the New York City comedy scene and Frankie Pace of HBO and SNL. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Tickets available at marthaclaravineyards.com.
Comtesse Therese Bistro, Aquebogue. Red wine and dark chocolate pairing, 2-3 p.m. $40 per person. RSVP.
Diliberto Winery, Jamesport. Instructional Wine Class, every Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with tastings and Neapolitan-style pizza lunch. $45 per person, RSVP.
Duckwalk Vineyards, Southold. Celebrate Valentine’s, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Complimentary fine chocolates with tasting or wine purchase.
Sherwood House Vineyards, Jamesport. Valentine’s ‘Fond of You’ Fondue Party. Chocolate fondue and 2004 Merlot for two. $30 per couple. 1-3 p.m. RSVP.
Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead. Vines and Canines Vineyard Walk, Valentine’s Day Theme. Bring your dog down for a walk through the vineyards with winemaker Juan Micieli-Martinez and his dog, Satchmo. Donations of non-perishable dog and cat foods and lightly-used pet supplies will be accepted.
Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead. Wine Education Series: Wine and Chocolate with Chip n’ Dipped. Three 45-minute sessions starting at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. $25, $20 for wine club members. Tickets available at marthaclaravineyards.com.
Diliberto Winery, Jamesport. ‘Sunday Dinner with Grandma,’ every Sunday except Feb. 19, 1-3 p.m. The art of preparing a three-course Italian dinner with food demonstration and wine pairing. $29 per person. RSVP.
Laurel Lake Vineyards, Laurel. Wine and chocolate pairing class, 1-2 p.m. $30 per person. RSVP.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Clovis Point, Valentine’s chocolate and wine pairings, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. $20 for flight and chocolates, $10 for wine club members.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Peconic Bay Winery, Cutchogue. ‘Free Tasting February.’ Sample give selected Nautique and estate-grown wines at no charge between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily during February (except during special events).
Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, Peconic. Wine and international chocolate tastings. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in February from 12-5 p.m. $15.
Castello di Borghese, Cutchogue. 6-9 p.m. Cabaret and wine with Marguerite Volonts.
Jamesport Vineyards, Fireside Fridays, 5:30-9 p.m., Main Rd., Jamesport.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard, 5-8 p.m., Candlelight Fridays, Sagg Rd., Sagaponack.
Bedell Cellars, 1-5 p.m., Main Rd., Cutchogue.
Sherwood House Vineyards, 4-8 p.m. Live music with Paul Helbig. Main Road, Jamesport.
Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards, Live music with the East End Trio. Valentine’s gift dessert and jewelry booths. 1:30-5:30 p.m., Main Rd., Peconic.
Palmer Vineyards, Live music with Todd ‘The Guitarman’ Grossman with flight tastings, new releases, chocolate truffles and New York cheese. 1-4 p.m., Main Road, Riverhead.
Martha Clara Vineyards, Live music with Mudpuppy, 2-5 p.m., Sound Ave., Riverhead.
Paumanok Vineyards, Live music: flute and guitar by Serenade Duo. 2-5 p.m., Main Rd., Aquebogue.
Sherwood House Vineyards, Live music with JONNI, 2-6 p.m. Main Rd., Jamesport.
Pindar Vineyards, Live music with Tommy Sullivan, 1-5 p.m. Main Rd., Peconic.
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, Live music with Shotgun, 2-6 p.m. Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow.
Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, Live music with Bob Blatchley, 1-5 p.m. Peconic Ln., Peconic.
Clovis Point, Jamesport. 1:30-4:30 p.m., Main Rd., Jamesport.
Peconic Bay Winery, Live music with Gene Casey, 1-5 p.m. Main Rd., Cutchogue.
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, Live music with Denice Given and Conrad Taylor, 2-6 p.m. Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow.
Martha Clara Vineyards, 2-5 p.m. Live music with Keith Maguire. Sound Ave., Riverhead.
Bedell Cellars, 2-5 p.m. Live music with King Scallop Ensemble (Jazz on the Half Shell).
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Sherwood House Vineyards, 2-6 p.m., Fireside Fridays and glass specials, Main Rd., Jamesport.
Jamesport Vineyards, 1-5 p.m., Main Rd., Jamesport
Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, 1-5 p.m., Peconic Lane, Peconic.
Martha Clara Vineyards, 2-5 p.m., Sound Ave., Riverhead.
Peconic Bay Winery, 1-5 p.m., Main Rd., Cutchogue.
Pugliese Vineyards, 2-6 p.m., Main Rd., Cutchogue.
Castello di Borghese, Winemaker’s Walk, 1 p.m. Guided tour of the winery and production facility and tasting, $20. Route 48, Cutchogue. Reservations, 734-5111,castellodiborghese.com.
Shinn Estate Vineyards, Vineyard Walk, 1:30 p.m., Barbara Shinn explains the vines’ growing cycle and the organic and biodynamic farming methods used to grow Shinn Estate wine. $12.50 includes wine tasting. Oregon Rd., Mattituck. Reservations 804-0367, shinnestatevineyards.com.
Saturday and Sunday
Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, VIP Vine to Wine Tour: Tour of winery, mini viticulture and winemaking lesson and wine tasting. 1 p.m., $20. Peconic Ln., Peconic. Reservations, (631) 734-8282.
Wineries: If you’d like us to include your event, please e-mail Samantha Brix at [email protected].