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amy-vineyard

Press releases are not something we usually get too exited about at the NYCR desk, but in this case we are very pleased to to share the news that our own contributor, the very talented Amy Zavatto, will be taking the helm of the Long Island Merlot Alliance. As an eastern Long Island native, Amy is returning to her roots both literally and figuratively. We look forward to seeing her great energy and fine word-smithy directed at promoting wines that are a signatures for Long Island wine country.   LONG ISLAND MERLOT ALLIANCE KICKS OFF 10th ANNIVERSARY  AND WELCOMES ITS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AMY ZAVATTO   MATTITUCK, NY (March 1, 2015) – The Long Island Merlot Alliance (LIMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of top wine and spirits journalist Amy Zavatto as Executive Director.  With 2015 marking the 10th anniversary of LIMA, Zavatto will lead the charge on a year-long campaign of…

Fulkerson Vineyards | Photo by stugallagher.com/

NEWS Hunt Country Vineyards – 2/25/2015 The Hunt family, founders and owners of Hunt Country Vineyards in Branchport (Keuka Lake), are pleased to announce the promotions of Brian Barry to Winemaker and Jim Alsina to General Manager. West Seneca Bee – 2/26/2015 West Seneca, NY has a new source for local beverage products at Best Value Wine and Liquors Edible Finger Lakes – 2/26/2015 A chat with former Red Newt winemaker Brandon Seager about the by-the-glass offerings at the recently opened Coltivare. Mountain Lake PBS – 2/27/2015 Army Veteran couple continue work on renovating the historic Old Stone Barracks property in Plattsburgh, NY into the Valcour Brewing Company with plans to fully open by September 2015. Northforker – 2/27/2015 Croteaux Vineyards has wine in stock again and will be reopening and serving six 2014 vintage rosés. Examiner.com – 2/27/2015 B.E.V. NY Symposium 2015 wine industry awards announced including Phyllis Feder of Clinton Vineyards receiving the…

older-reds

For a few months now, I’ve been writing a wine column “Uncork the Forks” for northforker.com — one of the few local outlets that shows any real interest in Long Island wine coverage. It’s been a fun project and I figured I should start pointing out my columns here on NYCR. My most recent column focused on a tasting of four North Fork reds from 2002-2006. You can read it here.  And if you have any Bedell Cellars 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon in your cellar, we need to be friends so we can drink it together. Uncork the Forks: These Long Island wines aged gracefully    

Anthony Road winemaker Peter Becraft

The winter weather outside was frightful, but inside the production building at Anthony Road Winery the scene was warm and inviting for the recent “Cellar Sampler: Dine Among the Wines” event. Wine cellar dinners have been gaining in popularity, and a crowd of nearly three dozen food and wine lovers attended the sold-out event that was hosted by Anthony Road Head Winemaker, Peter Becraft. The evening featured four of Anthony Road’s unreleased wines that were artfully paired with dishes that had been prepared by chefs Rune Hilt and Guilietta Racciatti of Red Dove Tavern in Geneva, NY.  Unlike most formal wine tasting or wine dinners that feature released wines, a unique aspect of the “Dine Among the Wines” event was the opportunity to experience wines that had not been previously produced, as well as wines that were still developing. Dinner showcased four wines from the 2014 vintage:  Anthony Road’s 2014 Grüner Veltliner, a…

The winter view of Seneca Lake from Atwater Estate Vineyards

NEWS Syracuse.com – 2/19/2015 Wine review: Tasting Swedish Hill’s award-winning pinot grigio (Video). Poughkeepsie Journal – 2/19/2015 New York State ranks as one of the biggest producers of grapes and apples in the country again this year. Democrat & Chronicle – 2/20/2015 Fermentation and Distillation businesses are booming in the Rochester region, but is still a fraction of it’s historical peak. Daily Voice – 2/20/2015 Wine Doing Good – Wine Tasting Dinner in Tarrytown raises $300,000 for Food Bank. Wine Spectator – 2/20/2015 James Molesworth releases his comprehensive 2014 report scoring of more than 200 Finger Lakes wines. Troy Record – 2/21/2015 Industry continues to keep a close eye on the dispute surrounding Empire Wines and the NY SLA. Albany Times Union – 2/22/2015 Glenora takes a best in show, while other Finger Lakes wines take medals in the American Fine Wine Competition held in Hollywood, FL. WHEC – Rochester – 2/23/2015 Latest…

