Sparkling Pointe

LI vineyards sparkle in NY wine awards

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island can claim bragging rights to New York State’s 2017 Winery of the Year. At least, half of them. Southold’s Sparkling Pointe Vineyards has earned highest marks in the 2017 New York Wine & Food Classic, sharing the Winery of the Year crown with CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery of the Finger Lakes region. The New York Wine & Food Classic, marking its 32nd year, is a nationally recognized competition that…


Brain drain? Put a cork in it

By GREGORY ZELLER // Don’t whine when you can wine. That was one of the big ideas Wednesday, when a select group of educators, hospitality professionals and economic-development experts – each with a particular interest in addressing Long Island’s infamous “brain drain” – toured several East End winemaking facilities. Arranged by the Long Island regional office of the Workforce Development Institute, the field trip was designed to help insiders understand the workforce needs and career…