By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor
I received a press release from the Long Island Wine Council today about this year's Run for the Roses Festival and wanted to pass it along the list of participating wineries and the specials they are running for the month.
I was disappointed, however to learn that there is no longer a charity component to this program, which raised money for CancerCare last year.
According to Steve Bate, executive director of the Council, "Participating wineries are being asked to contribute to the Wine Council’s marketing funds at the end of the promotion, based on the same formula as in the past: $1 per bottle of rosé sold."
There are some terrific pink wines being made on Long Island and they are worth exploring and drinking all spring, summer and fall.
It's just too bad that a program that used to raise money for a charitable cause is now raising money for the Council.
"Come to Long Island Wine Country this weekend to enjoy our RUN FOR THE ROSÉS FESTIVAL. Throughout the month of May, try our newly released ROSÉ wines, pick your favorites for the summer, and take advantage of SPECIAL OFFERS at participating Long Island wineries and partner businesses...
Winery offers include:
Castello di Borghese:
ALL SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS IN MAY: Choose any Tasting Flight at Castello di Borghese and we will include an additional complimentary taste of our 2008 Rosé Fleurette.
Comtesse Therese Winery & Bistro:
During the month of May, receive a free order of escargots with the purchase of a bottle of Rose wine.
Every weekend in May, receive a free tasting of our Cab Franc Rose.
The only vineyard exclusively making "Rosé on Purpose". Taste "six" new 2010 vintage Rosés in a Country French Garden. You'll think you're in Provence, tasting exquisite Rosés while listening to French music. Book singing every Saturday in May: Paula Croteaux, "Farmhouse Kitchen Favorites" cookbook. Meet the owner/author of Croteaux Vineyards and Farmhouse Kitchen Cooking School. Open in May: Saturday/Sunday noon to 5pm. Memorial Day: Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Monday noon to 5pm
On Saturdays and Sundays in May beginning May 7 we will be celebrating "Rose, Arugula and Rossini": On Saturdays we will have a thin crust homemade pizza demo using Prosciutto and Arugula to pair with our 2010 Rose', with live Italian music, On Sundays we will have a homemade pasta demo featuring different pasta's and sauces to pair with our 2010 Rose' along with live opera music.
Duck Walk North and South:
During May, receive a free tasting of the 2010 Duck Walk Rose
Harbes Family Farm and Vineyards:
During the month of May, Harbes will be showcasing our Rosé wines.
Weekends from May 7 to 22: Enjoy special pairings of locally cured meats and cheeses with our East End Rose.
During the month of May, Jason’s will be featuring our Rosé wines.
Lieb Family Cellars:
Enjoy a "chocolate and charities" tasting Mother's Day weekend and complimentary tastes of rose' and white Merlot throughout the month of May.
Macari Vineyards & Winery:
May 14: Vertical Tasting of Macari Rosés: 2008, 2009 & 2010 for $3.
McCall Vineyards will be featuring its 2009 and 2010 Pinot Noir Rosé throughout the month of May.
One Woman Vineyards:
Celebrating the month of May with a $100 case sale on our Rose!
Throughout May: receive a complimentary tasting of our rosé with each flight purchased during the month.
Throughout May, Pindar is pleased to offer free tastings of our 2005 Pindar Cuvee Rare Rosé.
Throughout the month of May: complimentary tastings of our 2007 Topaz Imperial
Waters Crest Winery:
May 28, 3 – 5 pm: Long Island vs. Provence: Rosé blind tasting - three Long Island wines verses three French wines.
Wolffer Estate Vineyards:
We are offering an all-Rose tasting flight during the month of May, featuring the Wolffer Estate Rose 2010, "Grandioso" Rose 2010 and "Noblesse Oblige" Sparkling Rose 2007."