Posts Written OnMarch 28, 2005

Another Reason Not to Put Too Much Faith In What the International Wine Media Says?

Howard Goldberg, a fairly well known American wine writer does a weekly column in the New York Times on Long Island wines, not-so-creatively titled Long Island Vines. As a Long Island wine lover, I read it every Sunday. Sometimes I really enjoy it. He has better connections than I do (at this point) and usually hears about stuff long before I do. Sometimes though…I’m disappointed. This week’s column is one of the disappointing ones (not because of Howard though). And, I think it illustrates why the job of "International wine god" is so difficult…and why we shouldn’t always assume the…

Visit Friuli (And Hungary) Without Leaving Long Island

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(This column appeared in the 3/25 issue of Dan’s Papers)Winemaker Christopher Tracy and his wife (and the winery’s GM) Allison Dubin Visit Friuli (And Hungary) Without Leaving the IslandBordeaux. It’s the region most often used to describe our unique climate. It should come as no surprise then that many Long Island winemakers focus mainly on Merlot, one of the most important grapes in Bordeaux.             Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton is delightfully different. Do they make Merlot? Sure. In fact, they make a few different ones, depending on the growing season, each with its own distinctive character.…