03/19/18 6:03am

Get ready to sample artisan pickles at Backyard Brine’s Cutchogue tasting room. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Five years ago, Randy and Cori Kopke viewed making pickles as little more than a hobby. The avid gardeners plucked cumbers from their yard and began experimenting with homemade brines.

Little did they know they were laying the groundwork for their pickle company, Backyard Brine. (more…)

03/18/18 12:00pm

Guests marveled at the updated building last Sunday with its wood ceiling and soft skating surface. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Here are the seven most-read stories this week on northforker.com. To keep up with food, wine, real estate and lifestyle news on the North Fork, like us on Facebook, check out our Instagram page (@The_Northforker) and follow @northforker1 on Twitter.  (more…)

The Cranberry Bog Preserve in Riverhead is a 165-acre park of whats left of an abandoned cranberry-growing operation. Nature trails allow for sights of the Little Peconic River as well as different bird species and other wildlife.

This month was the grand opening of a new footbridge at the preserve.

Spend a minute there with us.

03/17/18 5:38am

As of a few days ago, I’ve been writing about wine for 14 years — just about all of that focused on New York and Long Island wine. Perhaps not surprisingly, I tend to reminisce every time the anniversary passes.

When I first visited Long Island Wine Country just a few weeks after moving here for a job almost two decades ago, I wasn’t long out of graduate school. I guess you could call me a wine drinker at the time, mostly because I thought it was a grown-up alternative to cheap beer. But like many underemployed grad students, I mostly drank cheap stuff: stuff that I now know was probably factory-made and definitely wasn’t very good. I remember drinking a lot of Australian wine with animals on the label. Blue Marlin Chardonnay was a favorite. I had very little experience with Old World wines, save beaujolais nouveau at Thanksgiving — another wine I know better than to drink today. (more…)