07/11/16 9:34am
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This is Caci North Fork’s first time being honored by Wine Spectator (Credit: Randee Daddona)

For the first time, Caci North Fork in Southold has been honored with Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for its outstanding wine list. It joins Touch of Venice in Cutchogue, which cracked the list for the third consecutive year.

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05/23/16 6:05am
Cheewing holds a plate of butternut squash ravioli. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Cheewing holds a plate of butternut squash ravioli. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Wine Spectator is encouraging readers to enjoy a meal while getting away from it all this summer at The Red Maple at the Chequit Inn on Shelter Island and Wölffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor. Both restaurants are featured in the Travel section of the magazine’s June 2016 issue.

In a story on page 23, Samantha Falewée says The Red Maple, which opened inside the Chequit last year, is “hitting its stride.” This summer, she said, guests can expect fare like Montauk fluke cooked with white wine.

“On the porch, guests can dine under the restaurant’s namesake 50-year-old maple tree,” Falewée continues. “The renovated lobby offers breakfast that changes daily, then converts to a guests-only wine bar in the afternoon.”

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10/07/15 6:17am
A bottle of Grapes of Roth 2010 merlot. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A bottle of Grapes of Roth 2010 merlot. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Wine Spectator recently reviewed 10 diverse Long Island wines with one local bottle, Grapes of Roth’s 2010 merlot, scoring 92 points.

That “elegant” red, writes Wine Spectator editor Thomas Matthews, has “a polished texture [that] carries balanced flavors of tart cherry, pomegranate, toasted hazelnut and espresso in this expressive red. [It] features firm, well-integrated tannins and lively acidity.” (more…)