Dan’s Best of the Best 2012 Winners!
Fall on the East End means pumpkin picking, wonderful events at the local wineries, walks on the beach in crisp, clear weather and, of course, the annual Dan’s Papers Best of the Best competition. For more than 30 years, Dan’s Papers has been asking you, our readers, to vote for your favorite local establishments, businesses and experiences on both the North and South Forks. Once again, you have spoken—and it’s time to announce the results! This has been the biggest year ever for Dan’s Best of the Best.
At one time readers could rip a ballot out of the paper and mail it in or drop it off at the office, but the digital age has expanded both the reach and the response of the competition. Now all nominating and voting is done through danshamptons.com, and the turnout was incredible—nearly 100,000 votes were cast in 2012! And with nominees ratcheting up their campaign efforts via Facebook and Twitter and email blasts like never before, the buzz over Dan’s Best of the Best was electric.
Dan’s Best of the Best is all about what readers love on the East End, so Dan’s Papers turns to you from the very beginning of the process, asking everyone to offer up nominees in more than 200 categories (to give everyone more time, we began in mid-August this year). We then take the top nominees in each category and create our online ballot, and watch the democratic process at work to see who comes out on top.
The winners are then announced right here and also in our paper in what is always one of our most popular issues of the year, and those businesses and individuals are also invited to the annual Dan’s Best of the Best party, a night to remember where they are all presented with a coveted award certificate. They can proudly display their Dan’s Best of the Best emblem for the world to see in their windows, on their walls, in advertisements or wherever they decide (and we’ve seen some very creative ideas out there).
Once again, we have awarded Platinum and Gold level winners to the top two vote-getters in each category. With voting as robust as it was in 2012, some of the races were so close that we had to call a few ties. Of course, everyone who gets nominated is clearly a favorite of those who participated, because simply being nominated requires a strong outpouring of support.
Without further ado (okay, just a bit more ado), we are pleased and proud to present you with those businesses, people and experiences that rose to the very top of their categories— these are YOUR Best of the Best choices for 2012!
DAN’S BEST OF THE BEST 2012 WINNERS – NORTH FORK BEST OF THE BEST 2012 TASTING ROOMS:
VINEYARD 48 (GOLD)
To view the entire list of Dan’s Papers Best of the Best 2012, visit: http://tinyurl.com/k3f4rqy