Posts Written OnJuly 09, 2012

Heron Hill Winery 2009 Ingle Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay

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The portfolio at Heron Hill Winery varies greatly from top to bottom — but the Ingle Vineyard wines, made with grapes grown in owner John Ingle’s vineyard, offer dependable value. The Heron Hill Winery 2009 Ingle Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay ($20) is a balanced, expressive wine with aromas of lemongrass, grapefruit, lemon, green apple and just a hint of honeydew melon rind. Medium bodied and showing tremendous focus, the palate is citrusy with a lemongrass edge and a light floral characteristic. The acidity is almost crunchy and well-integrated, lengthening the finish, which is tinged with apples and lemon zest. Producer: Heron Hill Winery…

It Doesn’t Get Any Fresher or More Local: Rocky Point Artisan Brewers Releases Hefeweizen

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Saturday morning, I logged onto Facebook and was greeted with some exciting news — Rocky Point Artisan Brewers, with license now in hand, had released its first beer, a hefeweizen, at my local beer shop. As you can see from co-owner Mike Voigt’s post, the beer moved quickly from brew day to on tap at Thrifty Beverage in Rocky Point.  It doesn’t get any fresher — or more local.  RPAB’s brewery is just a couple miles from Thrifty and from DEKS American Restaurant, where the beer is also available. “Local” has long mattered to the RPAB team. Voigt helped organized…

Evan Dawson a Two-Category Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Award Finalist

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NYCR readers already know that our managing editor Evan Dawson is an extremely passionate, talented story teller and that his book Summer in a Glass, captures the essence of Finger Lakes wine country better than any book before it. Today, I’m proud to let you all know that we’re not the only ones taking notice — he’s been named a Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Award Finalist in both the “Emerging Wine Writer of the Year” and “International Wine Book of the Year” categories. Congratulations to all of the finalists — but let’s be honest, we’re pulling for you to win…

Wolffer Estate Vineyards 2011 Rose

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Wolffer Estate Vineyards and winemaker Roman Roth are known for producing some of the East Coast’s best chardonnay and merlot. But it is this wine, the Wolffer Estate Vineyards 2011 Rose ($16), that is probably the winery’s best known. You’ll find it most every where in the Hamptons — from posh pool parties to the beach to restaurants and bars — and they make a lot of it every year, typically well north of 9,000 cases (which dwarfs several Long Island wineries’ total production). Made with 54% merlot, 21% chardonnay, 9% pinot noir, 8% cabernet franc and 8% cabernet sauvignon,…