03/01/17 6:01am
Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue has released two new sparkling wines. Both bottles, a blancs de blanc made from chardonnay and a blancs de nor made from pinot noir, retail for $25. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue has released two new sparkling wines. Both bottles, a blanc de blanc made from chardonnay and a blanc de noir made from chardonnay and pinot noir, retail for $25. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue, which closed its tasting room’s doors in 2013, has been resurrected.

Sort of.

Tastings and bottles of New York State wines, ciders and beers have quietly been offered at the winery’s Main Road tasting room since September. The concept is the same as that of Empire State Cellars, a now-closed New York State wine and liquor store at Tanger Outlets, according to longtime Peconic Bay Winery employee Cynthia Caprise.  (more…)

07/15/15 6:15am
Lowerre Family Estate red blend for sale at the Peconic Bay Winery tasting room in Cutchogue. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Lowerre Family Estate red blend for sale at Peconic Bay Winery’s tasting room in Cutchogue. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Peconic Bay Winery, which shut down production of its wine brand and closed its Cutchogue tasting room in 2013, is now selling its remaining inventory at the Main Road winery.

Peconic Bay quietly reopened the tasting room’s doors in April and is selling wine by the case and bottle — as well as other wines and spirits that were sold at the now-closed Empire State Cellars in Riverhead — at a steep discount.

But don’t ask for a taste of their steel-fermented chardonnay during your visit. The patio and tasting room chairs have been cleared out and flights and glasses will not be offered.

“We’re open to sell our inventory of fine wines,” said longtime Peconic Bay employee Cynthia Caprise. “It’s for friends, fans and wine club members. That’s really why we’re here.” (more…)

11/07/14 9:42am
Empire State Cellars will close at the end of the year. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Empire State Cellars will close at the end of the year. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

After opening up shop in Tanger Outlets in Riverhead three years ago, Empire State Cellars — which eventually became the retail location for Peconic Bay Winery and sold exclusively New York State-manufactured wine, beer and spirits — will close at the end of the year.

Tanger General Manager Janine Nebons said on Thursday that ESC’s lease is set to expire at the end of December.

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10/09/14 11:00am
Frosae wine sorbet is made from long Island wine. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Frosae wine sorbet is made from long Island wine. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The first time ice cream maker John Pastore made Frosae, an Italian ice-style treat made with wine, it was for a private party in 2010.

The brainchild of Pastore and his retired English teacher friend Ben Amato, the product seemed promising but they didn’t know how their invention would be received. (more…)

10/05/14 9:00am
The third annual Pour the Core hard cider festival at Peconic Bay Winery. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

The third annual Pour the Core hard cider festival at Peconic Bay Winery. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Cider lovers, many in cheap plastic ponchos or clutching soaked umbrellas, braved the rain to enjoy the apple-derived beverage of the fall for the third annual Pour the Core hard cider festival at Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue on Saturday. (more…)

08/11/14 9:00am
Tyler Smith, 23, months of Baltimore, Maryland competes in a potato sack race. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Tyler Smith, 23 months of Baltimore, Maryland competes in a potato sack race. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

The spud may no longer be the North Fork’s staple crop, but hundreds of people celebrated taters and all their variations at the inaugural Long Island Potato Festival at Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue on Sunday.

“Before there were Idaho potatoes, there was us,” said Cheryl Sidor, whose family owns North Fork Potato Chips, one of the event’s sponsors. “I was delighted with how many people were aware of and remember the Long Island potato.” (more…)