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with Lenn Thompson nonetheless. Next in the flight was Gove’s 2005 Steel Fermented Chardonnay ($18), which provided a stark, educational contrast to its barrel-born brother. Almost sauvignon blanc-like, it’s fresh with lithe body and loads of citrus and terrific acidity. The finish lingers just a bit with an intriguing minerally note. It’s not a wine to be pondered or – heaven-forbid, cellared – but it’s a mouth-watering, food friendly wine for sure. Dry and straightforward, the Peconic Bay Winery 2006 Rose of Merlot ($14) offers citrus, watermelon and lots of strawberry flavor within medium-light body. Simple and dry, it’s a good picnic wine as we all look towards the warmer months. Our second complimentary taste — Peconic Bay Winery 2004 Cabernet Franc ($20) was poured along side the just-released 2005 Cabernet Franc ($28) offering a rare mini-vertical that tells a tale of two vastly different growing seasons. The 2004 is light bodied and Chinon-like in its earthy, vegetal character. The 2005 — made after a hot, dry growing season — shows much more ripe fruit character and body. It’s an impressive wine that is well worth the extra $8. Photo by Lenn Thompson

Peconic Bay Winery: Wines to Match a Beautiful New Setting Peconic Bay Winery, located in Cutchogue — the heart of the North Fork wine world — has renovated their once-rustic tasting room and made it one of the Island’s more sophisticated wine-tasting locales. The barn-style room has been reconfigured and refaced with beautiful dark hardwood floors, white wainscoting and a beautiful wall-length vineyard mural. It captures the feel of wine country well — elegant and refined, but still comfortable and inviting. It reminds me of a cottage on the bay or sound. Winemaker Greg Gove and general manager Matt Gillies have also updated the way that the wines are poured, offering two separate flights — one with dry, fine wines and the other with everyday, entry-level ones. Reserve wines are also available for $3 per additional tasting. My group did the “Flight 1” which includes five dry wines for $8, a more-than-fair price when you consider the quality of the wines on offer — and the two gratis pours that we were given as well. Our first taste was of the well-regarded Peconic Bay Winery 2005 La Barrique Chardonnay ($28), named best barrel fermented chardonnay at the 2007 New York Wine and Food Classic last summer. It’s a little unorthodox to start a tasting flight with an oaked chardonnay, but this well-balanced, nuanced wine — certainly one of the better barrel fermented chardonnays on the North Fork — was impressive

The next-to-last wine in our flight was a surprising one, Peconic Bay Winery’s 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon ($24). Medium bodied, in stark contrast to most New World cab, it has a nice combination of cherry, blackberry and oak flavors. Subtle herb flavors, mediumgrip tannins and subtle acidity make this a versatile food wine too. Peconic Bay Winery’s 2004 Merlot ($18) is a soft, balanced merlot from a cooler year. It doesn’t stand out as one of the region’s best, but it’s well-priced. Before we picked out a few bottles to take home, I wanted to taste the winery’s top red offering — the Oregon Hills Merlot ($38) — again; and it was well worth that extra $3. Extremely aromatic, it offers plum, cherry, spice, and cocoa aromas with subtle herb notes that I hadn’t noticed before. Ripe and very “Old World” in style, there are some plum and cherry flavors, but secondary flavors of tobacco, dark chocolate, and spice set this red apart. Mature, slightly dusty tannins linger on a lengthy finish after a soft, lush mid-palate. This very well may be Gove’s best red in his time at Peconic Bay Winery. Visit www.peconicbaywinery.com to learn more and to order.

North Fork Events FRIDAY, MARCH 14 NUNSENSE AT NFCT- 8 p.m. The North Fork Community Theatre, Mattituck, presents ‘Nunsense’ by Dan Goggin, starring Anne Motto Gilvarry, Marilee Scheer, Kimet Speed, Peggy Ashton Straub and Alicia Thompson. Directed by Mike Hipp; musical direction by Dee Laveglia; produced by Mary Motto Kalich. Tickets: $15. 631-298-NFCT, www.NFCT.com. EAST END LIONESS LIONS- From noon-9 p.m., 54th annual corned beef and cabbage dinner (choice of fish dinner) hosted by East End Lioness Lions at Soundview Restaurant, Greenport. Advance tickets: $18; at door, $20. Tickets available at Hart’s Hardware and Robert’s Jewelers, Southold; Peconic Liquors, Cutchogue; or call 631-734-5771, 631-765-2476. KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS- From 5-7 p.m. check out a family dinner “seconds on us” hosted by Knights of Columbus, Cutchogue. All welcome. Donation: adults, $15, two for $25; children, $7. 631-734-7338.

