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…)

12/11/16 6:00am
Rich Daly ice sculptor sherwood house

Rich Daly at Sherwood House Vineyards in 2014. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

In what has become a Long Island Wine Country holiday tradition, ice carver Rich Daly will return to Jamesport’s Sherwood House Vineyards Saturday to create another frozen masterpiece.

Daly, who has been an ice carver for 15 years, is also a culinary arts teacher at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach. He learned the skill while studying at Johnson & Wales University and now runs his business, Ice Melodies, Inc.,which creates handcrafted ice sculpture for all occasions.

“It’s a nice way to get out of the freezer and interact with the community, so they see what we do,” he told us last year. (more…)

11/22/16 10:12am

7 Lagoon Ct

It’s not every day you come across a Southern-style colonial on the North Fork, but that’s just one of the things that make this home on Lagoon Court in Jamesport a standout.

“It’s very large,” said Douglas Elliman Real Estate’s Pamela Hogrefe, who is the listing agent, along with Janet Bidwell. “Most homes on the North Fork are not 5,000 square feet, so it’s a very big house.” (more…)