The year brought changes, excitement and conflict in the wine world.
In April, a new committee was formed in Southold Town to tackle the task of defining wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries — all of which receive little or no mention in current town code. The alcohol farm products working group, made up of past and present industry members and town residents, was charged with making relevant recommendations. READ
Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said the owners of Vineyard 48 have canceled their liquor license. READ
Earlier this month, Vineyard 48 temporarily lost its winery license, forcing the Route 48 operation to close its dance club — I mean tasting room. READ
To the residents who live nearby, Vineyard 48 in Cutchogue has been an awful neighbor. Incidents reported by neighbors and those investigated by Southold police show that guests at the vineyard act badly even in plain sight and don’t seem to care what anyone thinks. READ
Vineyard 48’s liquor license will remain suspended through at least Oct. 26, the new date for a hearing before an administrative law judge, according to New York State Liquor Authority spokesman Bill Crowley. READ
The New York State Liquor Authority ordered an emergency suspension Thursday for Vineyard 48 to forbid the sale or consumption of alcohol at the Cutchogue winery. READ
On August 12, 2012, a Southold Town resident sent an email to a town official. Attached was a photograph of a limousine attempting to make a U-turn to head west on Route 48.
Unable to complete the maneuver, the driver backed up into the eastbound lane, blocking traffic in a 55 mph zone. READ
Southold Town is preparing to once again take legal action against controversial Cutchogue winery Vineyard 48, with Supervisor Scott Russell accusing the business of breaking an agreement over alleged violations and promising to bring the “full legal might” of the town down on the operation. READ
The liquor license of controversial Cutchogue winery Vineyard 48 was suspended for three weeks last month as part of a State Liquor Authority ruling over complaints from neighbors and local police. READ