02/03/17 6:00am
Lieb Cellars

Bridge Lane Wines 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

We’ve had a mild winter so far , so I can’t really complain too much. It’s been relatively mild and we haven’t had that much snow (can you hear that? It’s me knocking on wood). But when a wine like this week’s wine of the week, Lieb Cellars 2016 “Bridge Lane” Sauvignon Blanc makes its way to my tasting table, I can’t help but long for warmer weather — summer ideally, but spring works too. (more…)

12/15/16 10:54am
Long Island Wine

Lieb Cellars 2015 Reserve Chardonnay. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

In releasing our “Wine of the Week,” Lieb Cellars 2015 Reserve Chardonnay ($24), the winery has brought back an old customer favorite — but with a bit of a fresh perspective.

This is the first reserve chardonnay Lieb has produced since the new ownership and management teams took over in 2013, but it’s not because they don’t like chardonnay.

“We had an overstock of Reserve Chardonnay and wanted to catch up before we produced more,” winemaker Russell Hearn told me. (more…)

11/29/16 10:52am
Lieb Cellars 2011 Blanc de blancs

Lieb Cellars 2011 Blanc de Blancs. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

“This wine focuses a laser beam of fruit right on the tickle-spot of your palate.”

That’s how The Washington Post describes Lieb Cellars’ 2011 Blanc de Blancs ($32), a sparkling wine made from 100 percent pinot blanc. The wine was selected by the newspaper as a great value for the holidays. (more…)

10/26/16 9:57am
Lieb Cellars 2011 Reserve Blanc de Blancs

Lieb Cellars 2011 Reserve Blanc de Blancs. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Aromas and flavors can transport us in many ways. A super-ripe, ultra-extracted wine from the left coast plops us down in the midst of a California summer — hot and almost always sunny during the day, cool at night. Certain European wines always remind me of the mountains and countryside where they are grown — fresh and breezy and blanketed by wild herbs.  (more…)

10/07/16 8:49am
Fireworks over Greenport. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder file photo)

Peconic Landing will host a free fireworks show in Greenport on Sunday night. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder file photo)

Looking for something to do on the North Fork this holiday weekend? Northforker has you covered.

Here are five events set for this weekend. As always, visit northforker.com/events for additional happenings.

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09/19/16 10:57am
The North Fork Food Truck visits McCall Wines in Cutchogue with Burger Firdays. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

The North Fork Food Truck visits McCall Wines in Cutchogue for Friday’s Burger Night. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

With those long summer days coming to an end, many wineries have begun to reduce their hours.

But if you find the evening is getting late and you still want to sip a while longer, here are eight tasting rooms that are still serving until 7:30 p.m. or later. (more…)

07/09/16 6:10am

Bridge Lane Rose

Depth. Concentration. Complexity. These are the types of things that wine lovers crave — even demand — in the wines they drink. As a wine lover, I love these things, but I don’t need them to enjoy a particular wine. In fact, there are times when I don’t want to analyze or ponder what is in my glass. I want straightforward deliciousness that I can enjoy with or without food.  (more…)