Posts Written OnOctober 10, 2005

Wine Blogging Wednesday #15 — Small-Production Wines

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250. For November’s edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday, the fun and talented Fatemeh from Gastronomie isn’t limiting us by varietal, country of origin or any else of the sort. Her one and only rule: drink a wine of which 250 or fewer cases were made. That’s right, we’re turning our eyes to the small producers this month. She’s offereing bonus points to anyone who chooses a wine produced by a winery that makes fewer than 1000 total cases per year as well. To steal a baseball analogy…this theme is a batting practice fastball in my wheelhouse. I can choose from…

Rain, Rain…Go Away

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Sigh. The 2005 vintage was widely expected to be one of the best ever on Long Island (particularly for red wines). A hot, dry growing season led to small, concentrated fruit that was ripening extremely well. We literally have had almost no rain all summer and early fall…until the last few days. Rain has been soaking most of Long Island (and the eastern seaboard) for days…and I fear all that water is going to dilute the flavors and potentially neccessitate earlier-than-wanted harvesting. I know several vineyards already picked their chardonnay (and some other whites) before the rains…but most were holding…

New Wine Blog — Mondosapore

If you’ve spent any time trolling around the many wine blogs in cyberspace, you’ve probably seen the name Terry Hughes somewhere in the comments. I first "met" Terry over at Vinography and have always enjoyed reading his insights. Well folks, he’s finally broken down and started his very own wine blog (it’s about damn time) — Mondosapore. The focus is Italian wines and Italian culture. So head on over and check it out.

Showing Off Long Island Wine Country

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I’ve been using LENNDEVOURS to share my experiences with New York wines for well over a year — but over the next two weeks I’m taking things to a whole new level. To start, the juicemaster general, Beau of BasicJuice, will be in my neck of the woods later this week (along with the Wine Goddess), so I’ll be playing tasting tour guide on Friday. Any excuse to take a day off of work and taste wine, right? As if that weren’t enough, next week the obsessed one, Derrick and I are teaching a class at Stony Brook University together…