With this pesky day job, I don't get to go to as many wine event as I'd like. They tend to be during the work week, either during or right after work hours, and in New York City. I have to pick and choose the ones that I take vacation days to attend. Well, on August 5 & 6, I'll be taking a couple days to drive east to Stony Brook University's Southampton campus for The Art of Balance: Cool Climate/Maritime Wines in a Global Context, a symposium that will feature advanced educational presentations and wine tastings led by prominent winemakers and vineyard managers from top wineries in cool climate/maritime winegrowing regions around the world.
The first groundbreaking conference of its kind, “Maritime Climate Wine Growing: Bringing Bordeaux to Long Island,” which was staged in Riverhead 20 years ago in the summer of 1988 and drew participants from Chateau Margaux, Chateau Pichon-Lalande, and Institut Technique de la Vigne et du Vin, Montpelier.
This year's symposium will highlight the renewed (I hope) appreciation of balanced, elegant, lower-alcohol wines.
You can see a list of the wineries/winemakers involved and also get a look at the agenda on the website. Tickets for the symposium lectures (days 1 or 2) are $180.00 per day, which includes breakfast, lunch and lecture tastings. For both days it's $360.00 includes and you get the grand tasting for free. Otherwise, the grand tasting is $75.
I'm really looking forward to this event. It is going to be very educational and it will be great to meet some of the great winemakers who are coming. Plus, LENNDEVOURS' Niagara region correspondent will also be coming down for the event. As seems to be the norm in the blog world, I've never met Bryan before in person.