Great South Bay Wine Tours is now running wine education excursions on the bay out of Bay Shore Marina.
And GreaterBayShore was invited for the inaugural trip last Tuesday. The boat is named The Running Wild, but don’t expect a wild scene. This is about as sophisticated of a two-hour cruise you’ll ever take.
Every Tuesday all summer. with the boat leaving at 6 p.m., the new Great South Bay Wine Tours will be offering a rotation of wine tastings, each with a different theme. Each trip will feature about a half dozen wines, along with cheese and charcuterie. And, a certified sommelier will always be on board.
This is nothing to intimidated about, wine-knowledge wise. It’s about fun and learning a little something.
“This is for anyone who loves wine and boats,” said the operator Jake Perdie 43, also the owner of Beach and Vine Wines & Spirits in Kismet, Fire Island. “It’s a great combination for Long Islanders who want to get out on the water” with easy access from the marina with docking near NIcky’s on the Bay.
“We host 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 onto the water,” Perdie said.
It’s being 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 some trivia nights and beer-tasting events.
“It’s an alternative to siting in a limousine and going out East and sitting in traffic for a few hours,” Perdie added. “Here you can enjoy the wine and cheese a lot quicker, and on the water with beautiful scenery.
“And no traffic.”
David Marzano, the on-board sommelier who’s also pictured above at work on the boat, said he couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy a Tuesday evening.
“There’s just nothing like this out here,” he said from the vessel. “There’s millions of people on Long Island but few options to help get a small group of people together and enjoy the water together.”
The boat holds up to 45 passengers. Click here for tickets and additional details.
Scroll down for more photos from Andrew Theodorakis of Yellow House Images, also Greater Long Island’s head of multimedia.