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Vera Chinese

Vera Chinese joined The North Shore Sun as a staff writer in January 2010. She was named Associate Web Editor nine months later. She previously worked for the Southampton Press Western Edition and was named the third place 2008 Rookie Reporter of the Year by the New York Press Association. She graduated from Wagner College in 2006 where she received a bachelor's degree in English. She earned a master's degree in English education from New York University in 2007. She is a 2002 graduate of Eastport High School and has lived on the East End for more than 20 years.

08/24/15 6:00am

A scary moment for the crew aboard the "Hammer of the Gods."  Luckily, the vessel was able to sail on. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The mighty Peconic River proved too much of a beast for a group of Scandinavian warriors searching for victory in Riverhead Sunday. Nearly a dozen men had to pull the remains of their sinking Viking vessel, Hammer of the Gods, from the water after it began to flounder. READ

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08/05/15 1:22am
Beck takes the stage at the FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead on Tuesday, Aug. 4. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Beck takes the stage at the FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead on Tuesday, Aug. 4. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

It’s a testament to music producer Nile Rodgers’ sway and influence that he was able to convince some of the biggest acts in music — including the two most recent Grammy Album of the Year winners — to play a concert at a Riverhead vineyard better known for hosting weddings than music festivals.  (more…)

07/06/15 1:02pm
Kareem, Nabeel and Salim Massoud of Paumanok Vineyards hold three of the winery's four 93-point wines, as awarded by The Wine Advocate. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Kareem, Nabeel and Salim Massoud of Paumanok Vineyards hold three of the winery’s four 93-point wines, as awarded by The Wine Advocate. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Long Island wines received enthusiastic and record-breaking reviews from one of the industry’s most influential wine publications last month.

In the most recent edition of Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate — arguably the wine world’s most important publication — 78 wines received scores of 90 and above, a number commonly recognized to denote an outstanding wine.

Two wines received a 94 — the highest ever for a Long Island wine — while five others received a 93 and 17 received a 92. The previous record was 92 points, a score several wines have received from wine critics over the years.

“They were simply impressive, completely refuting any notion anyone might have that this is not a serious wine region,” wrote Wine Advocate critic Mark Squires. “There is plenty of evidence that the region has arrived and is on the cusp of maturity, no longer an outlier, but increasingly reliable in good vintage years.

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06/25/15 9:04pm
Craig Waltz of Long Beard and others in the Long Island beer scene look to Riverhead as the beer ‘hub.’  (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Craig Waltz of Long Beard and others in the Long Island beer scene look to Riverhead as the beer ‘hub.’ (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Riverhead is growing a beard to go along with its mustache.

Inspired by the success of other small Riverhead beer companies like Moustache Brewing Co., start-up brewery Long Beard Brewing Co. signed a lease to rent space at an old fire station in Riverhead this morning. The brewery will be located at the former second street firehouse in downtown Riverhead.

Co-owner Paul Carlin said no opening date has been set, though he and business partner Craig Waltz are looking at March 2016.

“It’s kind of hard to say. It’s impossible to predict. The licensing process itself could take up to nine months,” Carlin said. “But we’re very, very excited.”

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