Posts Written OnJanuary 21, 2005

Tasting Notes: Macari 2003 “Katherine’s Vineyard” Sauvignon Blanc

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Macari Vineyards doesn’t always get the press that other Long Island wineries get, but, for my money, their wines are some of the best on Long Island. I’ve written about a few of their wines before, including their Alexandra (meritage) in one column and focusing on some of their new releases in another. Every time we stop at their tasting room, we always take a few bottles home…especially if they still have some of their Early Wine left. Beyond the well-made, delicious wines, the people there are a pleasure to meet and work with. The tasting room staff is always…

Drink Charitably This Winter

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(This column appeared in the 1/21 issue of Dan’s Papers) Drink Charitably This WinterWith the recent devastation in Southeast Asia and East Africa, the ideas of charity and giving to those less fortunate have jumped to the forefront of most of our minds. While some wineries host fundraising events or give a portion of wine sales proceeds to various causes, Judd Wallenbrock, founder and proprietor of Humanitas Wine Company in Napa, has taken wine “giving” to a whole new plateau, donating all of Humanitas’ profits to charity. Yes, you read that right, every last dollar is donated. Specifically, the profits…

Another Great New Wine Blog — basicJuice

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I’ve been emailing with the proprietor of basicJuice all week, and his blog is one of my new favorites. Though he’s a techie type like many of us in the wine blogging community, Beau is also a certified Sommelier and an obvious lover of all things fermented. He and I are a lot alike in that we try to use our sites to demystify wine and make it accessible to more people. He talks about wine in plain english, another thing I can always get behind. Plus, again like me, he writes for a local paper…in addition to teaching wine…

Texas Version of Sangria?

From a New York Times piece on the Presidential Inauguration: "The most surprising Lone Star delicacy, at least to some locals watching in dismay, was a new drink ordered by a group of Texans: merlot with 7-Up. It was described as a Texas version of sangria. As a teetotaler, Mr. Bush may be glad that is one bit of Texicana he won’t have waiting for him back home." For the first time ever, I’m siding with Georgeie. I’m glad concoction isn’t waiting at home for me either…but certainly not because I’m a teetotaler. Makes me proud to be living in…