03/24/15 8:00am
Some vineyards allow you to bring outside food. (Credit: Grant Parpan, file photo)

Some vineyards allow you to bring outside food. (Credit: Grant Parpan, file photo)

Food and wine is a classic combination. While some North Fork wineries only allow you to nosh on the food they already offer in-house, plenty of others invite you to pair their wine with your own snacks.   (more…)

08/20/14 1:00pm
We at northforker love watching Friday night sunsets at Palmer Vineyards in Aquebouge. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

We at northforker love watching Friday night sunsets at Palmer Vineyards in Aquebouge. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

As much as we love our region’s wineries, we lament the fact many put the tasting bottles away long before the sun goes down, even on the weekends.

If you find the hour getting late, but still want to sip, here are eight North Fork tasting rooms that stay open until 8 p.m. or later at least one day a week. (more…)

11/04/13 12:44pm
wine tasting photo by carrie miller

Photo by Carrie Miller

The North Fork will be full this weekend celebrating Veterans Day. In honor of those who serve and have served in our military, North Fork wineries have a host of specials, discounts and events planned for the weekend. Free shuttle buses will stop at these wineries (unless noted) and the shuttle bus schedule can be found below.

For more northforker.com coverage of events planned for Veterans Day Weekend, click the Taste North Fork tag. (more…)

05/23/13 9:00am

Music in the vines
The wineries will be hopping for Memorial Day 2013. Tastings abound and what goes better with wine than good tunes? Here’s a quick roundup of live music events this weekend at North Fork wineries. These shows are all during the day, but if you’re looking for more late-night sounds, check northforker.com on Friday for our Live Music Calendar for North Fork bars and nightspots. (more…)

10/09/11 8:25pm
Jamesport

SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | Barbara Smithen, co-owner of Sherwood House Vineyards, in the tasting room of the vineyard’s Jamesport location.

When Barbara and Charles Smithen sold their apartment in Manhattan in 1996 and began renting, Mr. Smith asked his wife what she’d like to do with their profit.

“I said, ‘I don’t want to buy any more cement. I don’t want to be in the stock market. I want to buy land,’” Ms. Smithen said, sitting on a cream white couch in the tasting room of Sherwood House Vineyards in Jamesport.

So the couple purchased a small farmhouse and modest 38-acre farm in Mattituck and began growing grapes. They called their land Sherwood House Vineyards, using Mr. Smithen’s middle name. (more…)

09/09/11 8:20pm

SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard owners Sam Rubin, Sharon Levine and Josh Levine.

Sam Rubin knew he wanted to work on a farm when he planted his first garden in the mid-1940s during World War II. He was 16 at the time, and people were encouraged to plant what were called “victory gardens” to grow their own food.

Mr. Rubin went on to own two farms in upstate New York and in Vermont, and in 1988 he purchased a 17-acre farm on Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow. (more…)