04/13/18 5:50am

Sparkling wine — local or not — comes in myriad styles. It can be made with any grape (though some are obviously better than others). It can be made in various ways —Methode Champenoise, Methode Ancestral, Charmat, etc. And within each of those techniques, there are many winemaker decisions that ultimately define what the wine will taste like.  (more…)

04/09/18 6:10am

Anne Trimble at her eponymous Cutchogue nursery in February. It recently reopened for a 28th season. (Credit: David Benthal)

Walking through Trimble’s of Corchaug Nursery in late February gives a visitor a unique perspective on both the Cutchogue property and the women who run it.

The greenhouse is empty and the plantings on the property have not yet blossomed for the year.

Minus the annuals and perennials you ordinarily visit the popular nursery for, your focus instead shifts to the decorations that line the Main Road site. You can’t help but notice how so many of the items around the yard tell a story about the owners of the business or their friends and regular customers.  (more…)

03/19/18 6:03am

Get ready to sample artisan pickles at Backyard Brine’s Cutchogue tasting room. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Five years ago, Randy and Cori Kopke viewed making pickles as little more than a hobby. The avid gardeners plucked cumbers from their yard and began experimenting with homemade brines.

Little did they know they were laying the groundwork for their pickle company, Backyard Brine. (more…)