Posts Written OnMarch 04, 2013

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This weather cycle has not been particularly kind to those attempting to visit or live and work on the East End in 2013. The Blizzard Formally Known as Nemo shut down the LIE for days and less-than-aggressive snow clean up on residential streets made it a little hard to get around out here. Fear not! There’s a way for Long Island wine loving concrete jungle dwellers to get a fix of something new and different from the North Fork without leaving Manhattan. Or even Midtown. Although she doesn’t look a day over 70 and her marble staircase is as grand as ever, Grand Central Terminal turned 100 years old this month. February 1913 was not only the first time one could visit the newly completed station, but also marked the opening of a new restaurant — The Grand Central Oyster Bar. To help celebrate this momentous event, Paumanok Vineyards has…

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Jonathan Hull has done what many of us city dwellers only dream of: he has run off to the country to make stuff. A former insurance broker, he recently quit that job and has now immersed himself full-time in making cider and wine deep in the Hudson Valley. Working in the same orchard planted by his grandfather (and subsequently run by his father), Jonathan oversees nearly 40 acres of apples, as well as a one-acre vineyard.  His son, Dylan, 22, has been working with him for over 15 years, and is now in charge of outside sales and meeting new accounts, most of which are in New York City where their Naked Flock line of ciders is rapidly taking off. In most years, they also produce up to 20 different wines; with a seeming nonchalance, Jonathan follows his palate, as opposed to some idea of what he “should” be making. …

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Does the New York Cork Report really need a European Correspondent? I never thought so, until I ‘met’ Will Donbavand via Twitter some time ago. Here was this guy in the UK who was just as passionate and excited about New York wine as anyone already on the team. You see, the company he works for, Wine Equals Friends, imports some of New York’s best wines into the UK. After a few private and public exchanges about specific New York wines, I was convinced that Will would fit in just fine with the team. Along with Wine Equals Friends’ founder Sue Chambers, Will covers almost every role on a day-to-day basis. From looking after client accounts and leading tastings with prospects, to processing orders, organizing events, marketing and PR, and social media. “We now have wine from 14 producers across Long Island and the Finger Lakes, selling to private customers,…