Posts Tagged“new york wine”

By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief What is the New York Cork Club? It's a New York wine club that I run with Greene Grape Wine in Brooklyn that puts the best, most interesting and often hardest-to-get New York wines in the hands of New York wine lovers. You can learn more here, but the basics are simple. I taste a lot of New York wines every week. The ones that stand out often find their way into the monthly shipments of two wines. Monthly costs vary depending on the wines I pick, but it's never more than $60 (plus shipping) for…

By Lenn Thompson, Founder and Editor-in-Chief This announcement has been in the works for some time now, and I'm happy to finally be able to make it official — Tom Mansell, founder of the Ithaca, NY-based wine blog Ithacork, has joined the New York Cork Report team as its new science editor. We often talk about the "art" of winemaking and the romance surrounding our favorite adult beverage, but behind those things is a whole lot of science. That's where Tom comes in with knowledge and a true scientific approach to wine. Don't worry though, he loves drinking it as…

By Lenn Thompson, Publisher and Editor Hot on the heels of the hugely successful TasteCamp project, I'm happy to announce yet another way for me to share the wines I write about with the greater blogging community — TasteNY. The concept, again, is simple. Quarterly (that's the plan anyway) I'll hand-pick a set of New York-made wines, beers or spirits and get them into the hands of a small group (10-12) bloggers. Participating bloggers needn't promise to write about them, and there certainly isn't a ticking clock — the bloggers can taste the wines whenever they'd like. The only thing…

According to Crain's, the proposal that would have allowed grocery stores, gas stations and anywhere else that sells beer to begin selling wine is dead in the water. I don't think that this is a shocking development when you consider the power of lobby groups in Albany. Most everyone in the New York wine world has seen how active the Last Store on Main Street group has been. I've been getting near-daily press releases from them for weeks. But as fellow blogger (and frequent LENNDEVOURS commenter) Thomas Pellechia wrote on his blog earlier today, it may have been the New…

The wines for the New York Cork Club's March 2009 shipment left Greene Grape today, so I wanted to tell you a bit about them. I always have a lot of fun when I pick the wines that we send out to our members, but this month's selections are two that I'm particularly happy that we were able to get for the club. I wouldn't call them hard to find per se, but you have to go to the winery to get them when we did. First is a wine from Anthony Road Wine Company, their 2007 Martini-Rienhardt Selection Riesling…

All of the "discussion" surrounding Governor Paterson's proposed changes to the New York wine industry is having some perhaps unexpected consequences. Jim Trezise, of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation  sent the following in and email to some of those involved in planning for April's New York Wine Month: I just wanted to let you know that, unfortunately, we will NOT be conducting our “New York Wine Month” program in April as planned. This decision is based on information from the four wholesaler companies who have been very supportive: Elmira, Empire North, Opici, Southern, and Winebow. The reason for…

By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Correspondent So how DO you convince consumers and restaurants to buy local wine? I realize the first solution is to offer quality wine. Let's start with the premise that New York wine is of higher quality than many people probably assume. There's a new "Buy Local" campaign afoot in the Finger Lakes, and unlike many well-intentioned but ultimately misguided efforts, this one strikes me as simple and effective. Joanna Purdy created two posters for Fox Run Vineyards, and the posters will be made available to other wineries and organizations that would like to use them…

Tonight I'm excited to announce that CellarTracker.com has added a new channel to it's list of integrated channels — a LENNDEVOURS channel. That's right, my New York wine reviews will now appear on CellarTracker.com As you can see, the list of channel owners is impressive with publications like Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Lyle Fass of Rockss and Fruit, John Gillman's View From the Cellar, and of course everyone's favorite wine vlogger, Gary Vaynerchuk from Wine Library TV. Best of all, the fine folks at CellarTracker didn't even ask me to join the 100-point scoring wave. My 5-star system remains…

In last weekend's New York Times, columnist Howard Goldberg penned a piece "More Trouble for Vintners" that paints an uneccessarily bleak picture for New York wineries in 2009. In the story, he points to Governor Paterson's proposed budget, the possible elimination of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF), and the closing of both Vintage NY wine shops (which only sold NY wines) as the reasons for "more trouble." All three could potentially be detrimental to Long Island and other New York wineries, but they are only a part of the story. A small sliver in fact. The closing…

Three quick items this in this weeks New York wine news roundup: The NY Wine Grape Task Force, chaired by Kareem Massoud of Paumanok Vineyards, has released it's first report to to Agriculture & Markets Commissioner Patrick Hooker. They offered more than two dozen specific recommendations to enhance the future economic viability of the state’s grape and wine industry. It will come as no shock to anyone who has dealt with the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) that that that agency was the first target, with the report stating: "The antiquated Alcoholic Beverage Control Law should be reformed in…