Wine and Sunset Make for Charming Combo on Long Island


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From left, Artoun Hamalian, Harout Chatmajian and Helen Misk

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From left, Sevan Tekeian, Henri Dimidjian, Vicki Shoghag and Dr. Raffy Hovanessian, Helen Misk and Dr. Jacques Gulekjian

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Helen Misk, left, and Hilda Hartounian, chair of the TCA of Greater New York

By Marylynda Bozian-Cruickshank

Special to the Mirror-Spectator

JAMESPORT, N.Y. — The Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA) of Greater New York hosted its second annual wine tasting, on Saturday, September 17. The program, featuring dinner and music, took place on the grounds of the Clovis Point Winery, located on Long Island.

Helen Misk chaired the event. Hilda Hartounian, chair of the New York TCA branch, welcomed the 75 guests.

Present were friends of Tekeyan and Benefactors Edward and Carmen Gulbenkian, Virginia Dadurian, Henry Dimidjian, Mr. and Mrs. Vahram Aynilian and Dr. Raffy and Vicki Shoghag Hovanessian.

Guests from New Jersey met in front of the Englewood Cliffs office of Tekeyan Cultural Association and were bused to the event.

Harout Chatmajian entertained the guests in the bus, and at the event, with his comedic talent.

During the evening’s festivities, Misk was surprised with a birthday cake.

The guests enjoyed the beautiful weather while tasting award-winning wines,  dining on delicious food, dessert,  and then finally raffling off numerous donated gifts. The evening became even more enchanting when a full harvest moon graced the vineyards.

The nine lush acres of vineyard, in the heart of the North Fork, is owned by the Misk family. Nasrallah Misk of Queens purchased the land in 2000, when it was a potato farm. He, however, had a passion for wine and winemaking, and thus he turned the potato farm into a vineyard. Today his son Mark, and Dina Misk help run the business. The year 2004 was the first commercial vintage for the winery, and winemaker John Leo has been at the helm since its inception. The winery has won many prestigious awards for its 2004 Chardonnay, 2004 Merlot, 2007 Cabernet Franc, 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 Chardonnay (gold medal), and many more.

Aside from its numerous awards, on June 17, Clovis Point Vineyard and Winery was named to CBS’s “5 Best Long Island Wineries List.”

As this evening came to a close, many guests were commenting that they enjoyed this event immensely and looked forward to participating again next year.