Harmony Vineyards: Perfect Ensemble of Beauty, Wine & Brunch

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Add Harmony Vineyards to your GPS, for a number of reasons. Whether you’re seeking a high-quality venue to enjoy some outstanding local wine, impress and entertain out-of-town guests, or provide the perfect setting for a romantic date, this is it. Located about 10 minutes from the Smithtown/St. James area, Harmony offers visitors the opportunity to experience an extraordinary Long Island winery without traveling all the way out to the North Fork. Besides exceptional wines—Chablis-style Chardonnays and Bordeaux-style red blends—this centrally based vineyard also offers local craft brews, a robust small plates menu, weekly live jazz performances year-round, and an impressive buffet-style Sunday brunch in a 326-year-old mansion and tasting room with spectacular views of the harbor. Most unique is that Harmony Vineyards donates all of its net profits to support local charities focused on eradicating hunger and providing education, including Island Harvest, City Harvest, the Stony Brook Foundation and the East African Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children. Related: Long Island Wineries & Vineyards GuideDuring warmer months, diners and wine aficionados can sit outside on a patio with stunning views of the vineyard and water, and even watch their favorite films beneath the stars during regularly scheduled “Movie Nights.”We sat outside recently for Harmony’s popular $49.95 Gourmet Waterfront Buffet brunch, taking in the fresh air and enjoying the tranquil and peaceful vibe. What a wonderful way to start the day!The food, prepared by Farm to Table Catering by Filomena (Lombardi), is top-notch, and this special meal began with a bottomless Mimosa, made with freshly squeezed orange juice. Walking past the elaborate spread set up in Harmony’s circa-1690 Tasting Room, we decided to divide the meal into three trips.The first round was for breakfast. There was an assortment of homemade quiches, an omelet station with a variety of ingredients to personalize your eggs and fruit parfaits—all made with fresh Greek yogurt and homemade granola. My personal favorite was the Pancake Tower (and it truly was a tower), consisting of layers upon layers of fluffy from-scratch pancakes filled with organic jam and sliced and served like cake. This was absolutely worth the price of brunch on its own. Yum! The coffee, even before adding milk, was almost creamy it was so good.The next trip was for savory fare that included Eggplant Rollatini, Dijon-Encrusted Salmon, Roasted Seasonal Vegetables, Organic Kale and field green salad. Everything was flawlessly prepared.Related: Long Island Craft Beer GuideThe last trip was for dessert, which included mini-mason jars of homemade Strawberry Shortcake and S’mores, black bean brownies and cinnamon muffins. Delicious.One last cup of perfectly brewed coffee was sipped while enjoying the view. Then, a walk on the grounds past the grapevines to the water was a must. It was just too beautiful to miss!Harmony Vineyards states on their website that they are in harmony with nature, humanity and charity. Their generous donations to local charities are testament to this.The Harmony Tasting Room is open year round. Check out the Tasting Notes Jazz Club every Saturday evening from 8 to 10 p.m. with live music, fine wine and small plates to enjoy.This is the perfect venue for an intimate date night that is even more appealing because of its great location.After we left the winery and drove down the winding road back to Route 25A, an old Elton John song began playing on the radio:Harmony and me /We’re pretty good company /Looking for an island /In our boat upon the sea /Harmony, gee I really love you /And I want to love you forever/And dream of never, never, never leaving Harmony.Well said, Elton.Brunch is served year-round every Sunday. Reservations on Open Table are required. Seating times are from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. $49.95 per person. Perfect harmony.Harmony Vineyards169 Harbor RoadHead of the Harbor, NY 11780631-291-9900Check website for hours and events:HarmonyVineyards.comMain Art: Harmony Vineyards offers visitors the opportunity to experience a high-quality Long Island winery without traveling to the North Fork. (Photo: Harmony Vineyards Facebook profile)last_img read more

Iran says misaligned radar led to Ukrainian jet downing

first_imgBlack box The aircraft tragedy sparked fierce reprobation in Iran, especially after it took three days for the armed forces to admit having shot down the plane “by accident” after a missile operator mistook it for an enemy projectile.  Ottowa and Kiev have demanded for months that Iran, which does not have the technical means to decode the black boxes, send them abroad so their contents can be analyzed. Canada’s Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne on Sunday urged Iran to ensure “a comprehensive and transparent investigation in accordance with international standards, so that all those responsible are held accountable”.In late June, France’s Accident Investigation Bureau (BEA) said Iran had “officially requested technical assistance” to retrieve the black box data and said work should begin on July 20.Champagne said Canada would continue to push “to ensure Iran follows through on its commitments” including transferring the data to the BEA.In early July, Canada announced that it had reached an agreement in principle with Iran to launch negotiations on compensation for the families of foreign victims of the accident. Flight 752, a Ukraine International Airlines jetliner, was struck by two missiles and crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s main airport on January 8, at a time of heightened US-Iranian tensions.The Islamic republic admitted several days later that its forces accidentally shot down the Kiev-bound plane, killing all 176 people on board.The majority of the passengers on the Boeing 737 were Iranians, with Canadians, Ukrainians, Afghans, Britons and Swedes also aboard.  Topics : ‘Wrong identification’The CAO said that, despite the erroneous information available to the radar system operator on the aircraft’s trajectory, he could have identified it as an airliner, but instead there was a “wrong identification”. The report also noted that the first of the two missiles launched at the aircraft was fired by a defense unit operator who had acted “without receiving any response from the Coordination Centre” on which he depended.The second missile was fired 30 seconds later, “by observing the continuity of [the] trajectory of the detected target,” the report added. The CAO said there was a defect in the transmission to the defense units coordination center of the data identified by the radar. An Iranian general had said in January that many communications had been jammed that night. Tehran’s air defenses had been on high alert at the time the jet was shot down in case the US retaliated against Iranian strikes hours earlier on American troops stationed in Iraq.Those strikes were carried out in response to the killing of a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, in a US drone attack near Baghdad airport. Iran said that the misalignment of an air defense unit’s radar system was the key “human error” that led to the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January.”A failure occurred due to a human error in following the procedure” for aligning the radar, causing a “107-degree error” in the system, the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) said in a report late Saturday.This error “initiated a hazard chain” that saw further mistakes committed in the minutes before the plane was shot down, said the CAO document, presented as a “factual report” and not as the final report on the accident investigation. last_img read more

Kelly A. Ferreira

first_imgKelly A. Ferreira 47, of Milan passed away Wednesday June 28, 2017 at her home. Kelly was born Saturday February 28, 1970 in Akron, Ohio the daughter of Robert and Cheryl (Royer) Merz. She married Kelly Ray Ferreira February 3, 2001 and he survives. Kelly worked at the Milan Elementary School in the cafeteria.   She enjoyed being outdoors and spending all of her time with her two daughters and husband.Her survivors include husband: Kelly Ferreira of Milan; daughters: Abby and Maci Ferreira both at home; brother: Michael Merz of GA; sisters: Tammy Merz of Akron, OH and Terri Parks of Columbus, OH; mother and father-in-law: Byron (Patsy) Wilber of Sunman, many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents.Funeral services will be 10AM Monday July 3, 2017 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home with Pastor Doug Norman officiating.  Burial will follow in New Craven Cemetery south of Milan.  Visitation will be 1-4PM Sunday July 2, also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Family.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan entrusted with arrangements.  Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more