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.
Long Island wines aren’t exactly known for being inexpensive. That makes it all the more notable that the 2015 Rosé from Osprey’s Dominion was named a Top 100 Best Buy in the November 2016 issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine. (more…)
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…)
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…)
No one makes Long Island gewurztraminer than Eric Fry, long-time winemaker at Lenz Winery in Peconic. Sure, he also makes some of the best Old World-styled reds in the region. Some of the best sparkling wine too. But he has a passion for the grape and it shines through, year in and year out. (more…)