09/30/16 6:04am
Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue. (Credit: Bedell Cellars courtesy photo/W Studios NYC)

Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue. (Credit: Bedell Cellars courtesy photo/W Studios NYC)

Wine is not tasted in a vacuum.

Yes, elegant yet rustic architecture and friendly, professional service will enhance your visit to the East End. But what really pairs well with a trip to Long Island Wine Country is the backdrop of the land on which the grapes were grown.

From manicured gardens, to sloping acres of vines, to the dazzling sight of the Long Island Sound at sunset, many outdoor tasting spots on the North Fork offer relaxing and impressive settings for a tasting flight.

Here are five of our favorites. (more…)

03/10/16 3:25pm
Credit: Sheri Winter Clarry

The beach at the end of South Harbor Road in Southold. (Credit: Sheri Winter Clarry)

With the weather forecasted to stay consistently in the 50s next week and onward, it is time to embrace spring. Dare I say, we fared pretty darn well this winter. Certainly far better than the last two! (more…)

03/02/16 6:03am
Croteaux Vineyards' outdoor tasting lounge. (Credit: Michael Croteau, courtesy)

Croteaux Vineyards’ outdoor tasting lounge. (Credit: Michael Croteau, courtesy)

One of the first — and to be honest, one of our favorite — signs of spring on the North Fork is the annual opening of Croteaux Vineyards in Southold, the country’s only all-rosé producing vineyard.

And we are happy to report the South Harbor Road vineyard opened for the season on Tuesday, March 1, and will be open daily from noon to 5 p.m. through spring. (more…)

07/27/15 10:47am
croteaux rosé on the run

Patrons line up at Croteaux Vineyards’ restored 1977 Citroen van which has been dubbed “Rosé on the Run.” (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Today the 1977 Citroen H van that you see parked outside Croteaux Vineyards in Southold is painted a pleasing light green, swaths of colorful fabrics hang from its top and rows of pinkish wine line its shelves.

But the van, which has been dubbed “Rosé on the Run” by the vineyard’s owners, has origins that are far less glamorous than that of a mobile wine shop. (more…)

03/04/15 7:00am
Croteaux Vineyards 2014 Chloe sauvignon blanc rosé. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Croteaux Vineyards 2014 Chloe sauvignon blanc rosé. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Sitting on a fluffy orange cushion on the second floor of Croteaux Vineyards‘ tasting barn, one could be forgiven for forgetting that there are still several inches of ice on the ground outside.

That’s because the multi-colored tunics for sale, bright decor and, of course, bottles or rosé bring us back to summer, if only for a moment. (more…)