Raphael Winery

      Long Island Wine Cruise and Lobster Bake on July 31 and August 14

      The Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead is sponsoring a wine cruise and lobster bake featuring Raphael Vineyards. The boat leaves from the the dock behind the aquarium at 6 p.m. for a tour of the Peconic River. Upon return, a lobster bake will be served with a cash bar and music. Festivities end at 9 p.m. Cruise and lobster bake cost $69.95 + tax; lobster bake only is $59.95 + tax for guests 21 and older. Cancellations make less than 72 hours before will receive aquarium credit only. Register by calling 631.208.9200, ext. H2O, or in person at Long Island Aquarium.

      Time to Toast and Taste

      Forty years ago a car ride down the Main Road on the North Fork meant something quite different than it does today. The landscape was still agriculture, broken at intervals by small towns. But it didn’t mean wine country: there were no tasting rooms nor grape vines to the horizon.

      Raphael Winery 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, $22

      While sauvignon blanc might not be the very first grape you associate with Long Island, where merlot and chardonnay still reign supreme in plantings, and grapes like cabernet franc are gaining more and more attention, crisp, refreshing white wines have become a bit of a bass-line beat that may be getting ready for a lot more spotlight solos.