11/11/15 6:20am
Sherwood House photos by Randee Daddona.

Sherwood House photos by Randee Daddona.

Looking for a place to warm your toes this coming winter?

The NoFo’s tasting rooms are the place to be if you need a respite from frigid temps and what can seem to be never-melting snow.

Order a flight and snuggle up near the fireplaces at these six cozy North Fork spots. (more…)

09/30/15 6:35am
Northforker file photo

Northforker file photo

Oyster lovers unite.

This Sunday, Oct. 4th is Sparkling Pointe Winery’s 4th annual Local Oyster Showcase.

The event spotlights local oyster farmers as local chefs use their oysters in delicious recipes. Along with the shellfish extravaganza, guests can also sample Sparkling Pointe wines and listen to live jazz.

“The oysters are in season now, which is nice,” said Sparkling Pointe marketing coordinator Kelsey Cheslock.  “And they’re just at the beginning of their season, which is even better.”

Guests will  sample oysters from three local oyster farms. They will include oysters from Ketcham’s Seafarm, which produces Peconic Gold oysters in Peconic Bay, Harvest Moon Shellfish which produces the Eastern 0yster, also in Peconic Bay and Noank Agriculture Cooperative, which grow Peconic Pearl oysters in Southold Bay.

“The premise of the event is to have the oysters served raw on the halfshell by their farmer,” Cheslock added. “Then the farmers are also going to pair up with one or two of the restaurants that we are showcasing as well.”

Guests will also sample the oysters in delectable dishes made by chefs from The Frisky Oyster, Blue Canoe, First + South, A Lure & A Mano and The Kitchen by Waterside Caterers.

“It’s a chance for all of our guests; locals, Long Islanders and guests from New York City to really connect with our local community as well as our local oyster farmers and local chefs after this very busy season,” Cheslock said.

The oyster showcase runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.  Tickets and information are available at www.sparklingpointe.com or by calling (631) 765-0200.

Pre-sale tickets are $40 per person and include a dozen oysters, a glass of Sparkling Pointe wine and reserved seating, according to  Cheslock.

“There is no limit to tickets [sold[, we’ll just keep going through oysters and going through wine,” she said.

Sparkling Pointe Winery is located at 39750 County Road 48 in Southold.

07/25/15 11:24pm
Samba dancers perform at the 2015 Sparkling Pointe Carnaval celebration. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Samba dancers perform at the 2015 Sparkling Pointe Carnaval celebration. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

The samba dancers swayed their bead-clad hips to the rhythm of a bass drum as Sparkling Pointe celebrated its sixth annual Carnaval festivities at the Southold winery on Saturday, July 25.

Wine Country’s all-sparkling wine vineyard feted the release of its Cuvée Carnaval Rouge with live music by Samba Nova Band, Brazilian drummers, dancers and “samba queens.”

“It’s a lovely, fruity wine with a lot of cherry flavor,” said Sparkling Pointe winemaker Gilles Martin. “It doesn’t have a lot of tannin. It’s an easy drinking summer sparkling wine. Enjoy with a picnic or barbecue.”

Sparkling Pointe owners Cynthia and Tom Rosicki often visit Brazil and pay tribute to the country’s largest festival, Carnaval, each year at the vineyard.

Check out photos from the event below. (more…)

07/22/15 2:08pm
Cattle at McCall Ranch (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Cattle at McCall Ranch
(Credit: Vera Chinese)

Peconic Land Trust will host its 13th Annual “Through Farms and Fields” country supper benefit on August 2, 2015. This year the event will honor the conservation efforts of Russell C. McCall — and you’re invited.

“Farms and Fields” celebrates the bounty of the East End, from the produce of our local farms and vineyards to the fish and seafood that comes from our waters. This year’s Master of Ceremonies will be chef and TV host George Hirsch. It will be the first time that the event is being held on the North Fork at McCall Vineyards and Ranch in Cutchogue. (more…)