Cavaniola's Gourmet, the East End's premier cheese shop, is run by a formidable cheesemonger named Michael Cavaniola, descended from Newark, New Jersey turophiles. Lou DiPalo of DiPalo's Mozzarella in Little Italy recently visited the Sag Harbor shop and admitted he was impressed.
Cavaniola's recently expanded its horizons by picking up the lease on the historic, boat-shaped Umbrella House next door, where it installed a boutique wine shop, filled with a selection of small-run vintages as carefully edited as its selection of artisan cheeses. Ben Balter is the able manager of the shop. This weekend, the two sister shops will host their first joint tasting. The $75 wine and cheese course will take place Sunday, February 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. Reservations are required and limited to 20 attendees.
About the author: Brian Halweil is the editor of Edible East End, the magazine that celebrates the harvest of the Hamptons and the North Fork. He is also publisher of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. He writes about the things we eat from the old whaling village of Sag Harbor, New York, where he and his wife tend a home garden and orchard and go clamming when the tides allow.
Cavaniola's Gourmet and Cavaniola's Cellar
89B Division Street, Sag Harbor NY 11963 (map)