Posts Written OnSeptember 06, 2007

Take Me Out to the Ball Game…With Wine?

It’s impressive to me how Long Island wines, on the whole, have improved over the past few years. Sure, there are still plenty of clunkers to be tasted, but it seems like the middle-of-the-road wines are better and the regions best wines are that much better lately. But good juice is only part of the package. To sell improving that wine, Long Island wineries need to market and promote themselves. Wine isn’t a "build it and they will come" sort of industry. Local producers do seem to be getting better at building relationships with their customers and attracting new ones.…

WTN: Waters Crest Winery 2004 Cabernet Franc Private Reserve (North Fork of Long Island)

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Much of home winemaker-turned-pro Jim Waters’ early commercial success was based on his delicious, well-priced whites—his Riesling and Gewurztraminer in particular.    Many of Waters’ latest red release, however, have matched—and even surpassed—those early offerings. His limited-production, sometimes-hard-to-get reds are worth seeking out in his storefront tasting room tucked in an industrial park.  Even previous vintages the Waters Crest Winery Cabernet Franc Private Reserve impressed with their rich fruit and cocoa flavors. But, the 2004 release seems to take it to another level. Waters Crest Winery 2004 Cabernet Franc Private Reserve is a ripe, spicy wine that should develop even…