Long Island Wine Wows at Super Bowl Celebrations

Wölffer Estate Vineyard
Photo: Brendan J. O'Reilly

Yes, it’s almost time for Super Bowl XLVIII to kick off at Met Life Stadium, after a full week of revelry in New York and New Jersey that found a little bit of Hamptons and North Fork amid the hype. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, Bedell Cellars will pour their 2012 First Crush White at the Rutherford New Jersey Super Bowl Party at Meadowlands Racetrack. But that’s not the only Long Island Wine getting some super exposure.

As football fans were raising a glass, or several, to the biggest game of the year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York wine and food would be spotlighted at events surrounding the Super Bowl. Among the Long Island purveyors highlighted by Cuomo were Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Bedell Cellars, Pindar Vineyards and Duckwalk Vineyards.

The six days of Super Bowl festivities kicked off on Tuesday, when more than 3,500 members of the media were invited to “Taste NY” at the Super Bowl Host Committee Media Party at Pier 60 at Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers, which was transformed into an extravagant pregame party. Sagaponack’s Wölffer Estate Vineyard was featured at the Taste NY station alongside Chef Marc Murphy of Landmarc, who used only local ingredients to create pulled pork sliders. Wölffer paired the tailgate-friendly creation with their Cabernet Franc, while Bedell Cellars’ vineyard ambassador Whitney Beaman was on-hand to pour their 2012 Cabernet Franc—just a year after Bedell was featured at the inauguration of Barack Obama.

East End fare continued to shine the next day, as Gosman’s Fish Market attended the New York/New Jersey Super Bash “A Night of Thanks” on Wednesday. And on Saturday, February 1, Bedell Cellars and their 2012 Cabernet Franc and Taste White were ate the NFL Celebrity Bowling Classic, where amateur bowlers teamed with NFL players in a 3-6-9 handicap tournament. Hmm, shouldn’t they have called that Super Bowling?

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