Posts Written OnDecember 10, 2004

Over a Barrel…with Lenn Thompson: Macari Vineyards’ Fruit-Filled Fall Whites

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(This column originally appeared in the December 10th issue of Dan’s Papers) Macari Vineyards, located on Sound Avenue in Mattituck, has always been one of my favorite destinations for East End wine tasting. Its modern, elegant tasting room and spectacular vineyard views are almost as welcoming at the people who pour the wines. With tasty wines that are organized into ever-changing flights, I’ve never had a bad experience at Macari – from the people or the wines. Despite becoming increasingly well known for its high-end reds, including Bergen Road 2001 ($40) and Alexandra 2000 ($75), as well as its Rose…

Pennsylvania State Stores…One Huge Reason to Lift the Ban

Ryan at VineSugar, has a great post on his site today that points to an article in the Philly Inquirer about Pennsylvania’s seriously outdated liquor laws. Ryan is a PA native. I’m a PA native. We both remember the pain of living under the evil regime…and we’re both thankful for living in other states now. PA may have voted for John Kerry (a big plus), but PA has some of the worst liquor laws in the country. I know people that have resorted to buying cases of "olive oil" from California wineries…just to get some decents wines for their cellars.…

Tasting Notes: 2000 Raphael First Label Merlot, Peconic, New York

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Raphael, founded in 1996, is known in Long Island wine country for having one of the most magnificent tasting rooms, overflowing with Medditerranean style and offering spectacular views of the vineyard. Raphael’s focus is on Merlot–considered by many to be the varietal Long Island is best suited for (there will be many future posts on this topic). They also make Sauvignon Blanc (which is quite good), Saignee (a Rose) and have a recently released Cabernet Franc…but again, Merlot is their focus. This week, Raphael’s managing director and winemaker, Richard Olsen-Harbich, sent me a couple bottles of their 2000 First Label…