08/28/15 11:53am
Rootstock will take place at Corey Creek Vineyards' outdoor tasting deck (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Rootstock will take place at Corey Creek Vineyards’ outdoor tasting deck
(Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Bedell Cellars will host its first-ever music festival this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at their Corey Creek tasting room.

“We’ve got a tent and stage set up and we’re expecting around 100 people,” said Bedell Social Media Manager Steve Carlson. “It’s like a mini music festival.” (more…)

08/28/15 6:01am
Workers harvest cabernet franc grapes at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck this past fall. Our Lenn Thompson said he is 'in lust' with the varietal. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Workers harvest cabernet franc grapes at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck this past fall. Our Lenn Thompson said he is ‘in lust’ with the varietal. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Editor’s Note: Although Lenn Thompson has written a biweekly column for northforker.com since November 2014, this is his first piece to appear in the print editions of The Suffolk Times and Riverhead News-Review. He replaces longtime wine columnist Louisa Hargrave.

How do you replace a pioneer — an icon, really — who was literally there when a wine industry was born? You don’t because you can’t. I can never fill Louisa Hargrave’s shoes, but I do hope to fill her old column space with stories that will inform, inspire and celebrate.

Everyone on the East End knows Louisa — or at least knows of her and how she and her then-husband, Alex, created the region’s first winery.

I’m the new guy, so many of you don’t know anything about me, other than I apparently have something to say about wine. And I do. Plenty. (more…)

08/28/15 6:00am
Find a great bargain this weekend. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Find a great bargain this weekend. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Whether you’re looking for unique tchotchkes to decorate the mantel or are on the hunt for vintage clothing (or maybe an octagonal fish tank!), you’re in luck: Here are a few scheduled yard and tag sales between Riverhead and Orient from Friday, August 28 to Sunday, August 30.

Read on to find a sale nearby, as listed in the Classifieds section of the August 27 edition of the Riverhead News-Review and the Suffolk Times.

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08/27/15 5:24pm
Sonoma Grill opens in downtown Riverhead (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Sonoma Grill opens in downtown Riverhead.
(Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

The resurgence of Riverhead continues with the opening of the latest downtown restaurant, Sonoma Grill.

The new eatery is located at 300 E. Main St., which is the former home of The Riverhead Project. Owners Matt Demar and John Cestare also own a restaurant by the same name in Holtsville. (more…)

08/27/15 10:49am
Jamesport Vineyards

S.A.V.E.S. is hosting a male model search at Jamesport Vineyards on Friday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Bid on dates with North Fork hunks and watch them strut their stuff on the catwalk — all for a good cause and a few laughs — at Jamesport Vineyards this Friday.

Local animal advocacy group Spay Alter Vaccinate Every Stray (S.A.V.E.S.) is hosting a male model search and date auction at the Jamesport winery on Friday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 and all proceeds benefit S.A.V.E.S. (more…)