03/09/17 12:08pm
Harbes Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Franc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Harbes Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Franc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’ll say it one more time: the wines at Harbes Vineyard are way better than they need to be. With the throngs of people who visit their farm and agritainment mecca on the North Fork, they could get away with mediocre wines for the masses — but that’s not what I’ve found. Ed Harbes and consulting winemaker Erik Bilka are doing good things and Harbes Vineyard is a producer on the rise. It’s a winery that wine lovers, not just wine tourists, need to know. (more…)

03/07/17 6:05am
A beer is poured from a tap at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.'s tasting room in Peconic. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

A beer is poured from a tap at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.’s tasting room in Peconic. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

If you’re into art and beer, a visit to Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. is in order.

The brewery’s latest exhibit, Tide+AL, will debut with an opening party at its Greenport location Saturday, March 18, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The event will also mark the release of the brewery’s latest beer, Tidal Lager, an Eastern European-style lager. (more…)

03/04/17 4:05pm
The main tasting room at Riverhead Ciderhouse in Baiting Hollow. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

The main tasting room at Riverhead Ciderhouse in Baiting Hollow. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

There’s a little something for everyone at Riverhead Ciderhouse in Baiting Hollow.

The new tasting room, featuring cider, beer, wine and food, opened Friday on Sound Avenue, where it was recently approved to operate under a 90-day permit during Long Island Winterfest. (more…)

03/02/17 10:09am
Jess Dunne with Knox, a pit bull mix she adopted from death row at a Brooklyn animal shelter. Despite training, Knox remained too aggressive toward smaller dogs to keep, she said. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Jess Dunne with Knox, a pit bull mix she adopted from death row at a Brooklyn animal shelter. Despite training, Knox remained too aggressive toward smaller dogs to keep, she said. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Jess Dunne jumped in her car on an autumn morning in 2015 and raced nearly 100 miles to Brooklyn to save a dog’s life. The animal was scheduled to be euthanized that afternoon and Dunne — who co-owns North Fork Roasting Co. in Southold — felt compelled to act after reading a call for help online.

After she arrived at the animal shelter, two workers there started to cry; Lazarus, a pit bull-boxer mix with a dark patch of fur over his eye, was about to be put down.

Dunne and the 1-year-old dog met in a back room; he licked her cheek and crawled into her arms, she recalled. Through tears, she agreed to adopt him.

What followed was a year and a half of “stressful days,” “loving moments” and tension, Dunne said in an interview last week.

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03/02/17 6:02am
Moustache Brewing Co. Double IPA Dexterity Issues. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Moustache Brewing Co. Double IPA Dexterity Issues. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Even if Moustache Brewing Co.’s latest Double IPA release “Dexterity Issues” wasn’t as good as it is, it’d be newsworthy and worth chasing down. You see, it was brewed to benefit multiple sclerosis research. Brewery co-founder and brewmaster Matthew Spitz was diagnosed with MS, an autoimmune disease that attacks the nerves in the brain and spine, in July 2013. (more…)

03/01/17 6:01am
Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue has released two new sparkling wines. Both bottles, a blancs de blanc made from chardonnay and a blancs de nor made from pinot noir, retail for $25. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue has released two new sparkling wines. Both bottles, a blanc de blanc made from chardonnay and a blanc de noir made from chardonnay and pinot noir, retail for $25. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue, which closed its tasting room’s doors in 2013, has been resurrected.

Sort of.

Tastings and bottles of New York State wines, ciders and beers have quietly been offered at the winery’s Main Road tasting room since September. The concept is the same as that of Empire State Cellars, a now-closed New York State wine and liquor store at Tanger Outlets, according to longtime Peconic Bay Winery employee Cynthia Caprise.  (more…)