LENNDEVOURS Turns Two Today

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"Welcome to LENNDEVOURS…my new food- and wine-related blog. Here you’ll find stories and news on my adventures in the culinary world, including restaurant reviews, wine reviews, commentary on food trends, tales of my fun serving as a recipe tester for various outlets and anything else that comes to mind. My goal is to eventually make money (maybe even a living) as a food writer…and this is just the first step toward making that goal happen." Two years ago today, the above was written as the first-ever post on LENNDEVOURS. That’s right folks, LENNDEVOURS turns two today. It’s hard to believe…

“M” Brings Merlot and Malbec to The Modern

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Recently, The Modern, the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) fine dining restaurant started pouring “M” as its house red. Every restaurant has a house red, so what’s the big deal? Well, The Modern boasts a wine list of over 900 wines, but instead of choosing a wine from France or California as its house red, it stayed much closer to home — the North Fork of Long Island. Richard Olsen-Harbich, winemaker at Raphael in Peconic, and Stephane Colling, wine director at The Modern, developed “M,” a custom blend of 95% merlot and 5% Malbec from the 2003 vintage. Colling, a…

WTN: Pellegrini Vineyards 2001 Cabernet Franc

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Merlot rules Long Island wine country. It’s the most planted variety and its quality led to the creation of the Long Island Merlot Alliance. But it’s hard to ignore the many great varietal cabernet francs being grown and made here as well. Pellegrini Vineyards does a particularly great job with this lesser-known Bordeaux varietal. Thei 2001 Cabernet Franc ($18) has an extremely expressive nose (typical of the variety) that fills the air with raspberry, black cherry and sweet spice. Juicy with some acidity and low tannins, the palate is ripe with raspberries accented by white pepper and minty-basil notes. I…

Wine Blogging Wednesday #20 Announced

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I’m happy to report that the annoucement for Wine Blogging Wednesday #20 has been posted over at April’s host, Bill of Wine for Newbies. As the weather warms, many wine drinkers turn to more and more white wines, seeking out more refreshing, palate-cleansing wines. That’s all well and good, but Bill wants us to think outside the barrel a bit. So, for this vintage of Wine Blogging Wednesday, you can drink any white wine that you want…it just can’t be chardonnay, sauvignon blanc or riesling. Happily, this means that I can make a return to the wines of New York.…

Wine Blog Find: Good Grape

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Thanks to Tom over at Fermentation, I was turned on to a newish wine blog that I’m really enjoying reading — Good Grape. The  talented writer behind Good Grape is a sales and marketing person by day who loves small wine producers. Sound familiar?  Read the blog — you’ll be glad that you did. I’m particularly a fan of the Cluetrain Mainfesto.

Pictures From The Lenz Winery Blind Tasting

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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…

WBW #19 Roundup Posted

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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.

More Congratulations for Juan Eduardo Micieli-Martinez

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…

Congratulations to Juan Eduardo Micieli-Martinez of Pellegrini Vineyards…

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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.