06/03/19 6:01am

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Ever meet a staffer who greets you with a smile at a local restaurant or bar and say, “I wish I got to know more about that person.”

It happens to our staff all the time as we come across interesting people with big personalities making a living at cafés, markets, wineries and shops across the North Fork. (more…)

11/21/17 5:59am
Gibson Campbell, Regan Meador and author Lenn Thompson. (Credit: David Benthal)

Gibson Campbell, Caleb Barber, Regan Meador and author Lenn Thompson enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving dinner with plenty of wine. (Credit: David Benthal)

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in November 2015

When considering your Thanksgiving wine choices, here’s the only advice you need: Drink good wine.

Don’t complicate it any more than that.

OK. You probably want to know why it’s that simple, and I’m happy to explain it. I’ve written Thanksgiving-related stories for at least a decade, just like every other wine writer — from local guys like me to national columnists in the big, glossy magazines. Some feel compelled to do so, but often we’re told to write these stories because they’re apparently popular, though I don’t actually understand why. None of my friends or family members stress about what wines they’re going to pour with their turkey dinner. You shouldn’t either.  (more…)

04/12/13 7:04pm
SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | A Palmer white is poured at the Grand Tasting in New York City.

SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | A Palmer white is poured at the Grand Tasting in New York City.

More than 200 people filled one of New York City’s largest wine stores in mid-March to swirl, sip and spit hundreds of wines from over 40 wineries that call New York State home.

Representatives from each winery set up shop in Astor Center in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood for a Grand Tasting sponsored by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, where they served their wines first to members of the media and then to the general public. (more…)