Long Island Wineries and Vineyards Guide

first_imgLong Island wineries have become a staple on the East End as Long Islanders and city folk alike flock to quaint eastern Suffolk County towns for day trips and wine-filled weekends. According to the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, there’s currently more than 90 combined vineyards and wineries on the Island. The North Fork has especially swelled with grape-growing farms, alone boasting more than two-dozen wineries. And here we thought there was an abundance of craft breweries on Long Island. Aside from producing nationally recognized wines, these Long Island wineries have become prime destinations for visitors attracted to relaxing weekends at rustic, vaulted-ceiling tasting rooms or vibrant outdoor spaces with views of seemingly endless fields of grape vines. Jessica Anson, public policy director with the Long Island Farm Bureau, says “wineries have really played a major part” in increasing agritourism to the region. From Martha Clara and Pindar to Jamesport Vineyards and Bedell Cellars, and everything else in between, there’s something for everyone. There’s even a winery that specializes in only sparkling wines. Long Island wineries have become so popular that there’s even an industry dedicated to bussing people to and fro hotels and vineyards for winery tours. New York State as a whole has staked a reputation as a prolific wine producer. According to The National Association of American Wineries, New York enjoys the distinction of having the fourth most wineries in the country and produces the third highest amount of wine each year by the gallon. Long Island may be a long way from Nappa Valley-esque fame, but there’s no question the region’s dedication to wine and its residents’ appetite for its creations continues to grow. Now, here’s your guide to Long Island wineries and vineyards:Anthony Nappa Wines2885 Peconic Lane, Peconic. 774-641-7488. www.anthonynappawines.comAnthony Nappa Wines is located in the heart of Peconic, with some of the best scenery on the Island surrounding the property. Established in 2007 by couple Anthony Nappa and Sarah Evans Nappa, Anthony Nappa Wines has worked it’s way up to being one of the most renowned wineries in Long Island. They are known for their premium wines that are representative of the area’s climate. The winery takes pride in eschewing additives, and its focus on honest labeling so customers know exactly what they’re drinking. A few of their standout wines include: the Luminous Riesling, a the Frizzante sparkling white wine and their La Strega Malbec. They also have a selection of delicious and unique dessert wines. Their tasting room, “The Winemaker Studio,” is intimate and cozy, and it’s open year-round with extra hours in the summer. Where else would you rather enjoy some delicious wine and relax on a summer,fall, winter or spring day? Baiting Hollow Winery2114 Sound Ave., Calverton. 631-369-0100. www.baitinghollowfarmvineyard.com The first place you spot when visiting wine country in the North Fork of Long Island is the beautiful Baiting Hollow Winery. The inviting atmosphere of BHFV makes any guest feel at home. Live musical performances every weekend, savory food choices, and horse rescue tours make this vineyard a destination spot for a fun weekend or even a quick daytrip. They carry award-winning wine, which is exclusive to the Baiting Hollow Winery. There are three horse rescue wines, the Angel, Mirage, and Savannah Rose. The profits from the sale of these wines go to support the massive costs for maintaining the care these horses require. They also sell two different versions of dessert wine, with hints of strawberry and citrus flavors, along with their regular reds and whites. Their signature drink, the frozen wine-a-rita is a deliciously perfect for a hot summer day. This winery features an expansive lawn with tables, a spread of delicious appetizers, and live country bands. (Photo credit: Bedell Cellars/Facebook)Bedell Cellars36225 NY-25, Cutchogue. 631-734-7537. www.bedellcellars.comBedell Cellars is the marquis winery of the East End. Owned by New Line Cinema magnate Michael Lynne, Bedell Cellars produces award-winning bottles that have put the entire region on the map. After the auspicious beginning of Kip Bedell, the man Wine Spectator magazine named “Mr. Merlot,” Bedell wines have received critical acclaim—even being served at the 2013 Presidential inauguration. The vineyard sits on 75 acres of sustainable farmland. Sample their wines on the beautifully curated grounds, in the picturesque pavilion or in the intimate loft area overlooking the barrel aging cellar, or visit Corey Creek, their airy barn-style tasting room. As Michael Lynne is a renowned art collector, visitors may tour the contemporary collection, commissioned for the Artists Series labels. Enjoy a group tasting or private event, or attend live music at their Twilight Series events at Corey Creek. RELATED: Long Island Craft Beer & Brewery GuideBrooklyn Oenology209 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn. 718-599-1259. www.brooklynoenology.com Brooklyn Oenology is an urban winery set in hipster-haven Williamsburg. The name refers to the art and science of making wine. As such, art plays a large part in the ambiance of the tasting room as well as in the commissioned artist labels, which peel off to be preserved by purveyors. The wines are made from New York grapes (sourced from Long island’s North Fork and in the upstate Finger Lakes region), crushed, fermented, aged, and bottled in their Long Island facility before being transferred to the Williamsburg tasting room location. The tasting room serves BOE wines along with other New York region whiskeys and wines. Check out their Happy Hour Friday night oyster parties and sample some of their unique blends (including a sparkling orange wine!).(Photo credit: Bridge Lane Wine/Facebook)Bridge Lane Wine35 Cox Neck Rd., Mattituck. 631-298-1942. www.bridgelanewine.comBridge Lane was produced by Lieb Cellars, another winery on the North Fork of Long Island. However, it has set itself apart from typical wineries. Bridge Lane’s wines are described as young, fresh, and fruit-forward. They refer to their wine as “craft wine,” which basically means they aren’t made from grape juice as most are, but from grapes which have been sustainable farmed and hand-harvested. This also means the wine is made in small batches, and are put together with passion and commitment to quality. They travel around Long Island to major stores, and offer in-store tastings for the people who have never made it to the winery. Bridge Lane is also known for having acclaimed musicians, such as Ian Petillo, and Cassandra House, perform there from time-to-time. This is the perfect winery to enjoy a night out with loved ones, sipping on some delicious wine and listening to young talent. Corey Creek45470 Main Rd., Southold. 