Pick up a bottle of Sparkling Point Brut on your next visit to Stirling Sake in Greenport. (Credit: David Benthal photos)
Remember the days when dinner was a protein-starch-veggie affair? There’s no shame if you can’t. Food may still sustain us, but these days it’s also meant to entertain us.
Blame the millennials, Instagram and wine and food subscription services, but experiential dining is now at the head of the table.
The Long Island restaurant scene has become more creative — putting a greater emphasis on shareable conversation-starting tapas, local ingredients and plating dishes so artistically they look almost too good to eat. (more…)
Our spring wine picks pose for a photo at Palmer Vineyards in Riverhead. (Credit: David Benthal)
As the snow melts and the weather warms, we all start thinking about the early spring bounty Long Island has in store for us. From leafy greens like the season’s first spinach to crunchier vegetables like radishes and asparagus to the first ramps and garlic scapes that shoot from the ground, we’re soon going to have a wide array of local produce to eat. (more…)
One of the things that makes local Cabernet Franc such an exciting category is the diversity you can find. Some will taste oakier than others — be it raw wood flavor or oak-born qualities like vanilla and roasted nuts. (more…)
Bedell Cellars winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich has been making some of Long Island’s top wines for years — more than most, in fact. But with the release of this week’s Wine of the Week— Bedell Cellars 2017 Taste Nouveau — he’s broken a bit of new ground. (more…)
There was a time in this country’s history when hard apple cider was the drink of choice — not wine or beer. That has obviously changed since then, but cider has made a serious comeback in recent years.
A lot of the cider you find on shelves today isn’t very good. It is mass-produced, sweet and unbalanced, and meant more as a beer alternative than anything else. It’s packaged as such, too, available in six packs at just about any store that also sells beer. These ciders aren’t very interesting and you’ll probably never see them mentioned in these pages. (more…)