Archive for May, 2013
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Bellwether Wine Cellars 2011 Sawmill Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir

When I recently posted a picture of a home-cooked meal on Facebook, a friend demanded to know who made the rose that filled the glass next to my plate. That wasn’t rose, friends. That was Bellwether Wine Cellars 2011  Pi...



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Should More Finger Lakes Winemakers Travel to Europe? Q&A with Hector Wine Company’s Justin Boyette

An artist can only do so much without an understanding of art history. A filmmaker is limited if he or she hasn’t seen the great films of all time. And winemakers, we can assume, are holding themselves back if they’re not...



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Macari Vineyards 2012 “Katherine’s Field” Sauvignon Blanc

Always among the top sauvignon blancs coming from the North Fork, Macari Vineyards 2012  “Katherine’s Field” Sauvignon Blanc ($23) is an early favorite from the 2012 batch just hitting shelves now — and...



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Wines from Fox Run Vineyards Help Raise Money for Camp Good Days

In March, two of Fox Run Vineyards’ wines won double gold. Shortly thereafter, three children won the chance to go to summer camp. What the two have in common is the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. The wine compe...



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New York Spirits Steal the Show at the 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala

Friday night, May 17, was a proud night to be a New Yorker. And it was a proud night to be part of a talented beverage community that calls this fair Empire State home. At 9 p.m., the Manhattan Cocktail Classic kicked off its 2...




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Fulkerson Winery 2012 Gruner Veltliner

The nose on this Fulkerson Winery 2012 Gruner Veltliner ($14) isn’t as intense as the best gruners I’ve had from Austria — the region where it is most planted and known — but it does show nice varietal c...



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New York Cork Report Named a 2013 Wine Blog Awards Finalist

Earlier this morning, this website was named as a finalist in the 2013 Wine Blog Awards in the “Best Single-Subject Blog” category. After taking a year off from the awards last year — so Evan and I could serve...



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Hudson-Berkshire Wine & Food Festival This Weekend

People often debate whether “local” is measured by state or by miles.  The Hudson-Berkshire Beverage Trail measures it in miles. Tucked in between the northern-most portion of the Hudson Valley and the Berkshire Mountains,...



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The Summer Session: The Bronx Brewery Bronx Pale Ale

I’m admittedly not a big fan of “summer” beers. Ales and lagers that are part of a summer beer program are usually over-the-top with citrus flavoring and other adjuncts.  The malt profile in these beers, whether it wheat...



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5 Questions with… Lisa Donneson, Owner, Bouke and Bouquet Wines

Lisa Donneson founded Bouké in 2007, and produces eight aromatic, fruit-forward, affordable wines. Bouké (her dry wines) and Bouquet (her sweet wines) aim to be “a pleasure for all the senses – the eye, the nose, and ...