forge-2013-pinot-noir

Assumptions and generalizations. In recent weeks they have crept into more than a couple wine-related discussions I’ve had. As with regular, every-day life, they are silly, even dangerous, things that can make us appear ignorant or worse. In wine, they are crutches that even the most intrepid writer/critic/thinker will fall back on in a pinch. Of course many of them are based in fact — at least tangentially. Take the idea that red wines from the 2013 Finger Lakes vintage can’t or won’t be good. I haven’t heard anyone laud the season for any grape. The growing season was a wet one early on and by September, when the weather changed in growers’ favor, many red varieties were far behind the ripening curve. Add to that high disease pressure and it’s true — many red wines didn’t quite ‘make it’ though riesling did just find based on my tastings. But, I…

Photo courtesy of Arrowhead Spring Vineyards

NEWS San Francisco Gate – 2/9/2015 American AgCredit Sweepstake Winemakers – Peter Weis gets the wine making props for the Dr. Konstantin Frank 2013 Semi Dry Riesling. Democrat & Chronicle – 2/11/2015 Keuka Lake wines take top slots at the Florida State Fair International Wine Competition, Dr. Frank and Arbor Hill among other New York medal winners. Ithaca.com – 2/14/2015 Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards plans 30th anniversary celebrations throughout the 2015 season. Examiner – 2/15/2015 Bill Dowd gets the scoop on the new release of the Herman J. Wiemer 2011 Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine the first in nine years. Examiner – 2/15/2015 New York State 2014 fruit harvest reports are in and while the grape crop was down 9% from 2013 it was still a healthy one. Wines & Vines – 2/16/2015 A Few Truths About Phenolics – Anna Katherine Mansfield, Assistant Professor of Enology at Cornell Department of Food Science…

ipa0

Argyle Brewing Company is the first farm brewery to open in Washington County, NY. Ironically, Argyle takes its name from the “dry” town that one of the owners hails from. Their beer is brewed down the road in neighboring Greenwich, NY since “a successful brewery needs to sell its product.” The founders chose the name in order to pay homage to the hard working farmers and factory workers of Argyle. Their concept of sourcing hops and barley locally will help to bolster the surrounding farms and economy, befitting for a company that was born of local pride. I was unaware of this brewery’s existence until a family member brought me a mixed sixer of 12 oz bottles. The IPA pours out of the bottle showing a dirty copper color, like an old discarded penny. Also noticeable is a thick haziness in the beer that clouds the glass so that you…

lamb

If you’ve suffered through my cooking, you know there’s certainly no meal coming from my kitchen that’s worthy of a special bottle of wine. In fact, drinking something quickly is your best method of defense. I tend to hoard long-held vintages or the Brunello procured on a magical vacation for an event where corkage is appropriate or find that rare BYOB restaurant of a certain caliber. Occasionally, I miss a drinkability window and I curse my principals and wish I’d just opened that bottle with a takeout turkey burger. Having the luxury of endless access to Long Island wine, they make weekly appearances on my table. But why should the wonderful wines of the North Fork suffer through my less-than-stellar short ribs just because I can’t find them proper play dates? So when I heard that Racines NY, a charmingly modern bistro in Tribeca, initiated BYOB Mondays, I packed up my Greenport Mills…

southold

NEWS Observer Review – 2/3/2015 -A group of more than 100 area businesses has written a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in opposition of Crestwood’s proposed liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage project in salt caverns along Seneca Lake. Examiner.com – 2/5/2015 The Shawangunk Wine Trail announced the new “Hudson Valley Wine Tasting Passport” that covers each of the Trail’s 14 members wineries. The Telegram – 2/6/2015 Winemakers experimenting with native grapes yield interesting results. “I recently tasted the Cuvée d’Amour 2011 from the Dr. Konstantin Frank winery in the Finger Lakes region of New York, which is made from their own vineyards of amurensis…My friends were quite impressed by the contents of their glasses, not knowing what had been served.” Auburn Citizen – 2/6/2015 Cold Snap Threatens Finger Lakes Vinifera Buds “When we experience minus-10 temperatures, about 50 percent of the grapevine buds die. The Cornell Finger Lakes Grape Program publishes…