03/01/17 6:00am

The Coffee Pot Cellars Winasaur — everyone’s favorite Brontosaurus-shaped, cork-studded topiary — now has its own song and music video.

For those who don’t know, the Winasaur, a seven-foot tall, 18-foot long public art project, is the brainchild of Coffee Pot Cellars co-owner Laura Klahre. Tasting room visitors and Coffee Pot fans are asked to decorate used wine corks, which are wrapped around the sculpture to “flesh out” its body.

To date, 3,100 corks have been strung along the Winasaur’s frame. Klahre estimates it will take about 6,000 more corks and a year and a half to complete it.

A song, she thought, was a natural progression for the project. (more…)

09/02/16 6:04am
Coffee Pot Cellars in Cutchogue. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

Coffee Pot Cellars in Cutchogue. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Coffee Pot Cellars in Cutchogue received a rather presidential visitor last Friday — Daniel Shanks, the White House’s director of food and beverage and its sommelier.

Shanks purchased a bottle of Coffee Pot’s 2013 Meritage, some Blossom Meadow honey, a T-shirt and even decorated corks for Coffee Pot’s winasaur, a dinosaur-shaped topiary made of wine corks.

Shanks and his wife Linda tasted through the wines with Coffee Pot Cellars tasting room manager Laura Klahre and discussed the First Lady’s healthy eating intiatives.

“You just never know who is going to walk in,” said Klahre, who is also a beekeeper and sells her Blossom Meadow Farms honey products in the tasting room. “[We’re] so glad to be part of the fabric of the North Fork.” (more…)

11/23/15 6:30am

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Google honeybee and you will get more than 10 millions results.

Now run a quick search for “sunflower leafcutter bee” and you will get fewer than 500 returns.

North Fork beekeeper Laura Klahre, owner of artisanal honey product company Blossom Meadow, points out this fact in a recent TED Talk titled “How to Increase Food Production by Using Native Pollinators.
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11/04/15 6:03am
Hibernating mason bees are gently removed from their nesting blocks. They will then be cleaned and stored in a regrigerator for the season. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Hibernating mason bees are gently removed from their nesting blocks. They will then be cleaned and stored in a regrigerator for the season. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Coffee Pot Cellars in Cutchogue hosted its harvest party Sunday, a common scene at many wineries across the North Fork this time of year.

But instead of wine club members popping bottles of Meritage and celebrating the 2015 vintage being in the tanks, the guests were checking on the recently spun cocoons of hundreds of young mason bees. (more…)

09/19/14 7:00am
Coffee Pot Cellars' new winasaur "Adam" made his debut in front of the Cutchouge tasting room Thursday.  (Cyndi Murray photo)

Coffee Pot Cellars’ new winasaur “Adam” made his debut in front of the Cutchouge tasting room Thursday. (Cyndi Murray photo)

The next time you’re driving down Main Road in Cutchogue, be on the lookout for a dinosaur. Actually, make that a wine-asaur.

Or as the co-owner of Coffee Pot Cellars spells it, winasaur. And she can spell it any way she wants; she invented it.

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