631-765-4168. www.bedellcellars.com/corey-creek-tr/The critically-acclaimed Corey Creek boasts a rustic, barn-style tasting room overlooking its sprawling vineyard. Visitors can taste flights while gazing out at the Peconic Bay. The vineyard offers five different types of wines for tastings, ranging from rose to cabernet franc. Their most unique wine is the Gewürztraminer, which has a tropical, zesty taste and an exotic aroma. Corey Creek has been in the spotlight more than a few times, with their wine being served at the 2013 presidential inauguration, and at top restaurants in some of the biggest cities in the world. If you’re planning on visiting Long Island’s wine country, Corey Creek better be on the top of your list. MORE: Apple Picking on Long Island 2016: Where To Pick Your ApplesChanning Daughters Winery1927 Scuttle Hole Rd., Bridgehampton. 631-537-7224. www.channingdaughters.comChanning Daughters Winery is comprised of six separate vineyards in Bridgehampton, planted between 1982 and 2007. Vines grown on the South Shore have slightly different characteristics from North Fork-based vineyards. Because winds come in directly off of the Atlantic Ocean, they are cooler than those which have had a chance to be warmed by their passage over land and by the Peconic Bay, resulting in a slightly more acidic composition. This is one thing that sets Channing Daughters apart. Their seemingly endless varietals are another. Channing Daughters produces 14,000 cases of wine per year; they offer almost three dozen different varieties: single varietal wines, blends, filtered, fined, made with wild yeast, made with indigenous yeast, made in stainless steel tanks and barrels, but also in French, Slovanian, American, and Hungarian oak barrels as well. They are constantly innovating and their prized bottles show it. Stop by their rustic tasting room for a flight. They don’t disappoint.Clovis Point Winery1935 Main Rd., Jamesport. 631-722-4222. www.clovispointwines.com Clovis Point Winery sits on an intimate 10-acre parcel, where they pride themselves on crafting interesting bottles. This potato farm-turned-vineyard features wines made by John Leo, a studied winemaker who hailed from Long Island’s Wolffler Estate before coming to Clovis Point in 2004. The vineyard is one of exquisite beauty and run by a small staff that caters to their loyal clientele. They host vineyard weddings with up to 250 guests and offer samplings in their tasting room and barn. Visit Clovis Point for one of their regular artist shows or for live music events (with food trucks from Taco Loco!).(Photo credit: Coffee Pot Cellars/Facebook)Coffee Pot Cellars31855 Main Rd., Cutchogue. 631-765-8929. www.coffeepotcellars.comCoffee Pot Cellars produces artisanal, ultra-premium wines in Cutchogue, Long Island. The newest kid on the block, Coffee Pot Cellars gets its name from the shape of the Orient Point lighthouse, the beacon of the North Fork. Their newly renovated tasting room offers their five wines: Merlot, Meritage, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as beeswax products from Blossom Meadow. Winemaker Adam Suprenant’s vision was to create a small selection of superior wines from this lush North Shore region—and he has done just that. Croteaux Vineyards1450 S. Harbor Rd., Southold. 631-765-6099. www.croteaux.com Croteaux Vineyards is unique in that they only produce rose wine—a timely choice for sure, being that rose is the black. Summer’s inarguably most popular wine, a trend that has trickled down from France and peaked in the Hamptons, Nantucket, and Miami, showing no signs of slowing down. Croteax produces three varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Sauvignon Blanc that reflect the luxurious vacation culture of the East End. They sell their bottles into the autumn when they typically run out. Visit their tasting barn and garden dedicated to the lush sweetness of summer and the colorful, crisp flavors of the wine. Decorated with hanging wind-chimes made from Croteaux bottles and stocked with wares for sale in their boutique, Croteaux Vineyards embodies the rose lifestyle. Diliberto Winery250 Manor Lane, Riverhead. 631-722-3416. www.dilibertowinery.comGrown-ups only at Diliberto Winery, the sole winery on Long Island’s East End to enforce a strict 21 and over policy on its premises. This provides an adult atmosphere compared to those catering to families. Diliberto’s St. James tasting room is painted with breathtaking murals that replicate the experience of sipping wine at an outdoor trattoria in Tuscany. Taking their authentic Italian experience a step further, Diliberto offers homemade pizza and other specialties from the old country, such as antipasto, Lupini beans, and cured olives along with their award-winning wines. Winery events include Italian lessons with a professor from nearby Stony Brook University and yoga in the vines, making Diliberto an absolutely unique vineyard experience.Grapes of Roth by Wolffer Estate139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack. 631-537-5106. www.wolffer.comWolffer Estate is a grand vineyard in the heart of Long Island wine country. Sitting on 175 acres, this potato farm-turned-winery is comprised of both acres of grape vines and horse paddocks, stables, and jumping ring, in addition to the estate itself, including an old-world tasting room in which to sample winemaker Roman Roth’s exquisite creations. One of the few certified sustainable wineries on the Island, Wolffer is constantly innovating in their winemaking techniques, combining new vision with traditional practices. They offer Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and small lots of Trebbiano, Pinot Noir and Vignole. The estate hosts sunset events on Friday and Saturday nights into the fall, live music, yoga, and weddings and parties and corporate events. Harbes Family Vineyard715 Sound Ave., Mattituck. 631-298-0800. harbesfamilyfarm.comHarbes Farm is a staple on the North Fork for families to experience the bounty Long Island can provide. From apple picking to pumpkin picking, corn mazes and hay rides, Harbes is a fall family favorite. Yet tucked away on Sound Avenue, Harbes has converted a barn into a beautiful tasting room where guests can sample and purchase wine made from their five acres of vines. Their selections include dry rose, fermented chardonnay, ice wine, pinot blanc and riesling, among others. The staff that Harbes visitors have come to know and love bring their helpfulness and knowledge to the tasting barn where they assist visitors in selecting the perfect bottle. MORE: Complete Guide to Long Island Colleges and UniversitiesHarmony Vineyards offers visitors the opportunity to experience a high-quality Long Island winery without traveling to the North Fork. (Photo: Harmony Vineyards Facebook profile)Harmony Vineyards169 Harbor Rd., Head of the Harbor. 