April 8, 2010 Wilfred Joseph

Are you ready to taste Long Island wines straight from the barrel?  During the month of April Long Island wineries offer guests the opportunity to taste vintages of wines directly from the barrel prior to their being made available to the public.  During April, barrel wines will be tasted, tours will be provided, flight tasting will be offered, and good cheer will be shared by all.  This year there will be fourteen wineries participating in the Barrel Tasting and the schedule of events is as follows:
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard:
Every weekend in April: A Free Barrel Tasting of our 2008 Cabernet Franc!
Castello di Borghese:
Every Saturday in April – 3,10,17,24 at 1 pm: Join Castello di Borghese for the weekly Winemaker’s Walk and enjoy the added value of a Barrel Tasting. A guided tour of the vineyard, winery and production facilities will include some wines from the Borghese Classic Tasting, a Barrel Tasting of our 2006 Merlot and a comparison of other bottled vintages. $20 per person. Reservations online at BorgheseVineyard.com or by phone 631-734-5111.

October 28, 2009 Wilfred Joseph


Its fall the leaves are changing slowly because the weather is so wet.  It has been raining for what seems like every other day.  Its causing the winemakers a lot of pain  At this time of year what they want is SUN, sun for ripening the grapes.  So at this point they are praying and hoping.
The farm stands are busy selling their harvest:  apples, pears and  pumpkins and many have corn mazes.
The day-trippers are out in full force and Route 48 has become slower than usual.  Not to worry, this  is all winding down now that November is here.


This week is Restaurant Week( November 1st  –  November 8th) on the North Fork.  A reminder that on Saturday you can enjoy the advantages of Restaurant Week after 7pm. You can get more info here  http://longislandrestaurantweek.com/


The North Fork Bed & Breakfast Association is having their annual Holiday House Tour on December 5th, 2009.  There are nine B&Bs chosen to be part of the tour.  They are divided into two groups, the Champagne Tour and the Merlot Tour and the prices will be $75  and $25 respectively.  The irony here is that Arbor View House whose rooms the tour groups are named after was chosen to be on the Merlot Tour.  No mind next year we will be on the Champagne Tour and visitors will see the suite the tour is named after.  Full details can be found  at the Arbor View House website.