09/25/19 6:00am

As summer turns to fall, the focus at local wineries is on the harvest. For some larger operations, that means maybe a dozen workers manning the vineyards, gathering the bounty of the current vintage.

But for smaller producers, it might mean only a handful of people functioning together like a well-oiled machine to make for the best season. (more…)

10/21/17 6:01am

A bottle of Mattebella Vineyards 2016 Rosé. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

This week’s “Wine of the Week,” Mattebella Vineyards 2016 Rose ($21) found its way into my glass via my wife. She recently went wine tasting to celebrate a friend’s birthday and brought it home among an armful of other bottles. She enjoys finding delicious local wines that I maybe haven’t had in awhile. (more…)

10/11/16 6:00am
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Help a local pet charity help dogs locally and overseas. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

Join the cavalry to help save dogs in the U.S. and overseas at the first-ever “Barktober Bash” this Saturday, Oct. 15, in Riverhead. (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…)

03/10/16 10:00am
The outdoor tasting area at Mattebella Vineyards in Southold. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The outdoor tasting area at Mattebella Vineyards in Southold. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The temperature might still dip below freezing at night, but the recent openings of these North Fork farm stands and markets remind us that the days of beach permits and boating excursions are drawing near. (more…)

10/02/14 11:03am
(Credit: Paul Squire)

These bottles of Hargrave Vineyard wine are on display at Mattebella Vineyards in Southold. (Credit: Paul Squire)

They sit on mantelpieces and countertops and atop wine racks scattered across Suffolk County. 

The wine bottles’ corks remain covered beneath layers of maroon wax; lift them up and the swishing cabernet and merlot is still sealed safely inside. The labels all bear the distinctive vines of Hargrave Vineyard’s earliest vintages, labels that are now peeling from decades of age. (more…)