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Whisper Vineyards Waiting on Liquor License

Permits have been cleared with town for some time.

Plans for a winery at continue to be on hold in lieu of a liquor license, according to owner Steve Gallagher.

Gallagher said he has “basically been given a gag order” while the matter is in the hands of the state liquor authority, but said any progress made will be updated on the Borella Farm Stand’s Facebook page.

Plans to convert an old barn on the grounds of the vineyards, one of the few large areas of farmland still operating in Smithtown, have been in place since receiving approval from the town in 2009.

Councilman Ed Wehrheim confirmed that Gallagher’s plans are “all cleared” with the town requirements.

Without proper licensing, Whisper Vineyards is allowed to produce wine but not to label and sell it. Bottles sit waiting to be sold, having been aging for several years.

A winery in Smithtown would be one of the most westerly wineries on Long Island, which is known for the dozens clustered on the North Fork. 

Tom Gross February 01, 2012 at 09:39 PM
This is my own personel opinion. I make my own wine, a few dozen bottles a year. I also buy very affordable wine, and I buy $90 a bottle wine for special occasions. Local wineries arent trying to sell affordable wines, they are offering regional vinted wine. Their market isnt really for for a table type of wine, it is for people to want to enjoy a non mass produced local wine. I will also enjoy my homemade wine with dinner, and my $90 bottle on Valentines Day with my wife. I will also kick back and enjoy sipping wine produced from locally grown grapes. I wish Whisper Vineyards good luck, and I hope they produce wine I will buy over and over again. All that being said, I am not disagreeing with anybodys opinion, it will be tough, and I dont plan on buying all of my wine from them, but I will give them a fair try on behalf of this great area.
Bill Miller February 02, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Then why do we have so many vacant stores on Main Street if business is booming! Maybe if we all supported the local stores none of them would have went out of business!!! It is sad to see Main Street becoming a ghost town. Nassau/Suffolk lumber went out and it is still an eyesore, the hero shop is closed, the shopping center where hardware store/Mandees will be another vacancy, Waldbaums went out and nothing has replaced that store. I could go on and on, but the fact remains, the economy is hitting everyone hard and the proof is in front of our eyes. A local restaurant next to the playhouse was set to open and then changed their minds. I wish them luck. It would be a good day trip for alot of seniors that live in assisted livings in the surrounding towns. Last year a friend told me that her mother went on the trip to Pindar and it was a really nice day and the place brought a box lunch for the seniors to eat. Of course no one bought any wine, but it was a day trip for them. It will no doubt be a weekend thing for many people, but how does a business survive on weekend only business??
Bill Miller February 04, 2012 at 01:42 AM
If it's affordable! 2buck chuck wines from desirable locations are really very good!
Matthew Mcbride October 15, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I think you have some great points!! Has the Vineyard opened yet?

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