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Merlot fans will have an opportunity to rejoice Friday (June 7) at this year’s Merlot Confidential featuring unreleased blends, as well as food prepared by world-class Scandinavian Chef Karl Ljung.

The Long Island Merlot Alliance, a nonprofit Merlot advocacy group in Cutchogue, is hosting the “top-secret tasting” event and releasing its newest Merliance blend, which is the only cooperative wine made on Long Island.

Local winemakers will also be on hand at Raphael in Peconic to personally pour their own wines, including not-yet-released merlots and merlot blends from the landmark 2010 and 2012 vintages — the latter from barrel.  There will also be 2006 through 2010 vintages available for purchase.

Chef Ljung of the Grand Escalier brasserie in Stockholm, Sweden, will be pairing Swedish dishes with the merlots. He won the Swedish Chef of the Year award in 1999 and is the CEO of Stureplansgruppen Restaurant Group that has 19 venues in Stockholm.

Mr. Ljung’s appearance is courtesy of the Swedish Culinary Summer, a tour of top Swedish chefs at the East End’s premier culinary and charity summer events.

Tickets cost $40 per person online and at the door.

Proceeds will go toward funding Merliance’s research and quality initiatives.


39390 Route 25, Peconic, (631) 765-1100

Friday, June 7

7 to 9 p.m.