09/30/16 6:04am
Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue. (Credit: Bedell Cellars courtesy photo/W Studios NYC)

Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue. (Credit: Bedell Cellars courtesy photo/W Studios NYC)

Wine is not tasted in a vacuum.

Yes, elegant yet rustic architecture and friendly, professional service will enhance your visit to the East End. But what really pairs well with a trip to Long Island Wine Country is the backdrop of the land on which the grapes were grown.

From manicured gardens, to sloping acres of vines, to the dazzling sight of the Long Island Sound at sunset, many outdoor tasting spots on the North Fork offer relaxing and impressive settings for a tasting flight.

Here are five of our favorites. (more…)

06/23/16 8:21am
Three generations of the Baiz family at their Vineyard in Southold. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Three generations of The Old Field family at their farm in Southold. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

When vintners Ros and Chris Baiz founded The Old Field Vineyards in Southold in the late 1990s, they received advice from local farmers and vineyards managers that was often helpful but sometimes confusing.

At the time, Ros Baiz was a mother of two in her fifties with no farming experience. She remembers asking a farmer if she was plowing her field correctly and being unable to get a straight answer.

“I said, ‘How am I doing?’ He said, ‘I don’t know,’ ” she recalled recently. “I said, ‘Well, am I going too fast, too slow?’ He said, ‘Maybe.’ ”

As frustrating as that exchange may have been, it contained a truth that colored the Baizes’ approach to farming for years to come.  (more…)

03/01/16 7:52am
Children race across the field in search of Easter eggs at the PBA Easter egg hunt in Southold last year. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Children race across the field in search of Easter eggs at the PBA hunt in Southold last year. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

What better way to burn off the sugar contained in a chickadee-shaped marshmallow than with a mad dash for Easter eggs?

Easter Sunday might be slightly early this year (the holiday falls on March 27), but there are still plenty of North Fork venues hosting outdoor egg hunts this March, with some also hosting their hunts indoors.

Here are nine egg hunts scheduled locally this season. If we missed any of your favorite Easter egg hunts, please tell us in the comments section below. (more…)