Posts Written OnJune 15, 2007

WTN: Peconic Bay Winery 2006 (North Fork of Long Island)

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In the past, I’ve had some less-than-nice things to say about Peconic Bay Winery. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy some of their wines–I absolutely do and have for quite a while. Their Stainless Steel Chardonnay and Riesling are both great every day wines at fair prices. But man, they made some sweet, koolaid-esque rose in the past. And, in their tasting room, flights started off with those wines, which I thought probably turned off the serious wine drinkers before they got down to the better wines. I knew that it did me. I’m sure that it’s purely a coincidence…

“All Seasons Every Day” by Christopher Watkins

All Seasons Every Day -or- When You Have Mother Nature As A Business Partner -or-The Vineyard Manager’s Long Island BluesBy Christopher Watkins In this hand I hold water, in this hand I hold heat. Call them rain and sun, but never seasons. I may call upon the wind with dawn still percolating softly, or raise it with the onset of the dusk – But with a snap of practiced fingers SHOT! Lightning, then the thump-tom-thump of thunder; count the seconds in between counting one-one-thousand…then again, the thunder. In my heart it is the solstice, But my mind’s a melt of…

Beer Podcast: Blue Point Hoptical Illusion

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By Contributing Columnist Donavan Hall I’m soloing it again, but Rich will definitely be back on the show soon. On this installment I pop open a Blue Point Hoptical Illusion. It’s a fairly hoppy IPA. IPA stands for India Pale Ale. It’s a style of beer invented in England, but has been adopted by Americans and turned into a completely new beer. The English version was a Pale Ale that was more alcoholic and more highly hopped. The hops act as a preservative to keep the beer fresher tasting over the long voyage from England to India (hence the name).…