09/23/15 6:00am

Grapes ripening at Corey Creek VIneyards in Southold. (Credit: Randee Daddona for northforker)

After writing grape harvest reports for more than a decade, I’ve learned a few things. One, every winemaker is hopeful this time of year. Comments like “This will be an outstanding vintage” and “XYZ will be a great year for Long Island wine” abound.

I’ve also learned that it’s not always true. It’s easy to get caught up in the romanticism of wine and wine country, but this is a business — the business of selling wine. That salesmanship begins before the grapes are even picked. (more…)

04/27/15 5:50am
Bedell Cellars

A wedding at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue. (Courtesy Roberto Falck Photography.)

The lush grapevines and budding fruit of Long Island’s vineyards serve as some of the most beautiful backdrops for New York weddings, according to a blogger featured on marthastewartweddings.com. (more…)

12/19/13 2:48pm
Photo by Barbaraellen Koch

Photo by Barbaraellen Koch

Favorable growing conditions and a healthy grape harvest in 2013 were boons to East End vintners, who told Cutchogue organization Merliance that, despite getting off to a rough start, this season ended up being the best on record. (more…)

12/08/13 10:42am
Photo by Katharine Schroeder | The Frisky Oyster's offerings (from left) local clam fritter, Peconic Bay scallops and Oyster Friskafella.

Photo by Katharine Schroeder

Clams, oysters and scallops, oh my!

The second annual Shellabration kicked off in Greenport Saturday with hundreds enjoying the North Fork’s beers, wines and all things shellfish. With all the village has to offer, it’s a good thing the Shellabration is a two-day event. Of the 13 participating restaurant, we checked out theses the four on Saturday (Photos below). The Shellabration continues today starting at noon.  (more…)

12/05/13 12:30pm
volonts

Photo by Carrie Miller | Marguerite Volonts performs every Saturday at Castello di Borghese

North Fork wineries still have lots of great live music for the month of December. Wineries and musicians, send your event info to editor@northforker.com.

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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…)