01/24/17 6:09am
Diliberto Winery

Sal Diliberto prepares some pasta dough as Riverhead High School junior Sklar Wowak, who joined him in singing traditional Italian songs, looks on. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Diliberto Winery invites you to a traditional family-style dinner at its annual Sundays with Grandma series this winter.

The event features a pasta demonstration, a three-course meal paired with Diliberto wines and live performances of classic Italian songs.

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01/23/17 9:31am
Sherwood House Vineyards

e Alex Rosanelli of Hound’s Tree wines inside the Sherwood House Vineyards tasting room. (Credit: Monique Sigh-Roy)

At first glance, Alex Rosanelli looks like any other young, put-together North Fork tourist. But Rosanelli, who recently launched the local wine label Hound’s Tree wines with his uncle Alfredo Apolloni, has deep roots on the East End. And the pair’s winemaking roots run even deeper.

Apolloni owns the eponymous Apolloni Vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where he is known for his pinot noir and Italian-style wines. A first-generation American whose family hails from the Arezzo region of Tuscany, he brought his winemaking skills with him to the U.S. in the 1970s.

His nephew Rosanelli, who grew up in Rye and spent summers in East Hampton, lives in Mattituck and Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Time spent at Apolloni’s West Coast vineyard helped cultivate his love of winemaking. (more…)

01/13/17 6:00am
This barn will soon host private parties at Jamesport Vineyards. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

This rustic barn will soon host private parties at Jamesport Vineyards. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

Jamesport Vineyards will soon offer a secluded space for private tastings in addition to its main tasting room and manicured back lawn.

An old wooden cauliflower shed on the Main Road property will be reborn as an event space, open for private parties and intimate tastings. (more…)

01/04/17 10:43am
The Pitted Olive in Jamesport has closed shop. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The Pitted Olive in Jamesport has closed. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The Pitted Olive in Jamesport is no more.

The specialty olive oil and vinegar shop opened on Main Road in Jamesport in summer 2014 and closed its doors Dec. 31, 2016. There, owner and Jamesport resident Linda Durgan offered olive oil tastings, olive-themed gifts, drinkable vinegars and even an olive oil refill program. (more…)

01/04/17 6:02am
Jason's Vineyard

Jason Damianos at the jamesport vineyard in an undated photo. (Credit: Long Island Wine Press file photo)

Following his sudden death Friday, Jason’s Vineyard owner Jason Damianos was remembered by family and friends as a hard worker who “lived life to the fullest.”

“He was a beautiful human being,” said his younger brother, Pindar Damianos. “He would give you the shirt off his back. He was an amazing person. He did everything in life 100 percent and although he only lived a short life, 49 years, he impacted not only the wine industry but [the community] as a 20-year member of the Mattituck Fire Department.”

Damianos, 49, of Mattituck was driving a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup truck around 6 a.m. on Route 58 near Harrison Avenue in Riverhead when he crashed into a 2007 Jeep Cherokee driven by Savanna Lake, 19, of Sound Beach, said Riverhead Town police. He later died at Peconic Bay Medical Center. (more…)

12/19/16 6:01am

Sherwood House Vineyards in Jamesport hosted Rich Daly from Ice Melodies Inc. on Saturday. This is the fourth time Daly has visited the Jamesport tasting room to carve holiday-themed sculptures that guests can take photos with.

This year Daly carved a four-foot Olaf from Disney’s Frozen, Frosty the Snowman, an elf and an eskimo.

“It’s just a special time of year here at Sherwood house,” Kristen Hand, the general manager of the vineyard said. “The space lends itself to the holidays and Rich just enhances that for us.” (more…)