01/28/17 6:02am
Palmer Vineyards 2015 Pinot Blanc.

Palmer Vineyards 2015 Pinot Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

I’ve been tasting and drinking wines from Palmer Vineyards for many years, but it wasn’t until I visited a couple of weeks ago and tasted through the entire lineup that I realized something: Above all else, this is a white wine house. And that’s OK. It’s great, in fact, because many of the white wines are great.

We all know that Long Island Wine Country is supposed to be about merlot. Or maybe merlot and chardonnay, the two most-planted grapes. They are the cornerstones of many wineries’ production and portfolios. (more…)

01/18/17 11:38am
Palmer Vineyards 2015 Pinot Blanc.

Palmer Vineyards 2015 Pinot Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

It’s easy to get in a wine-drinking rut.

Even for someone like me — someone who is willing to taste most any wine from any region in the world — it’s a natural tendency to stick with what you like. Take that tendency, and the fact that there are few local tasting rooms where I feel comfortable bringing my family with me, and you end up with a narrow band of local wines finding their way into my glass. (more…)

09/20/16 6:04am
The East End Maritime Festival runs this weekend, Sept. 23, 24 and 25. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The East End Maritime Festival runs this weekend, Sept. 23, 24 and 25. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Some might argue that harvest is the best time on the East End.

With plenty of fall festivals, pumpkin picking, corn mazes and more, it certainly is often the busiest season. If you are looking for apple picking, here is our handy guide. Want to go pumpkin picking? We got that, too.

And if you are still looking for more, here are 10 festivals and events for fun on the North Fork this autumn. (more…)

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…)

05/18/16 6:10am
Tasting room manager Evan Ducz (left) and Ken Cereola, director of operations, showing off the redesigned wine labels in the Palmer tasting room Friday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Tasting room manager Evan Ducz (left) and Ken Cereola, director of operations, showing off the redesigned wine labels in the Palmer tasting room Friday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Standing in your neighborhood liquor store, scanning the aisles for that go-to bottle of Palmer Albariño, you might notice it looks a bit different than the one you’re accustomed to.

After more than 30 years of producing wine in Aquebogue, Palmer Vineyards is in the midst of its first major rebranding effort.  (more…)