04/20/17 10:10am
A bottle of Palmer VIneyards Albariño. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

A bottle of Palmer Vineyards Albariño. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

It can be easy to forget that the Long Island wine industry was founded in 1973, not that long ago as far as wine regions go. For comparison, Pliny the Elder recorded the first evidence of vines in Bordeaux in 71 AD.

Long Island has done well for itself in its first 40 plus years, but when you look at the region with a global perspective, it’s still a toddler. Maybe even a baby.

Several grapes have come and gone over the course of Long Island wine country’s history — zinfandel was even tried early on — and a handful of grapes have emerged as those showing great promise here. Those include merlot, chardonnay, cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc. (more…)

04/18/17 6:00am
A bottle of 'Share the Love' White Blend. (Credit: Madison Fender)

A bottle of ‘Share the Love’ White Blend. (Credit: Madison Fender)

It’s spring on the North Fork. The air is fresh and the great outdoors is calling.

We asked Long Island food and wine pros what they will be drinking this season. This is what they said.

The catch? Winemakers cannot pick their own brands.

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04/14/17 6:02am
Garden of Eve Farm Brewery Beer

“Cheers” from Garden of Eve Organic Farm Brewery owner Chris Walbrecht-Kaplan. The organic farm and market is now brewing beer. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Many beer fans have been known to visit the breweries that make their favorite pints.

Far fewer ale lovers have made a trip to the farm field where the grain for the beverage’s malt was grown.

Unless, of course, those two things happened in the same place. (more…)

04/12/17 6:01am
Palmer Vineyards 2016 Rosé. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Palmer Vineyards 2016 Rosé. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Local rosé made entirely from merlot is rarely interesting or, frankly, anything more than mediocre. It tends to be very one-dimensional and lack freshness. Some might even call it boring. Okay, I’d call it that too.

Except when it’s not. (more…)

04/11/17 3:15pm
David Page and Barbara Shinn at Shinn Estate Vineyard and Farmhouse in Mattituck. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

David Page and Barbara Shinn at Shinn Estate Vineyard and Farmhouse in Mattituck. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

It’s that time of year when businesses re-open for the season on the North Fork, announcing changes and outlining plans for the future. But for a pair of Mattituck businesses, those future plans will include new owners.  (more…)

04/07/17 6:01am
Regan and Carey Meador of Southold Farm + Cellar. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Regan and Carey Meador of Southold Farm + Cellar. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

After months of work and planning, Regan and Carey Meador, proprietors of Southold Farm+Cellar will be moving to Texas next week with their young family and young wine brand. I’m going to miss them more than I care to admit and I know I’m not alone.

Much has been written about both their exciting wines and their trials and tribulations with the Town of Southold. I could write about all of that again — but honestly, I just don’t have the energy for it. It’s old news, anyway, and barely matters at this point.

Carey and Regan are moving on and the North Fork community’s loss is the Texas wine community’s gain. (more…)