Vineyard 48 Adds Beer, Catering to Wine List This Fall

Butta’ Cakes owner plans to cater at the Cutchogue winery every weekend.

Though litigation with the Town of Southold is ongoing, the managers of Vineyard 48 in Cutchogue are offering everything from dance parties and catering to beer and sangria at their Route 48 tasting facility — and they will continue to do so throughout the fall.

In late May, the town issued a temporary restraining order against Vineyard 48, the managers of which organized and promoted outdoor dance parties that often exceed the building’s permitted capacity and generated complaints about noise and lewd behavior from neighbors. So the manager moved the DJ indoors and continued the dance parties throughout the summer, and complaints have been a lot less frequent, Southold Town Councilman Al Krupski told North Fork Patch this past July.

Manager Matt McBride told Patch this week that the vineyard has been working to “make sure everyone is happy.”

“It seems to be working out with the town,” he said. "We actually no longer promote the dance party, just that we have music. And we monitor the occupancy all the time as also."

As fall sets in the, Vineyard 48 is offering a free pumpkin with every take-home wine bottle purchased, pints of Greenport Harbor Brewing Company beer, and free barbecue every Sunday catered by Marc LaMaina of Butta’ Cakes restaurant in Greenport.

After what he described as the best summer in his four years in business on Main Street in Greenport, LaMaina said he’s making a push toward catering this fall and winter — at Vineyard 48 and wherever else his food is needed.

“We’re offering everything from an oyster bar to barbecue to a Mexican menu,” he said. “Our clients tell us their ideas and theme and we design a specialized menu that hits on all their needs and wants. We can get everything from the tent to the ice.”

LaMaina added that with the catering strategy, he’s “just trying to go to the people, since a lot of people don't come all the way out to Greenport this time of year. They hit the farms then head back home.”

“You have to follow the people,” he added.

Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said he could not comment on Vineyard 48’s fall plans due to the ongoing litigation.

What do you think? Tell us in the comment boxes below.

Patched In: Read this Newsday report on the fall vibe at Vineyard 48.

Sam C October 02, 2012 at 07:26 PM
place is a fiasco, i've lived out on the north fork for 10 years and have never once recommended a friend or family member go there. funny to see two police cars camped outside the parking lot of this place over the weekend.
BW Sedgwick October 02, 2012 at 08:33 PM
This 'winery' is an embarrassment. I really wish they'd stop getting so much press. It hurts the wineries in the area that are doing good things for the area. Scott "Iron Fist" Russell is really useless -- going after legit businesses who bring good people out, but not doing much of anything with these clowns.
joe insider October 03, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Wow you are quite the snob aren't you? I don't think this place does anything different than many of the other wineries out here. They just seem to be better and more successful at it. Let me guess, you either own or work at a winery and are jealous of this establishment's success?
Anonymous Voter October 03, 2012 at 03:15 AM
No Joe- have you ever traveled outside LI? Or been to another wine region? I seriously doubt it based on your comment. I read an article on Newsday about this winery the other day- where a 22 year old is quoted calling this vineyard a "bar". I don't think any of the wineries out here would like to be called that. I've traveled to France, California, and yes even parts of NJ and have never seen such nonsense at a vineyard site. You need to get out more if you think that this is what everyone else is doing. Frankly, Harbes is more annoying this time of year than most of the wineries.
joe insider October 03, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Then why don't you and Sedgwick get together to create a list of what businesses are acceptable to you and which ones are not. This way the town can throw zoning out the window and shape the town the way you want. By the way, I have been to many. many places including Napa Valley. It seems to me that you two are handpicking the "problem spots" and not really understanding how codes and due process works.
BW Sedgwick October 03, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Joe Backsider: There is clearly a lot that you do not understand. First, I'm in no way affiliated with any winery or restaurant on Long Island. I am, however, someone who visits often and pays close attention to the goings on. You claim to be for code enforcement, but apparently don't have any problem with what Vineyard 48 is doing. You do realize that they are in litigation with the town over violations because they, more or less, run the place as if it were a nightclub. If you're happy with the North Fork being overrun by the Snooki set, those looking to get wasted at a dance club in the middle of the day, perhaps you don't understand or appreciate what a special place the North Fork is. Or maybe you're just not that bright.
henry smith October 03, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I think we have enough drunks on the north fork. Wineries are to serve wine not beer and food!!! Not to mention what these tour buses and limos are doing to our roads out here.
Anonymous Voter October 03, 2012 at 01:44 PM
If you think that the egregious behavior of Vineyard 48 is the same as a restaurant trying to open an outdoor patio it would seem to me that you are a little too black and white with code enforcement. Do you think that maybe if the violations are the same for both situations there might be something wrong with the code in place? That what we are really saying is that there's a problem with it when it can't tell the difference and act accordingly? I mean come on, really? Are you truly trying to defend this? And yes this IS how this town government works, I can point to a few examples of overzealous enforcement vs. other situations that seemed to quietly pass through.
Erin Schultz (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Stefanie Claire said on Facebook: "Do you have to pay for the cupcakes with plastic coins?"
Adam Lovett October 03, 2012 at 05:53 PM
If vineyard 48 wants to continue as a club they should not benefit from the same tax structure that farms and vineyards abide by. And stop pretending that they are a winery.
James Silver October 03, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I don't think anyone gets drunk on food Henry, quite the opposite. The service of food is a good practice from a safety standpoint, as well as a wine-pairing aid, and adds to the experience overall. NYS laws (both A & M, and ABC) actually recommend the service of food, providing for it specifically in the law, and offer specific guidelines for its service. The addition of beer service was added to the law this year at the Governor's request, so as to further promote the agriculture of this state - providing for tastings and sales of New York grown, New York brewed, and New York consumed beer in establishments who are equipped to handle the sales of alcoholic beverages already - wineries. Breweries can now sell NY grown and produced wines, by the way... And the limos do the same thing to "your" roads that your car does. They ride on it. And keeps the "drunks" from getting behind the wheel - the safety of which I feel outweighs the imagined damage to said road. Plus they pay higher registration fees and taxes to compensate for the impact on what is really the state's roads.
joe insider October 03, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Actually, I do not like what takes place there. Yes I realize they are in litigation. The problem here is that you do not seem to understand that the code needs to be enforced in all cases. You can't maturely argue that the town is heavy handed because you happen to like the food at The Blue but expect the town to come down hard on this place because the ladies use too much hair spray and make up. By the way, the town got a restraining order against the place but it is still in court and there is such a thing called"due process". As bad as the place is run, it is still entitled to it's day in court. The point is the code is the code is the code whether it is The Blue or Vineyard 48 and all should be required to follow it.
luke vuolo October 05, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Let's have "due process" take its course, and work from there to apply necessary re-straints fairly, if deemed necessary An idea that is different doesn't always mean "chaos", and could lead to open the gates to various other interesting concepts along tje North Fork---America was built on open-mindedness, vision, and compromise---Luke Vuolo
Matthew Mcbride October 05, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I love the North Fork Patch!!!
Joan Silver October 05, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Thank goodness for people like Luke Vuolo. America was built on vision, open-mindedness and compromise. The beauty of the North Fork are the" interesting concepts". Things are always changing, and as Luke put it "difference doesn't always mean chaos. Unfortunate that there are people who seem to always resist change but I bet they all text, tweet and Facebook on their smartphones . Keep up the wonderful things happening at Vineyard 48. Joe the Insider is right. People need to stop being snobs. There was a time when tennis players had to wear all white to fit in with the prim and proper snobs. Now you can't watch a tennis match without hearing grunt after grunt as each shot is made. As Bob Dylan wrote "Oh the times they are a changin"


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