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Wine Library TV Has Fun With Long Island Franc

I’ve been talking about Long Island’s cabernet franc wines for a while…even daring to question merlot’s supremacy because of my love affair with franc. Well, Gary Vaynerchuk over at Wine Library TV loves...


Take Me Out to the Ball Game…With Wine?

It’s impressive to me how Long Island wines, on the whole, have improved over the past few years. Sure, there are still plenty of clunkers to be tasted, but it seems like the middle-of-the-road wines are better and the re...


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WTN: Waters Crest Winery 2004 Cabernet Franc Private Reserve (North Fork of Long Island)

Much of home winemaker-turned-pro Jim Waters’ early commercial success was based on his delicious, well-priced whites—his Riesling and Gewurztraminer in particular.    Many of Waters’ latest red release, however...


The New LENNDEVOURS Wine-Rating System

I always go back and forth on wine ratings, their usefulness and whether or not I should use them here. I’ve given it a lot of thought, I’ve had lengthy email discussions with some of you, and I’ve talked it o...


What Defines a Boutique Winery?

There is a seemingly endless array of adjectives that wineries use to describe–and okay, to market–themselves and their wares. Words like award-winning, artisanal, small-run, limited-production, hand-crafted and bou...



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WTN: Shinn Estate Vineyards 2006 Rose (North Fork of Long Island)

"There is no reason to produce wimpy little pink wines with no varietal character." That’s what David Page, co-owner of Shinn Estate Vineyards said when I asked him about his 2006 Rose ($16). Their rose is diffe...


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Happy Labor Day from the LENNDEVOURS Team

Just want to wish all of my U.S. readers a happy Labor Day. It’s been a gorgeous long weekend here on Long Island the past few days–clear blue skies, warm-not-hot temperatures and cooling ocean breezes. Yesterday we...


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Vineyard Visuals: Wolffer Estate Through the Growing Season (September 1)

We continue keeping an eye on Wolffer Estate Vineyards with Ellen Watson, our resident photographer. As you can see, they’ve added netting to keep birds from eating the sweetening grapes. Does it work? Sometimes…and...