Posts Written OnJune 28, 2007

WTN: Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards 2002 Merlot (North Fork)

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Sometimes I get completely and utterly sick of tasting merlot. It’s the most-planted grape on Long Island and every winery makes at least one varietal bottling–and often more than that. Hell, Wolffer Estate makes four ‘levels’ of merlot. And, despite growing conditions that are excellently suited to the grape, there is a lot of bad merlot being produced. It’s sad really, because when grown in the right way and treated the right way in the winery, merlot leads to this regions most consistently delicious wines…even if the best ones will cost you at least $30 and up to $125. Osprey’s…

June 30: Tour Peconic Bay

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On June 30, join Long Island Traditions for our 3rd annual “Boating with the Baymen” tour, this year exploring the Peconics, where fishermen and baymen whose family histories date to the 1600s continue to work on the water, despite increasing obstacles. Space is limited and reservations are required! The cost is $40/person, $20 for children under 16. The tour will take place from 4 to 7 pm. To reserve your spot call Long Island Traditions at (516) 767-8803 or visit www.longislandtraditions.org. Deadline for registration is June 29. This program is sponsored in part by the New York State Council on…

Channing Daughters Winery’s New Website

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I’ve written fairly regularly about the sad state of New York winery websites, so I was excited this morning to discover that Channing Daughters Winery, one of my favorite Long Island producers, has a new website. With their focus on all things artisanal, it’s nice to see the new site that more accurately reflects the beauty of their operation. The design is clean, visually appealing and the navigation reasonably simple. I also like the subtle, effective use of flash throughout the site. It’s well done and not overdone. That doesn’t mean that the Web guru in me doesn’t see several…