LI vodkamaker adds a tasting room

Long Island Spirits Inc., which is making a big splash in the spirits field with its LiV vodka, today opened its new Distillery Shoppe and Sampling Room.

The shop is located in Baiting Hollow on the North Fork of Long Island at the beginning of that region's acclaimed wine trail. It's housed in a two-story structure, a renovated post-and-beam barn that is home to the Long Island Spirits Craft Distillery.

It overlooks 100-plus acres of potato fields -- which supply the basis of the vodka -- and vineyards, with windows that allow visitors to view the 28-foot-tall dual copper rectification columns of the stills (right).

The facility will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, Saturday and Sunday to 6 p.m. Tours of the production facility will be limited and available during the week by appointment only.

It is the latest expansion of the business, founded in 2006 by Richard Stabile and Daniel Pollicino. Political and local dignitaries were on hand for the opening.

Said U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, “The Distillery Shoppe and LiV Vodka Sampling Room is yet another first class addition to Long Island’s wine region and I am pleased that it will help promote Long Island’s other celebrated agricultural products such as the Long Island potato."

State Sen. Kenneth P. LaValle added, “I am pleased that the Farm Distillery Law has not only helped preserve open space, but allowed our local agricultural communities to venture into new markets that will enhance the industry and create new jobs.”

[Go here for my "Dowd's Tasting Notes" entry on LiV Vodka.]

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