Yesterday, Newsday reported that Long Island wines will be served at this year's U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park. Specifically, Bridge Vineyards wines will be served by the USGA caterers.
This is obviously a great deal for Bridge, which operates a vineyard on the North Fork and sells its wines both at the co-op The Tasting Room in Peconic and at it's own facility in Brooklyn. But wouldn't it be great if this arrangement included more than one Long Island winery so that attendees could taste a wide array of local wines during the tournament?
In addition to Bridge Vineyards' wines, local strawberries, lettuce and herbs will be used during the tournament.
Kudos to Senator Charles Schumer, the Long Island Wine Council and the Long Island Farm Bureau for making this happen. It'd be great to see the USGA adopt this model for all of its tournaments.