The kiwis are coming! Hide yo sheep. Baker House 1650, the lovely bed & breakfast on Main Street in East Hampton (pictured above), will host a wine tasting this Saturday night, featuring a lineup of New Zealand wines including pinot noir and sauvignon blanc.
The wine comes from Stonecrop, a family-owned 20-acre vineyard located on the famed Dry River Road in New Zealand’s Martinborough region. Interestingly enough, considering the winery is located in the Pacific Rim, owners Sally Richardson and Andy Harris have a home in Montauk. (Side note: How do we get their life?)
One thing we neglected to mention: Stonecrop has been dipping into pink and producing rosé, which also will be tasted on Saturday night. How does it compare to local rosé champs Wolffer and Channing Daughters? Well, you’ll have to go to the event to find out. (Stonecrop wines are also available at a number of Hamptons restaurants and wine shops.)
By the way, sheep was an easy joke, considering New Zealand has 30 million of them. But Stonecrop’s owners actually do incorporate the animals into their sustainable wine-making. While grapes on the vine are still young, Harris brings in a neighboring farmer’s sheep to eat the leaves, allowing more sunlight to reach the grape, according to this East Hampton Star article.
If interested in the wine tasting, which will be held Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., call the Baker House at 631.324.4081 to reserve a spot. Tickets are $20 per person.
A guy walks into a seawater spa…
Gurney’s, everybody’s favorite oceanside resort, is busy hosting a comedy festival, which started last night and continues this evening. Night two of the first-ever Hamptons International Comedy Festival features standup comics Butch Bradley and Natasha Pearl Hansen, and hopefully a lot of good material. Organizer Jason Dudek of HPR Entertainment, who also secured LDV Hospitality as a sponsor, has produced comedy shows for the Laugh Factory. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20.
Why didn’t we think of this?
Things we wish had been on our to-do list: Getting drunk on sake, emailing Anthony Bourdain and asking him to invest in our startup. Damn. Lost opportunity. But Matt Goulding, co-founder of Roads & Kingdoms, a digital magazine covering food, politics, travel and culture, was smart enough to do so — and now has secured Bourdain, the chef-turned-TV-personality, as an angel investor, according to this Bloomberg article. (Bourdain, by the way, has a place in Montauk.)
Goulding, who described the ask as a “midnight Hail Mary,” had met Bourdain in 2011, when they both attended a snail feast (of course) in Spain. We’re not sure how much Bourdain invested in Roads & Kingdoms, which is based in New York and Barcelona, but really — does it matter? The board meetings just got a lot more fun. As for Bourdain, this is his first personal investment in a startup. In a statement, he said Roads & Kingdoms is “yet more validation that there’s a huge, untapped audience out there for smart…content that doesn’t shout at you or talk down to you or boil everything down to click bait or listicles.” We always liked Tony, now we’re even bigger fans.
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