631-291-9900. HarmonyVineyards.comHarmony Vineyards, located in central Long Island, offers visitors the chance to experience a high-quality winery without traveling all the way out to the North Fork. Harmony serves exceptional wines—from Chablis-style Chardonnays to Bordeaux-style red blends—as well as local craft brews, and offers a robust small plates menu, weekly live jazz year-round, and an impressive buffet-style Sunday brunch in a 326-year-old mansion and tasting room that gives patrons stunning views of the harbor. Setting Harmony Vineyards apart from the pack is that this gorgeous slice of heaven generously donates all of its net profits to local charities focused on eradicating hunger and supporting education, including Island Harvest, City Harvest, the Stony Brook Foundation and the East African Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children. Besides hosting stellar wine-related events and a “Tasting Notes Jazz Club” in its historic homestead (circa 1690) and popular “Movie Nights” beneath the stars during summer months, Harmony is also known for its amazing, year-round Gourmet Waterfront Buffet brunch [Read: Harmony Vineyards: Perfect Ensemble of Beauty, Wine & Brunch HERE] that is absolutely spectacular. Jamesport Vineyard1216 Main Rd., Rte. 25, Jamesport. 631-722-5256. www.jamesportwines.com Jamesport Vineyard, one of North Fork’s oldest vineyards, was started by a father-son duo in 1986. The winery and tasting room are housed in a 165-year-old barn, however it has undergone several renovations over the years. This winery often hosts weddings, private parties, and small gatherings. There are five different spaces that are available for these events: the tasting room, the vines, the barrel room, the garden and the patio. Jamesport has two special wines that set them apart, East End Chardonnay, a fruity, light bodied wine, and Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, which has been fermented for seven months and has hints of oak and fruit. Their wine is said to be some of the best on Long Island. Jamesport has a lot to offer for visitors of all ages. (Photo credit: Lieb Cellars/Facebook)Lieb Cellars13050 Oregon Rd., Cutchogue. 631-734-1100. www.liebcellars.comThis 85-acre vineyard produces wine that can be sampled in their tasting rooms in Mattituck and now Cutchogue. Their near-constant innovation now includes 3l boxes of wine and wine in 20L disposable kegs (the first of their kind in New York). They produce private label wines for celebrity chef tom Colicchio’s Craft restaurants. From sophisticated bottles to their lighter everyday Bridge Lane bottles, Lieb Cellars has a wine selection for all price points and tastes. Check their event calendar for live music dates at their Cutchogue location or to book a privte tour or tasting.Macari Vineyards (two locations)150 Bergen Ave, Mattituck. 631-298-0100. www.macariwines.comRecently voted “Winery of the Year” in the New York Food and Wine Classic, Macari Vineyards produces award-winning selections that run the gamut from light Chardonnay and Dos Aguas to deep Merlot and the wine the NY Food and Wine Clssic deemed “Best Red,” their Cabernet Franc. Macari Vineyards is a family business, beginning with Joseph Macari Jr. back in the 1930s and ’40s, crafting wine in his Corona, Queens home. He purchased the acreage for Macari Vineyards in the ’60s as a potato farm and brought his passion for wine full circle in the 1990s. The rest of the family, in the following generation, joined the business and shared in his love and vision. What stands today are two tasting room locations in Mattituck and Cutchogue, a vineyard that hosts stunning weddings and corporate events, and their newly launched El Cantina, a private barrel cellar under their Mattituck tasting room where visitors can learn about the winemaking process. Martha Clara Vineyards6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead. 631-298-0075. www.marthaclaravineyards.comLocated in Riverhead on a 200-acre parcel, Martha Clara Vineyards is the brainchild of Robert Entenmann, of unbelievable crumb cake and soft baked chocolate chip cookie fame. This former potato farm-turned thoroughbred horse farm-turned vineyard produces consistent award-winning vino and offers stunning ambiance in their rustic tasting loft, exclusive Northville barn, or exquisite rose garden. Schedule a private tasting or attend one of their public events, like Wine Down Wednesdays, their annual grape stomp party, or their MCV concert series with performances like Eagles Tribute band The Fast Lane or CSNY tribute band Four Way Street. Home to beautiful East End weddings, rehearsal dinners, and special occasions, Martha Clara Vineyard is a Long Island staple and an example of what the East End’s perfect wine-making conditions could produce. Mattebella Vineyards46005 NY-25, Southold. 631-655-9554. www.mattebella.comMattebella Vineyards is an eco-conscious winery that prides itself on its sustainable farm practices. The Tobin family crafts Bordeaux-style wine using old-fashioned harvesting practices—picking grapes by hand. They use bio-diesel for all of their tractors, organic fertilizer, and “under the row” tilling to eliminate the use of herbicides, creating a natural environment that extends to the products they sell. Their wine is complex, full-bodied, and delicious. Their tasting cottage, located in an early 20th century barn, is a cozy place to sample their wine, surrounded by ample gardens. McCall Wines22600 NY-25, Cutchogue. 631-734-5764. www.mccallwines.comMcCall Wines does not sell endless varieties of wine. They concentrate on just two types of wine: merlot and pinot noir. And then they seek to craft them into truly remarkable bottles. Their tasting room is a converted horse stable that serves as a quaint place to sip. With their first vintage sold in 2007, McCall Wines are a new kid on the block of Long Island’s North Fork. With care and precision, they aim to produce high quality world-class reds that wine lovers appreciate. Walk the grounds or take a tour and see the wild life that roam the area. The McCall family is dedicated to the preservation of the land and the wildlife who call this area home. One Woman Wines and Vineyards5195 Old North Rd., Southold. 