Commonwealth Wine School 2-Day Wine Tasting and Educational Camp on Long Island Wines Succeeds

Long Island Wine Camp Group Photo at RGNY

Our goal is always to provide the best educational environment to learn wine with the best educators.

— Head of Commonwealth Wine School, Jessica Sculley

CAMBRIDGE, MA, USA, Aug. 16, 2022 / — Commonwealth Wine School, located in Harvard Square in Cambridge, is dedicated to providing the very best in wine, spirits, sake, beer and cider for all levels of interest. The school recently concluded its first Long Island wine camp, where campers left with a high understanding of the vine-to-bottle of the North Fork wine region. This northeast wine region produced wine long before California and is home to more than 60 vineyards and spectacular tasting rooms.

The Commonwealth Wine School has partnered with Discover Long Island, the region’s destination marketing organization, to promote the inaugural camp through a giveaway. Lori Lombardi from New York and Michele Velez from New Jersey were the lucky winners of the contest and enjoyed a full immersion in wine education and tastings with attendees of the Long Island Wine Camp in North Fork.

Each morning before campers boarded the East Wind Limo Company van, Long Island wine expert and Commonwealth Wine School educator Sarah Trubnick offered a brief lecture on the wine region and its unique geology. Over two days in the North Fork wine country, campers sampled wines such as Pet Nat at Lenz Winery, bubbles at Sparkling Pointe and a blind tasting at Lieb Cellars to determine which wines came from a bottle, a box or a can. . Dinner concluded the first day of camp – with more local wines sampled at Noah’s in Greenport. The final day began with stops at Organic Farrm Wine and a chat with its owner, Rex Farr, to discuss biodynamic farming and taste some notable rosé and red wines, followed by a tasting, tour of the vineyard and from the cellar at Paumanok Vineyards, then a blending session at RGNY. A farewell dinner at Preston House kept the momentum going with a blind tasting of Long Island wines versus wines from regions around the world. Overall, the camper experience included both traditional and non-traditional methods of experiential education, in keeping with the Commonwealth Wine School’s mission.

“Our goal is always to provide the best educational environment for learning about wine with the best educators,” says Jessica Sculley, Head of Commonwealth Wine School. “We’re proud that Long Island Wine Camp achieved our goals of truly educating attendees about Long Island’s terroir and the fantastic wines produced there. And it turns out we had a lot of fun, too!”

The general consensus from campers was that the experience exceeded expectations, especially the bonus experiences such as mixing and labeling a bottle of wine to take home to enjoy once it has aged a few years. Campers who attended the Long Island Wine Camp shared their appreciation for learning more than they bargained for.

Long Island Wine Camper Roseann Simonsen is a frequent visitor to Long Island, but had never experienced such in-depth wine tours. “Having personal time with some of the vineyard owners, learning about their terroir, their viticulture and their style of winemaking has been an amazing educational experience,” Simonsen said. “The “wow” for me was the “wine lover” camp activities, like the wine blending experience at RGNY. It was a spectacle to see us all engaged in our creations. Everyone was in the moment – with the beakers and math equations to produce their own perfect red mix. It was just priceless.

About Commonwealth Wine School
Located in the heart of Harvard Square at 35 Dunster St. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Commonwealth Wine School offers the very best in wine, spirits, sake, beer, and cider education. The level of education ranges from beginner to connoisseur, inclusive to industry professionals. CWS instructors are dedicated and knowledgeable with a passion for sharing their expertise to provide a fun and engaging experience. CWS offers a wide variety of private in-person and online workshops, classes and events, as well as certification level programs from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), Wine Scholar Guild and Society of Wine Educators. Check out the calendar of events at Private wine tastings available on request.

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