10/09/14 11:00am
Frosae wine sorbet is made from long Island wine. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Frosae wine sorbet is made from long Island wine. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The first time ice cream maker John Pastore made Frosae, an Italian ice-style treat made with wine, it was for a private party in 2010.

The brainchild of Pastore and his retired English teacher friend Ben Amato, the product seemed promising but they didn’t know how their invention would be received. (more…)

09/01/14 7:00am
Grapes ripening at Clovis Point vineyard in Jamesport. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Grapes ripening at Clovis Point vineyard in Jamesport. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

While Long Island’s grapes weathered a harsh winter just fine, the unusually erratic and wet winter months upstate New York experienced have led to extreme losses of grapes across that region, putting the local commodity in high demand, according to the state Department of Agriculture and Markets. (more…)

04/13/13 6:50pm
PHOTO COURTESY OF DAWN WATSON, PRESS NEWS GROUP | Harvest East End was well attended on the North Fork in 2012 (above). This year the event moves to the North Fork for the first time.

PHOTO COURTESY OF DAWN WATSON, PRESS NEWS GROUP | Harvest East End was well attended on the North Fork in 2012 (above). This year the event moves to the North Fork for the first time.

It’s been 40 years since Alex and Louisa Hargrave planted the first vinifera vines on the North Fork, founding Hargrave Vineyard in Cutchogue.

Fast-forward to today: Long Island Wine Country boasts more than 60 wineries and has been named one of Wine Enthusiast’s 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2013 — placing the region in the company of destinations like Rioja, Spain, which has over 600 wineries. (more…)

04/09/13 4:10pm
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GIANNA VOLPE FILE PHOTO | Lieb Cellars director of sales John Morales (from left), advertising consultant Peter Pace and owner Mark Lieb in front of the the Cutchogue tasting room.

A New York-based investment company has purchased both the Lieb Cellars vineyard and winery in Cutchogue and the Premium Wine Group in Mattituck for an undisclosed amount, the winery announced March 28.

Southport Lane, a private equity firm, is combining the two businesses into company. Mark Lieb, who founded Lieb Cellars and co-founded the Premium Wine Group, which makes wines for vineyards without production facilities, will serve as chairman of the board of the new company. (more…)

01/13/13 6:35pm

Here’s something to warm you up for the winter: The North Fork of Long Island now has something in common with Rioja, Spain and Danube, Austria. All three regions were included in Wine Enthusiast’s recent list of the Top 10 Wine Destinations in the World for 2013.

The news comes three months after travel company TripAdvisor named Long Island one of the top five wine destinations in the country. (more…)

10/24/12 6:42pm

GIANNA VOLPE FILEPHOTO | Workers set up bird netting on a block of cabernet franc at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck in August.

Long Island’s wine region is one of the best in the country, according to TripAdvisor’s 2012 list of the United States’ top 10 wine destinations.

Sonoma and Napa valleys in California hold the top two slots, respectively, with Long Island trailing just behind Oregon’s Willamette Valley in third place and New York’s Finger Lakes region in fourth. (more…)