08/11/17 6:01am

In the 1960s, Southold Town was home to approximately 100 farmers, most of them focused on growing potatoes.

Now the only potato farmer left in Peconic, Gene Wesnofske is celebrating his 50th year in business at Wesnofske Farms.

“I’m happy that we’ve lasted this long,” he said. “This is a tough business. When we moved out here in ’67, there was probably, in Southold Town, there might have been like 100 farmers … now we’re down to a handful from the Mattituck line to Orient … So to survive 50 years is a great accomplishment and to have my family behind me and helping out is even greater.” (more…)

07/06/17 6:02am

Alie Shaper and Robin Epperson-McCarthy outside their new tasting room, Peconic Cellar Door, in Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Peconic Cellar Door, an airy space with a farmhouse chic aesthetic, is the recently opened joint tasting room for winemakers Alie Shaper and Robin Epperson-McCarthy.

An Australian term for the tasting room of a boutique winery, cellar door is also often cited as being one of the most beautiful phrases in English. It’s an apt description for the inviting, consumer-friendly spot.

At Peconic Cellar Door you’ll find Shaper’s two wine brands, Brooklyn Oenology and As If Wines, as well as Epperson-McCarthy’s Saltbird Cellars. Tastings, glasses and bottles of those wines will be available. Brooklyn Oenology makes about 4,000 cases per year and the other two produce about 500. The wines are made from North Fork grapes, and in the case of BOE, some from the Finger Lakes, at Mattituck’s Premium Wine Group.

“We want this to be an experience, an education and a way to hang out with the winemakers,” said Epperson-McCarthy, who along with Shaper can be found pouring behind the bar this summer. (more…)

06/20/17 9:17am

This Peconic Lane homes is listed for (Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate, courtesy)

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Garden and history lovers, this house is for you.

A portion of this Peconic Lane home was built in the 1700s while the remainder of the 3,000-square-foot structure was built in the 19th century.

Naturally that means it offers features rarely seen anymore, said listing agent Chris Chapin of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

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12/14/16 6:01am
Sannino Bella Vita's tasting barn on Peconic Lane in Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Sannino Bella Vita’s tasting barn on Peconic Lane in Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

That’s one way to make friends with your neighbors.

Beginning this Friday, Dec. 16, Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard in Peconic will host “NOFO Neighbor Tastings,” offering free wine tastings and wine education to North Fork residents. (more…)