01/04/17 6:02am
Jason's Vineyard

Jason Damianos at the jamesport vineyard in an undated photo. (Credit: Long Island Wine Press file photo)

Following his sudden death Friday, Jason’s Vineyard owner Jason Damianos was remembered by family and friends as a hard worker who “lived life to the fullest.”

“He was a beautiful human being,” said his younger brother, Pindar Damianos. “He would give you the shirt off his back. He was an amazing person. He did everything in life 100 percent and although he only lived a short life, 49 years, he impacted not only the wine industry but [the community] as a 20-year member of the Mattituck Fire Department.”

Damianos, 49, of Mattituck was driving a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup truck around 6 a.m. on Route 58 near Harrison Avenue in Riverhead when he crashed into a 2007 Jeep Cherokee driven by Savanna Lake, 19, of Sound Beach, said Riverhead Town police. He later died at Peconic Bay Medical Center. (more…)

07/28/16 7:00am
(Credit: Vera Chinese)

(Credit: Vera Chinese)

Throw on an apron and get out a wooden spoon, because local chefs are ready to judge your sauce.

Victoria Witczak of Cutchogue, 11, will host the first-ever Victoria’s NoFo Tomato Sauce Boss Contest on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. She’s inviting locals to bring a pot of their homemade red sauce to Jason’s Vineyard in Jamesport, where she’ll crown someone the “Sauce Boss.”  (more…)

02/26/16 6:58am
Southbound's Lou Lomangino, center, with devoted fans (from left) Shane Sint, Ashlie Robertson, Diana Indrigo, Robyn McKay, and Heather Laughlin. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Southbound’s Lou Lomangino, center, with (from left) Shane Sint, Ashlie Robertson, Diana Indrigo, Robyn McKay, and Heather Laughlin. Southbound performs at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard on Sunday. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, 2015)

Looking for something to do on the North Fork this Friday, Saturday or Sunday? The North Fork heats up this weekend with LI Winterfest and so much more.

Here are 8 events to check out this weekend. Or, as always, you can visit northforker.com/events.

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12/28/15 6:47am

Baby alpaca Jason's Vineyard

Editor’s note: We are republishing our favorite stories of 2015. This story was originally published in July.

Betsy Waugh, a manager at Jason’s Vineyard in Jamesport, had her suspicions that Coco the alpaca was pregnant. But short of an ultrasound, there was no real way to confirm the furry adoptee was in a family way.

That was until Monday morning when Waugh saw that the flock at Jason’s — which includes a dozen baby doll sheep and a male alpaca, Rolo — had grown by one.

“I went out to give them water and all of a sudden there was a baby out there,” Waugh said. “It was the most beautiful thing.”  (more…)

10/14/15 6:35am
Betsy Waugh of Jason's Vineyard. (Credit: David Benthal)

Betsy Waugh of Jason’s Vineyard. (Credit: David Benthal)

Betsy Waugh isn’t your average wine pourer.

Sure, the Northville resident regularly oversees tastings at Jason’s Vineyard in Jamesport, where she’s worked for the past two years.

But there’s one job responsibility in particular that separates Waugh, 55, from the rest of the North Fork’s vineyard employees: She cares the Main Road winery’s three alpaca and 11 sheep. (more…)