03/09/17 12:08pm
Harbes Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Franc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Harbes Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Franc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’ll say it one more time: the wines at Harbes Vineyard are way better than they need to be. With the throngs of people who visit their farm and agritainment mecca on the North Fork, they could get away with mediocre wines for the masses — but that’s not what I’ve found. Ed Harbes and consulting winemaker Erik Bilka are doing good things and Harbes Vineyard is a producer on the rise. It’s a winery that wine lovers, not just wine tourists, need to know. (more…)

05/19/15 1:32pm
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Matt Lauer pulls into Macari Vineyards and Winery in Mattituck Tuesday morning. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The first day of Matt Lauer’s 230-mile charity bike ride from Boston to New York City started with clear skies, dry conditions and a comfortable temperature.

The Today Show host wasn’t so lucky while traveling wet North Fork roads on Tuesday, day three of the five-day tour. (more…)

04/20/15 8:48am
(Credit: Vera Chinese)

(Credit: Vera Chinese)

Picnic season is upon us. So what should you be pairing up with your spring meals?

Well, we asked local wine producers and restaurateurs to select the wines for you to enjoy this spring (and forget about that terrible winter). One rule: They weren’t allowed to choose their own brands.

Read on to find out which wines our team of pros picked out: (more…)

11/17/14 1:00pm
Macari Vineyards and Winery in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Macari Vineyards and Winery in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The New York City media is taking note of Long Island’s bountiful grape harvest.

Lauren Mowery, author of the Village Voice’s wine column “unscrewed,” spoke with the staff at Macari Vineyards and Winery in Mattituck to examine the outlook for the 2014 season. (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…)