Posts Written OnJanuary 02, 2007

Decanting the Family Through the Holidays (by Christopher Watkins)

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Decanting the Family Through the HolidaysBy Christopher Watkins They pour through the door  with all the wild aggression of a blood-crimson Cabernet   cascading past the thin lips of a glistening and primed    fine decanter, landing at our table—  voices splashing and breaking— just as wine does  on the bubble at the base of a decanter’s  fragrant belly. With time, these sharp components  settle soft into the whole, down the sides of our chairs,   into the warmth of a waiting meal— camaraderie and community—  and the night takes on the smooth, even-bodied  integration of a perfectly aged blend—  a…

Introducing Christopher Watkins, LENNDEVOURS’ Poet Laureate

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to LENNDEVOURS’ newest contributor, and first poet laureate, Christopher Watkins. Chris is a poet and songwriter. His chapbook "Short Houses With Wide Porches" is forthcoming from Shady Lane Press, the publishing arm of The Kerouac Project. His poems are appearing or have appeared in The George Washington Review, Euphony, Talking River, Red Rock Review, and the anthology In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself (MWE Press), among others. He was the Fall 2006 writer-in-residence at The Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence Project of Orlando. As a songwriter, he has released five albums…

Long Island Wines in the Blogosphere

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You have probably noticed already, but Long Island wines have made their way onto a few other blogs of late. Just before Xmas, Eric Asimov from the New York Times wrote about The Grapes of Roth 2001 Merlot on his blog, The Pour. Eric is clearly a fan of Long Island wines, making him one of the first prominent wine writers to wake up. The Wine Cask Blog, long one of my favorites, has also been reviewing the Lenz Winery portfolio of late, including: Lenz Winery 2000 Cuvee Sparkling Lenz Winery 2001 Old Vines Merlot Lenz Winery 2004 Old Vines…

January Issue of canvas Magazine

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The January issue of canvas magazine has hit news stands as well as the Internet. I think this issue is particularly interesting, with a great story on the power of herbs, a short piece on North Fork Table and Inn, and one about mini-vacations for Long Islanders. The more I get involved with this publication, the more I enjoy the people, the content and its goals. Check it out.

Resolutions for 2007

Nena likes to tell me that I’m a man of a million great ideas…follow through is the problem. In my mind I’ve written numerous books, started several companies and completed numerous projects. In the vein, I’m also big on making New Year’s resolutions, but I don’t always make them happen. I guess my resolve isn’t what it could be. But, I’m not one to give up…so I keep making them and keep trying to be better about following through. So, here are my food- and wine-related resolutions for 2007: Eat Less Crappy Takeout. With all that is going on in…