05/22/17 6:00am

Harper’s Bazaar recommended a stop at Kontokosta Winery in a recent roundup of NYC getaways. (Credit: Kontokosta courtesy photo)

This just in from Harper’s Bazaar and its roundup of the best last-minute weekend getaways from New York City.

Our own slice of paradise, the North Fork, made the cut. (more…)

04/24/17 6:03am
The tasting room at Kontokosta Winery . (Credit: Randee Daddona)

The tasting room at Kontokosta Winery. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Choosing the exact coordinates for Kontokosta Winery’s tasting room was no arbitrary decision.

To find them, brothers and business owners Michael and Constantine Kontokosta set out on the Greenport property one day with a yardstick, some duct tape and a ladder in search of the perfect sightline to the bluff at the edge of their 62-acre property.

“We’d put the ladder down. Step up a few rungs and say, ‘Nope. It’s got to come over a few feet,’ ” said Michael Kontokosta, who also has the added surveying advantage of being 6-foot-4.

It took about an hour and quite a bit of bickering, but the brothers finally pinpointed what would be the center of the stately yet modern structure.

“We said, OK, everything starts from this point,” he said.

When asked if he thinks he made the correct decision, he doesn’t even pause: “I know we got it right.” (more…)

09/30/16 6:04am
Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue. (Credit: Bedell Cellars courtesy photo/W Studios NYC)

Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue. (Credit: Bedell Cellars courtesy photo/W Studios NYC)

Wine is not tasted in a vacuum.

Yes, elegant yet rustic architecture and friendly, professional service will enhance your visit to the East End. But what really pairs well with a trip to Long Island Wine Country is the backdrop of the land on which the grapes were grown.

From manicured gardens, to sloping acres of vines, to the dazzling sight of the Long Island Sound at sunset, many outdoor tasting spots on the North Fork offer relaxing and impressive settings for a tasting flight.

Here are five of our favorites. (more…)

09/19/16 10:57am
The North Fork Food Truck visits McCall Wines in Cutchogue with Burger Firdays. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

The North Fork Food Truck visits McCall Wines in Cutchogue for Friday’s Burger Night. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

With those long summer days coming to an end, many wineries have begun to reduce their hours.

But if you find the evening is getting late and you still want to sip a while longer, here are eight tasting rooms that are still serving until 7:30 p.m. or later. (more…)

02/10/16 6:04am
Slow-roasted pork belly in an apple cider reduction with farmer's hash at Petulant Wino. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Chef Tom Schaudel of The Petulant Wino (pictured above) will discuss appetizers during Peconic Land Trust’s “Long Island Grown III: Food and Beverage Artisans at Work” series. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Want some cooking inspiration from the chefs at Nick & Toni’s or dessert advice from the farmer behind Wickham’s Fruit Farm?

Then join Peconic Land Trust for its annual series of conversations with local farmers and food and beverage producers. Whether it’s a discussion on drinks with chef Noah Schwartz of Noah’s or dessert with Patty’s Berries and Bunches, there’s sure to be something for everyone. (more…)

05/11/14 2:00pm

North Fork Google Satellite

I still remember that strange feeling I had the first time I ever saw my childhood home on Google Earth. How did they do that? A UFO?

Then Google rolled out the street view featured on it’s maps. To this day, it’s the single biggest motivating factor for me mowing my lawn and not getting the newspaper in Tony Soprano morningwear.

Now Google has something even cooler for us to waste time with, a timeline that allows you to scroll through Google Earth and Street View images as they were captured over the years.  (more…)