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…)

02/10/17 9:56am

Steve Amaral barely slept before arriving at work Tuesday morning. As co-owner and executive chef of North Fork Chocolate Company in Aquebogue, he said there’s no busier time than the lead-in to Valentine’s Day.

“It definitely keeps us really busy,” he said. “During a busy season, we’ll do about 60 or 70 hours a week.”

This weekend, Amaral and his team of chocolatiers will make about 10,000 bonbons in preparation for the holiday, which falls on a Tuesday this year. They include heart-shaped milk chocolate truffles filled with strawberry preserves, an assortment of heart- and rose-shaped chocolate pops and “be mine” chocolates. Naturally, orders will be placed in red heart-shaped boxes. (more…)

01/28/17 6:02am
Palmer Vineyards 2015 Pinot Blanc.

Palmer Vineyards 2015 Pinot Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

I’ve been tasting and drinking wines from Palmer Vineyards for many years, but it wasn’t until I visited a couple of weeks ago and tasted through the entire lineup that I realized something: Above all else, this is a white wine house. And that’s OK. It’s great, in fact, because many of the white wines are great.

We all know that Long Island Wine Country is supposed to be about merlot. Or maybe merlot and chardonnay, the two most-planted grapes. They are the cornerstones of many wineries’ production and portfolios. (more…)

01/18/17 11:38am
Palmer Vineyards 2015 Pinot Blanc.

Palmer Vineyards 2015 Pinot Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

It’s easy to get in a wine-drinking rut.

Even for someone like me — someone who is willing to taste most any wine from any region in the world — it’s a natural tendency to stick with what you like. Take that tendency, and the fact that there are few local tasting rooms where I feel comfortable bringing my family with me, and you end up with a narrow band of local wines finding their way into my glass. (more…)

01/12/17 5:06pm
The entranceway to The Vineyards in Aquebogue. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

The entranceway to The Vineyards in Aquebogue. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

The Great River-based hospitality firm Lessings has taken over operations at Vineyard Caterers in Aquebogue.

Lessings, which operates a dozen catering halls and several restaurants across Long Island, entered a “long-term lease” with the property owners effective Jan. 3, according to COO Michael Lessings. (more…)