What do you think of when you hear the term “Long Island wine?”
Does it call to mind supple, sophisticated bottles of cabernet franc and merlot, or a crisp sauvignon blanc that pairs perfectly with oysters harvested from Peconic Bay? Or maybe, for you, Long Island wine is less synonymous with the product itself, but a summer day spent “out east” drinking rosé and laughing with friends?
In the 42 years since Alex and Louisa Hargrave planted the first commercial vineyard in Cutchogue, the industry, like that of any burgeoning wine region, has experienced periods of significant change in both atmosphere and reputation.
And until recently, there has never been a large-scale, unified effort to create a brand. READ
Brian Curtin wanted Pure North Fork, the new restaurant he manages at Wading River’s Great Rock Golf Club, to stand apart from its predecessor.
The golf course’s former restaurant, Blackwells, was a more traditional steakhouse featuring mahogany tables and high prices. So when that closed in January 2014 and new ownership took over, Curtin, who manages the golf course and also managed Blackwells, saw an opportunity.
In its place is a “craft bistro” emphasizing local ingredients and a casual atmosphere. And, speaking of prices, when Pure North Fork opened to the public Monday, the only menu items costing more than $30 were prime steaks. READ
Restaurateurs Matt DeMar and John Cestare have heeded the call of hungry Riverhead area residents in search of a downtown brunch spot for after church services or weekend youth soccer games. READ
Candice Schott, pictured here with her son Rowan Schur, is launching a grocery delivery service called ‘North Fork Provisions.’ (Credit: Vera Chinese)
The drive from Greenport Village to Lake Grove, where one of Suffolk County’s only two Trader Joe’s stores is located, is 52 miles long and takes at least an hour to complete. READ
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
Paumanok Vineyards took home the Winery of the Year Award at the 2015 New York Wine and Food Classic marking the third year in a row a Long Island wine producer has won the coveted prize. READ
The organizers of the North Fork Designer Show House, a charitable event in which local home and landscape designers join together to transform a shabby 19th-century farmhouse into a dwelling worthy of a magazine spread, are at it again.
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…)