Posts Written OnDecember 18, 2006

Is the Town of Southold Supporting Wineries Like it Should?

I heard through the grapevine this weekend (yes, pun intended) that the Town of Southold is trying to change the way that it taxes orchards, farms and wineries by charging them a separate commercial tax as "processors." So, if an apple orchard just picks and sells apples, it’s not going to be taxed more. But, if they make apple cider for sale at their farm stand, that means a higher tax. Same is true for a corn farmer…if they roast corn to sell at their farm stand, they have to pay more. Seems a little ludicrous to me. And, apparently…

Last-Minute Gift Guide at


For the first time in my life, I find myself completely done with my holiday shopping and it’s not even December 20 yet. Typically, I’m the guy who waits until today to start his shopping and finishes up around Xmas eve. If you’re I usually am, check out the 2006 canvas magazine holiday gift guide. There are a lot of cool, unique gift ideas and I bet you can order them today and get them just in time.

Holiday Wine Survival Tips


Ah yes, the holiday season. It overflows with extra food, extra family time and – if we’re lucky – lots of extra drink to get us through that extra family time. Of course it also brings the ubiquitous holiday party as well – thrown by your neighbor, your friends, your boss or, again, your family. This time of year, it seems like everyone I know asks me for suggestions on what wines they should take to all of those parties. Maybe your friends try to serve you koolaid-like white zinfandel or cheap, way-too-simple-for-the-holidays Aussie shiraz with a furry creature on…

Donate to the United Nations World Food Program — And Win Prizes


Friday is the last day to donate money to A Menu for Hope, so don’t forget to make a donation and put yourself in position to win one of the dozens of great food- and wine-related prizes. It looks like quite a few of the prizes I’ve put together are still ripe for the winning, with only a few people trying for them right now. Every time I read through the prizes again, I’m proud of the generosity on display. Long Island B&Bs have donated nights at their beautiful inns. Wineries are offering wines and private tours that you can’t…