Posts Written OnJanuary 20, 2005

NYers to “Import” Wines Directly From Producers?

It’s possible…if Governor Pataki’s latest proposal goes through. He’s introducing legislation that will allow NY winelovers to "import" wine directly from other states. Sounds great, right? Sure, but he also wants to raise the excise tax on a liter of wine from 5 cents to 28 cents…because it will raise millions in new tax dollars. That’s quite a hike…but does not going through the three-tier system make up for it? I honestly don’t know the numbers enough to say…anyone? At least a portion of the tax money is going to be used to promote NY wines. I can easily get…

LENNDEVOURS’ 1st Tasting Event — Long Island Pink Wine for Valentine’s Day

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When someone mentions pink wine, do you think of cheap white zinfandel? I know that I used to, back before I knew much about wine. I’ve since seen the light. There are some delicious, bone dry pinks wines available that actually have flavor and complexity…and there are some great ones made here on Long Island. I’m working on a story on Long Island Pink Wines for Valentine’s Day and I could use some help. Why? I’m gathering samples from at least a dozen Long Island wineries…and that’s just too much wine for Nena and I to drink alone (at least…

Tasting Notes: Spencer Roloson 2002 Syrah, La Herradura Vineyard, Napa Valley

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Previously, I’ve reviewed and written up three wines that Spencer Roloson sent to me: Spencer Roloson 2002 Palaterra Spencer Roloson 2002 Viognier Spencer Roloson 2002 Madder Lake Tempranillo As you can see by clicking on the above links, the results were mixed. My favorite of the three was the Palaterra, a $16 Rhone-style blend. I also have very high hopes for future vintages of the Tempranillo. I liked it, but I expect as their vines age, the wines will improve dramatically and be much more complex. I had been saving the priciest of the samples, the Spencer Roloson 2002 La…