Posts Written OnFebruary 03, 2005

Wolffer Estates 2003 La Ferme Martin Chardonnay

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Chardonnay is the most-planted grape on Long Island…despite the fact that it’s not as popular as it once was (thanks California!). As you would probably expect, there’s a wide range of wines made from all those grapes. A good portion of them go into white table blends (often with Riesling or other varietals) that have their place, but aren’t my favorite. There are some California-style Chards too…with lots of butter and oak. Again, those usually aren’t my favorite, but a couple do make their way into my glass on occasion. If you read LENNDEVOURS, you’ve probably heard me refer to…

2003 Laurel Lake Vineyards Chardonnay

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Chilean wines are hot right now both because of their quality and their value. Personally, I think that on the bottom end of the price scale (under $10) Chilean wine is often the way to go. Laurel Lake Vineyards, in Laurel, New York, has brought Chilean winemaking talent and experience to our Bordeaux-esque microclimate…and the results are quite good. Purchased by Chilean investors in 1999, Laurel Lakes is delievering  well-crafted and resonably priced wines to a New York market often filled with over-priced bottles. While not as well known as some of the over-hyped, marketing-crazed Long Island wineries, Laurel Lakes’…

Wine Blogging Wednesday #6 — South African Reds

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It may seem that excitement of WBW #5 has barely faded but…we’ve got another one for cranking for February, hosted by none other than Jeanne of CookSister. Now anyone that knows J knows that she hails from South Africa…so is it any surprise that she has chosen South African Reds as her theme? I think not. I for one am excited to expand my enological horizons and scour local wine shops for a suitable bottle or two for the event, which is scheduled for February 16th. I’ve only had a handful of SA wines…and only a couple reds. As I…