Posts Written OnJuly 31, 2006

The Wine Advocate Tastes New York: Some Thoughts

As many of you already know, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (WA) recently published reviews and commentary about New York wines, and many Long Island and Finger Lakes producers scored very well. This was, no doubt, an important success for both regions — particularly after the Wine Spectator’s slightly underwhelming and suspect reception. But what does it all mean? You’ll never find numbered wine ratings here on LENNDEVOURS (though I admit that I used to use A-F grades) — because they dummy-down wine and are largely meaningless without context. And yet, Parker ratings can make or break a winery. If Parker…

New Yorkers Can Now Buy Beer Before Noon on Sundays

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Having grown up in Pittsburgh, restrictions on buying beer are nothing new. In Pittsburgh, you can’t just stop in at the local supermarket or convenience store to pick up a six pack. You can only buy beer by the case and from beer distributors. That being said, I’m glad to read that New York has lifted the ban on beer sales before noon on Sundays. Again, weird rules on beer buying aren’t new to me, but I’m glad to know that I can buy beer Sunday morning for a football party (instead of having to go between noon and the…