Tasting Room Tips

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There is no better way to spend a summer afternoon than sipping your way through wine country. With over thirty wineries making nearly every style of wine imaginable on Long Island, everybody can find at least one wine that they’ll love. Even if this weekend is your first visiting the wineries, it’s easy to taste like a pro and get the most out of your experience. These are just a few tips I always offer to people heading out East — and they apply to any winery in any region. Bring Friends and Have Fun. Wine is absolutely best enjoyed…

Extra Copies of Wine Advocate 165?

I don’t subscribe to Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and I can’t buy a "back copy" until the issue I want, the current one that covers New York wines, actually becomes a back copy. So what do I do? I’m stuck asking for advice and yes, even begging. I need to get my hands on a copy…even if just for a day so that I can read it, make notes on it and give it back to the rightful owner. Any suggestions? UPDATE: Thank you to the readers who helped me get my hands on the goods! I can’t thank you…

Corks of the Forks: Local Flavor from Peconic Bay Winery

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This week on Hamptons.com, my column "Corks of the Forks" focuses on Peconic Bay Winery, a winery that makes a wide range of wines — which is good and bad. Sure, they appeal to one of the wider range of wine drinkers around and I’m no wine snob, but I’ve long felt that their sweet, entry-level wines detract from the higher end stuff because the good stuff is buried at the end of their tasting room list. But, I’ve long loved their steel fermented chardonnay…and at $13 it’s a bargain that is nearly impossible not to like. Read more.

WBW #23: Ravenswood 2002 Monte Rosso Zinfandel

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Wine Blogging Wednesday #23 is here, hosted by Joel from Vivi’s Wine Journal. The theme is BBQ wines and many of you will be surprised that I’m not writing about a New York wine today, though I did drink a couple during the dinner party in quesiton. Everyone knows Ravenswood —  probably for their zinfandels. And, despite my affection for Long Island’s balanced, nuanced wines, I love good California zinfandel. So, when Nena and I were in Sonoma, we made our final winery stop at Ravenswood. When we walked in, my heart sank a little. Looking at the tasting sheet,…

July 8: David Rosengarten at The Lenz Winery

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Join TV personality and cookbook author David Rosengarten this Saturday at The Lenz Winery for Celebrating the Multi-Ethnic Flavors of the American Grill. He’ll be doing a cooking demonstration, making Greek Swordfish Kebabs, Indonesian Shrimp Satay, Chicken Tandoori and Spanish Lamb Chops along with a selection of Lenz wines The event starts at 5:30p.m. in the Lenz Courtyard. Tickets are $60 per person. Call the Lenz Tasting Room at 800-974-9899 or 631-734-6010 to make your reservations. I can’t make the event (it’s my anniversary) but this should be an interesting event. Check it out.

Happy 4th of July

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All of us at LENNDEVOURS — that being Nena, Ben and Lenn — hope all of our U.S. readers have a happy, fun and safe Independence Day. We’re planning a low-key day here around the house doing yard work and relaxing. But, we’re going to head down to Port Jefferson this evening for fireworks I think. Don’t forget to enjoy some BBQ wine today and blog about it tomorrow for Wine Blogging Wednesday #23.

Checking in on the LENNDEVOURS Cabernet Franc Vines

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Clearly I wouldn’t make much of a full-time vineyard manager. It’s been almost a month since my first visit to Raphael’s vineyard to visit "my" vines. As you can see to the right, they’ve grown quite a bit. But on Saturday morning, we went out east and stopped by so that my parents could taste Raphael’s bottlings and enjoy the vineyard views as I walked my row of ten-year old  cabernet franc vines. There isn’t a whole lot for me to do with the vines yet (the real vineyard tenders are making it easy on me), but I did weed…