Monthly Archives: October 2012

Pour the Core Cider Festival: Tasting the tart, the sweet and the unusual

  Pour the Core, the cider fest at Peconic Bay Winery, couldn’t have been better. The sky was blue, the temperatures comfortable and the ciders plentiful. Some 700 people attended this first-ever cider festival on the Long Island’s North Fork … Continue reading

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Buffalo Trace tasting offers an education and 6 satisfying bourbons

I’m the first to admit that I don’t know a heck of a lot about bourbon, so when a nearby wine and spirits merchant announced an in-store seminar on this all-American whiskey, I was there. And happy I went. The … Continue reading

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McCall Wines: Refined pinots, merlots in a rustic North Fork setting

There’s a simple, peaceful rusticity at McCall Wines in Cutchogue on Long Island’s North Fork. On a recent Sunday afternoon, the gentle whirring of a wind turbine was the only sound to be heard as Russ McCall stood over a … Continue reading

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Funkwerks, Troegs, Pabst top breweries at Great American Beer Festival

  Top honors at this year’s Great American Beer Festival went to Funkwerks, Troegs Brewing Co. and Pabst Brewing Co., each of which medaled in multiple categories. Meanwhile, brewpubs receiving top honors were Devils Backbone Brewing Co., Church Brew Works … Continue reading

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Hard cider: Mott’s it’s not and it’s hot

Hard cider is hot! It doesn’t matter where you look, there’s a heck of lot of action taking place in the cider business. In fact, cider may be experiencing its biggest popularity since America’s earliest days. We’re not talking about … Continue reading

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Teutonic beer and sausage on the menu at Prost Grill & Garten in Garden City

Jim McCartney acquired his love of beer as a teenager drinking along the waterfront in Breezy Point, Queens. His interest in German food was cultivated by the meals he shared with his dad, a banker, at the German restaurants of … Continue reading

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