12/10/16 12:08pm
Greenport Harbor ugly sweater

Evan Ackroyd, Sarah Rivas, and Salvatore Campo, all of Southold. (Credit: Katelyn Knapp)

Santa’s belly poking through a too-tight T-shirt and a festive Big Foot appeared on some of our favorite getups at the second annual ugly sweater party to benefit Maureen’s Haven homeless outreach program on Friday night.

The event was once again held at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. in Peconic.

Guests enjoyed food, a four beer tasting flight and an ice cream bar. DJ Michael from East End Entertainment provided the music.

See the festive pics from the party below. Photos by Katelyn Knapp. (more…)

08/31/16 1:38pm
Sadly, we spotted these pumpkins for sale at Krupski Farms in Peconic on Tuesday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Sadly, we spotted these pumpkins for sale at Krupski Farms in Peconic on Tuesday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

I’ve been ignoring those displays of mums lined up outside the grocery store and popping up at our local farm stands.

It’s because these bright yellow and purple plants make me start thinking about the end of the tomato harvest, the end of bottles of Long Island wine shared on the back deck and no longer dressing my infant daughter in the cutest pair of denim overall shorts you’ve ever seen. Also, I’ll be reminded of how little my family used the pool this sumer, and that if you add up opening, closing and chemical costs, we spent about $237 per dip.

But take a ride out to Peconic and you’ll see some round, orange reminders that the days of running into the bay with abandon are in the single digits. (more…)

08/20/16 5:58am
Squash, cucumbers and watermelons are all in abundance this time of year (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Squash, peppers and watermelon are all at their peak this time of year (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

It’s mid-August, the corn is high and North Fork farm stands are bustling with activity.

We checked in with Krupski Farms (38030 Main Road, Peconic), to see what should be on your shopping list.

“Oh my goodness, everything,” exclaimed owner Mary Krupski. “August is the best time of year because everything is just big and beautiful.” (more…)

08/06/16 6:41am
A sampling of vintages from The Lenz Winery. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

A sampling of vintages from The Lenz Winery. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

As a society, we are easily distracted and drawn to the new, the cool and the trendy. It’s particularly true in the wine world, where trends abound and we are continually bombarded by salespeople and writers touting “the next big thing.”

Gruner veltliner. Orange wine. Pet nat. Dry rosé. Those are just some of the larger wine trends of the past decade or so. Locally, we’ve seen these, a growth in the sauvignon blanc category and the emergence of new-to-the-region varieties like albarino and teroldego. These are exciting times to be a wine lover.

There’s always something new to drink. That’s fun. But it can also distract us from other great wines.

The Lenz Winery in Peconic and its winemaker, Eric Fry, aren’t known to chase trends. At Lenz, the focus is still set squarely on chardonnay and Bordeaux varieties, particularly merlot and cabernet sauvignon. There is a dry rosé — a very good one from the 2014 vintage — but Fry has been making rosé for a long time, certainly well before it became such a huge category for some wineries.  (more…)