631-765-1200. www.onewomanwines.comThe “One Woman” the name of the vineyard refers to is Claudia Purita, purveyor of wine grapes all the way from her childhood in Cambria, Italy. Her Long Island farmland is planted and curated almost solely by the woman herself, with meticulous care and the knowledge gained from her girlhood. Here on the North Fork, she creates nine different varietals of wine, from Sauvignon Blanc to deep Merlots. The tasting room on Old North Road is a converted barn whose rustic charm fits the ambiance of the area. Sample one woman-made wine overlooking rich farmland. Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards44075 Main Rd., Peconic. 631-765-6188. www.ospreysdominion.comSituated on 90 acres of North Fork soil, Osprey’s Dominion vineyards produces world class wine surrounded by the Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay. Winner of numerous awards, including “Best Cabernet Sauvignon” and “Best Pinot Noir” at this year’s New York Food and Wine Classic, Osprey’s Dominion ups LI’s wine game. The rustic-chic tasting room offers ample seating and leads to the ample grounds, where a gazebo, picnic tables, and family games flank the beautiful vineyards. With live music playing every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during wine season, Osprey’s Dominion is a primo vino Long Island destination. (Photo credit: Palmer Vineyards/Facebook)Palmer Vineyards5120 Sound Ave., Riverhead. 631-722-9463. www.palmervineyards.com One of Long Island’s original vineyards, Palmer Vineyards has helped lay the foundation for the North Fork growing region. Since its founding by Robert Palmer in 1983, Palmer has been labeled by some as Long Island’s most visitor friendly winery. It has been recognized for its award-winning Sauvignon Blanc blend, as well as having the first Albariño vines planted in the state of New York. This comes from the innovation of Martin, a native of Spain, and one of the regions foremost wine makers. Tours and tastings, of course, are offered. Visitors will see the inner workings of the winery including the Tank room, where the grapes ferment, and the barrel room, where the red wine goes through its aging process. Last but not least, tasting of different blends takes place on the vineyard deck, overlooking the rolling grapevines. Pellegrini Vineyards23005 Main Rd., Cutchogue. 631-734-4111. www.liwines.com/winery/pellegrini-vineyards/For more than three decades Pellegrini Vineyards has been on the cutting-edge of wine production on Long Island’s venerable wine region. The vineyard was the brainchild of husband and wife duo Bob and Joyce Pellegrini. The couple purchased the vineyard in 1991 and subsequently built a 14,000 square foot complex in which Bob, a graphics designer, played an instrumental role in creating a desirable space that now serves as both a tasting room and wedding venue. But mostly people flock to Pellegrini for the wine. The 35-acre winery uses new technology to produce some of the top-rated wine in the region. Cutchogue’s “microclimate” is especially conducive to making savory wines. The tasting room is open to group tastings and private events. Pindar Vineyards37645 NY-25, Peconic. 631-734-6200. www.pindar.netPindar Vineyards is Long Island’s unofficial flagship vineyard. Located on 500 acres in scenic Peconic on Long Island’s North Fork, Pindar produces Long Island’s most recognized wine and is easily the largest vineyard on Long Island. Their vineyard grows 17 different varieties of grapes, producing 23 varietals and proprietary blends, resulting in an astounding 70,000 cases of wine per year. Their tasting room is a large, open space of blonde wood, where patrons can sample flights of wine and purchase bottles. Their outside deck, pavilion, and lawn offer the perfect space for wine lovers to spill out and enjoy the stunning vista views. Pindar also offers behind-the-scenes tours of the barrel and tank rooms to show every step of the wine-making process. Pindar hosts live music events, sunset Fridays, and plenty of private events, including memorable weddings, corporate events, group tastings, and the gamut of celebrations. Check out their Port Jefferson location to purchase your favorite Pindar selections. Pugliese Vineyards34515 Main Rd., Cutchogue. 631-734-4057. www.pugliesevineyards.comYou name it, Pugliese makes it. Known for its wide variety of earthy wines—Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Merlot, to name a few—Pugliese is entrenched in the North Fork community. The three-decade old vineyard embodies the family charm that has fostered a respectable reputation in the community. Wine aficionados get the opportunity to taste the vineyards collection of top-notch reds and whites inside its tasting room and, if they so choose, leave with a gift basket to go along with that ear-to-ear grin as they head to the next stop on their wine tour. The vineyard produces about a dozen red and white wines, a handful of sweet dessert wines and four different sparkling wines. Weekend wine revelers will more often that not be greeted by live music, which typically runs from early afternoon through 6 p.m. The winery, which has collected a handful of awards throughout the years, offers its grounds to couples enchanted with the idea of a quaint vineyard wedding. Raphael Vineyard39390 Route 25, Peconic. 631-765-1100. Ext. 105. www.raphaelwine.comRaphael Vineyard goes to great lengths to produce the best tasting wine, so much so that founder John Petrocelli chose to build the facility 12 feet underground. The upshot being that gravity, and the Earth’s underground temperature—an a constant 55 degrees—creates a natural environment for wine to nurture. The majority of the work that goes into producing wine is done by hand—which, the vineyard claims, places it among a select few vineyards in the entire country to harvest its wine this way. The vineyard offers wine flights to be enjoyed in its tasting room or outdoor patio. Groups of eight or more are required to make a reservation. The tasting room also offers live music and is pet friendly. As for the main attraction, Raphael’s staple wines include merlot, chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and more. Roanoke Vineyards3543 Sound Ave., Riverhead. 631-727-4161. www.roanokevienyards.netRoanoke Vineyards is putting a new spin on the East End’s winery obsession. Founded by Richie and Soraya Pisacano in 2000, Roanoke is known best for being Long Island’s first membership-based vineyard. Access to the vineyard’s tasting rooms are usually limited to Roanoke wine club members. Roanoke has received praise from outlets like The New York Times, Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate. Interested in obtaining a Roanoke wine club membership? Good luck. Membership has been capped due to high interest. Among the incentives to become a member is the cost to join: it’s free. Being the first of its kind has earned Roanoke some prestige among the North Fork’s many wineries. There are benefits to becoming a member: guaranteed access to each bottle on the four portfolios released each year, as well as up to a 20-percent discount on bottle purchases. Tastings are offered at a different location, the vineyard’s Mattituck farm, for non-members every weekend. Although they require an appointment, outsiders can enjoy new releases on Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. MORE: 43 Fun things to do with your Kids on Long IslandSannino Bella Vita Vineyard1375 Peconic Lane, Peconic. 