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 blancs made from chardonnay and a blanc de noir made from 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…)

03/01/17 6:00am

The Coffee Pot Cellars Winasaur — everyone’s favorite Brontosaurus-shaped, cork-studded topiary — now has its own song and music video.

For those who don’t know, the Winasaur, a seven-foot tall, 18-foot long public art project, is the brainchild of Coffee Pot Cellars co-owner Laura Klahre. Tasting room visitors and Coffee Pot fans are asked to decorate used wine corks, which are wrapped around the sculpture to “flesh out” its body.

To date, 3,100 corks have been strung along the Winasaur’s frame. Klahre estimates it will take about 6,000 more corks and a year and a half to complete it.

A song, she thought, was a natural progression for the project. (more…)

02/28/17 6:01am
The Barre Room classes will be held at Dance Center of Mattituck, located on Pike Street. (Credit: Melissa Martin)

‘The Barre Room’ classes are held at Dance Center of Mattituck, located on Pike Street. (Credit: Melissa Martin)

Get ready to point those toes: A new type of ballet class has come to the North Fork.

In January, Dance Center of Mattituck began offering 45-minute classes during which all the movement is performed at the barre. In a typical ballet class, the first half is spent on barre work and the latter is dedicated to floor movements, according to instructor Regan Batuello, who teaches the classes under the banner of her business, “The Barre Room.” (more…)

02/28/17 6:00am
This bayfront Cutchogue home offers views of Mud Creek. (Credit: The Corcoran Group)

This Cutchogue home offers views of Mud Creek. (Credit: The Corcoran Group)

This 3,200-square-foot Cutchogue home offers views of Mud Creek (it’s prettier than it sounds) and a private dock with access to Peconic Bay via Haywater Cove.

“It’s a really special location,” said listing agent Kate DiGregorio of The Corcoran Group. “When people buy a house there they end up staying for a very long time. You can watch the boat races across Robins Island. It’s special.” (more…)

02/27/17 1:32pm
"I'm in a love hate relationship with Mondays. Although the weekend is over, i look at it as an opportunity to sart over and hit the reset button. It allows me to continue working on something wih a fresh mind that I meant to finish or do last week without being too hard on myself. (Credit: @katelynnknapp)

“I’m in a love hate relationship with Mondays. Although the weekend is over, i look at it as an opportunity to start over and hit the reset button. It allows me to continue working on something wih a fresh mind that I meant to finish or do last week without being too hard on myself.” (Credit: @katelynnknapp)

We love seeing the North Fork through your lens.

We were treated to most unusual February days this weekend when Long Island temperatures reached a record 64 degrees on Friday and 65 on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

We were brought back down to earth on Sunday with temperatures in the 40s, but those clear, sunny skies still made for some pretty Instagram photos.

Be ready for more springlike temperatures later in the week with a high of 58 degrees predicted for Wednesday.

Here are some of our favorite NoFo Instagram shots from the weekend.

Follow @northforker1 on Twitter and @The_northforker on Instagram, and use #northforker to share your photos with us.  (more…)

02/27/17 9:30am
The Copperage Inn in Baiting Hollow. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The Copperage Inn in Baiting Hollow. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Sometimes looking forward to a mid-week night out with friends is what you need to get through the work week.

Enter Girls Night Out at Cooperage Inn in Baiting Hollow, a long-running special that offers a $22 two-course price-fixe for women on Wednesday evenings beginning at 3:30 p.m. The deal also includes $5 cosmopolitans and $15 bottles of wine, as well as $3 and $5 desserts. (more…)

02/26/17 6:02am
The reopening of Croteaux Vineyards was one of our biggest stories this week. (Credit: Michael Croteau)

The reopening of Croteaux Vineyards was one of our biggest stories this week. (Credit: Michael Croteau)

Here are the five most-read posts this week on northforker.com. To keep up with food, wine, real estate and lifestyle news on the North Fork, like us on Facebook, check out our Instagram page (@The_Northforker) and follow @northforker1 on Twitter. (more…)