06/27/16 4:00pm
Anthony Mattis outside the Lieb tasting room on Oregon Road in Cutchogue. (Credit: David Benthal Photography)

Anthony Mattis outside the Lieb Cellars tasting room on Oregon Road in Cutchogue. (Credit: David Benthal Photography)

If Anthony Mattis seems particularly laid-back when he pours you a glass of pinot blanc at Lieb Cellars this summer, it’s because he recently took up Brazilian jiujitsu.

“One of the main things they talk about in jiujitsu is this whole idea of losing your sense of pride,” the 26-year-old said in an interview at the winery’s Cutchogue tasting room, where he is brand ambassador.

“I’ve become very good at just letting stuff glide off my shoulders.”  (more…)

10/14/15 6:35am
Betsy Waugh of Jason's Vineyard. (Credit: David Benthal)

Betsy Waugh of Jason’s Vineyard. (Credit: David Benthal)

Betsy Waugh isn’t your average wine pourer.

Sure, the Northville resident regularly oversees tastings at Jason’s Vineyard in Jamesport, where she’s worked for the past two years.

But there’s one job responsibility in particular that separates Waugh, 55, from the rest of the North Fork’s vineyard employees: She cares the Main Road winery’s three alpaca and 11 sheep. (more…)

07/01/15 7:00am
Sarah Nappa at The Winemaker Studio in Peconic. (Credit: David Benthal)

Sarah Nappa at The Winemaker Studio in Peconic. (Credit: David Benthal Photography)

Sarah Nappa, co-owner of Peconic’s The Winemaker Studio and its adjoining Italian market, Provisions & Ingredients, might never have landed on the North Fork if she hadn’t caught the travel bug while in college.

The 34-year-old native of Littleton, Colo., was an animal science major at Colorado State University when she decided to study abroad in New Zealand and met her future husband, winemaker Anthony Nappa.

“He was doing his wine degree and I was doing animal science,” she said. (more…)

04/16/15 8:00am
Kristen Hand of Sherwood House Vineyards. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Kristen Hand of Sherwood House Vineyards. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Kristen Hand is a former waitress and longtime nanny who knows a thing or two about staying on her toes.

Perhaps that’s why the 28-year-old has adapted so quickly to being tasting room manager at Sherwood House Vineyards in Jamesport, a position she’s held for the past 18 months. (more…)