Waters Crest owners Jim and Linda Waters reap the benefits of east Long Island’s rich terroir to develop and proffer a variety of small-batch boutique wines. The wine-tasting class, conducted by winemaker Jim Waters, will introduce vintner apprentices to a selection of seven wines that cover a spectrum of reds and whites, paired with a specially selected artisan cheese platter that counterpoints complex drink bouquets with solid textures and an earthy sense of humor. Seated at the marble bar in the tasting room, sippers will explore the topography of Waters Crest’s offerings, which may include the punchy and focused 2007 merlot or the oak-barrel fermented 2008 Private Reserve chardonnay. Jim imparts students with vine-ripened truisms, from the fine points of tasting a full flavor range to the differences between drinking from crystal or glass. After the tasting, brain palates will savor morsels of wine-crafting knowledge on a tour of the winery itself. Run a hand over the wood slats of wine-holding barrels in the private cellar as Jim and sommelier Adam Slater convey the intricacies of wine production, from hand-selecting locally grown grapes to blowing and shaping glass bottles around a cork stopper.
Island Riders' PASA-certified instructors conduct kiteboarding, wakeboarding, and surfing lessons for wave commuters. Designed for students with no kiteboarding experience and held every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., the three-hour Intro to Kiteboarding lesson includes a kite-flying lesson with the trainer kite, a ground school covering safety issues, and access to a diorama about the water cycle. While Island Riders supplies the kite, control bar, and board, students are required to wear their own water booties while on the Great South Bay or splashing in the kiddie bay.
Opening a new business in the middle of a recession takes bravery. Yet, in 2009—on the heels of their success with their first boutique, Fopp’s—Courage. b’s owners decided it was time to open the store. Since their days at Fopp’s, the Courage. b line’s designers have been fabricating each of their pieces in-house with looks that give off a timeless, European elegance. Their one-of-a-kind blouses, sweaters, and pants are as fashionable as they are classic. And their dresses and separates seamlessly weave into most wardrobes. The collection also includes original accessories, such as handbags, scarves, and belts. Since opening, Courage. b now has several locations in style hubs from East Hampton to Colorado, a testament to the clothing’s accessibility and stylishness, whether during cocktail hour or snowball-fight hour.
Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery cultivates its grapes in Long Island soil, but its culture can be traced back to ancient Italy. In addition to Italian-inspired and wine-centric events, owners Marco and Ann Marie Borghese use old-fashioned growing and fermentation techniques to create their red and white wines. A fruity pinot noir and crisp sauvignon blanc are among their most popular varietals, but they also produce cabernet franc, meritage, and chardonnay. These wines?and the care that goes into them?have earned praise and awards from the New York Wine & Food Classic and the New York Times.
Whether landscaping a private pond or ushering patrons through its greenhouse, the Samolewski family doesn’t mind getting its green thumbs dirty. At the Greenland Family Farms nursery, the family and its staff unveil a vivid landscape of trees, bushes, and colorful perennials that guests can pluck and plant on their own property. Patrons can also beckon Greenland’s staff to their houses to perform landscaping services, add fish to their ponds, or chop down enormous beanstalks that angry giants can climb down.
With two locations and 140 acres of picturesque land, Duck Walk Vineyard remains a popular presence on the Long Island Wine Trail, having been voted in 2013 as one of the top wineries in Long Island by "Best of Long Island". Tastings of the winery's many vintages, including reds, whites, ice wines, and fruity dessert wines, draw crowds of visitors to both of Duck Walk's spacious facilities, where live music dramatically shatters listeners' emptied glasses. The festive atmosphere here also makes it a prime setting for weddings, rehearsal dinners, and other private events.