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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…

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Kyle Chandler still feels the buzz

By JIM McCUNE June 10 is just another Friday for most of us. For Kyle Chandler, founder and brewmaster of Long Island’s Subtle Tea Company, it’s a major holiday: National Iced Tea Day. Not that he’s celebrating alone. Tea is second only to water as the most consumed drink on earth. In the United States, what’s known as ready-to-drink iced tea makes up 85 percent of total consumption, with sales spiking during the summer months….


Craft Beer Week kicks off with, um, lots of beer

By JIM MCCUNE // Long Island Craft Beer Week gets a head start on the national celebration today, with special brews, charity events, brews, food, brews and music. The Colorado-based Brewers Association launched the national event more than 10 years ago, offering beer fans the chance to celebrate the culture and fast-growing community of craft brewers. And with more than 4,269 US breweries in operation – 41 of them right here on Long Island – there’s…


Ms. Michelle cookies, now in a Big Box

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ms. Michelle’s is going to Walmart. Still baking inside Stony Brook University’s Calverton Business Incubator, gluten-free goodie gourmet Michelle Gillette Kelly and her husband/business partner Chris Kelly have cooked up a deal with the preeminent retailer that puts the Ms. Michelle brand inside Walmart Stores in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Contractually, Kelly can’t reveal the numbers, but she confirmed this week that four varieties of her gluten-free cookies –…


Moustache Brewing does a little aging of its own

By JIM MCCUNE // Enjoy them now, because they grow up so quickly. We’re talking, in this case, about Riverhead’s award-winning microbrewery, Moustache Brewing Co., which turns 2 on April 30. If you’re not familiar with the Moustache story, it started back in 2012 when Lauri and Matt Spitz decided to give up their day jobs, launch a KickStarter campaign and pray they’d reach their goal of $30,000. More than 500 pledges and $31,413 later, the…


At Botticelli, tapping into next-gen tastes

By GREGORY ZELLER // The irony is not lost on Salvatore Asaro. The president and CEO of Hauppauge-based Botticelli Foods recognizes the dichotomy in using social media, smartphone apps and other e-commerce solutions to maintain culinary traditions that stretch back through centuries and all the way to the old country. But this is a new world, one in which millennials increasingly do their shopping – including grocery shopping – on mobile devices, and where major…


Craft brewers take another giant hop

Craft brewers expanded their market share by 13 percent in 2015, cooking up 24.5 million barrels worth $22.3 billion, the Colorado-based Brewers Association announced this week. The dollar value now represents more than a fifth of all U.S. beer sales, an increase of 16 percent year over year. “For the past decade, craft brewers have charged into the market, seeing double digit growth for eight of those years,” said Bart Watson, the association’s chief economist….