04/22/19 6:00am
Shinn Estate Vineyards in Mattituck is one place where wine tasting and overnight lodging intersect. (Credit: David Benthal)

A daytrip to North Fork wine country can be a romantic getaway for two or an immersive wine tasting shared with friends. But for those who want to further enhance the experience, it’s now possible to visit local wineries and soak up the atmosphere not just for a day, but for an entire weekend. 

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02/12/19 6:05am

 

The outdoor space at Jamesport Vineyards in summer. (Northforker file photo)

When Jamesport Vineyards winemaker Dean Babiar arrived in 2014 as harvest was winding down — everything was picked except for riesling for late harvest dessert wine — it was, of course, news. Any winemaker change is news in a relatively small region like Long Island. Looking back, it probably should have been bigger news.  (more…)

08/08/18 6:00am

Swedish sculptor Lars Widenfalk creates a piece of artwork at Sparkling Pointe in Southold. (Credit: Erika Peters)

Master sculptors from around the world are inviting North Fork winery-goers to watch them create new works of art amidst the vines — right before their very eyes.

The Artida Cultural Center and the Long Island Wine Council have teamed up with East End International Sculpture Symposium and I Love NY to present “Sculpture in the Vines.” (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…)

02/24/18 6:15am

Bedell Cellars was one of several local wineries to pour at the event. (Photo credit: Krysten Massa)

Long Island Winterfest launched its 11th season with a kickoff party at Hotel Indigo East End Friday.  (more…)

09/22/17 6:01am

Petillant Naturel Albariño

Jamesport Vineyards Petillant Naturel Albariño. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Jamesport Vineyards has added a trio of unusual, easy-drinking sparklers to its portfolio.

Look for a pink grapefruit-colored syrah, an amber cabernet franc and a straw yellow albariño (the northforker favorite) made in the pétillant naturel style in the tasting room this fall. (more…)

06/26/17 12:42pm

A Jamesport Vineyards staffer pours some local selections. (Credit: David Benthal photos)

Now in its third year, North Fork Crush Artisanal Food and Wine Festival returned to Jamesport Vineyards on Saturday, June 24.

More than two dozen wine producers gathered at the Main Road vineyard and offered samples of their wines — many poured by the winemakers themselves — and bottles for purchase.

We sent contributing northforker photographer David Benthal to capture the fun.

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