Archive for February, 2013
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Local Kickstarter: Help Southold Farm + Cellar Bring Weird Grapes to the North Fork

Chardonnay. Merlot. Chardonnay. Merlot. Chardonnay. Merlot. As good as Long Island wine can be — yes, including merlot and chardonnay — it can sometimes feel like a lot of the same. Especially because chardonnay and...



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Book Review: An Ideal Wine, by David Darlington

It’s easy to choose sides in wine. We get emotional about the process. That’s how we got saddled with such a silly word like “natural” describing a product that isn’t hardly natural. And before you...



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What We Drank (February 26, 2013)

  “What We Drank” makes its triumphant comeback this week with a typically diverse set of libations from many corners of the adult beverage world. Evan even found a chardonnay that he likes — quite a bit,...



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Casa Larga Vineyards NV Pinot Noir

When I first smelled this pinot, with its aromas of cherry candy and cough syrup and peppery, almost-Moroccan spice I thought there might be some non-pinot in there. Maybe even a hybrid like De Chaunac or Noiret. But according ...



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Starting Anew at the New York Cork Report

Things have been a bit quiet here on the site. I know it. The whole team knows it, actually. It’d be easy to blame it on the babies (four in the the past 15 months) that have joined various staff members’ families. ...




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Empire State Cellars Wine Club: March 2013 Selections

The March shipment of the Empire State Cellars Wine Club will be shipping in a week or so — meaning that it’s time to announce my selections. If you’re not familiar with the club, you can learn more here. “Hell...



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A Beer-Lovers Fantasy: A Visit to Hoptron Brewtique

Last week, I visited Hoptron Brewtique — which opened last December on West Main St in Patchogue — for the first time. Some fellow beer enthusiasts and I dropped in to see what all the hype was about. Conclusion: th...



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Roman Roth Named Partner at Wolffer Estate Vineyard. Grapes of Roth Brought In-House There.

Congratulations to veteran Long Island winemaker Roman Roth who today was named a partner at Wolffer Estate Vineyard by new owners Joey and Marc Wolffer. In addition, Roth will move his private label “Grapes of Roth”...



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New Cornell Grapes Named and Released. NYCR Reader Submission Chosen.

The Lilac Ballroom of the Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, NY filled quickly earlier this week for a late morning session of the Viticulture 2013 Conference, where the commercial names for two new wine grapes released ...



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Local Kickstarter Campaign: Condzella Hops Unites Long Island Farmers and Local Breweries

Local hop farmer John Condzella has created a Kickstarter Campaign with the hopes buying a used hop-harvesting machine from Germany that will be used not only to harvest his farm’s hops, but any hop farmer’s crop on...