11/11/19 6:00am

Warm up with some bubbly and tasty treats at Sparkling Pointe this month. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

There are a lot of great food and wine events across the North Fork each year. The best ones, in this writer’s opinion, are the events that bring together two or more of of our favorite purveyors in one space at a reasonable price. READ

11/09/19 5:57am

I’ve come across several books about and related to the Long Island wine community over the years. My two favorites have been 2003’s “The Vineyard: The Pleasures and Perils of Creating an American Family Winery,” by Louisa Hargrave who founded our local wine region in the 1970s with her then-husband Alex, and more recently Eileen Duffy’s “Behind the Bottle: The Rise of Wine on Long Island.” READ

10/17/19 9:00pm

Jamesport Farm Brewery is serving up a pumpkin and yam beer. (Credit: David Benthal)

The seasons are changing and craft beer, ever versatile, is shifting gears to match.

As the warm, hazy days of summer cool and shorten, the light, bright brews of backyard cookouts and ballgames yield to more malt-forward libations that showcase the flavors of fall.

Luckily, the North Fork is home to several craft breweries that offer autumn flavors by the pint. Here’s a fall beer pick for five of them. (more…)

10/16/19 6:00am

Credit: Farm Country Kitchen

As the seasons change and we begin to enter the cooler months there’s just one thing we’re not ready to give up: dining and imbibing al fresco.

Borrowed from Italians, the phrase “al fresco” means “in the cool air,” and while cool air can be refreshing, having a fire pit or outdoor fireplace nearby makes the outdoor experience all the cozier.

Here are our five picks for venues across the North Fork offering outdoor warmth. (more…)