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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.

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.

Read more on northforker.com

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.”

Read the full story on northforker.com.

06/19/15 8:06pm
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PeraBell Food Bar East hosted a family and friends night Friday. Expect a grand opening after July 4. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It’s friends and family night at PeraBell Food Bar East in Riverhead, which is still more than two weeks away from its grand opening, and co-owner John Peragine is manning the 7,000 pound pizza oven imported from Naples, Italy.

He has agreed to an interview, but before he can talk about the new eatery, one of Riverhead’s most-anticipated of 2015, he has to feed a very important customer.

“One second,” he says, as he lays out three slices of thin crust pizza for his mother, Julia.  (more…)

04/19/15 5:12pm

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Tinamarie Cantanese of Baiting Hollow brought a mason jar of freshly squeezed tomato juice to stand out among the competition. And Bridget Senefelder of Miller Place hoped a bottle of Jim Beam Devil’s Cut 90 would get her noticed.

No, a can of V8 juice and a celery stalk wasn’t going to cut it for the the judges in the bloody mary contest at the second annual North Fork Horseradish Festival on Sunday.

Read all about this year’s winner and see more photos from the event at northforker.com.