06/02/17 5:56am

Enjoy a blind tasting at Waters Crest Winery on Sunday. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Do you think you’d choose a fine French wine over a high quality glass of Long Island merlot?

Find out this weekend as Waters Crest Winery in Cutchogue hosts its “Best of the Crest” event on Sunday, June 4. (more…)

04/18/17 6:00am
A bottle of 'Share the Love' White Blend. (Credit: Madison Fender)

A bottle of ‘Share the Love’ White Blend. (Credit: Madison Fender)

It’s spring on the North Fork. The air is fresh and the great outdoors is calling.

We asked Long Island food and wine pros what they will be drinking this season. This is what they said.

The catch? Winemakers cannot pick their own brands.


01/24/17 6:03am
Waters Crest Winery

Jim Waters inside his Cutchogue tasting room. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

It was the biggest leap of faith Jim Waters ever took in his life.

In October 2003, Waters, then a home winemaker working out of his Manorville garage, opened Waters Crest Winery in Cutchogue. The boutique operation initially produced a few hundred cases per year, which is teeny-tiny even by Long Island standards. But it attracted a loyal following of wine enthusiasts looking for an intimate tasting experience.

Two years later, Waters realized he needed to make a deeper commitment to his hobby-turned-business. So after two successful decades in hospitality and service businesses, he quit his management position at Budget Truck Rental.

The Waters family was all in. (more…)

05/03/16 6:01am
Whole Le Crepe at last year's Taste of the East End event (Credit: Long Island Aquarium)

Tina Paola of Whole Le Crepe at last year’s Taste of the East End event (Credit: Long Island Aquarium)

Sample all the East End has to offer at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center’s second annual Taste the East End event, scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 29.

It’s an evening that highlights the foods, craft beverages and wines that are locally sourced, cultivated and brewed on both of Long Island’s forks.

“We wanted an event that showcases everything that the East End has to offer all in one special night,” said Long Island Aquarium event coordinator Nicole Buckley. (more…)

01/26/16 11:05am
Jim Waters behind the bar at his new Cutchogue tasting room. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Jim Waters behind the bar at his new Cutchogue tasting room. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

After spending several years searching for a centrally located tasting room space, Waters Crest Winery is moving into new digs on Main Road in Cutchogue.

Winemaker and owner Jim Waters expects the 1,350-square-foot, one-story brick building to be open to the public in mid-February, pending final approval from the State Liquor Authority.

“It’s taken time to find the right location,” Waters said during an interview at the handsome new space Monday. “Unfortunately, they don’t open up that often.” (more…)