SATURDAY, MARCH 15 NUNSENSE AT NFCT- 8 p.m. The North Fork Community Theatre, Mattituck, presents ‘Nunsense’ by Dan Goggin, starring Anne Motto Gilvarry, Marilee Scheer, Kimet Speed, Peggy Ashton Straub and Alicia Thompson. Directed by Mike Hipp; musical direction by Dee Laveglia; produced by Mary Motto Kalich. Tickets: $15. 631-298-NFCT, www.NFCT.com. RIVERHEAD IDOL- At 7 p.m. check out the Fifth Annual Riverhead Idol hosted by Town of Riverhead Youth Bureau features 10 teens ages 13-19 who compete before panel of music industry judges for 2008 title. Cash and prizes for winner and runners-up. Tickets: $5, available at Middle and High Schools. Seating limited; advance purchase suggested. 631-722-4444. THE SEAL CRUISES!- Through April 27 check out the Seal Cruises with the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation aboard Lady JV through Hempstead Bay, offering fun and facts; boat has heated cabin and snack bar. Adults, $20; seniors and children up to 12; $17; carry-on child, $5. Reservations: 631-369-9840, www.riverheadfoundation.org.

SPRING EGG HUNT- 11 a.m. is the Twentieth annual Spring Egg Hunt at Orient Beach State Park in picnic area includes the Spring Bunny and refreshments; prizes awarded to kids who find special eggs. Open to all ages. Rain date: Sunday, March 16, 1 p.m. 631-323-2440, www.nysparks.com. SPRING FLING- From 7-11 p.m. the Oysterponds annual Spring Fling features performance by Dunegrass, corned beef sandwiches, soda and beer; setup available for BYOB. At Poquatuck Hall. Tickets: $25,available at the Country Store. 631-323-2580. ANNUAL DINNER/DANCE- 6-11 p.m. the annual dinner dance hosted by St. Patrick R.C. Church’s CYO at Soundview Restaurant, Greenport. Donation: $40. Limited seating. RSVP: 631-765-5849. BUNNY BREAKFAST- From 8:30-10:30 a.m. check out the Bunny Breakfast for ages 4-7 with adult; breakfast, crafts, meet the Easter bunny. Mattituck High School. Tickets, $5 children, $3 adults in advance only at Love Lane Sweet Shoppe. 631-298-2276. ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE- At 2 p.m. check out the fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day parade hosted by North Fork Chamber of Commerce and Cutchogue Fire Department; parade steps off from Cox Lane to Cases Lane in village. Organizations interested in marching, call 631-734-5959. CINEMATIC SERIES- At 7:30 p.m. the North Fork Reform Synagogue’s Cinematic Series features ‘The Chosen’ starring Maximillian Schell, Rod Steiger and Robby Benson, based on novel by Chaim Potok about friendship between two very different Jewish boys in 1940s Brooklyn. At Cutchogue Presbyterian Church’s community room; complimentary light refreshments. Suggested donation: $5. 631-722-5712. EAST EGG HUNT- At 9 a.m. check out the annual Easter egg hunt for kids up to age 9, at Stotzky Park, Riverhead; open to Riverhead residents/school district only. Come early to register. Rain date: Saturday, March 22. 631-727-5744, ext. 30.

SUNDAY, MARCH 16 EASTER EGG HUNT- At noon check out the annual

Easter egg hunt sponsored by Mattituck Park District. Easter bunny, eggs and prizes at Veterans Memorial Park, Mattituck. Rain or shine, bring basket. 631-298-9103. NUNSENSE AT NFCT- 2:30 p.m. The North Fork Community Theatre, Mattituck, presents ‘Nunsense’ by Dan Goggin, starring Anne Motto Gilvarry, Marilee Scheer, Kimet Speed, Peggy Ashton Straub and Alicia Thompson. Directed by Mike Hipp; musical direction by Dee Laveglia; produced by Mary Motto Kalich. Tickets: $15. 631-298-NFCT, www.NFCT.com. THE POTTERY FACTORY- At 2:30 p.m. ‘The Greenport Pottery Factory,’ presentation by Chris Pickerell, who discusses redware produced during colonial times, at Southold Indian Museum. Free. 631-765-5577. ART AND SCIENCE- From 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Art in Science at Long Island Science Center, 11 West Main St., Riverhead; Learn how science affects art, make art from math with tessellations, use gravity to paint pictures, mix colors and make bubble art. Admission: adults, $2; children, $5. 631-208-8000, www.lisciencecenter.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS THE NORTH FORK AUDUBON SOCIETY- At 8 a.m. on Tuesdays with Tom; visit various local birding “hot spots” including Dune Road on South Fork, with Tom Damiani, in search of wintering birds; dress appropriately for weather. Meet for carpooling at Red House, Inlet Pond County Park, Greenport. Nonmembers, $5. 631-275-3202, birdspeak@aol.com.

ONGOING EVENTS WEIGHT LOSS – The second Tuesday of every month, Dr. RussL’HommeDieu, a physical therapist holds a free weight management lecture & discussion session for people fighting similar weight loss problems. The discussion is moderated by Dr. Russ, who has upheld a 200-pound weight loss himself. Space is limited. For more information contact New Life at 888-446-7764. REIKI CIRCLES- Reiki Circles Monday Nights @ Grace Episcopal Church Last Monday of the month, meetings are held at Peconic Bay Medical Center. For more Information, contact Ellen J. McCabe at (631) 727-2072.

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