09/13/17 9:20am

A bottle of 2016 Merliance rosé. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

For some people, rosé is strictly seasonal . You start drinking it around Memorial Day and by Tumbleweed Tuesday (the day after Labor Day), you’re done. But you’ll also find some rosé-obsessed folks who drink it year round. (more…)

09/12/17 6:02am

It’s time to celebrate Oktoberfest on the North Fork. (Credit: Digital Cat, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/14646075@N03/)

Break out the dirndl and lederhosen. Strike up the oompah band and brush up on your polka steps. Oktoberfest is upon us.

You may think my enthusiasm premature, but the Bavarian celebration actually begins in mid-September and runs through early October. (more…)

09/09/17 6:27am

vineyard grapes

Look at almost any region’s wine industry in America — and in the world, really — and you’ll find some sort of trade organization formed to support it. In the Napa Valley, it’s the Napa Valley Vintners. Next door in Sonoma you’ll find the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance. In the Champagne region of France, you have organizations like the Comité Champagne. Closer to home, the Finger Lakes region has organizations like the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance and Finger Lakes Wine Country. You get the idea.

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08/30/17 6:10am

An apple hangs in the orchard at Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue. (Credit: David Benthal)

Apple cider has been enjoyed on the North Fork since at least the Colonial days, when the beverage, prepared either hard or soft, was a favorite of Southold’s earliest families.  (more…)