04/01/16 6:02am
Martha Clara winemaker and general manager Juan Micieli-Martinez (Credit: The Long Island Merlot Alliance)

Martha Clara Vineyards winemaker and general manager Juan Micieli-Martinez (Credit: The Long Island Merlot Alliance)

The Long Island Merlot Alliance has elected Martha Clara Vineyards winemaker and general manager Juan Micieli-Martinez as its new president.

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03/28/16 6:04am
Wölffer Estate Vineyard's 'Summer in a Bottle' rosé is back for another season. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Wölffer Estate Vineyard’s ‘Summer in a Bottle’ rosé is back for another season. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Now that spring has sprung, local farmer’s markets, restaurants, hotels and shops are opening at a breakneck speed.

Here is a list of East End businesses that have recently reopened or will open soon, along with the return of one of the season’s most-anticipated rosés.

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02/26/16 6:58am
Southbound's Lou Lomangino, center, with devoted fans (from left) Shane Sint, Ashlie Robertson, Diana Indrigo, Robyn McKay, and Heather Laughlin. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Southbound’s Lou Lomangino, center, with (from left) Shane Sint, Ashlie Robertson, Diana Indrigo, Robyn McKay, and Heather Laughlin. Southbound performs at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard on Sunday. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, 2015)

Looking for something to do on the North Fork this Friday, Saturday or Sunday? The North Fork heats up this weekend with LI Winterfest and so much more.

Here are 8 events to check out this weekend. Or, as always, you can visit northforker.com/events.

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06/18/15 9:59am
Raphael Vineyards decorated for the Flower Show Photo Monique Singh-Roy

Raphael Vineyards decorated for the Flower Show (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Can anything surpass the beauty of a vineyard? Perhaps if that vineyard is hosting a flower show featuring carefully crafted floral arrangements.

That was the case on Wednesday at Raphael Vineyards, which hosted the first joint Riverhead and Southold Garden Club Flower Show.

“It’s the first time any two garden clubs on Long Island have gotten together,” said Riverhead Chairperson Regina Rouge. “We invited them to come do a show with us, we thought it would be easier in theory.”

The theme for this year’s Flower Show was “Disney Floral Fantasies,” she said.

“Everything is Disney-related, but it doesn’t have to look like Disney, just its title and that it opens your imagination up for it,” Regina explained.

Four designs are submitted for each category, two from each club. Winners receive first, second and third place ribbons, with the last getting an honorable mention.

Some of the categories displayed included “Rags to Riches” in which designers dressed dolls in elaborate floral displays. This year’s winner was Sharra Nicholson of Riverhead with her “Mulan” display.

One of the more unusual categories was “A Ride on Space Mountain.” Winner Nancy Binger of Aquabogue incorporated toy train tracks into her display.

"Lady & The Tramp's Romantic Dinner" by Kathy Hartmann Photo Monique Singh-Roy

“Lady & The Tramp’s Romantic Dinner” by Kathy Hartmann. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

The “Lady and The Tramp’s Romantic Dinner” category challenged designers to re-create the film’s famous pasta dinner scene.  Kathy Hartmann of Cutchogue won with her table setting of two pasta bowls, colorful tableclothes and simple flowers from her garden. “Everything is from my garden, I just wanted to do it from my garden, so I did,” said Hartmann.

“We decided to go in because they have a lot of people who are learning too and it’s good for both clubs, they get the experience,” Dora DiFrancesco, Chairperson of the Southold Garden Club said of the joint effort. “That’s why we don’t charge, because this is a community service to educate the public on what we do.”

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Credit: Monique Singh-Roy

A display featuring the Disney character Mulan by Sharra Nicholson of Riverhead (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Credit: Monique Singh-Roy

Credit: Monique Singh-Roy

Dora DiFrancesco - Chairperson of Southold Town Garden Club and Regina Rouge - Chairperson of Riverhead Garden Club

Dora DiFrancesco – Chairperson of Southold Town Garden Club and Regina Rouge – Chairperson of Riverhead Garden Club

06/04/13 1:00pm

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Merlot fans will have an opportunity to rejoice Friday (June 7) at this year’s Merlot Confidential featuring unreleased blends, as well as food prepared by world-class Scandinavian Chef Karl Ljung.

The Long Island Merlot Alliance, a nonprofit Merlot advocacy group in Cutchogue, is hosting the “top-secret tasting” event and releasing its newest Merliance blend, which is the only cooperative wine made on Long Island. (more…)