04/07/18 6:10am
Long Island wine spring picks

Our spring wine picks pose for a photo at Palmer Vineyards in Riverhead. (Credit: David Benthal)

As the snow melts and the weather warms, we all start thinking about the early spring bounty Long Island has in store for us. From leafy greens like the season’s first spinach to crunchier vegetables like radishes and asparagus to the first ramps and garlic scapes that shoot from the ground, we’re soon going to have a wide array of local produce to eat.  (more…)

01/10/18 6:23am

Rich Daly of Ice Melodies will be on hand for the first Tanger Weekends event March 3. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Tanger Outlets has partnered with northforker to host a series of seasonal events at its outlet center in Riverhead this year.  READ

12/13/17 5:59am

A bottle of Macari Vineyards 2017 Early Wine. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

With Thanksgiving behind us and the winter holiday season right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about holiday parties — hosting, attending and maybe even crashing them.

What should you serve? What should you bring? It can be hard, specially if you don’t know all of the attendees and what they like in terms of wine.

This week’s “Wine of the Week” Macari Vineyards 2017 “Early Wine” Chardonnay ($20) is a great pick for a variety of reasons.

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11/21/17 5:59am
Gibson Campbell, Regan Meador and author Lenn Thompson. (Credit: David Benthal)

Gibson Campbell, Caleb Barber, Regan Meador and author Lenn Thompson enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving dinner with plenty of wine. (Credit: David Benthal)

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in November 2015

When considering your Thanksgiving wine choices, here’s the only advice you need: Drink good wine.

Don’t complicate it any more than that.

OK. You probably want to know why it’s that simple, and I’m happy to explain it. I’ve written Thanksgiving-related stories for at least a decade, just like every other wine writer — from local guys like me to national columnists in the big, glossy magazines. Some feel compelled to do so, but often we’re told to write these stories because they’re apparently popular, though I don’t actually understand why. None of my friends or family members stress about what wines they’re going to pour with their turkey dinner. You shouldn’t either.  (more…)