07/20/17 6:00am

Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard 2014 Syrah. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Compared to other red grapes like merlot, cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc, you just don’t see a lot of syrah being grown on Long Island. And you don’t find many varietal Syrahs — that is wines made of at least 75 percent Syrah with that word printed on the label.

Maybe I’ll get into the reasons why in an upcoming column, but for now just know that there just aren’t that many. But, they always seem to stand out in my tastings. Maybe it’s just the novelty of them — they have entirely different flavor profiles than those other red grapes — but I almost always like them. Maybe not as much as I like Syrah from the Northern Rhone, but still, I feel like there is unrealized potential for this grape here on the North Fork.

Our “Wine of the Week,” Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard 2014 Syrah, hints at that potential. (more…)

07/06/17 6:02am

Alie Shaper and Robin Epperson-McCarthy outside their new tasting room, Peconic Cellar Door, in Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Peconic Cellar Door, an airy space with a farmhouse chic aesthetic, is the recently opened joint tasting room for winemakers Alie Shaper and Robin Epperson-McCarthy.

An Australian term for the tasting room of a boutique winery, cellar door is also often cited as being one of the most beautiful phrases in English. It’s an apt description for the inviting, consumer-friendly spot.

At Peconic Cellar Door you’ll find Shaper’s two wine brands, Brooklyn Oenology and As If Wines, as well as Epperson-McCarthy’s Saltbird Cellars. Tastings, glasses and bottles of those wines will be available. Brooklyn Oenology makes about 4,000 cases per year and the other two produce about 500. The wines are made from North Fork grapes, and in the case of BOE, some from the Finger Lakes, at Mattituck’s Premium Wine Group.

“We want this to be an experience, an education and a way to hang out with the winemakers,” said Epperson-McCarthy, who along with Shaper can be found pouring behind the bar this summer. (more…)

06/20/17 9:17am

This Peconic Lane homes is listed for (Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate, courtesy)

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Garden and history lovers, this house is for you.

A portion of this Peconic Lane home was built in the 1700s while the remainder of the 3,000-square-foot structure was built in the 19th century.

Naturally that means it offers features rarely seen anymore, said listing agent Chris Chapin of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

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05/16/17 6:00am
Tango will be one of the pooches performing in this weekend's North Fork Dog Dock-Diving Festival. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Tango will be one of the pooches performing in this weekend’s North Fork Dog Dock-Diving Festival.
(Credit: Courtesy photo)

You don’t need feathers to fly!

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company and Harbor Pet have teamed up to create a unique charity event: The first ever North Fork Dog Dock-Diving Pet Expo.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, dogs of all shapes and sizes will charge down a runway and fling themselves through the air into a pool of water. This may not seem like a big deal until you consider that some dogs flown distances of 30 feet. Impressive! (more…)

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
Greenport Harbor ugly sweater

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…)