01/12/18 5:30am

Just the fact that Zander Hargrave is making the wines at Pellegrini Vineyards combines Long Island wine country’s past, present and future. The Hargrave name goes back as far as Long Island wine history can go. Zander’s parents, Louisa and Alex Hargrave, founded Hargrave Vineyard, Long Island’s first commercial winery, in 1973, and Zander’s uncle, Charlie Hargrave, is a veteran grape grower on the North Fork.  (more…)

08/14/16 3:28pm
The vines at Pellegrini Vineyards in Cutchogue on Aug. 14, 2016. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The vines at Pellegrini Vineyards in Cutchogue on Aug. 14, 2016. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

I snapped the above photo at Pellegrini Vineyards in Cutchogue today while checking to see if the grapes had undergone veraison.

Veraison marks the onset of rippening, when the grapes go from a floral green color to a deep, dark purple, and usually occurs around this time of year. But while looking for the darker grapes I couldn’t help but be reminded of another picture I took in the same vineyard some six months ago. (more…)

06/24/16 6:20am
The North Fork Food Truck visits McCall wines on Friday nights. Try a McCall grass-fed burger on a Blue Duck Bakery brioche bun and pair it with McCall's 2012 Merlot Reserve. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

The North Fork Food Truck visits McCall wines on Friday nights. Try a McCall grass-fed burger on a Blue Duck Bakery brioche bun and pair it with a McCall merlot. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

The burger. Juicy, charred and draped with a slice of cheese — even American will do — it’s a quintessential staple of casual summer gatherings. Whether it’s for a group of friends or just my family (burgers are the rare food we can all agree on), I love to cook them at home. Sometimes I smash them on the griddle for that exaggerated crispy crust, but most often I sear them on a hot grill — charcoal is best, but gas is OK, too — to a perfect medium to medium rare.  (more…)

06/09/16 7:26am
(Credit: Lenn Thompson)

(Credit: Lenn Thompson)

I often find myself defending Long Island wine prices — perhaps a bit less now than five or 10 years ago, but it still happens. It’s tiresome and something I wish I didn’t have to do, but the perception that “all Long Island wine is overpriced” lingers in the minds of many.  (more…)