631-734-8282. Ext. 2. www.sanninovineyard.comAnthony Sannino’s love affair with wine started with a trip to his mother’s homeland of Italy more than 30 years ago. Sannino experienced wine making first hand during that visit and in 2006 he and his wife purchased a vineyard in Cutchogue. The vineyard is such a significant part of their life that the couple built their home on the very same land. Its tasting room is open year-round but only on a limited basis during the winter and spring (Monday-Thursday), as opposed to being open daily during the summer and fall from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Groups of six or more interested in a tasting must make reservations prior to visiting, and that also goes for patrons being dropped off by limousine or private cars. Aside from the tasting room, the vineyard also boats a bed and breakfast outfitted with a private balcony. Sherwood House Vineyard1291 Main Rd., Jamesport. 631-779-2817. www.sherwoodhousevineyards.comSherwood House Vineyard took shape after Charles and Barbara Smithen purchased a 146-year-old farmhouse in Jamesport in 1996. They then transformed the former corn and potato fields into a wine haven. Essentially, the Smithens were turning their home into a destination in which people from across the Island and elsewhere could sip handcrafted wine and revel in the serenity that defines this picturesque North Fork village. The couple brought in Gilles Martin to serve as head winemaker, a position he held in France, and later in California. The Smithens initially planted Chardonnay vines but later added Merlot, Cabernet, Sauvignon and others to the mix. The vineyard sells at least 10 varieties of wine, many of which can be consumed inside the vineyard’s tasting room. Like many other vineyards, the winery plays hosts to live music every Saturday. Shinn Estate Vineyards2000 Oregon Rd., Mattituck. 631-804-0367. www.shinnestatevineyards.comStarted by a couple who bolted the Midwest to take up roots in New York City to open a restaurant in New York City that embraced New York wines, Shinn Estate Vineyards has found a way to stand out amongst the crowded North Fork vineyard crowd. The winery has drawn admiration from the likes of The New York Times> for its savory wines and its on-site Bed and Breakfast. Aside from its collection of wines, the vineyard—well, its distillery—produces a fruit-based brandy and grape vodka. It’s not everyday, that you find a vodka and brandy operation inside a mom-and-pop vineyard, but, hey, the North Fork has come a long way since the days of depressed potato fields. As for the wines, Shinn Estate produces everything from a Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine, a hybrid Sauvignon Blanc-Chardonnay and a Rieseling its dubbed “Coalescence,” the ubiquitous Chardonnay, a Merlot—one of its most popular creations—as well as a Bordeaux blend called “Wild Boar Doe.” (Photo credit: Sparkling Pointe Vineyards)Sparkling Pointe Vineyards39750 County Road 48, Southold. 631-765-0200. www.sparklingpointe.comThis vineyard exclusively produces sparkling wines, and that’s quite all right with its champagne-loving owners. Shortly after Cynthia and Tom Rosicki purchased a piece of property that would eventually become their vineyard, they had a fateful meeting with a prominent North Fork vineyard manager who asked what kind of wine they’d want to make. They both answered, “champagne.” And that folks is how this couple created the only vineyard on the Island that focuses solely on sparkling wine production. With the help of Gilles Martin, a well-traveled French winemaker, the couple began selling its first batch of sparkling wines in 2008, according to the Wall Street Journal. And these wines are not cheap. Its 2013 Brut, embellished with fruity notes, goes for $29. A 2006 Brut Seduction will cost you $72. Sparkling Pointe also offers a different kind of tasting room experience. Not only does it provide the traditional terrace or lawn tasting areas, but Sparkling Pointe also offers table service for those who want a more elegant experience. (This is a classy champagne operation after all.) Reservations are required for groups of eight or greater or for anyone arriving by bus or limo. Suhru Wines2885 Peconic Lane, Peconic. 774-641-7488. www.suhruwines.comLike most East End vineyards, Suhru is a family affair. Winemaker Russell Hearn had been in the business for three decades when he decided the time was right to open a family business. Hearn, the winemaker, and his wife Susan, who is the owner, discovered wine at different points in life. Hearn has been in the business for years, while Susan, a physical therapist, began appreciating fine wine after she and Russell met. Now they’re both fully devoted to the cause. Their adoration to their vineyard is so deep, in fact, that the couple used a combination of their first names as the winery’s name: Susan and Russell plus their last initial gives you “Suhru.” Currently, the vineyard is producing five different types of wine. Wine fans can get a feel of their creations at the vineyard’s “Winemaker Studio” in Peconic. The tasting room is open daily during the summer and from 12-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Old Field59600 Main Rd., Southold. 631-765-0004. www.theoldfield.com This 17th century farmland has quite the history. As the story goes, Native Americans once farmed on this field and then Europeans took over after their arrival. But the field is now the pride of a North Fork family that has dedicated their lives to producing top-notch wine through sustainable practices. The methods in which this family has used since the mid-‘70s to cultivate the land and harvesting grape vines is farming at its best. The vineyard takes pride in the “old” in its name, featuring a rustic tasting room that delivers the ambiance so many wine drinkers appreciate when visiting the North Fork. The Old Field currently features nine varieties of wine, ranging from rose and chardonnay to cabernet franc and merlot. Its tasting barn is open during the summer from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Monday. Wolffer Estate Vineyard3312 Montauk Highway, Sagaponack. 