02/03/17 3:11pm
Vanston Road Cutchogue

This property located at 5250 Vanston Road in Cutchogue recently sold for $8.9 million. (Credit: Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty)

A 15-acre waterfront compound in Cutchogue’s Nassau Point section sold for $8.9 million on Friday, making it the highest bayfront residential sale in North Fork history.

The property, known as Glendalough, was built by Canadian investment banker William Justus Keugh Vanston in the 1920s and has since passed through three generations of his family. The area was largely undeveloped when it was built, according to his granddaughter. (more…)

01/27/17 6:00am
Castello di Borghese Vineyard

Giovanni Borghese at the Cutchogue vineyard last Thursday.

In June 2014, when Giovanni Borghese of Castello di Borghese Vineyards learned his father, Marco, had been killed in a head-on car crash, he had trouble processing the news. It made no sense — especially since his mother, Ann Marie, had died of cancer just 10 days earlier.

“My reaction was literally, ‘That’s impossible because our mom just died,’ ” he recalled in a recent interview. “…It’s an almost childish response. Those things don’t happen back to back.”

The shocking news rippled throughout the local wine community, which remembered Marco — a bona fide Italian prince who rarely used the title — and Ann Marie for their warmth and grace. Their Route 48 operation is Long Island’s oldest vineyard; the Borgheses purchased the property from the North Fork’s first vintners, Alex and Louisa Hargrave, in 1999.

Shortly after his mother and father’s deaths, Mr. Borghese said, there was work to do. Two and a half years later, the 31-year-old owns two-thirds of the company after buying out the interest of his older half-brother, Fernando. His sister, Allegra, controls the remaining share, although she is pursuing a Ph.D. at Fordham University while Mr. Borghese oversees daily operations. (more…)

01/24/17 6:03am
Waters Crest Winery

Jim Waters inside his Cutchogue tasting room. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

It was the biggest leap of faith Jim Waters ever took in his life.

In October 2003, Waters, then a home winemaker working out of his Manorville garage, opened Waters Crest Winery in Cutchogue. The boutique operation initially produced a few hundred cases per year, which is teeny-tiny even by Long Island standards. But it attracted a loyal following of wine enthusiasts looking for an intimate tasting experience.

Two years later, Waters realized he needed to make a deeper commitment to his hobby-turned-business. So after two successful decades in hospitality and service businesses, he quit his management position at Budget Truck Rental.

The Waters family was all in. (more…)

12/21/16 10:27am
The Corchaug Singers, lead by William Roslak, will perform at Our Lady of Ostrabama Church on Friday, Dec. 23. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)

The Corchaug Singers, led by William Roslak, will perform at Our Lady of Ostrabrama Church on Friday. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)

Remembering the true meaning of Christmas is the spirit behind Friday’s annual Candlelit Christmas Concert at Our Lady of Ostrabrama Church in Cutchogue.

The concert is loosely based on the Nine Lessons and Carols service, which has been performed at Kings College in Cambridge, England, since 1878. It celebrates the birth of Jesus in nine short bible readings, interspersed with Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.

“We take a more secular approach; it’s less formatted,” said Southold resident William Roslak, who leads the group. “We don’t have nine lessons. We have five readings: one is biblical and the others are pieces of poetry.” (more…)

12/18/16 8:24am

Last month we filmed a segment of this series during a sunset at Downs Creek in Cutchogue. This week, we returned to the area to capture the beauty of Downs Farm Preserve in daylight.

The 51-acre property is a former Native American fort site featuring scenic woodlands and the creek, which serves as its eastern boundary.

12/15/16 10:54am
Long Island Wine

Lieb Cellars 2015 Reserve Chardonnay. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

In releasing our “Wine of the Week,” Lieb Cellars 2015 Reserve Chardonnay ($24), the winery has brought back an old customer favorite — but with a bit of a fresh perspective.

This is the first reserve chardonnay Lieb has produced since the new ownership and management teams took over in 2013, but it’s not because they don’t like chardonnay.

“We had an overstock of Reserve Chardonnay and wanted to catch up before we produced more,” winemaker Russell Hearn told me. (more…)