01/24/17 6:03am
Waters Crest Winery

Jim Waters inside his Cutchogue tasting room. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

It was the biggest leap of faith Jim Waters ever took in his life.

In October 2003, Waters, then a home winemaker working out of his Manorville garage, opened Waters Crest Winery in Cutchogue. The boutique operation initially produced a few hundred cases per year, which is teeny-tiny even by Long Island standards. But it attracted a loyal following of wine enthusiasts looking for an intimate tasting experience.

Two years later, Waters realized he needed to make a deeper commitment to his hobby-turned-business. So after two successful decades in hospitality and service businesses, he quit his management position at Budget Truck Rental.

The Waters family was all in. (more…)

01/26/16 11:05am
Jim Waters behind the bar at his new Cutchogue tasting room. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Jim Waters behind the bar at his new Cutchogue tasting room. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

After spending several years searching for a centrally located tasting room space, Waters Crest Winery is moving into new digs on Main Road in Cutchogue.

Winemaker and owner Jim Waters expects the 1,350-square-foot, one-story brick building to be open to the public in mid-February, pending final approval from the State Liquor Authority.

“It’s taken time to find the right location,” Waters said during an interview at the handsome new space Monday. “Unfortunately, they don’t open up that often.” (more…)

10/10/14 9:00am
Paumanok Vineyards Dry Riselin. (Credit: Photos by Vera Chinese)

2013 Paumanok Vineyards Dry Riseling. (Credit: Photos by Vera Chinese)

The sheer number of great wines produced on Long Island can make selecting the perfect vintage to sip this season a bit overwhelming.

We asked a handful of local winemakers and restaurateurs to steer us in the right direction.

What are they drinking this fall? Read on to find out. (more…)