06/19/17 11:22am
1951 Willys Jeep

A 1951 Willys Jeep parked outside The Ranch in Aquebogue. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

Driving along Main Road in Aquebogue, one can’t help but notice the green 1951 Willys Jeep sitting along the side of the road.

Rusting along the top with a faded Mobil logo painted on the side doors, the antique car gives passersby a glimpse as to what’s happening at the establishment behind it.

The Jeep, along with a 1962 Rambler that is currently on it’s way to the Aquebogue antique shop from California, is owner Robert Walsh’s favorite piece inside The Ranch, the antique shop and art gallery he opened last month.

“People come in every day asking about it,” Walsh said of the Jeep. (more…)

05/25/17 6:00am

Les Falcone, Kyle Romeo, Bennet Romeo and Amanda Falcone at Cedar Grove Farm in Aquebogue. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Cedar Grove Farm, located on a few acres of cleared land in the woods in Aquebogue, is kind of like a Shangri-La for farm-to-table enthusiasts.

Specifically, it’s a fertile wonderland for chefs Kyle Romeo and Amanda Falcone, who hope to one day use it to source food for a future restaurant. But for now, it’s where the couple grows leafy vegetables, juicy raspberries and raises two heritage pigs every season, which provide them with enough pork to last the year.

“I’ll never forget, as a chef, the first time driving down here, my mouth just dropped open,” recalled Mr. Romeo, who is executive chef at American Beech in Greenport. “This is paradise.” (more…)

05/22/17 6:01am

A bottle of Paumanok Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

While many people associate the lively acidity and tropical fruit flavor of sauvignon blanc with wine from New Zealand, Long Island oenophiles know that our region produces a tasty expression of the grape.

Wall Street Journal wine columnist Lettie Teague acknowledged Long Island sauvignon blanc as a variety worth seeking out in a May 20 article entitled “Sauvignon Blanc for the Savvy: A Global Guide to Top Ten Bottles.” (It’s behind a paywall.) (more…)

05/13/17 6:00am
A bottle of Paumanok Vineyards 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

A bottle of Paumanok Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

This week’s cool weather aside, it’s spring. We’re not that far from summer, in fact. I know that I — along with the new patch of grass that I’m trying to grown in my back yard — could use a bit more sunshine in my life.

Enter Long Island sauvignon blanc. Bright, citrusy and refreshing it’s one of the go-to wines at my house every summer. Look for my feature story in the summer issue of the Long Island Wine Press for a full run-down on the grape, why it’s so well-suited to Long Island and the various styles being made here.

In the meantime, this week’s “Wine of the Week” is Paumanok Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc ($24) which deftly exemplifies what Long Island sauvignon blanc is and can be. (more…)

03/08/17 6:01am
Petulant Wino in Aquebogue has closed. (Credit: Randee Daddona for northforker)

Petulant Wino in Aquebogue has closed. (Credit: Randee Daddona for northforker)

Petulant Wino, the Tom Schaudel-owned restaurant that opened to great acclaim in Aquebogue in 2014 has closed.

John Gambino, who owned Baby Moon restaurant in Westhampton for more than three decades, will open il Giardino in its place. He hopes to have the new establishment open by March 15. (more…)

02/21/17 6:01am
This property on Phillips Lane in Aquebogue has a barn that can accomodate up to six horses. (Credit: MLSLI.com)

This property on Phillips Lane in Aquebogue has a barn that can accommodate up to six horses. (Credit: MLSLI.com)

It’s a property perfect for horse lovers.

This expansive five-bedroom, 3.5-bath country-style home offers future residents the opportunity to board up to six horses. 

Set on eight acres, the Aquebogue property comes with an unattached six-stall barn and tack room. It also features a riding ring and turnout paddocks. (more…)