06/09/18 5:44am

Ripening grapes at Palmer Vineyards in the rain. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

You’ve probably noticed that over the past month or so our local vineyards have gone from brown and drab to green and vibrant, with shoots reaching farther toward the sky every day. That’s because bud break arrived in early May, starting with early varieties during the first week of and others since then.

Bud break is the first stage of the grapevine growing cycle that — if all goes well — results in ripe, flavorful grapes in the fall, which our local vintners then turn into the wines we all enjoy. (more…)

06/04/18 5:55am

Chris Geymayr with 8-year-old Pitbull Tango, winning Saturday’s competition with 21 feet, 1 inch.

It’s long been disputed what’s truly man’s best friend: Dog or beer?

At Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. this weekend, men and women alike didn’t have to choose between the two. (more…)

06/02/18 6:10am

Oscar Amada inside the company’s Southampton roastery. (Credit: David Benthal)

Many people say coffee is their lifeblood, that caffeine-loaded cups power them through Monday morning meetings and Friday afternoon slumps.

For Hampton Coffee Company’s Oscar Amada, however, coffee does more than fuel his grind — it is his grind.  (more…)