12/08/13 2:30pm
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RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Professional ice sculptor Rich Daly, of Mastic Beach, uses a chainsaw to carve the image of Santa Claus at Sherwood House Vineyards in Jamesport Saturday afternoon.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Professional ice sculptor Rich Daly, of Mastic Beach, uses a chainsaw to carve the image of Santa Claus at Sherwood House Vineyards in Jamesport Saturday afternoon.

Frost shavings were flying outside Sherwood House Vineyards in Jamesport Saturday afternoon, where Rich Daly took to the winery’s front lawn to carve a giant sculpture of Santa Claus made entirely of ice.

Dozens of spectators, many of them with cameras and wine glasses in hand, braved chilly outdoor conditions to watch Mr. Daly, a professional ice carver from Mastic Beach, transform 1,200 pounds of ice into the image of Old Saint Nick — a feat that took four hours to complete.

See the finished product on northforker.com.

01/12/13 7:00pm
01/12/2013 7:00 PM

BARBARALLEN KOCH PHOTO | Blue Duck Bakery owner and master baker Keith Kouris of Aquebogue hands out tastings of sunflower rye bread with creamy dark mushroom topping which was paired with 2007 Sherwood Manor red wine blend.

Nancy and Keith Kouris had never given much thought to which wine might go best with their artisanal breads and spreads. But that was the task the Blue Duck Bakery owners were faced with for Saturday’s ‘Winter Foodie Series’ event hosted by Sherwood House Vineyards.

With notes on the wines from Sherwood co-owner Brian Sckipp, Ms. Kouris researched the spreads as her husband made the breads.

“We tried to match the notes on the wines with the spreads and breads,” Ms. Kouris said.

The result was five pairings: classic Parisian with tarragon/lemon butter spread and 2011 unoaked chardonnay; Italian Pugliese Sesamo with smoked brie and 2010 chardonnay; raisin walnut Levain with olive tapenade and 2007 Oregon Road merlot; pain Levain with roasted red peppers and 2007 cabernet franc; and the last one was German sunflower rye with dark mushroom cream sauce and 2007 Sherwood Manor blend.

“This is always my favorite,” Mr. Sckipp’s told the tasters of the final wine.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Sherwood House Vineyards co-owner Brian Sckipp tells the tasters about the Sherwood House Manor wine, which he said was one of his favorites.

Mr. Kouris said that the final pairing was one of the easiest.

“I thought out of the box on this one,” he said. “It was rich and creamy with the earthy mushroom spread. The sunflowers adds the nuttiness to it.”

Mr. Sckipp said the duo did “an excellent job of pairing the nuances of the wine with the nuances of the bread.”

“We are truly fortunate to find wonderful local purveyors on both forks,” he said.

Sherwood House Vineyards, which has vines planted on 28 acres in Mattituck since 1996, is in its second season of their ‘Winter Foodie Series’ organized by tasting room manager Ami Davey. The tasting room is in Material Objects in Jamesport and the wine and food pairings take place once a month from November  through February in a cozy barn on the back of the property. So far this season they had tastings with Catapano goat cheese of Southold and a charcuterie platter from Lombardi Market of Holtsville.

Next month the tasting will be spaghetti and meatballs prepared by Jamesport’s Grana Wood Fired Pizza’s chef David Plath.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Mr. Kouris hands out tastings of sunflower rye bread with creamy mushroom toppings.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Blue Duck Bakery owners Nancy and Keith Kouris of Aquebogue talk about how they researched pairing their artisanal breads with the wines.

08/29/12 4:25pm
08/29/2012 4:25 PM

Two projects that have been before the Town Planning Board since last year are being held up further by concerns about site plans.

The owners of a horse farm on Ackerly Pond Road in Southold who want to build a riding academy there were told this week that their project will not receive approval until drainage plans for the 10-acre property are better defined.

Later in the same work session, an attorney for Sherwood House Vineyard was told that construction on a driveway, patio and restroom at the winery’s tasting area on Oregon Road in Mattituck could not continue until details about the parking area and proposed bathroom are more clearly outlined.

Planning Board chairman Donald Wilcenski assured representatives of both projects that the board wants to work with them, but he said that until both site plans are improved neither would gain approval.

“We’re not trying to throw you under the bus here,” Mr. Wilcenski told horse farm owner Lucille Sullivan. “But you need to come in with a better plan.”

This is not the first setback for the riding academy project. Co-owners Ms. Sullivan and Brian Glenn were previously asked to include a new driveway entrance due to complaints from neighbors who share the existing driveway. The town’s architectural review committee also recommended that they build a manure storage container that would be emptied every week.

Even those changes were further questioned this week by town engineer Jamie Richter and planner Brian Cummings. The manure transfer station is located too close to the property line, Mr. Richter said, and plans do not spell out how the two driveways are separated.

A major sticking point raised at Monday’s work session was drainage on the property, which is adjacent to Ackerly Pond. Mr. Richter said the plans fail to indicate any existing drains on the property and that additional drainage swales need to be better detailed.

Ms. Sullivan said anyone who spends time on the property can see that stormwater drains away easily.

“After any rain, you’d find the water flows back onto our property,” she said. “This is absolute craziness.”

But Mr. Wilcenski said there’s a method to the madness.

“Our concerns are about the lack of information on the plan,” he said. “We want to work with you. It doesn’t sound that way, but this is a process.”

Sherwood House attorney Patricia Moore said the planning process is costing her clients big bucks.

Planners said that after site plans for the tasting room were rejected earlier this year, new plans were submitted August 10. But even those plans aren’t up to snuff, officials said.

One major concern identified is a lack of detail about a restroom the winery was asked to include. While Ms. Moore assured the board that it would be ADA compliant, she said she was unsure exactly how large the single-toilet bathroom would be.

Board member Bill Cremers said he couldn’t support site plan approval until the restroom is better detailed.

“I need time to think about it,” he said.

Ms. Moore pleaded with Mr. Cremers and his fellow board members to advance the plans since she said vineyard owners Charles and Barbara Smithen are losing money on the property.

“Don’t think about it too long,” she told Mr. Cremers. “Because if you do, you won’t see a business there.”

Mr. Wilcenski advised Ms. Moore to make certain the site plans get updated immediately so the board can offer a determination within the next two weeks.

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