Posts Tagged“restaurants”

Uncork the Forks: Local Wines Should Be on Local Menus

(Credit: David Benthal for northforker)

(Photo Credit: David Benthal for northforker) Local wine people — both inside and out of the industry proper — have long lamented how few local restaurants support and offer local wine. Short of visiting every restaurant and asking to see their wine lists, it is hard to know precisely who is listing local wine and how much of it. Visiting restaurant websites — many of which aren’t updated very often, rendering them largely useless — does offer some insight, though. The results are still ugly, though there are some exceptions — restaurants doing good things with local wine. Some restaurants,…

A Visit to C’est Cheese (Port Jefferson, NY)

By Aaron Estes, Cheese Editor Artisanal cheese has made its way to the forefront of the local food movement. Farmstead cheesemakers elevate the milk from their farms, and the rock star cheesemonger expounds upon the history, the background, and unique qualities of that particular cheese. So what is the best way to accomplish this? Specialty cheese shops are all over New York City and surrounding areas to bring a piece of the farm to your table, but is that enough to distinguish one shop from another? If the quality of the product is essentially the same across the board, and…

Thinking About Local Wines in Local Restaurants

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Visit most any winemaking region the world over and you’ll find that restaurant wine lists are chock full of locally made wines. Go to a restaurant in Napa and you’ll find wine lists dominated by Napa wines rather than Spanish ones. In Tuscany, you’ll find Chianti and Super Tuscans, not Australian Shiraz. You get the idea. But sit down at most East End restaurants and Long Island wines are far from the focus—if there are any on the list at all. I know that it makes me crazy when I’m out there and I want to drink a wine from…