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The 2011 New York Cork Report Wines of the Year

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor I think I can speak for my fellow editors and contributors when I say that our 2011 Wines of the Year tasting was a fun, challenging and inspiring day of 16 wine tasting flights. I always come away with myriad story ideas swirling in my head after this tasting. This year is no different. Look for pieces from the team over the next few weeks. But today, we announce the winners — including our first-ever New York Wine of the Year, Peconic Bay Winery 2007 Lowerre Family Estate. Our 2011 Regional Wines of the Year…

Lenz Winery 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon

Most winemakers talk about how their wines are "made in the vineyard" and about how they let the grapes make the decisions for them in the winery. Not all of them actually practice what they preach though. Some local winemakers seem to impose their will on their wines, regardless of vintage. Having a consistent "house style" is one thing, but sometimes you need to take a step back and not overwhelm the fruit. Eric Fry, winemaker at Lenz Winery, is one winemaker who follows the fruit's lead. In the best vintages, he goes for it, making some of Long Island's…

New York Cork Club: December’s Selections

This month, I've decided to do something a little different with the New York Cork Club, the New York wine club that I manage with Greene Grape Wine Company in Brooklyn. In most months, I pick two wines from two different wineries (and often from two differnet AVAs) This time, I picked two wines from the same winery, Lenz Winery on Long Island's North Fork. With the holidays coming up, I wanted to send two different types of wine — one that members can open at a party (affordably) and just simply enjoy drinking and one that was a bit…

The Lenz Winery: Great Values and Splurges Too

My dad, sister, mom and Nena inside the Lenz Winery tasting room. As I mentioned on Sunday, Nena, Jackson and I took my parents and sister to visit a couple wineries on Saturday, including The Lenz Winery. Lenz is one of the North Fork’s most respected producers and employs one of the regions most gifted and charismatic winemakers – Eric Fry. If you ever find yourself in the Lenz tasting room and see a guy in overalls with a long ponytail and beard, that’s Eric. Say hello and he just might stop what he's doing to taste with you. One…

WTN: Lenz 2005 Gold Label Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island)

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I’ll tell you about my favorite of the Lenz Winery chardonnays tomorrow, but today let’s focus on one that I didn’t like as much. Actually, I’ve never cared for winemaker Eric Fry’s Gold Label Chardonnay much, and his 2005 release ($20) is no different. It’s definitely made in the California style that is – thankfully – losing popularity among most wine drinkers. It’s medium-dark gold in the glass with a lot of oak on the nose, coming across with toasted marshmallow, sweet oak, and faint caramel aromas. There’s also some roasted apple there, but it’s subservient to the domineering oak.…

WTN: Lenz 2001 Cuvee (North Fork of Long Island)

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I mentioned last week that I was thankful for Eric Fry and his local bubblies. As coincidence would have it, I tasted one of those very sparklers over the holiday weekend. Lenz Winery has garnered quite a bit of praise in the press by taking on high-end Bordeaux wines in blind tastings. Just this past weekend, Lenz hosted one such event where they poured 2001 Chateau Petrus, 2001 Peby-Faugeres, 2001 L’Evangile, 2001 L’Eglise Clinet, and 2001 Lenz Old Vines Merlot. I’m not sure that Long Island wine will get where it can go by constantly comparing itself to Bordeaux, but…

LENNDEVOURS Q&A: Peter Carroll, Owner, The Lenz Winery

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It’s been a while since we’ve done a LENNDEVOURS Q&A, so I tracked down Peter Carroll, who owns The Lenz Winery. What (and where) was the first bottle of wine you remember drinking?The first bottle of wine I remember TASTING, was a bottle of 3-Franc rot gut that I bought in Calais in 1962 when I was 13 years old and on a day trip to France organized by my school.  We tasted it back in England and I can still recall the ‘volatile acidity’ (acetic acid, or vinegar flavor). But the first bottle of wine I remember drinking in…

Rachel Ray Visits Long Island Wine Country

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Sorry for the short notice, but Rachel Ray, the world’s perkiest cookbook author, TV show host, food linguist, and foodie phenomenon will be featuring a recent visit to Long Island wine country on her show this morning (10 a.m. on ABC). I’ll admit that I don’t watch the show (I have a job and I’m not the target demographic anyway) but I know that Ray is a supporter of local wine country. So, I’m going to set my DVR and watch it later. Apparently she visits Lenz Winery, Macari Vineyards and Paumanok Vineyards.

On the East End This Weekend (July 7 & 8)

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There are a couple festivals tomorrow that are worth checking out: Lenz Winery’s 18th Annual Chardonnay World ClassicSaturday, July 7 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.Taste over 90 chardonnays from all of the major wine regions of the world including Long Island, California, France, South Africa, Australia, and many more. Enjoy a selection of artisanal cheeses and hors d’oeuvres chosen specifically with chardonnay in mind. Tickets: Lenz Subscribers:  $35; General Public:  $50 Website: www.lenzwine.com Phone: 800.974.9899 Email: office@lenzwine.com Martha Clara Vineyards Anything But Chardonnay & Merlot FestivalSaturday, July 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.Sample over 50 different wines from 17 East…

Are There Really “Old Vines” on Long Island?

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Tom over at Fermentation has resurrected an interesting discussion that has gone around and around in the wine blogosphere (and media at large) that I thought I’d bring over there to this here blog as well — Old Vines. What does it mean? Should it be a regulated term? Does it matter to you when you see it on a bottle? As far as I know, the only Long Island winery using "old vines" on their labels is Lenz Winery, which uses it on a merlot, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. I think that the oldest vines at Lenz are around…