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The Queen of LI Wine:

Louisa Hargrave / Debbie Slevin This summer, Long Island Wine Country will celebrate its 40th birthday. The seeds for a successful region were planted by young couple Louisa and Alex Hargrave long ago. The area, which was named the No. 5 Wine Destination in the United States by TripAdvisor last fall, isn’t showing any grey hairs. “Louisa Hargrave [is] a pioneer with a vision; a believer with a love to grow, a delightful educator dedicated to ‘the cause’ and a lady with a heart of gold who in our estimation should be named ‘The Queen of Long Island Grapes,’” says the Rubin Family of Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard & Horse Rescue. What began as research about the well-respected, hugely accomplished and deeply admired Hargrave quickly morphed into a love-fest for a woman who has dedicated her life and passion to making wine on the East End. A young couple starting out on a mission to grow grapes where farmers had only grown potatoes was a novelty, if not a downright curiosity, to the other farmers. “I think what surprised me most,” Hargrave says of those early years when she and her (now former) husband Alex established the very first vineyard in 1973, “is the sense of community here.” When she saw her neighbor “coming down the driveway with a pie, I thought—this is going to be all right…they were so generous...and curious to see two young people putting their heart and soul into it, taking the plunge.” Hargrave acknowledges that they could not do it alone and credits neighbors like John Wickham for helping them learn their way around. He was growing table grapes at the time. “He spent three hours telling us what a great place this was, then tried to discourage us—daring us to continued on page

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