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Long Island Wine Council president Sal Diliberto thanks members of the Long Island Wine Council during the organization's annual reception. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)
Long Island Wine Council president Sal Diliberto thanks members of the Long Island Wine Council during the organization’s annual reception. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

The Long Island Wine Council held its annual reception for its members and its friends at Raphael in Peconic Thursday night.

“The purpose of this night is to say to all of you, ‘Thank you,'” Long Island Wine Council president Sal Diliberto told the crowd, which included vineyard owners, winemakers and representatives from various businesses in the local tourism industry.

Diliberto likened its members to a “flock of eagles,” a group with members that are largely independent of one another, but strengthen each other.

“As long as we help each other, we’ll stay together,” he said. “Well always keep this industry where it should be, which is on top.”

See photos from the event below.

Anthony Sannino and LI Wine Council Steve Bate.
Anthony Sannino and LI Wine Council Steve Bate.
Gregg Rivara of Cornerll Cooperative Extension and Roz Baiz of The Old Field Vineyard.
Gregg Rivara of Cornerll Cooperative Extension and Roz Baiz of The Old Field Vineyard.
Julie Vergari of Raphael and Nick Melillo, a Long Island wine ambassador.
Julie Vergari of Raphael and Nick Melillo, a Long Island wine ambassador.
Claire Kennedy of the Long Island Wine Council and Tom Kennedy.
Claire Kennedy of the Long Island Wine Council and Tom Kennedy.

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Alexandra Micari of Micari Vineyards and Sarah Evans Nappa of Anthony Nappa Wines.
Alexandra Macari of Macari Vineyards and Sarah Evans Nappa of Anthony Nappa Wines.
Martha Clara Vineyards winemaker and general manager Juan Eduardo Micieli Martinez, Riverhead Town Councilwoman Jodi Giglio and Kristen Reyes, general manager at Hotel indigo East End.
Martha Clara Vineyards winemaker and general manager Juan Eduardo Micieli Martinez, Riverhead Town Councilwoman Jodi Giglio and Kristen Reyes, general manager at Hotel indigo East End.
Alan Gabay and chef Noah Schwartz.
Alan Gabay and chef Noah Schwartz.
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