Posts Written OnJanuary 08, 2008

WTN: Pindar Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Franc (North Fork of Long Island)

Last year, when this wine won "Best Cabernet Franc" and "Best Red Wine" at the 2007 New York Food & Wine Classic, I was inundated with emails from surprised readers, emails asking things like: "How can that possibly be the best red wine in New York?""Have you had that wine yet? How is it?""How can anyone take these results seriously no?" I didn’t have much in the way of answers. I hadn’t tasted the wine at the time and for a variety of reasons, I still say that it’s hard to take the event 100% seriously. But this wine impressed…

Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale Cask at Deks This Friday, January 11

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This Friday night, I’m hoping to attend the third cask night at Deks in Rocky Point, NY. Our beer columnist, Donavan and Dean from Deks hav secured a pin of Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale this time around. The cask will be tapped around 6 p.m. and should pour most of the night (until we run out). Last time there were still a couple of pints left at midnight. For all you beer geeks out there, Donavan has provided some information about the brew for us from the brewery. Hope to see you there.

Brooklyn Oenology Debuts

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By New York City Correspondent Sasha Smith This fall I went to the launch party for BOE, a winery housed in a converted warehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. (BOE is short for Brooklyn Oenology.) Founded by engineer-turned-winemaker Alie Shaper, BOE released its first wines this fall, a 2005 Chardonnay and a 2005 Merlot. While the fruit comes from the North Fork and the wines are made in Mattituck at Premium Wine Group, the rest of this endeavor is thoroughly Brooklyn-based. Alie says that the winery was created “in the spirit of Brooklyn’s artisanal resurgence,” and points to the many artists and…