10/01/16 6:00am
The entrance to Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

The entrance to Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

As a man in his 40s who commutes to work in a car, I don’t find myself on buses often. And as someone just over 6-foot-3 who probably weighs more than he should, I’m thankful for that.

But when Scott Sandell, creative director for Roanoke Vineyards, invited me to ride a bus with 20 or so wine club members to visit Red Hook Winery in — you guessed it — Red Hook, I jumped at the chance. Folding myself in half to fit into a bus seat is a small price to pay to visit one of New York’s more exciting producers. (more…)

09/30/16 6:08am
Lieb Cellars in Cutchogue stays open late on Friday nights. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Lieb Cellars in Cutchogue stays open late on Friday nights. We recommend a visit Friday, Oct. 7. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Pumpkin picking might be synonymous with October on the North Fork, but there is so much more to do here during the fall.

From festivals and mid-week dinner deals to haunted houses, here are 31 events to check out — one for each day of the month. As always, visit northforker.com/events for even more listings. (more…)

09/30/16 6:04am
Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue. (Credit: Bedell Cellars courtesy photo/W Studios NYC)

Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue. (Credit: Bedell Cellars courtesy photo/W Studios NYC)

Wine is not tasted in a vacuum.

Yes, elegant yet rustic architecture and friendly, professional service will enhance your visit to the East End. But what really pairs well with a trip to Long Island Wine Country is the backdrop of the land on which the grapes were grown.

From manicured gardens, to sloping acres of vines, to the dazzling sight of the Long Island Sound at sunset, many outdoor tasting spots on the North Fork offer relaxing and impressive settings for a tasting flight.

Here are five of our favorites. (more…)

09/30/16 6:01am

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Whether you’re looking for unique tchotchkes to decorate the mantel or are on the hunt for vintage clothing, you’re in luck. Here are a few scheduled North Fork yard and tag sales on Friday, September 30, Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2.

Find a sale nearby as listed in the classifieds section of the September 29 edition of the Riverhead News-Review and The Suffolk Times.
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09/29/16 6:02am
A can of Moustache Brewing Co.'s Proton IPA. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

A can of Moustache Brewing Co.’s Proton IPA. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Double India Pale Ales — or DIPA for short — aren’t supposed to be this drinkable. Standard India Pale Ales are intensely flavorful and hoppy. DIPA are typically made with even more malt and a lot more hops. They can be sweet, thick, high-alcohol, resinous and impossibly bitter. Usually if I’m having one, it will be after a day of drinking other styles. And I’ll almost always stop at one. These aren’t beers that you drink a four-pack of in a sitting, typically. (more…)

09/29/16 6:02am
Dan Farrell inside Roanoke Vineyards Love Lane tasting room. (Credit: David Benthal)

Dan Farrell inside Roanoke Vineyards Love Lane tasting room. (Credit: David Benthal)

Dan Farrell considers himself a born teacher. So it makes sense that the retired school psychologist, who has worked part-time as a pourer at Roanoke Vineyards in Riverhead since 2012, decided to broaden his wine knowledge two years ago by becoming a certified sommelier.

“Life is an ongoing educational process,” Farrell, 59, said in a recent interview at the members-only vineyard’s public location, a tasting room and wine bar on Love Lane in Mattituck. “I just enjoy talking to people about wine.” (more…)