“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.
Vera Chinese has been the editor of northforker.com and northforker magazines since May 2014.
Prior to that she spent two and a half years as a staff reporter for the New York Daily News.
She joined the Riverhead News-Review as a staff writer in January 2010 and was named Associate Web Editor nine months later.
She previously worked for the Southampton Press Western Edition and was named the third place 2008 Rookie Reporter of the Year by the New York Press Association. She graduated from Wagner College in 2006 where she received a bachelor's degree in English. She earned a master's degree in English education from New York University in 2007.
She is a 2002 graduate of Eastport High School and has lived on the East End for more than 20 years.