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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...



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WTN: Vineyard 48 2005 Vignetta (North Fork of Long Island)

Despite some inconsistency, Vineyard 48 just might be a winery on the rise. In general, I’ve found their white wines to be their best, particularly the sauvignon blanc and riesling, which are better and more affordable th...


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Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard Changes Hands

By Finger Lakes Correspondent Jason Feulner One of the most heralded wineries in the Finger Lakes is entering its second phase of existence. Hermann J. Wiemer announced earlier this month that he has entered a business arrangem...


Heard in a Tasting Room: Castello di Borghese

From reader, fellow blogger and co-founder of Grand Cru Classes, Jared Skolnick: My favorite, mostly due to effective delivery, was at Borghese.  Three young ladies were doing a tasting flight and they were novices having ...