Posts Written OnMay 21, 2008

Paumanok Vineyards 2007 Festival Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island)


Stainless steel-fermented chardonnay is one of Long Island’s great wine pleasures. They are always affordable and refreshing, rarely offensive and sometimes absolutely delicious. In being made without oak barrels (or other oak chunks, stave, dust, etc.) these wines allow the true character of locally grown chardonnay grapes to come through. I know that it’s hard to believe, but these wines allow you to actually taste chardonnay, not the winemaker’s manipulation of chardonnay. We drink a lot of ‘steel chardonnay’ around our house and, as I said, they are rarely offensives. Sometimes, they do miss the mark however. One 2007 white…

Why Drink Local Beer?


In case you haven’t given it a listen, head over to our very own Donavan Hall’s beer podcast, Radio Beer Hall. I’m not always good about listening, in fact I usually forget for weeks and then have to catch up, but his latest podcast focuses on a topic that is near and dear to my heart — drinking local. Always a thoughtful, insightful guy, Donavan talks about about the dangers industrial beer, capitalism in the beer world and, of course, why you should drink local. I’m also enjoying hearing about his Wit project, where he’s making numerous small batches of…