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At this point, winter has been such a relentless bitch many of us will drink anything to keep warm and shut out the dark, grey days. But with Spring fast approaching, I’m here to remind you to be mindful of what’s in your glass. Don’t just slug whatever bottle you have on hand in order to stay indoors. For me – NY Drinks NY heralds Open Season on Spring wine. New, shiny things I have yet to taste. This yearly event brings together three dozen or more wineries from across New York State for a Grand Tasting and … marks…

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Since I recently moved back to New York state, I looked forward to the NY Drinks NY tasting  for weeks as a way to plunge back in and get reacquainted with New York wine. But then a business lunch ran late and I hoofed it in to Astor Center with barely an hour to spare. Merda! With thirty-five producers, seven wines (roughly) apiece, and 60 or so minutes, I definitely needed an organizing principle. Tracking down my Hudson Valley neighbors seemed a solid place to start. Soon, I found all — three of them? Benmarl Winery, Brotherhood Winery, and Whitecliff…

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Made without even a splinter of oak, Raphael 2014 Sauvignon Blanc ($20), is a brisk, somewhat lean rendition of North Fork sauvignon blanc. Dominant aromas and flavors of citrus blossom, stony talc and straw are supported by light lemon, lemon verbena and gooseberry qualities. Juicy, citrusy acid keeps the palate crunchy and accentuates the minerally, stony notes. Bottled only a month ago, I plan to re-taste this wine in a month or so and will update this note if needed. Producer: Raphael AVA: North Fork of Long Island Varieties: 97% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% Semillon pH: 3.18 TA: 8.4 g/L Barrel Program: None;…

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The lineup at Southold Farm + Cellar’s En Primeur 2015 last weekend. NEWS Albany Times Union – 3/10/2015 New Bill supports Empire Wine sales and seeks to curb the power of the State Liquor Authority. Press & Sun-Bulletin – 3/11/2015 Adult beverages sold for the first time at the Spiedie Fest in Binghamton with a specially dedicated tent to taste NY products. The Vinguard – 3/13/2015 Long Island is rolling with acres of vineyards – this piece lauds the region as grown up and making sophisticated wines. Stuart Pigott – Rielsing Global – 3/14/2015 Author of THE BEST WHITE WINE ON EARTH…

So here it is — the first episode of The Cork Report. Nothing major this week, just me talking about some of the podcasts that inspired me and a bit about what I hope to cover and accomplish with it. Shout out to Anthony Ianni for the theme song “First Fall” and to PJ Sedgwick for the killer logo artwork. I forgot to mention them in the track and will need to remedy that the next go-round. I’m still not sure how often I’ll pull these together, but I’m shooting for two per month at least. And I can’t really…

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I’ve procured theme music (big shout out to long-time reader Anthony Ianni for providing an original song “First Fall”). I’ve learned just enough Garageband to piece together and introduction. And as you can see, I now have a logo/cover art (thanks to NYCR creative director, PJ Sedgwick). Now I just need to sit down, plug in the mic and click record.  It’s coming soon. I promise. In the meantime, you can also follow the latest The Cork Report podcast updates via Twitter at https://twitter.com/TheCorkReport    

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Keuka Spring Vineyards 2013 “Humphrey’s Vineyard” Riesling ($22) offers a nice balance between fruity and floral character. The nose opens with Mandarin oranges and Meyer lemons with notes of peach, honey and fennel frond. Juicy and dry, the palate welcomes Golden Delicious apple flavors to the party along with more-pronounced, zesty citrus notes. Finishing with notes of apple skin and citrus blossom, this is a pretty classic Finger Lakes dry riesling, minus the minerally slate notes you might find from other vineyard sources. Producer: Keuka Spring Vineyards AVA: Finger Lakes Designation: Humphrey’s Vineyard Variety: Riesling Alcohol: 12% Production: 360 cases Price: $22 (sample)…

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We try to keep an eye on the intertap flow of New York libation information, and even in a slower news week, we know that there are probably stories out there waiting to be surfaced. You can help us. If you know of a tale that needs to be told, tell us. If there’s a New York wine scene that needs to be seen, then show us. We know that event announcements can get lost in the noise, so we’d be glad to try and share them here ( disclaimer:  given fair warning and public service motivations – shameless profiteers need not apply ).  Contact…

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The USB microphone has arrived. The theme music has been acquired.thanks to a long-time reader and friend. Now I just need a name for it and to learn how to use Garageband to put it all together — and we’ll have a brand-spanking-new podcast available. Keep an eye here for updates. We’ll interview grape growers, winemakers and people from every corner of the wine world. And not just from New York. It should be fun and it’ll certainly be different.