Posts Written OnMay 26, 2008

The Grapes of Roth 2007 Riesling (Long Island)

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“Why the heck don’t you make riesling?” It’s a question that German-born winemaker Roman Roth has been asked endless times in his 15 years making wine on Long Island. In some ways, it’s an obvious inquiry—some of the best Riesling in the world is made in the country where Roth started his winemaking career at the age of 16. But, since 1992 Roman has been focusing on varieties like merlot, chardonnay and cabernet franc at Wolffer Estate, where he serves as winemaker, and other wineries like Scarola Vineyards and Roanoke Vineyards, where he also makes the wines. His wines are…

The Fifth Season Has Moved to Port Jefferson

Because we don’t have any family nearby for babysitting, Nena and I have gotten a bit out of the North Fork dining scene. We did make it to Jedediah’s and North Fork Table last year, but there was one more North Fork restaurant we wanted to try — The Fifth Season in Greenport. So, I was really disappointed over the winter when I heard that it has closed. Co-owner and chef Eric Orlowski is stringently dedicated to local ingredients (and wines) and his ever-changing menu has gotten rave reviews from critics and LENNDEVOURS readers. It seemed, however, that we’d not…

Long Island Wine News and Notes

Long Island wines have been getting a lot of coverage lately, so I thought I’d point out some of the best and most interesting coverage of late. Pindar Vineyards’ winemaker Les Howard (formerly of Jamesport Vineyards) was just featured in the Daily News. The story, which talks about how Les worked his way up in the local wine world is a nice one and Les is deserving of more attention. He did some really great things at Jamesport and it will be interesting to see what he does with the extra 60+ thouseand cases of wine he’ll be making. Howard…