winecamp

Looking for the ultimate wine country experience right here on Long Island’s bucolic East End? Look no further than Wine Camp, sponsored by the Long Island Wine Country B&B Group. For four days and three nights, you’ll live the Long Island wine life. You’ll work the fields, learn tasting technique, blend wines along side some of the best local winemakers and explore food and wine pairing. It’s not cheap at $749 per person, double occupancy but the package includes three nights at one of four B&Bs, breakfast each morning, lunch in the vineyards, dinner at The Fifth Season, and a…

Over the past couple of years, Corey Creek Vineyards has moved from being it’s own entity to serving as the white wine label for Bedell Cellars, which the noteable exceptions of a rose and cabernet franc under the Corey Creek label. Both are owned by New Line Cinema co-CEO Michael Lynne and all of the wines are made at Bedell Cellars’ state-of-the-art winery facility. Corey Creek still has it’s own tasting room, which is much more rustic than that Bedell’s, but if you pay for a tasting at one, you get a free tasting at the other. This charrdonnay, one…

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Yesterday we talked about Jamesport Vineyards’ 2004 Cox Lane Chardonnay, so to continue LENNDEVOURS Chardonnay Week 2006, we’ll turn our sights on it’s simpler, crisper little brother — East End Series Chardonnay. This is a crisp, decidedly refreshing and appetite-whetting white wine. Its nose presents ripe peach with wisps of vanilla, but also hints at richer, more tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. Comparable flavors follow through onto the palate and are framed by a palate-cleansing zing of acidity and accented by a minerally finish. This isn’t an overly complex wine, but it serves its purpose. Not only does the…

jamesport04coxlane

To kick off "LENNDEVOURS Chardonnay Week 2006" we’ve got Jamesport Vineyards 2004 Cox Lane Chardonnay ($19). 2004 was only an average growing year on the North Fork of Long Island, but Ron Goerler, Jamesport Vineyards’ owner and vineyard manager, spoke highly last spring of his chardonnay (and cabernet sauvignon) grapes. He’s well-regarded as a grape grower and his reputation is actually part of what attracted winemaker Les Howard to Jamesport Vineyards. When I first met Les last year, he stated a desire to make well-balanced wines first and foremost because "Spikes of oak or acidity numb your taste buds, shortening…

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The Tasting Room, a two-location co-op tasting room that was the exclusive location for Comtesse Thérèse, Schneider Vineyards and Broadfields Wine Cellars wines will close its doors for the final time this Thursday, March 2. As I reported back in November, Leucadia National (owner’s of Pine Ridge Winery in Napa) purchased the two tasting rooms along with two local vineyards. I’m a little surprised that they are closing them down already, but one winery that used to pour there, Sherwood House Vineyards, has opened its own tasting room, and I suspect that others were heading that direction. As soon as…

chardonnay_week

Despite ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) groups and the woody/buttery/sweet renditions many CA producers punish our palates with, chardonnay remains the king of white wine in terms of sales and acreage here on Long Island. I think name recognition at least partially drives this. The average wine drinker just doesn’t know what gewurtztraminer tastes like and probably thinks of riesling as super-sweet and "not classy." The charddonnay shift is on, however, so even chardonnay haters can find bottles with nice acid, crisp fruit and none (or little) if the 2×4 flavors of old. All I know is that I have a…

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Those of us near the North Fork of Long Island are lucky to have access to some great farmer’s markets and farm stands. But, not everyone is so lucky. It’s possible that that is all going to change…obviously for the better. Adam Mahler’s of Untangled Vine reports on a move among some Representatives in Washington D.C. to help the farmer’s market movement. He has set up an interview with the Representative that introduced the bill, so keep an eye out on his blog for more information. When I first read about the proposal, part of me was worried about the…

chardonnay

…like Ms. Chardonnay (seen at right). AppellationAmerica, has put together an encyclopedia of grape varieties that as entertaining as it is educational. You’ll find all of the usual suspects (merlot, cabernet sauvignon etc.) but also some varieties you may not have heard of, such as michurinetz, cascade and doreen. Check it out, but beware — you may find yourself spending a long time reading each and every one.

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On Saturday, March 11 I’ll be heading to The Lenz Winery for a sure-to-be-interesting blind tasting event hosted by owner Peter Carroll and winemaker Eric Fry. We will be tasting four Lenz wines blind against premium wines from France. I’m looking forward to the event, which (unfortunately for many of you) is invite only to members of their wine club and the press. I’ve always enjoyed most of the Lenz lineup, but more more excited about the opportunity to taste some of the higher-end Bordeaux in the flights. 1st Flight – 2003 Chardonnays2003 Lenz White Label Chardonnay ($12)2003 Jean Louis…