10/17/14 9:00am

Yesenia Vasquez of East Meadow sips a 2008 Grapes of Roth Riesling at Roanoke Vineyards in Riverhead.

We at northforker believe wine tasting experiences are as individualized as the tasters themselves.

Local tasting room managers often tell their customers that tastes and smells are incredibly subjective. Some suggest closing your eyes and letting your senses take in what they may.

Here is our glossary of tasting terms and we hope they help guide you through your next winery tour: (more…)

10/18/13 10:30am
long island wine press

Photo by Carrie Miller

Perry Bliss, tasting room manager at The Old Field Vineyards, was pouring during a wine tasting one busy summer afternoon when she noticed a customer hoisting himself up on a nearby fence. She watched in horror and sheer shock as he leapt off directly toward one of the vineyard’s chickens. Luckily, he landed on the ground and the chicken waddled away unharmed. “He dove like a crazy man,” Bliss said. “And that’s normal!” (more…)

04/12/13 7:04pm
SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | A Palmer white is poured at the Grand Tasting in New York City.

SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | A Palmer white is poured at the Grand Tasting in New York City.

More than 200 people filled one of New York City’s largest wine stores in mid-March to swirl, sip and spit hundreds of wines from over 40 wineries that call New York State home.

Representatives from each winery set up shop in Astor Center in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood for a Grand Tasting sponsored by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, where they served their wines first to members of the media and then to the general public. (more…)

03/09/13 7:48pm

“This wine is summer in the glass with aromas of white peach, honeysuckle and wet beach stones washing over flavors of apricots, green gage plums and ripe honeydew melon.” Tastings notes like this one, describing Bedell Cellars’ 2010 Viognier, can be very complex and intimidating to newbie wine drinkers. Our taste buds can only discern four flavors: sweet, sour, salt and bitter. Our noses, however can pick up on thousands of subtle variations.

This tasting wheel is a starting point for identifying the nuances in flavor and aroma of different wines. If a wine tastes fruity, it can be broken down into a citrus, berry, tree fruit, tropical fruit or dried or cooked fruit and then further identified as a wide range of specific fruits, from grapefruit and lemon to raisins and prunes. (more…)

01/18/13 6:26pm
COURTESY PHOTO  |  Louisa and Alex Hargrave left Harvard University, where they met, 40 years ago to head to Long Island's East End.

COURTESY PHOTO | Louisa and Alex Hargrave left Harvard University, where they met, 40 years ago to head to Long Island’s East End.

Louisa and Alex Hargrave stood under a sunny sky one unseasonably warm winter afternoon with two grape experts who had come from afar to take a gander at Long Island’s very first vineyard.

The young couple, neither of whom had any viticulture experience, were soliciting advice on growing stronger, more fruitful grapevines. The expert, who grew grapes in California, told them to keep the vines with the thickest wood and cut off the side shoots.

The Hargraves exchanged puzzled glances. Just minutes earlier, a grape expert from Cornell University’s Agricultural Experiment Station in upstate New York had given the exact opposite advice: Keep the thinnest wood and do not cut off the side shoots. (more…)

07/10/12 7:01pm

SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | Bari on the Castello Di Borghese tour.

Three writers were given a day to tour the North Fork in three very different ways:

1 a trip from NYC

2 a guys’ day out

3 a family outing

Here’s part one of our series:

They say you can’t put a price on love, but I’m not so sure that’s true.

I am heart-stoppingly, mind-racingly, head-over-heels in love with Long Island Wine Country, but it sure ain’t free. So we decided to put a price on this love affair.

My assignment was to see just how much four 20- and 30-somethings from New York City could do in one day on the North Fork with only $500 at their disposal. (more…)