Top 12 Reasons to Attend Dan’s 12 Wines of Christmas Dinner

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It’s time to get excited for Dan’s 12 Wines of Christmas Dinner, taking place on Saturday, December 17! Here are 12 reasons you’ll love this new and delectable event.

Enjoy a Glass of Holiday Cheer…or 12! • From tastings to dessert, guests will be able to savor a dozen fabulous wines from Long Island Wine Country, specially selected for this celebratory evening.

Dine with a James Beard Nominee • A rare opportunity to dine at the hand of a James Beard Nominated Chef, Steven Amaral. Chef Amaral has been living, eating and cooking around the globe for decades as an executive chef and food and beverage director in exotic locales including Hawaii and Madrid. Locally, many will remember his much-lauded Wading River restaurant, Amarelle, which earned an “Excellent” 3-star review from The New York Times.

Give an Early Holiday Gift • Why wait until December 25 to start giving gifts everyone will love? This festive event can even be the perfect setting for a “small office” holiday party—an unforgettable night of drinks, fine dining and merriment! Every foodie on your list will love seats at this intimate soirée, where the menu includes North Fork Merlot Braised Short Ribs, Long Island Cheese Pumpkin Mezza Luna…

A Locavore’s Delight! • Chef Amaral has prepared a decidedly divine menu incorporating the best in seasonal ingredients sourced from the North Fork, including farm-fresh goat cheese, oyster mushrooms and Long Island cheese pumpkin, Charissa spiced meatballs with lamb from 8 Hands Farm and arugula from Satur Farms, topped off with an apple and caramel tart and Hal & Steve’s Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with dessert—along with chocolates! Head to to get a sneak peek at the whole menu!

Savor Sweets from North Fork Chocolate Company • North Fork Chocolate Company’s handcrafted treats are legendary, and Chef Amaral will be serving up a special selection of truffles and bonbons at the event.

See North Fork Chocolate Company’s New Event Gallery • Set at North Fork Chocolate Company’s new event gallery in Aquebogue, this intimate farmhouse-style culinary experience will put all in the holiday spirit.

Wines from Jamesport Vineyards • Dan’s Taste of Summer favorites and Best of the Best winners for Best Winery, Jamesport Vineyards, has an exceptional lineup planned for this festive occasion, including Dry Riesling, East End Chardonnay, Estate Merlot and Estate Cabernet Franc. Plus Jamesport’s own Ron Goerler will be on hand to talk about these special vintages.

Wines from Laurel Lake Vineyards • Owned by a group of Chilean and American vintner friends, Laurel Lake Vineyards is affectionately known as “The Jewel of Long Island.” Guests at Dan’s 12 Wines of Christmas Dinner will enjoy Laurel Lake’s Pinot Noir, 2013 Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.

Wines from Pugliese Vineyards • This family owned winery has been going strong in Cutchogue for over 35 years! Guests at Dan’s 12 Wines of Christmas Dinner will have the opportunity to taste four great wines from Pugliese, including Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Late Harvest Riesling and Blanc de Noir.

Holiday Swag Bag • That’s right, we’re giving YOU a holiday gift. The contents of the gift bag are too good to reveal, plus we wouldn’t want to “out” you in case you need to re-gift. Shhh…

Last Minute Holiday Shopping • North Fork Chocolate Company’s beautiful boutique curated with locally crafted gifts and chocolate delights will be open late for this event, with special offers just for our guests. Shop local!

Stress-Free Holiday Fun! • How about a holiday dinner party where you don’t have to bring a gift! Or a side dish. Or a dessert. Or see family. Unless, of course, you want to!

Hurry, seating is extremely limited for Dan’s 12 Wines of Christmas Dinner, presented by The Cardinale Group, on Saturday, December 17, at North Fork Chocolate Company, 740 Main Road in Aquebogue. The night begins with a tasting experience at 6:30 p.m., followed by a multi-course sit-down wine-pairing dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person or $199 per couple and include tasting experience, intimate sit-down dinner with wine pairings, and holiday gift bag. Get tickets now at

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