01/30/17 6:01am
Raphael La Fontana. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Raphael La Fontana. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

“My goal for this wine is more savory and tannin driven, but still light on its feet. The influence is from my love of Italian wines, in this case particularly Barolo.”

That’s how Raphael winemaker, Anthony Nappa, describes his approach to Raphael 2013 La Fontana, a blend of estate-grown merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot that was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. You won’t hear many local winemakers talk about Italy as their inspiration, but Nappa often does. It’s refreshing in a region still dominated with Bordeaux references and descriptions of why the wines aren’t like those in California. (more…)

01/27/17 6:01am
A bottle of Dr. Dan's 2014 merlot from Pindar Vineyards. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A bottle of Dr. Dan’s Signature Collection 2014 cabernet sauvignon from Pindar Vineyards. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Pindar Vineyards is honoring the winery’s founding father, Herodotus “Dr. Dan” Damianos, with bottles in his name.

The vineyard, one of the region’s oldest, has released two wines in Dr. Dan’s Signature Collection, a 2014 merlot and 2014 cabernet sauvignon. The reserve wines are made using handpicked grapes and aged two years in French oak barrels.  (more…)

01/25/17 6:04am
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Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. will host a dog-friendly “Yappy Hour” on Feb. 10. (Credit: Katelyn Knapp)

Editor’s Note: An earlier version mistakenly characterized this as a Valentine’s Day-themed event.

Head to Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. in Peconic on Friday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., when the brewery will host a “Yappy Hour” in conjunction with the Greenport shop Harbor Pet.  (more…)

01/06/17 6:01am
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Lucy Senesac at the Riverhead Farmers Market in 2015. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

It’s hard to sum up exactly what role Lucy Senesac plays at Sang Lee Farms in Peconic.

Customers of the certified organic operation might find her selling Romanesco cauliflower and ginger scallion dip at a weekly farmers market. Maybe she’s the one handing out a recipe for potato leek soup to winter CSA members. She certainly can be seen in the fields pulling rows of Korean radishes from the ground before the first frost.

But Senesac also works with North Fork school gardens, consulting with administrators about what to plant and how to build beds. She has revamped and operated Sang Lee’s Young Farmers Camp, a summer program for 7- to 12-year-olds interested in organic farming, since 2014. She has organized gleaning projects with schools and coordinated donations to the food bank at Island Harvest.

The list goes on. (more…)

12/14/16 6:01am
Sannino Bella Vita's tasting barn on Peconic Lane in Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Sannino Bella Vita’s tasting barn on Peconic Lane in Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

That’s one way to make friends with your neighbors.

Beginning this Friday, Dec. 16, Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard in Peconic will host “NOFO Neighbor Tastings,” offering free wine tastings and wine education to North Fork residents. (more…)