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Last Saturday was the Lenz Winery Comparitive Blind Tasting I posted about a few weeks ago. All in all, I had a great time at the event. I don’t think I’ve ever been to or held a blind tasting where I didn’t learn something…and this one was no different. Look for a complete write-up here soon, but in the meantime, I thought I’d mention some highlights of the day and post some pictures. Before the tasting even started, I was caught off guard when I met a LENNDEVOURS reader for the first time. I was checking in for the event…

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I’m a couple days behind (it’s been up for a couple days) but the Wine Blogging Wednesday #19 – When in Rhone roundup has been posted by our enthusiastic host, Jathan of Winexpression. This even just keeps getting better and better, with new bloggers joining the fun every month. I’m still sorting out April’s even with the host…but keep an eye out for the annoucement this week.

I just found out this morning that not only has John gotten engaged recently, but he’s also been hired by Shinn Estate Vineyards as head winemaker. He’ll be staying on at Pellegrini through most of the summer, but will also be transitioning to Shinn. This is great news for both John and for Shinn Estate’s owners, David Page and Barbara Shinn. You’ve no doubt seen me mention John several times here on LENNDEVOURS in recent months. We share a love for this region and a desire to bring wine down off of it’s high horse and into the lives and…

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…and his new fiancee Bridget. John, who serves as the production winemaker at both Pellegrini Vineyards and Premium Wine Group (our regions only custom-crush facility) recently spent a few days in New Orleans for Mardi Gras with his then-girlfriend Bridget, who works at Palmer Vineyards…only to come home an engaged man. You can see the happy, and yet "crabby", couple at right. Congratulations once again, John and Bridget.

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Now that the official press release has crossed the wire, I can finally formally announce that I’ve signed on with Appellation America as its regional correspondent/editor for my three local AVAs: Long Island, North Fork of Long Island and The Hamptons, Long Island. I’m excited about the opportunity to join an impressive roster of correspondent/editors and I look forward to helping them get their existing content up to date as well as providing my own content. You’ll notice that some of the pages are a bit sparse right now. That’s going to change greatly in coming weeks. For those of…

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Long Island wine country is often compared to Bordeaux by many, and to Friuli by some but you rarely (okay, never) hear any Alsace comparisons…and with good reason. Riesling isn’t king here, merlot is…followed closely by non-Alsatian varieties like cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and chardonnay. But in a field on Oregon Road in bucolic Cutchogue, NY, you’ll find a 13 acres of what Lieb Family Cellars once thought to be chardonnay. Genetic technology has since proven that the grapes aren’t chardonnay at all. In fact, these vines, which were planted in 1983, are a much lesser-known variety in these parts…

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If you’ve only tasted tasted a couple Finger Lakes wines in your life, chances are that at least one was made by Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Cellars. And if it was their dry riesling, you know how well they do it. Dr. Konstatin Frank was a pioneer, planting vinifera grapes in a region that was deemed too cold and unsuitable by many. The wineries rieslings are now legendary and considered among the best, if not the best, made in the United States. His son, winemaker Willibald Konstantin “Willy” Frank died Tuesday of a stroke. He was 80.Well liked and well…

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Wine Blogging Wednesday just keeps rolling along, doesn’t it? It just can’t be stopped — but then again, who would want to stop such a fun and educational event? This month’s vintage, brought to us by Winexpression’s Jathan, focuses on Rhone-style blends and took me far from my usual Long Island wines. You see, there is a little syrah grown here and some viognier, but none of the other varieties mentioned in Jate’s original post. So, I had to turn my eyes, and tongue, elsewhere…somewhere much warmer. It would have been easy, of course, to just go out and buy…