Posts Written OnFebruary 07, 2007

American Wine Blog Awards: Vote for LENNDEVOURS


Who was it that first said it’s an honor just to be nominated? While it’s true that I’m honored to be named a finalist in the 2007 American Wine Blog Awards’ Best Single-Subject Wine Blog category, I also would love to win. So, if you read and enjoy this blog, vote for LENNDEVOURS today.  The competition is stiff in my category, but I think I have a shot! I’d also encourage you to visit each and every one of the nominated blogs. There are some flat-our awesome finalists involved and many of the blogs are ones that I visit every…

Interview with Rich Pisacano at Appellation America


This week on Appellation America, I interview Richie Pisacano, vineyard manager for Wollfer Estate Vineyards in the Hamptons and co-owner (with his wife Soraya) of one of my favorite North Fork producers, Roanoke Vineyards. Richie has been growing grapes on Long Island for quite a while now and has seen a lot in his time doing so. He’s also always a good interview because of his unwavering honesty. During the interview, we talked about the differences between growing grapes on the South and North Forks, how local wine growers have honed their craft and also Richie’s assertion that terroir may…

For Affordability, Count on the Comtesse


I find myself defending Long Island wines way more than I should have to. First, I have to defend them against those who just don’t see what the big deal is. To them, I say that there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that there are locals making outstanding wines. Not every wine or winery—but some. And the number seems to grow with every successful vintage. And then there is price. That’s the other complaint—and honestly, it’s a bit harder to stand up for Long Island wineries in this regard. There are a lot (and I mean a lot)…