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WTN: Bedell Cellars 2005 Reserve Merlot (North Fork of Long Islandd)

Long Island’s 2005 vintage was one for the record books–on a couple fronts. There was the rain. Some vineyard locations received 17 inches of rain an eight-day period–an eight-day period that happened to coinc...


Jackson just wanted to say hello…

I haven’t posted a picture of our little gourmand lately…but as you can see, he is pretty much sitting up these days and discovered the art of sticking his tongue out today. He’ll be 7 months old at the end of...


Restaurant Review: Cittanuova (East Hampton)

I’ve never been to Milan (or anywhere in Italy for that matter) but sitting at a small table in Cittanuova in East Hampton, Nena and I got a small taste of one of Italy’s most chic and modern cities — along with s...


WTN: Raphael 2006 Grand Cru Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island)

One of the greatest things about Long Island wines is their food-friendliness. Many are fruit-forward, but they almost never plunge into the overtly fruity, high-alcohol pool of many other New World wines. Alcohol levels usuall...

Overheard at the Pindar Tasting Room in Port Jefferson

So I was at Pindar’s satellite tasting room in Port Jefferson (it’s a great idea by the way and I wish more wineries adopted this model and opened tasting rooms like it) to pick up some of their 2005 Cabernet Franc,...


WTN: Raphael 2006 Sauvignon Blanc (North Fork of Long Island)

As you know, lots of Long Island winemakers still focus on the parallels between their own region and Bordeaux. Merlot and the cabernets–sauvignon and franc–are clearly the dominant red grapes here and they do well ...

I’m Still Thinking About the New York Food & Wine Classic

You may have noticed that I’ve been getting a little heat in the comment section of my recent post on the 2007 New York Food & Wine Classic. You might think that I don’t like those sorts of comments, but the exa...


A Food Addiction: Heirloom Tomatoes

Last weekend I made an early-morning trip out to Sang Lee Farms, just hoping that their heirloom tomatoes were in. As you can see, they were and I bought quite a few (okay, too many). So far, I took many of the yellow and gold ...