631-537-4771. www.wolffer.comGerman-born venture capitalist Christian Wolffer founded the vineyard in his name nearly three decades ago. Although Wolffer has since passed, Wolffer’s wine legacy has remained in tact thanks to the work of his children and winemaker, Roman Roth. The entire property runs about 170 acres, with 100 acres reserved for stables and another 55 acres for the vineyard itself. The elegantly designed estate pays homage to wine-obsessed Tuscany, according to The New York Times, and features French doors where visitors spill into a stone terrace and German-made stained glass. Remarkably, its tasting room is open throughout the year. As for the wine, the vineyard mostly grows merlot, chardonnay, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Its wines are made with local fruits—some of which are grown on the estate. The vineyard also boasts an outdoor wine stand that’s open from May through October, and plays hosts to weddings and other events. Groups of 10 or more must make reservations to visit the tasting room. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Unbeaten Amazon Warriors deal heavy defeat to struggling Tallawahs

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Red-hot Guyana Amazon Warriors extended their unbeaten start to the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season while inflicting yet another blow to Jamaica Tallawahs’ playoff hopes, with a commanding 81-run victory here Wednesday night.Sent in at Sabina Park, Amazon Warriors marched to 218 for six off their 20 overs – their highest ever CPL total – with captain Shoaib Malik top-scoring with a classy unbeaten 67 off 37 deliveries and Brandon King slamming 59 off 37 deliveries in front of his home crowd.In reply, Tallawahs got 40 apiece from New Zealander Glenn Phillips and explosive all-rounder Andre Russell but the hosts struggled to keep up with the demanding required run rate and were eventually bundled out for 137 in the 18th over.Russell, in his first game following an injury layoff after being struck in the head against St Lucia Zouks a week ago, kept Tallawahs in the contest in a 60-run fifth-wicket stand with Phillips.But once Russell slapped fast bowler Odean Smith to Shoaib at cover in the 13th over, all hope of a Tallawahs comeback diminished as the run chase unravelled quickly.Fast-bowling all-rounder Keemo Paul recovered from a difficult start to take three for 34 while leg-spinners Imran Tahir (2-21) and Qais Ahmad (2-35) snatched wickets too.The win for the visitors was their fifth on the trot, securing them sole possession of first place in the standings on 10 points.Tallawahs, meanwhile, suffered their fifth defeat in six games to remain bottom on two points, and now need to win their remaining four games to guarantee themselves a place in the top four.Amazon Warriors stumbled early when Chandrapaul Hemraj (1) skied English seamer Jade Dernbach (2-50) to mid-wicket in the second over but a series of strong partnerships stabilised the innings while keeping it ticking along at a healthy run rate.First, King combined in a 69-run, second-wicket stand with left-hander Shimron Hetmyer, who stroked 44 off 25 deliveries with six fours and two sixes.When Hetmyer missed a swing at medium pacer Dwayne Smith and was bowled in the ninth over, Shoaib arrived to further marshal the innings.The Pakistani right-hander struck six fours and three sixes, posting 43 for the third with King and a further 53 for the fourth with Nicholas Pooran (20).King was eventually third out in the 13th over after striking four fours and half-dozen sixes, taken on the ropes at mid-wicket off off-spinner Ramaal Lewis.Facing an uphill task, talisman Chris Gayle perished in the second over for seven, caught at short third man off Tahir trying to cart the South African for a second successive leg-side six.And when Chadwick Walton sliced a Tahir full toss to cover in the fourth over, he became one of three wickets to fall for 17 runs to leave the hosts tottering on 51 for four in the eighth over.Facing a required run rate of nearly 13-½ runs per over, Russell attempted to rescue the innings, smashing three fours and three sixes in a 19-ball cameo. Phillips, meanwhile, faced 32 deliveries and counted two fours and two sixes.The breakthrough came when Smith claimed Russell with the fourth ball of his first over, sparking the collapse which saw the last six wickets fall for 26 runs.last_img read more

Man United see off Burnley at Turf Moor thanks to Romelu Lukaku brace

first_img Lukaku ensured the Red Devils left Turf Moor with all three points The sprightly Alexis Sanchez set up Lukaku for his first after his quick feet allowed him to cross the ball to the back post for the big Belgian to head home.Looking impressive in the new pink away kit, United then doubled their lead when Lukaku reacted quickest in the box after Joe Hart initially denied the impressive Jesse Lingard.The game seemed to be drawing to an inevitable conclusion as the second half began before bursting into life.A silly tackle by Aaron Lennon on substitute Rashford in the box looked to hand Lukaku the chance to get his hat-trick, but Paul Pogba stepped up instead – only to see Hart stop his weak spot kick. 4 BURNLEY NEXT PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES:Wolves (A), Bournemouth (H), Cardiff City (A), Huddersfield Town (H)MANCHESTER UNITED NEXT PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES:Watford (A), Wolves (H), West Ham (A), Newcastle United (H)PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE 4 Rashford lost his head after a robust challenge by Phil Bardsley center_img Romelu Lukaku scored his first Manchester United brace in over a year as the Red Devils comfortably saw off Burnley at Turf Moor.Despite finishing the game with ten men after Marcus Rashford’s red card, Jose Mourinho’s men answered their critics perfectly after a difficult week started with defeat against Tottenham Hotspur. 4 After initially looking bright off the bench, Rashford produced a moment of madness just moments later when, after a robust challenge by Phil Bardsley, he decided to butt heads with the former United man.Referee Jon Moss had no option but to brandish a red card to the England starlet, who is now set to miss the next three domestic games for violent conduct.For Sean Dyche, his Clarets side are surely in for a long season after showing little heart or passion throughout the 90 minutes – perhaps beleaguered by their early Europa League exploits.MATCH STATISTICS 4last_img read more

Gin Kings keep Aces winless

