10/20/18 5:55am

Bedell Vineyard (Credit: W Studios NY)

Every fall I find myself wanting to write a harvest column to share what I’ve heard from grape growers and winemakers about the grape-growing season. Often there is a lot of “spin” involved — no matter how bad the season, wineries still need to sell the resulting wine, so they don’t want to paint too dire a picture. I also think that winemakers are generally hopeful people. They have to be in a region like this one! (more…)

10/19/18 5:55am

The renovations of the historic ice house at The Old Field Vineyards is underway. (Credit: Ryan Weiss)

Growing up at The Old Field Vineyards in Southold taught Ryan Weiss more than a thing or two about maintaining historic structures. Chris and Ros Baiz and their adult children, Perry and Ryan Weiss, take a hands-on approach to tending the small family-owned farm and vineyard. (more…)

10/12/18 6:00am

No. 139 Red Cider. (Credit: David Benthal)

Fall doesn’t always mean pumpkin.

From caramel apple cider sangria to spiced squash ale, these five North Fork beverages can be your new go-to for autumn in a glass. They share one common theme: None contains pumpkin. (more…)

10/06/18 5:44am

merlot

The grape harvest is upon us. In fact, all of the grapes intended for sparkling wine are in already. So are many of the white wine grapes. Reds will start coming in, too, but right now everyone is hoping for a string of warm, dry days to get a bit more development, a bit more ripeness.

Look for a harvest report soon. This week’s column isn’t about the grape harvest, but rather about harvest season. (more…)

10/05/18 6:10am

Co-owners Lauri and Matt Spitz behind the bar at the new tasting room. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Let’s raise a glass.

Moustache Brewing Co. unveiled its newly expanded Riverhead tasting room Thursday.

The 1,400-square-foot tasting room is more than three times the size of its original 400-square-foot space — and not too far away either. (more…)