09/20/16 10:34am
Winemakers must navigate many factors at harvest to create a delicious glass of wine. (Credit: Randee Daddona for northforker)

Winemakers must navigate many factors at harvest to create a delicious glass of wine. (Credit: Randee Daddona for northforker)

While many people enjoy fall vineyard parties and tasting excursions in harvest season, they rarely see the exhausting work performed inside the winery during that time. (more…)

10/16/15 5:50am

grapes vineyardWhat do you think of when you hear the term “Long Island wine?”

Does it call to mind supple, sophisticated bottles of cabernet franc and merlot, or a crisp sauvignon blanc that pairs perfectly with oysters harvested from Peconic Bay? Or maybe, for you, Long Island wine is less synonymous with the product itself, but a summer day spent “out east” drinking rosé and laughing with friends?

In the 42 years since Alex and Louisa Hargrave planted the first commercial vineyard in Cutchogue, the industry, like that of any burgeoning wine region, has experienced periods of significant change in both atmosphere and reputation.

And until recently, there has never been a large-scale, unified effort to create a brand.  (more…)

08/11/15 12:16pm
A bottle of Paumanok Vineyards chenin blanc. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A bottle of Paumanok Vineyards chenin blanc. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A New York Times article about the resurgence of chenin blanc among American winemakers and winelovers cited Paumanok Vineyards as leading the way on Long Island.

The Gray Lady states that the Aquebogue winery, which is the only Long Island vineyard currently growing chenin blanc, now has nine acres devoted to the white grape, which originates in central France’s Loire Valley. (more…)

08/19/14 12:51pm
Pindar Vineyards proprietor "Dr. Dan" Damianos (in purple sweater) hosts a barrel tasting and behind-the-scenes tour for Pindar Wine Club members. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Pindar Vineyards proprietor “Dr. Dan” Damianos (in purple sweater) hosts a barrel tasting and behind-the-scenes tour for Pindar Wine Club members. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Herodotus Damianos, a medical doctor, North Fork wine pioneer and the founder of Pindar Vineyards, Long Island’s biggest wine producer, died on Monday, according to a family spokesman. He was 82. (more…)

01/11/14 3:00pm

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With temperatures hovering just above the freezing point on the North Fork, now may be the time to consider cruising to a tropical getaway. And if you take this summertime Mediterranean wine cruise, you can bring a little bit of the East End with you. (more…)

08/06/13 10:00am

lamb roast paumanok vineyards

Paumanok Vineyards is turning 30 this year and the celebration continues late into the summer with a annual lamb feast.

As part of the Third Annual ilili Lamb Roast, Paumanok Vineyards will serve up a gourmet barbeque to be enjoyed outside by the vines on Tuesday August 20. (more…)

10/24/12 6:42pm

GIANNA VOLPE FILEPHOTO | Workers set up bird netting on a block of cabernet franc at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck in August.

Long Island’s wine region is one of the best in the country, according to TripAdvisor’s 2012 list of the United States’ top 10 wine destinations.

Sonoma and Napa valleys in California hold the top two slots, respectively, with Long Island trailing just behind Oregon’s Willamette Valley in third place and New York’s Finger Lakes region in fourth. (more…)