11/10/18 6:01am

We asked Long Island’s wineries to tell us about the history of their vineyards, the wine they make and what makes their tasting room a unique place to visit. Read up on the wineries to plan your next stop along the Long Island wine trail.

This guide features write-ups on most Long Island tasting rooms and includes important information like the varieties of grapes grown and hours of operation. (more…)

11/09/18 6:01am

Helene Verin in her Jamesport home. (Credit: David Benthal)

In 1926, a house on Manor Lane in Jamesport was built for $438. The small bungalow constructed on the east side of the road was not unlike others of its time. The style is one of many produced by Sears Modern Homes in the early to mid-1900s. 

Those in the market for a new house could flip through a catalog and select from the dozens of architectural designs available. The building materials arrived in a kit. (more…)

11/09/18 5:41am

A sea star is perhaps the most recognizable echinoderm. (Credit: Chris Paparo/Fish Guy Photos)

The terms fish, crustacean, mollusk, and even cephalopod are marine terms that most people are familiar with, as they are often the “centerpiece” of many dinner feasts.

The word echinoderm on the other hand, is one that is rarely discussed around the dinner table. Translated from the Greek language, the term echinoderm means “spiny skinned.” It is a phylum (group) containing roughly six thousand organisms that are only found living in marine environments.  (more…)

11/08/18 6:10am

The sun hasn’t quite come up as Marin Brennan gets to work at Bedell Cellars on a brisk October morning. “It wakes you right up,” she says, unfazed by the autumn winds gusting through the vineyard and potent fermentation aromas swirling as grapes are pressed.

The harvest is nearly done, although a few stragglers — merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot — remain.

As grape clusters come off their vines, much work remains in the cellar. That work will be completed this year by a team of women.  (more…)