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul From mall to medal: Journey on skates ends in gold Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sonny Thoss was just the third man in twin digits for Alaska with 11.Meanwhile, Star slugs it out with Rain or Shine on Sunday afternoon, looking to not only remain the only undefeated team but also to move closer to the first playoff spot at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The Hotshots have a 4-0 record and will come into the 4:30 p.m. contest as the favorites over the Elasto Painters, who will welcome back Gilas Pilipinas stalwarts Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan.Coach Chito Victolero has been bracing for this game for quite a while now as it starts a tough stretch for his Hotshots, who will clash with Barangay Ginebra next Sunday before colliding with Meralco.Those are first-rate teams and Victolero got the jumpstart he was hoping for last week when Star ran roughshod over Phoenix Petroleum, 100-81.ADVERTISEMENT “The players are jelling well and are learning their roles,” Victolero said. “This (game against the Painters) will be very crucial for us because it starts a tough stretch for us.”A win would shove the Hotshots to within another victory of nailing the first quarterfinal slot, though Victolero has been very vocal about what the true target of his squad is.“Of course, we want to finish in the top four,” he said as the first four placers earn twice-to-beat privileges in the first round. “But we are taking it one game at a time and we cannot look past any opponent.”Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer, after dusting off the rust in a 115-112 nipping of GlobalPort on Friday, battles rejuvenated NLEX at 6:45 p.m.NLEX has a 5-2 record and can claim the first playoff slot with an upset of the powerhouse Beermen.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentscenter_img The Gin Kings were dominant right from the start of the Petron Saturday Special Game at Hoops Dome here as they buried the Aces in an avalanche of baskets early to take command and eventually rise to 4-1.Alaska, on the other hand, still didn’t see an end to its franchise mark in futility, dropping to 0-6 overall after losing its 14th straight game dating back to the Commissioner’s Cup. And this one was the most lopsided in this tournament as the Aces simply didn’t have an answer to Ginebra’s game-long intensity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJustin Brownlee had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Greg Slaughter contributed 12 and 13, and Scottie Thompson missed a triple double by just two points after plucking down 11 boards and issuing 10 assists.Calvin Abueva, Alaska’s big contribution to the Gilas Pilipinas program, finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, but import LeDontae Henton sealed his 10th point only inside the final minute when the game was all but decided. MOST READ PBA IMAGESCEBU—It was hard to see anything that would say that Barangay Ginebra was coming off a 21-day break.With three men in its starting lineup finishing with double-doubles and Japeth Aguilar coming off the bench to carve one of his own, Ginebra plastered Alaska, 94-80, to win a fourth straight game and stay in the upper half of the PBA Governors’ Cup standings.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

Ontario judge blasts frustrating lack of resources as trial delayed for year

first_imgTORONTO – An Ontario judge blasted the legal system’s lack of resources on Thursday while postponing for nearly a year the trial of five men accused of running a multimillion-dollar financial scam.No judge in the Toronto area has time to try the men until at least January 2019, nearly five years after they were arrested, Superior Court Justice John McMahon told a Toronto courtroom Thursday.“This case is very important, the gentlemen are presumed innocent, the public interest in a $14 million alleged fraud is important but the only way this case goes ahead before January is if there’s another case the Crown wants to pull (to free up a judge),” McMahon said.“It is frustrating, but we can only deal with what we have.”McMahon added that he had tried to find judges in neighbouring jurisdictions who would be available before January but had been unsuccessful.The case involves Vincent Villanti, Revendra Chaudhary, Andrew Lloyd, Shane Smith and David Prentice, all charged with fraud over $5,000 and conspiracy to commit a crime in connection with an alleged investment and tax avoidance scheme. All have maintained their innocence.The matter has already exceeded the 30 month time limit for criminal trials, established by the Supreme Court in 2016, and the accused applied last year to have their charges stayed on the basis they have been denied their right to be tried within a reasonable period.A judge denied their application in September, ruling the case fit certain exceptions built into the rules due to its complexity and the fact that prosecutors “mitigated” delays by making evidence more accessible and working with one defence lawyer’s illness.But all five accused, who are out on bail, indicated in court Thursday they would ask for stays in light of the new delay, Crown lawyer Michael Lockner said.“Facing a potentially additional 11 months … I think there’s really extreme jeopardy for this case,” Lockner told the court.The Ontario Superior Court, which handles all civil cases and serious criminal offences, has over 330 judges, of whom about 90 are assigned to Toronto.The court’s Chief Justice, Heather Smith, has made repeated calls for the federal government to increase the number of judges in Ontario and more quickly fill vacancies on the bench.The federal government’s recently-released budget for 2018 pledges to create six new judge positions for the Ontario Superior Court over the next fiscal year, though it remains to be seen how many of those positions will be in Toronto.Toronto, in particular, is in need of more judges, said Criminal Lawyers Association president Michael Lacy said.“The most serious cases get priority because of the requirement that cases be tried within 30 months in Superior Court, and then cases like a fraud case — which also raise serious issues — tend to get put on the back burner because there’s not enough judges,” Lacy said.McMahon noted that in Toronto, there are 44 murder trials scheduled this year.After Thursday’s court hearing, one of the accused noted that he was now representing himself to save money.“The financial resources don’t allow you to continue, when you’re looking at half a million dollars for a lawyer to step up and just be here to do this,” Shane Smith said. “I’ve lost two houses and had a heart attack or two.”The Crown claims Smith and his co-accused ran an investment program through two companies, raising over $13 million from approximately 5,000 people. Investors were allegedly told their money would be used as start-up capital for small businesses, and that they could claim any resulting business losses on their personal income taxes, the Crown said.The men allegedly used most or all of the investment money to pay their own salaries, expenses and company expenses, leading them to claim deductions on their taxes that were ultimately disallowed by the Canada Revenue Agency, the Crown said.A sixth man charged in connection with the alleged scheme pleaded guilty last year.last_img read more

