Great South Bay Wine Tours offering an ‘Eastern’ experience on the water
Great South Bay Wine Tours now runs educational wine tours in the Bay Shore Marina.
And GreaterBayShore was invited for the maiden voyage last Tuesday. The boat is called The Running Wild, but don’t expect a wild scene. It’s about as sophisticated as a two-hour cruise you’ll never take.
Every Tuesday all summer. with the boat leaving at 6 p.m., the new Great South Bay Wine Tours will feature a rotation of wine tastings, each with a different theme. Each trip will include around half a dozen wines, as well as cheese and cold meats. And, a certified sommelier will always be on board.
There is nothing intimidating about it, from a wine knowledge point of view. It’s about having fun and learning a little something.
âIt’s for anyone who loves wine and boats,â said operator Jake Perdie 43, also owner of Beach and Vine Wines & Spirits in Kismet, Fire Island. âThis is a great combination for Long Islanders who want to get out on the waterâ with easy access from the marina with a mooring near Nicky’s on the Bay.
âWe have wine tastings in Kismet all summer long, and when this boat came up for charter it was the perfect match. We wanted to bring the wine tastings on the water, âsaid Perdie.
She is chartered through the new Shoreline Trading Company, which is a joint venture between Fire Island Ferries and the Coastal Kitchen & Daiquiri Bar and Verde Kitchen and Cocktails teams.
Great South Bay Wine Tours is also looking to host quiz nights and beer tastings.
âIt’s an alternative to sitting in a limo and going east and sitting in traffic for a few hours,â Perdie added. âHere you can enjoy wine and cheese much faster and on the water with beautiful scenery.
“And no traffic.”
David Marzano, the onboard sommelier who is also pictured above working on the boat, said he couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy a Tuesday night.
“There is nothing like it here,” he said from the ship. âThere are millions of people on Long Island but few options to help get a small group of people together and enjoy the water together.â
The boat can accommodate up to 45 passengers. Click here for tickets and additional details.
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