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…)