Jamesport Vineyards finally received approval for an outdoor pizza oven and bistro Thursday at the Riverhead Planning Board meeting.
The town issued a violation to the business after it built the pizza oven in 2012 without permits from Riverhead Town or the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. READ
A proposal to legalize a bistro in Jamesport that was built without permits and a proposal to add a new traffic signal on Route 58 will be the subjects of public hearings before the Riverhead Town Planning Board. READ
Jamesport Vineyards has applied for a special permit to legalize an existing outdoor pizza oven and to establish a 49-seat pizza bistro in the same structure as its winery and accessory tasting room. READ
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Farmers say snow acts as an insulator to protect soil.
Local farmers are welcoming this winter’s snowy, freezing weather because they find the cold temperature helps the soil and growing process.
Here’s something to warm you up for the winter: The North Fork of Long Island now has something in common with Rioja, Spain and Danube, Austria. All three regions were included in Wine Enthusiast’s recent list of the Top 10 Wine Destinations in the World for 2013.
The news comes three months after travel company TripAdvisor named Long Island one of the top five wine destinations in the country.
“You couldn’t ask for more positive news starting off 2013 than being named one of the world’s top ten wine destinations,” said Ron Goerler, president of the Long Island Wine Council and owner of Jamesport Vineyards. “It’s a shot in the arm this area needs right now … after Sandy, things got very quiet out here.”
But Mr. Goerler said with the approaching Winterfest, the North Fork’s annual jazz and wine festival, things will quickly heat up in North Fork wine region.
“As president of the Long Island Wine Council, I couldn’t be more excited for 2013,” he said.
Founding winemaker Kip Bedell of Bedell Cellars in Southold, was singing the same tune. As someone who has been making wine in the region for more than three decades, he said he “felt all along that this region has a potential to make world class wines, though like any region, we had a lot to learn and much has changed and will change in the vineyards in order to reach that potential.”
See the complete list of wine destinations by clicking here.