01/13/17 6:00am
This barn will soon host private parties at Jamesport Vineyards. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

This rustic barn will soon host private parties at Jamesport Vineyards. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

Jamesport Vineyards will soon offer a secluded space for private tastings in addition to its main tasting room and manicured back lawn.

An old wooden cauliflower shed on the Main Road property will be reborn as an event space, open for private parties and intimate tastings. (more…)

10/29/16 6:00am

If you were to compare the 2016 Long Island vintage to a bottle of wine, it might be the kind you’d serve at a dinner party for friends — but perhaps not the special occasion reserve you were saving for your 25th wedding anniversary.

Harvest reports from across the East End are rolling in, and the prognosis is that 2016 is shaping up to be a challenging but manageable year. It will likely be remembered as a perfectly respectable vintage. (more…)

05/04/16 6:01am
Three generations of the Goerler family at the North Fork Crush event at Jamesport Vineyards on June 27, 2015. From left: Alex, Ron Jr. and Ron Sr. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Three generations of the Goerler family at the North Fork Crush event at Jamesport Vineyards in June 2015. From left: Alex, Ron Jr. and Ron Sr. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It was 1986 when Ron Goerler Sr. purchased the 165-year-old barn that houses the winery and tasting room at Jamesport Vineyards.

Today, the stately structure is still in use, but Goerler’s son Ron Jr. now oversees production of the nearly 5,000 cases the winery makes each year. And the third generation of Goerlers, Ron Jr.’s children, help out in the vineyard.

Now, one of Long Island Wine Country’s founding families is celebrating 30 years of growing North Fork wine by hosting a “Burning of the Vines” party, where food cooked over old vine branches will be served. (more…)

10/16/15 5:50am

grapes vineyardWhat do you think of when you hear the term “Long Island wine?”

Does it call to mind supple, sophisticated bottles of cabernet franc and merlot, or a crisp sauvignon blanc that pairs perfectly with oysters harvested from Peconic Bay? Or maybe, for you, Long Island wine is less synonymous with the product itself, but a summer day spent “out east” drinking rosé and laughing with friends?

In the 42 years since Alex and Louisa Hargrave planted the first commercial vineyard in Cutchogue, the industry, like that of any burgeoning wine region, has experienced periods of significant change in both atmosphere and reputation.

And until recently, there has never been a large-scale, unified effort to create a brand.  (more…)

01/23/15 4:35pm
Workers harvest cabernet franc at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck this past fall. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Workers harvest cabernet franc grapes at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck this past fall. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

In Long Island Wine Country, merlot has always been king.

As the island’s most widely planted and produced grape, the ubiquitous, sturdy varietal has certainly made its mark.  (more…)

01/14/15 12:05pm
Dean Babiar at Jamesport Vineyards on Tuesday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Dean Babiar at Jamesport Vineyards on Tuesday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Dean Babiar has worked with wine all over the globe, from cellars in Napa Valley, California, to vineyards in Bordeaux, France to wineries in New Zealand.

But the 30-year-old winemaker said it was a taste of Jamesport Vineyards merlot and cabernet franc, given to him by his brother several years ago, that made him consider a career on the North Fork. (more…)

11/11/14 10:50am
Riders using the free shuttle service during the 2014 Taste North Fork weekend more than doubled from the previous year. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Riders using the free shuttle service during the 2014 Taste North Fork weekend more than doubled from the previous year. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Perhaps it was the I Love New York bus traveling around New York City, with a wrap advertising adventures that can be found in a city-dweller’s backyard, that helped the Taste North Fork festival gain momentum and double attendance in its second year. (more…)