Posts Written OnJanuary 07, 2013

Macari Vineyards 2008 Estate Merlot


You’ve probably read that 2008 wasn’t a superlative vintage on Long Island. Compared to 2005, 2007 or 2010 that’s probably true, but over time I’ve found that with an extra year or two of bottle age, many 2008s come together nicely — offering far less intensity than those lauded years, but also a bit more complexity and a lot more food-friendliness. And as if that weren’t endearing enough — very few 2008s fall victim to the “let’s see how much we can charge for this” pandemic. Macari Vineyard Estate Merlot ($19) is a well-priced red that will improve an array…

Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling


Located on the eastern side of Seneca Lake, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars can always be counted on to deliver good values in under-$15 riesling — and this Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling ($14) continues that tradition. Very fruity on the nose, it offers aromas of green and yellow apple, sweet juicy musk melon and golden raisin. Though noticeably sweet, the palate packs a fruit cocktail-like melange of apple, peach, melon and honey flavors, with subtle grapefruit and golden raisin notes with enough balancing acidity to keep it from being cloying — though a bit more verve through the mid-palate would…

Gibson Campbell Joins NYCR as Long Island Beer Correspondent


Gibson Campbell, known in Long Island wine country as the man behind the tasting bar at Macari Vineyards, joins the NYCR team today as our new Long Island Beer Correspondent. He’ll be a familiar face to many who read this site. After graduating from Binghamton University in 2007with a bachelor degree in English, Literature, and Rhetoric, Gibson returned home to Mattituck, NY to work in a winery’s tasting room. Since then, he has worked full-time in the Long Island Wine Industry, but had already developed a passion for craft beer and basically all things local. His affinity for (good) beer started with a…