Posts Tagged“north fork”

WTN: Waters Crest Winery 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (North Fork of Long Island)

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Waters Crest Winery isn’t new to me or to you guys. I’ve written about Jim Waters and his wines many times in the three-plus years I’ve had this blog. But, for those of you that are new to LENNDEVOURS, Waters Crest Winery is one of Long Island’s smallest producers and one that I’ve long loved mainly for its white wines. The riesling in particular is a favorite of mine. Being a small winery is one thing, but with his Waters Crest Winery 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon ($55) winemaker and co-owner Jim Waters has taken "small batch" wine to a new level.…

Beer Podcast: Legends in New Suffolk

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On today’s show I tell you about my trip to Mr Beery’s in Bethpage to try Moo Thunder!  I hopped on a train and made it to Mr Beery’s just in time.  The beer club at Mr Beery’s had almost drained the keg before I got there.   Next on the show, I take the whole family on a trip out to Legends in New Suffolk.  Legens is a sports bar was some really excellent food.  They have about 30 or so taps and an extensive beer list that advertises more beers than they actually keep in their cellars.  …

Brooklyn Oenology Launches Website

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What, you’ve never heard of Brooklyn Oenology? Don’t feel bad. I hadn’t heard about them until fairly recently myself. But, they’ve launched a new website this week. Basically, they’ve bought some North Fork fruit and are making wine in Brooklyn. How is the wine? I have no idea, but I’m looking forward to meeting the founder/winemaker Alie at Brookyn Uncorked later this week…and of course I hope to taste their 2005 Chardonnay and 2005 Merlot. Stay tuned for more info about these guys. I’ll pass it along as I can. Oh, and just a little warning, their website blows up…

WTN: Roanoke Vineyards 2006 Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island)

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Roanoke Vineyards is still relatively new on the North Fork scene, but its red wines are already among the best made on the East Coast. In time, I believe they will also prove to be among the most long lived wines as well (I’m talking 20 years here). The wine that first "hooked" me on Roanoke was their 2000 merlot. I have one bottle of that wine left and when I opened a previous bottle a year or so ago, it wasn’t even close to peaking. We’ll see how patient I’ll be. But, no matter how good any winery’s red…

WTN: Jamesport Vineyards 2006 Sauvignon Blanc (North Fork)

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Most Long Island wineries focus on the red wine grapes of Bordeaux—particularly merlot—and the white wine grape of Burgundy—chardonnay. They are, by far, the two most planted varieties on the East End. Jamesport Vineyards is a little different. They make merlot and chardonnay of course—the market demands them. But, they also have a well established pinot noir program and consider the white wine of Bordeaux, sauvignon blanc, a speciality as well. Most local sauvignon is reared entirely in stainless steel tanks, which highlights the fruit character and results in fresh, lip-smacking wines that tend to be straight forward no matter…

WTN: Domaine CC 2006 Rose (North Fork)

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Like most any American wine region, there are almost as many styles of rose being made on Long Island as there are wineries. You have some that are almost full bodied, big, soft and round on the palate and as dark as some light reds. You also have much lighter wines that are fresh, crisp and definitely much more like white wines. Personally, I almost always prefer the latter style. I like my rose to have high, but balanced, acidity, fresh fruit flavors and maybe even a little floral character. Corey Creek Vineyards‘ latest rose, their 2006 Domaine CC Rose…

WTN: Macari Vineyards 2005 Malbec (North Fork)

You’ve heard all about Long Island merlot, but what about the Malbec? Merlot might rule this over-grown sand bar, but Malbec, the large, easy-to-ripen black grape best known as Argentina’s premier variety, is showing surprising potential in Long Island’s maritime environment. It has been grown, and used, on Long Island for quite some time—usually ending up as a minor component in Bordeaux-style red blends. But now, as Long Island vintners continue to experiment with grapes and techniques, varietal Malbec bottlings are becoming available. Macari Vineyards in Mattituck released its 2005 Malbec ($22) a couple months ago and it’s impressive. It’s…

WTN: Castello di Borghese 2001 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (North Fork of Long Island)

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On the North Fork, there is an un-official red wine grape pecking order. Okay, maybe it isn’t even un-official. At the top is the almighty merlot grape, lauded by many observers as the king of Long Island grapes. And, it has earned such a reputation with good reason. It seems ideally suited to the regions climate and soil conditions–and consistently leads to many of the region’s best wines. Next in line is cabernet franc, genetic parent to cabernet sauvignon and known mostly for its popularity in the Loire region of France and as a blending grape in Bordeaux. It ripens…

WTN: Medolla Vineyards 2002 Merlot (North Fork)

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The Italian and Italian-American influence on Long Island wine country is strong. Among the thirty-plus East End producers there are ones named Pellegrini, Pugliese, Castello di Borghese and Diliberto – and others that are owned by people of Italian heritage, many of whom grew up making wine with their families. Medolla Vineyards, owned by John and Denise Medolla, has recently joined the fray with its first release, this 2002 Merlot. Medolla Vineyards operates under a tenant winery license at Lenz Winery. Basically, Lenz Winery serves as a host winery and Medolla uses the facilities when Lenz isn’t using them. Lenz…

WTN: Channing Daughters Winery 2006 Mudd Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (North Fork)

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 For all of its purported similarities to Bordeaux, Long Island produces surprising little Sauvignon Blanc. It’s the white wine grape of Bordeaux after all. Yet, those that are made always seem to capture the region’s uniqueness. The best taste like Long Island in a bottle. Channing Daughters Winery, one of only three producers within the Hamptons Long Island AVA, sources the grapes for its Sauvignon Blanc from the Mudd Vineyard on the North Fork – where some of the Island’s oldest Sauvignon Blanc grapes grow. Winemaker Christopher Tracy is a white wine wizard – mixing and matching both expected and…