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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

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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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Hampton Coffee arrives in Southampton

The Hampton Coffee Co. Coffee Experience in Southampton

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The Hampton Coffee Co. (which has locations in Water Mill and Westhampton Beach) opened its new Southampton cafe on Saturday. The cavernous space (it used to house a Mini Cooper dealership) overlooks Montauk Highway. The decor is rustic/industrial, with hand-hewn farm tables and wooden bar stools warming up the gray tiled showroom with its giant coffee roasters in the back.

Perch at the counter...

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C’est Cheese ripens in Port Jefferson

A selection of cheeses at C'est Cheese in

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It’s been over a year and a half since Joe Ciardullo opened his cheese shop-cafe in Port Jefferson, and C’est Cheese is maturing nicely. The cheese selection approaches 120 varieties, and the dining-in menu has grown to include dozens of cheese plates, salads and sandwiches, seven of which are grilled cheese.

They include the Parisian (brie, apple and honey), the Capra (goat cheese, fig preserve...

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Gentle Brew coffee to the rescue in Long Beach

Partners Mike Shcherbenko, left, and Pat Luyster opened

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In the weeks since superstorm Sandy ravaged Long Beach, Gentle Brew Coffee Roasters demonstrated that a coffee shop needs precisely three things to function: coffee beans, bottled water and, most importantly, heart.

On the Wednesday following the storm, Bryan Baquet, Mike Shcherbenko and Pat Luyster assessed their store’s damage: It had taken in about 18 inches of water and there was no power...

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Crazy Beans comes to Miller Place

The new Crazy Beans in Miller Place.

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Not yet a month old, Crazy Beans, a coffeehouse and eatery in Miller Place, was a local port in the storm during the days following superstom Sandy. “We didn’t lose electricity,” said owner Callie Brennan, “and ended up having a ton of people in here” — eating, drinking and charging their electronic devices.

Brennan and a group of friends — among them chef William Miranda — are currently serving...

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Georgio’s in Farmingdale: Coffee rarities

In October 2011, Georgio and Lydia Testani relocated

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Georgio's Coffee Roasters has come into possession of some of the world’s most sought-after beans: La Esmeralda Geisha from Panama and Kopi Luwak from Indonesia. At the 2012 Hacienda La Esmeralda auction, some lots sold for as much as $65.50 a pound. As for Kopi Luwak (aka “cat poo coffee"), the just-picked beans are left overnight on the ground so that local civets can ... process them. In...

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Free coffee at Georgio’s, Farmingdale: Soccer windfall

Georgio and Lydia Testani, owners of Georgio’s Coffee in Farmingdale, are big soccer fans and they’ve been following the progress of the U.S. women’s Olympic team with enthusiasm. Thursday Georgio pledged that if the U.S. women took gold, he’d offer free coffee to any woman visiting the store.

Now with the Americans’ 2-1 victory over Japan, he has to make good on his pledge. So, ladies, stop...

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Iced coffee time

Coffee ice cubes at Love Lane Kitchen in

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Yesterday on Feed Me  we went over the basics of iced tea. Today it’s iced coffee.

The key to iced-coffee success is strong coffee. You certainly can make good iced coffee with a drip maker or percolator, so long as you make it strong (try double strength). But my preferred method is using a stovetop espresso maker, also called a moka.

Mokas are widely available — most hardware...

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Gentle Brew moves to Long Beach

Gentle Brew coffee shop has just opened in

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When Bryan Baquet started to roast coffee in January 2011, he did so with little fanfare, and Gentle Brew took up residence at a little-trafficked address in Hicksville. There were no tables and no food, just freshly roasted coffee to buy in bags, or to be brewed to order. Hours were variable. But word got out about the shop, whose twin goals were to educate consumers about coffee and to support...

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