12/12/18 6:00am

Bedell Cellars 2016 Cabernet Franc. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

Though it may not ripen as consistently as merlot, I still find Long Island’s cabernet franc-based wines to be some of the most compelling. It’s especially true when the winemaker steps back and lets the fruit speak for itself rather than covering it up with excessive new oak barrels.

There is a place for smoky, vanilla-tinged red wine, of course, but Long Island’s best cabernet franc typically features far less of an oak footprint, if it has one at all. (more…)

06/20/18 5:55am

Guests enjoy the vineyard dinner at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue Saturday. (Credit: Madison Fender)

Boasting one of the best winery views around, Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue provides a setting for weddings and other events desiring a certain ambience few places can match.

On Saturday it was the backdrop for something a little different: dinner.  (more…)

04/10/18 6:10am

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…)

04/07/18 6:10am
Long Island wine spring picks

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…)