06/30/17 6:01am
Sauvignon Blanc

Macari Vineyards Lifeforce Sauvignon Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thomspson)

Summer and Long Island sauvignon blanc go hand in hand. As the hot, humid weather descends upon us, the bright citrusy flavors of local sauvignon slakes our thirst and refreshes us.

But not all Long Island Sauvignon Blanc is created equal. There are myriad styles thanks to experimentation on the part of local winemakers. Some producers pick their grapes a bit earlier to capture the most acidity. Others wait a bit longer to mitigate some of the green flavors that many expect in sauvignon blanc. You’ll find varying degrees of skin contact, lees contact and even barrel fermentation or aging too.

Note: Keep an eye out for the next issue of Long Island Wine Press, where we take and in-depth look at Long Island Sauvignon Blanc.  

Our “Wine of the Week,” Macari Vineyards 2015 Lifeforce Sauvignon Blanc, shows of yet another experimental side of local sauvignon blanc. Winemaker Kelly Koch uses one of the winery’s concrete eggs — they look exactly how you’re picturing them — to ferment a portion of the Lifeforce blend. The remainder is fermented in stainless steel. (more…)

06/07/17 6:02am

Mattituck Marketplace’s produce department features a new look. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

For those seeking fresh seafood, a prepared meal or prime-cut meats, the Mattituck Marketplace is now the perfect place to grab all three.

Following a four-month renovation project that is nearing completion, the supermarket has added new departments and expanded on the offerings of the former Waldbaum’s.

“The store didn’t carry products full-time and part-time residents of the [North Fork] wanted,” said Richard Grobman, president of Dan’s Supreme Supermarkets — the chain that owns Mattituck Marketplace. “Those people, the customers and the non-customers, want more of a selection in organic and specialty in all departments: meat, produce, dairy and groceries throughout the store.”

Local seafood restaurant Buoy One, which has locations in Riverhead and Westhampton, will run the fresh fish and seafood department, said Grobman said.

Cooking will be done in-store to create prepared foods for shoppers to bring home and serve.

“More and more people are looking for more leisure time,” he said. “They’re not wanting to spend time in the kitchen, they want more prepared food to buy and put on the table. And they want fresh fish instead of the usual supermarket items. So we try to give them what we thought they would want.”

Buoy One general manager Denyse Baggot said the entire menu will be available at the supermarket and will feature clambakes, sushi and shrimp cocktail. The company has recently begun bottling glazes, sauces and seasonings, which will also be sold there.

Read more on the Riverhead News-Review website

05/08/17 6:01am
The Farm Beyond is coming to Love Lane in Mattituck. (Credit: Melissa Henrey, courtesy)

The Farm Beyond is coming to Love Lane in Mattituck. (Credit: Melissa Henrey, courtesy)

Love the unique farm-grown foraged offerings from The Farm Beyond?

The Southold farm now offers its certified organic produce and foraged specialties, like stinging nettles and miner’s lettuce, at Lombardi’s Love Lane Market in Mattituck. (more…)

05/03/17 6:00am
Love Lane KItchen

Love Lane First Fridays returns this week. (Credit: David Benthal for northforker)

First Fridays are back!

On the first Friday of each month from May through October, the merchants of Love Lane and Pike Street in Mattituck invite everyone to stroll, taste, sip and shop during the First Fridays block party event. Now in its third year, the first event is set for Friday, May 5

And this year, all-day deals are extended to other businesses in the hamlet and beyond. (more…)