Winners losers from the federal cabinet shuffle

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his front benches Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election. Here’s a look at some of the winners and losers of the shuffle, and areas where the jury is still out:WinnersPablo Rodriguez – The four-term MP from Quebec and current chief government whip takes over as heritage minister from Melanie Joly. Now the first-time minister just needs to find a way to appease Quebecers angry at the government’s deal with Netflix. The agreement didn’t require the online streaming giant pay a content levy to fund production of Canadian content, which has sparked fears it will push out Quebec companies that do have to charge tax. Netflix has agreed to invest $500 million into Canadian programming over the next five years, but critics say there is nothing binding the company to its promise to create French-language content. The issue is seen as one of the Liberals’ biggest Achilles heels in the province heading into the 2019 federal election.Mary Ng and Bill Blair — Ng’s star is rising, as the Toronto MP becomes minister of small business just over a year after being elected to Parliament in a byelection. Former Toronto police chief Blair is being rewarded with the new post of minister of border security and organized crime reduction for helping the Liberals stickhandle the legalization of recreational marijuana.Ontario and the GTA — The Liberal cabinet got more Ontario-centric with the addition of Ng, Blair and Hamilton MP Filomena Tassi as minister for seniors. The province now accounts for 15 of 35 seats at the cabinet table, of which nine are filled by MPs from the Greater Toronto Area.Dominic LeBlanc — As fisheries minister, LeBlanc oversaw a department with a large budget and hundreds of employees. He loses all that as minister for intergovernmental and northern affairs as well as internal trade. But the New Brunswick MP and long-time Trudeau friend, who has never shied away from a fight, is now responsible for dealing with Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his ideological soulmates in other provinces that could threaten the Trudeau government’s agenda.Jim Carr — The Manitoba MP’s move from natural resources to international trade comes at a time when Canada desperately needs to find new trading partners given the uncertainty around NAFTA and as the Canada-EU trade deal faces increasing resistance across the Atlantic.Bill Morneau, Harjit Sajjan, Lawrence MacAulay, Carolyn Bennett, Marc Garneau, Ahmed Hussen — There was speculation heading into the shuffle that one or more would be demoted due to controversy, poor communication skills or their length of tooth. In the end, all emerged largely unscathed.The LosersMelanie Joly — Her rocky tenure as heritage minister came to an abrupt and inglorious end upon being shuffled into the more junior ministerial position overseeing tourism, official languages and la Francophonie. The writing had been on the wall for a while as the first-term Montreal MP drew poor reviews for failing to sell her home province on the Netflix deal.Northern Canada — It has been more than two years since Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo resigned as fisheries minister to seek treatment for alcohol abuse. Since then, Trudeau’s cabinet has been bereft of northern representation despite the fact the Liberals swept the territories in 2015.Alberta — Some might say the province came out ahead as Edmonton MP Amarjeet Sohi was moved from infrastructure to natural resources, meaning an Albertan is directly responsible for the Trans Mountain pipeline. But Trudeau did not promote anyone from the province to replace Kent Hehr, leaving Alberta with one seat at the cabinet table.Jury’s Still OutFederal-Provincial Relations — The battlelines are already being drawn between the Trudeau government and Doug Ford as the Ontario premier makes clear his intention to fight the feds on a number of fronts. Provincial elections are also looming in Alberta and Quebec that could result in governments opposed to Trudeau’s agenda, even as the Liberals continue to face resistance from B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline. It’s unclear whether the shuffle will improve things.Francois-Philippe Champagne — There were big expectations the Quebec MP was in line for a promotion from international trade given his communication skills and energy. His appointment as infrastructure minister is instead being viewed as a lateral move at best given that Sohi had already done much of the heavy lifting on the file.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly described Netflix’s deal with the federal government.last_img read more

RBC will refinance TCI UK Bail Out loan

first_img RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay Related Items:royal bank of canada, uk tci bail out Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jan 2015 – Royal Bank of Canada, RBC is the bank the Government will go with to refinance that UK-backed bail-out loan of 2009. The Loan Refinancing Ordinance passed on December 17th and took effect the next day. The new law lays out the who, the how, the how much and the how long among other things of the bridge loan refinancing which will do away with the UK guaranteed loan of $170 million dollars. It is outlined in the ordinance that the loan with RBC cannot exceed $28 million dollars, must be repaid at the end of three and a half years, at a rate initially of 1.2% and that it will be repaid in fourteen equal installments of two million dollars every ninety days. It is explained that in order to keep that borrowing rate, the Turks and Caicos will have to maintain a BBB+ rating for at least the duration of the loan; if we lose ground there, it will cause a hike in the borrowing rate. This also means that if the TCI secures a better credit rating, then the rate of the loan will decrease. Included in that ordinance is that the TCI can repay the RBC Loan early without penalty and that the first payment would be due ninety days after disbursement of the money. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Roll Out of EZ Pay in TCI today 16 Graduate from Save The Bays International YEA Leadership Training Programlast_img read more