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It’s Regional Wine Week — So Drink Local (As If You Weren’t Already)

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I don’t mention it often here on the site, but in addition to writing about New York wines here and in various print publications, I’m also on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and organization dedicated to telling the story of American wine in its entirety — from coast to coast across the Americas. In addition to putting on an annual conference that we move from region to region, we also organize Regional Wine Week, which runs from October 6-12. It’s the sixth annual such week and once again we invite writers from across the continent post stories…

Hudson-Chatham Winery 2007 Empire (Red Blend)

By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief We'll end our Regional Wine Week reviews this week with a recently released "Super New York" (think Super Tuscan) blend from Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent, NY. Hudson-Chatham Winery 2007 Empire Reserve ($22) is the brainchild of owners Carlo and Dominique DeVito, and is made with grapes from three vineyards in New York's three biggest wine regions blended in equal proportions — Long Island merlot, Finger Lakes cabernet franc and Hudson Valley Baco Noir. According to Carlo, "The idea of Empire was to create a wine that was uniquely New York, and attempt to blend vinifera and…

Long Island Merlot Alliance 2006 Merliance

By Lenn Thompson, Editor in Chief Regional Wine Week continues today with a review of the Long Island Merlot Alliance's latest release, Merliance 2006 ($35).  Formed in 2005, the Long Island Merlot Alliance (LIMA) strives to develop quality standards in the production of classically-styled Long Island merlot and to establish Long Island as the leading region for merlot in the New World.  After an initial press splash, the group has been somewhat understated, choosing to focus on vineyard research and conducting tastings to identify the qualities that help define "typical" Long Island merlot. In March, founding members Raphael, Pellegrini Vineyards, Sherwood…

Regional Wine Week: What are YOU Drinking?

By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief Every Monday (more or less) our editors and contributors tell you what we're drinking. Sometimes the wines are local — sometimes not. Sometimes the wines are actually beer. But this blog isn't just about us. It's about you too. We want to know what you're drinking too. If the traffic metrics that TypePad provides are to be believed, there are a lot more of you reading this blog than commenting, so here is my challenge to all of you lurkers out there: In honor of Regional Wine Week, tell us what local wines you're drinking or…

Heron Hill Winery 2007 Blaufrankisch Reserve

By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief I think that I'm like most wine geeks in that I like wines that make me think. I don't mean all the time. Not every wine. Sometimes we just want wines that we can drink, have with our meal, and enjoy throughout the course of an evening. But on other occasions, I want a wine to stop me in my tracks and demand further consideration and pondering. Even rumination. This Heron Hill Winery 2007 Blaufrankisch ($35) is a wine that had me thinking. And wondering. We'll get to that in a minute though. First, a little…