Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A Day A Whey: Back with a Vengeance!

Day trip to Mecox Bay Dairy and Wolffer Estate Vineyards

Sunday, August 19th
8:30 am to 7:30 pm
And you thought Harry Potter was the hottest series around...

Summer seems to be speeding by WAY too fast, but you can plan on one last hurrah before old Labor Day rolls around. Join Saxelby Cheesemongers as we embark on another fabulous dairy-centric day trip to the East End of Long Island! In this incarnation of A Day A Whey we'll trek out to Mecox Bay Dairy, a gorgeous fourth generation farm in Bridgehampton and Wolffer Estate Vineyards, located just around the corner in Sagaponack. We'll be treated to the best of the South Fork's bounty of wine and cheese, and weather permitting, even have a little time to soak up some sun at a local beach.

We'll start the day at Wolffer Estate Vineyards with a wine tasting brunch on their gorgeous outdoor terrace. Wolffer Estate has a unique microclimate, rich soils, and close proximity to the ocean, yielding wines that truly reflect the taste of the land and the growing season. Wine maker Roman Roth crafts an amazing array of white and red wines, ranging from sweet Late Harvest Chardonnay to spicy and lean Cabernet Franc. Looking out over the vines, day trippers will taste six different Wolffer Estate wines paired with Mecox Bay Dairy cheeses, fresh fruits, greens, charcuterie, and breads.

Next, our caravan will head out to Mecox Bay Dairy, where cheese maker and herdsman Art Ludlow will lead us on a tour of his farm, from milking parlor to cave. Art is the consummate can-do farmer, having transitioned from growing potatoes to milking dairy cows and making absolutely incredible cheeses. Currently, he milks eight (count 'em, eight!) cows, makes five varieties of raw milk cheese, and ages them in a cave built in his converted potato barn.

Mecox Bay Dairy is one of the few remaining farms in the area, and is a truly tiny and wonderful farmstead cheese making operation. Art's cheeses are only available at the Sag Harbor farmers market and a tiny smattering of retailers, so cheese lovers take heed! Be ready to savor some of the best cheese being made in New York, and the entire East Coast for that matter.

And just as a little icing on the cheese cake (so to speak), if the weather's fine, we'll take a quick jaunt down the road to one of the East Ends beautiful beaches. Take a stroll, swim, soak up some sun, whatever suits your fancy! Just bring along a towel or blanket and call it a day. A whey.



For tickets ($95) and information visit:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/18581


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