10/11/16 6:00am
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Help a local pet charity help dogs locally and overseas. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

Join the cavalry to help save dogs in the U.S. and overseas at the first-ever “Barktober Bash” this Saturday, Oct. 15, in Riverhead. (more…)

09/30/16 6:04am
Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue. (Credit: Bedell Cellars courtesy photo/W Studios NYC)

Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue. (Credit: Bedell Cellars courtesy photo/W Studios NYC)

Wine is not tasted in a vacuum.

Yes, elegant yet rustic architecture and friendly, professional service will enhance your visit to the East End. But what really pairs well with a trip to Long Island Wine Country is the backdrop of the land on which the grapes were grown.

From manicured gardens, to sloping acres of vines, to the dazzling sight of the Long Island Sound at sunset, many outdoor tasting spots on the North Fork offer relaxing and impressive settings for a tasting flight.

Here are five of our favorites. (more…)

03/10/16 10:00am
The outdoor tasting area at Mattebella Vineyards in Southold. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The outdoor tasting area at Mattebella Vineyards in Southold. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The temperature might still dip below freezing at night, but the recent openings of these North Fork farm stands and markets remind us that the days of beach permits and boating excursions are drawing near. (more…)

10/02/14 11:03am
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These bottles of Hargrave Vineyard wine are on display at Mattebella Vineyards in Southold. (Credit: Paul Squire)

They sit on mantelpieces and countertops and atop wine racks scattered across Suffolk County. 

The wine bottles’ corks remain covered beneath layers of maroon wax; lift them up and the swishing cabernet and merlot is still sealed safely inside. The labels all bear the distinctive vines of Hargrave Vineyard’s earliest vintages, labels that are now peeling from decades of age. (more…)

09/08/14 11:00am
Sample Merlot from The Lenz Winery and other East End vineyards at the annual Merlot Classic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Sample Merlot from The Lenz Winery and other East End vineyards at the annual Merlot Classic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Savor the rich, nuanced flavors of more than 60 merlots from around the world Saturday, Sept. 13, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the 25th annual Merlot Classic at Lenz Winery in Peconic. (more…)

07/27/14 9:00am
Chris and Mark Tobin of Mattebella Vineyards commute to the North Fork from Miami Beach. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Chris and Mark Tobin of Mattebella Vineyards commute to the North Fork from Miami Beach. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

On June 22, I spent a glorious afternoon at Mattebella Vineyards in Southold and, seeing the joy that its owners, Mark and Christine Ferrari Tobin, took in their country estate, I felt — as I had for the many years I spent working outdoors in my own vineyard — exhilaration with the wondrously changing seasons. (more…)

07/20/14 7:00am
The "Paint and Sip" concept, where students sip vino during an art lesson, is growing in popularity on the North Fork. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The “Paint and Sip” concept, where students sip vino during an art lesson, is growing in popularity on the North Fork. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It took Bunny Agers 65 years before she ever put a paint brush to canvas. But last week after finishing her first painting — a lighthouse against a seaside backdrop — she stepped back to admire her creation. (more…)