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Macari in Mattituck named Winery of the Year at New York Wine & Food Classic

Macari Vineyards in Mattituck are on a 500-acre

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Macari Vineyards & Winery was named the state's "winery of the year" at the 2014 New York Wine & Food Classic. The Mattituck winery also won for "best red wine" for its 2012 cabernet franc.

Sparkling Pointe in Southold received the honors for "best sparkling wine" and "best vinifera sparkling white" wine, both for its 2005 Brut Seduction.

Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead won...

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Magic Fountain in Mattituck: Summer flavors

Unusual flavors are popular at Magic Fountain in

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

Magic Fountain's jet of playful flavors shoots into summer with a taste of rainbow cookie, plus coconut-avocado and lavender.

You can have some fun at the Fountain, a local landmark increasingly known for its untraditional, custom ice cream flavors and seasonal favorites. Purists will be challenged, but the more mainstream choices could bring you back, too.

Rainbow cookie is pretty good,...

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Wine-tasting room set to reopen in Mattituck

Ripe merlot grapes. (Oct. 2, 2012)

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Renamed and expanded, Lieb Cellars is slated to reopen its wine-tasting room in Mattituck on May 3. It will be called "The Tasting Group."

Lieb's Bridge Lane wines will be available for tasting, along with wines from Suhru Wines, T'Jara Vineyards, Influence Wines, Leo Family Cellars, Brooklyn Oenology, and Bouke Wines.

Their wines will be $3 per taste, with different prices by the glasss...

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Crazy Fork in Mattituck: First bites

Chopped smoked salmon salad at Crazy Fork in

(Credit: Newsday Joan Reminick)

Crazy Fork, the casual new Mattituck eatery, is a likable, easygoing spot. At a recent dinner, I saw many strengths as well as a few issues that needed addressing.

The front room, with its oak floors and handsome bar, created a positive first impression. That, however, was somewhat undermined by the area outside the decent-enough restroom. Nothing that a quick paint job and new floor covering...

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All-star chef pops up on North Fork

Keith Luce produced this washed-rind cheese and served

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

Last week,  I attended a “pop-up” dinner cooked by Keith Luce, formerly of Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport and a Newsday All-Star chef. Pop-ups are pre-booked, one-night-only events that usually take place in restaurant spaces that are in between tenants. In the case of Luce’s dinner on Wednesday, the venue was Love Lane Kitchen, the Mattituck restaurant that is only open for dinner Friday...

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Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck changes hands

A busy day at Love Lane Kitchen.

(Credit: Gordon M. Grant )

Love Lane Kitchen, one of the North Fork’s most popular restaurants, has a new owner. Earlier in the week a deal was finalized in which Carolyn Iannone, the general manager, bought it from its founder, Michael Avella.

Love Lane Kitchen opened in January 2007, at first serving only breakfast and lunch and adding dinner in 2008. In August 2011, Avella and his wife Patti opened a specialty market,...

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