BasicJuice Bounding Through Austrian Wine Country


As focused as I am on New York wines here on LENNDEVOURS, my buddy Beau over at BasicJuice is focused on not being focused. To call the man’s wine tastes eclectic would be akin to saying I kinda like my local juice. One thing he and I have in common, however (along with the desire to bring wine to more people and de-snobberize the stuff) is that we like to bring our readers cool stuff. Here I was, thinking that my 50 in 50 project was pretty cool…and then Beau had to go and plan a trip to Austria to…

Reminder: Wine Blogging Wednesday #20 is Next Week


Just a friendly reminder that Wine Blogging Wednesday #20 is a week from today on April 12. Hosted by Wine for Newbies, this edition of everyone’s favorite wine blogging event will force us away from the usual white wines — you know, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and riesling. I’ll be drinking some NY wines (stop the presses) probably gewurtztraminer but I haven’t quite decided just yet. Join in the fun.

Wolffer Estate’s Roman Roth on


Long Island wine has finally made its way onto the wine podcasting scene with Tim Elliott’s Winecast 56, which features an interview with Roman Roth, winemaker and general manager at Wolffer Estate in the Hamptons. Roman is one of my favorite people in the local wine industry, with an interesting, diverse background and a firm dedication Long Island’s unique terroir. Tim tasted three chardonnays and three merlots from Wolffer as well. Listen for yourself.

Slightly Soggy Trip to the Shake Shack


So yesterday I took a rare work-week trip into NYC for the Long Island Merlot Alliance’s pre-release party for 2004 Merliance, a 100% merlot wine made from the best lots from the participating wineries. More on the wine and the event later this week. Today we’re focusing on my lunch. I’ve read about Shake Shack a few times, mostly on blogs. But, when Frank Bruni wrote about it reopening for the spring a while back, I decided it was time to make my own visit. Of course, what started off as a beautiful day on eastern Long Island gradually got…

OysterFest at Lieb Cellars: Saturdays in April


Lieb Family Cellars is toasting spring’s arrival with OysterFest throughout April. Every Saturday in April, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., you’ll be able to sample Lieb’s  wines and delicious oyster dishes prepared by local chefs. They are offering a liberal tasting of three vintages of Lieb’s popular Pinot Blanc, including its Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine, and will also serve its newly-released Cabernet Franc, a seafood-friendly red wine. The wines will be paired with tasty oysters and seafood dishes from local establishments, including Della Femina Restaurant in East Hampton, Waterside Caterers of Northport, Brewster’s Seafood Market in Hampton Bays…

An Early Spring Saturday in Wine Country


Every week, I get emails asking for advice on which wineries to visit or wondering which local wines I’m really enjoying that week. Truthfully, I always find these emails hard to answer because wine tastes are so individual and personal. My tastes may, and probably are, different from yours. Yes, I love the floral, spicy-citrus zing of Corey Creek’s 2004 Gewürztraminer ($25) but that doesn’t mean you will. (For instance, Nena isn’t a big fan.) So, every time my wife and I visit wine country, we try to take a different path so that we taste different wines and meet…

Announcement: 50 States. 50 Wineries. 50 Weeks.


Here on LENNDEVOURS, I bring you, my devoted (I hope) readers, the best of what New York’s wine regions have to offer, but as a weekly contributor to Wine Sediments, I’ve expanded that scope inThe Vines Less Tasted, a weekly column that focuses on lesser-known regions and lesser-known grapes. With wine being produced in every state of the union, there are so many wines out there beyond those made in California, Oregon, Washington and, yes, New York. I don’t even need to leave our shores for material. So, it is with great pleasure and excitement that I annouce that I…

Restaurant Review: Mirabelle (St. James, NY)


Saturday night, Nena and I enjoyed what I would term, without reservation, the best meal we’ve ever eaten at a restaurant. A bold statement to be sure, but Mirabelle in St. James is deserving of this and any other praise it receives. Wanting to spoil ourselves a bit, Nena and I decided to enjoy their eight-course tasting menu, which is a steal at $80. The captain and chef were both very accomodating when I explained my shellfish allergy and seafood aversion and they happily substituted two fo the eight dishes for me. For her first course, Nena had a trio…

Gastronomie’s Long Island Wine Experience


Fatemeh, everyone’s favorite, often-travelling food writer (and owner of Gastronomie) finally found a few spare minutes in her busy schedule to post about the fun she and C had when they explored Long Island wine country a bit with me a while back. F&C were a lot of fun to taste with and I definitely hope this was just the first of many culinary jaunts together, starting with my still-on trip to the Bay Area at the end of June. You all know that I think Long Island wines have a lot to offer, but don’t just take my word…

Last Night, There Was No Wine


There wasn’t any wine involved, but Nena and I had a fun night anyway (I know, hard to believe that a wineless night can be fun!) I bought Nena tickets to Coldplay at Nassau Coliseum for Xmas and while there was wine available, who wants to drink Beringer from small plastic screwcap bottles? Not me. Nena even drank beer instead, which never happens. Richard Ashcroft (front man for the Verve) opened the show and was pretty good. I would have liked it better had he not finished his set with the Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony. I’m not a big fan of…