Posts Written OnMay 15, 2008

Christiano Family Vineyards 2004 Merlot


The local wine scene is dominated by some of its biggest producers, which only makes sense, I guess. I’m talking aobut places like Wolffer Estate, Lenz Winery and the Ps — Pindar, Palmer, Peconic Bay and Paumanok. Each has a wide range of wines in its portfolio, but merlot is a constant. Each makes at least two different versions each vintage, sometimes more. Those are the big fish in the little pond that is Long Island wine country. But there are little fish too. Every vintage, it seems, welcomes new wineries. In fact, I learned about a brand-spanking new one…

Getting to Know New Yorks’ Newest AVA: Ontario Lake Plain


By Bryan Calandrelli, Niagara Correspondent Last month, a giant step toward catapulting Niagara USA’s Wine Trail into the future was taken by James Baker of Lockport, NY, when more than a year’s worth of hard work and research finally came together in an official AVA (American Viticultural Area) proposal submitted to New York State’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Regulations Division. Baker is calling it the Ontario Lake Plain AVA, and it’s an area that includes the northern parts of three western New York counties just south of Lake Ontario and north of the Niagara Escarpment. The boundaries…