Appellation America’s New Regional Correspondent for Long Island


Now that the official press release has crossed the wire, I can finally formally announce that I’ve signed on with Appellation America as its regional correspondent/editor for my three local AVAs: Long Island, North Fork of Long Island and The Hamptons, Long Island. I’m excited about the opportunity to join an impressive roster of correspondent/editors and I look forward to helping them get their existing content up to date as well as providing my own content. You’ll notice that some of the pages are a bit sparse right now. That’s going to change greatly in coming weeks. For those of…

2nd Annual Independent Food Festival and Awards: The Best Use of Pinot Blanc Grapes That Were Once Thought to be Chardonnay in Both Sparkling and Still Wines Outside of Alsace


Long Island wine country is often compared to Bordeaux by many, and to Friuli by some but you rarely (okay, never) hear any Alsace comparisons…and with good reason. Riesling isn’t king here, merlot is…followed closely by non-Alsatian varieties like cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and chardonnay. But in a field on Oregon Road in bucolic Cutchogue, NY, you’ll find a 13 acres of what Lieb Family Cellars once thought to be chardonnay. Genetic technology has since proven that the grapes aren’t chardonnay at all. In fact, these vines, which were planted in 1983, are a much lesser-known variety in these parts…

Saying Goodbye to Finger Lakes Pioneer


If you’ve only tasted tasted a couple Finger Lakes wines in your life, chances are that at least one was made by Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Cellars. And if it was their dry riesling, you know how well they do it. Dr. Konstatin Frank was a pioneer, planting vinifera grapes in a region that was deemed too cold and unsuitable by many. The wineries rieslings are now legendary and considered among the best, if not the best, made in the United States. His son, winemaker Willibald Konstantin “Willy” Frank died Tuesday of a stroke. He was 80.Well liked and well…

WBW #19: Curtis Winery 2000 Hertiage Cuvee


Wine Blogging Wednesday just keeps rolling along, doesn’t it? It just can’t be stopped — but then again, who would want to stop such a fun and educational event? This month’s vintage, brought to us by Winexpression’s Jathan, focuses on Rhone-style blends and took me far from my usual Long Island wines. You see, there is a little syrah grown here and some viognier, but none of the other varieties mentioned in Jate’s original post. So, I had to turn my eyes, and tongue, elsewhere…somewhere much warmer. It would have been easy, of course, to just go out and buy…

Long Island Merlot Alliance Unveils Logo…and Merliance Wine


When I wrote about the Long Island Merlot Alliance back in September, they were still getting their acts together in terms of brand identity (and their website is still not quite finished). But, it seems that they’ve finally settled on a logo, which will appear on their materials going forward and on their first wine — 2004 Merliance. I’ve also been invited to a barrel tasting of the first Merliance release in early April at Craft in Manhattan. I’ve never been to Craft, so that’s one incentive to go, but so is the wine, which is made using the best…

Comtesse Therese Wines Available at Vineyard 48


When I reported that both locations of The Tasting Room were closing their doors for the last time on March 2, I wasn’t able to dig up more more information. But, I have since learned that Comtesse Therese are now available for tasting and purchase at Vineyard 48, which is great…winemaker Theresa Dilworth makes one of my favorite local roses along with two different merlots, a chardonnay and a cabernet sauvignon. Also, I hear that the reason they had to close was that their retail license expired. Bummer.

The Mystery of “C” Solved


If you’ve read Gastronomie at all, you’ve no doubt seen references to "C" (also known as Fatemeh’s husband). I’m not going to "out" his full name, but now that I’ve met them, the mystery has been solved. We had an awesome time stopping at three of my favorite wineries yesterday — Roanoke Vineyards, Lieb Family Cellars and Waters Crest Winery. We were a little pressed for time, so I wanted to take them to places where I knew we’d get to talk to passionate winemakers and owners who really just love what they are doing. Early on in the tasting,…

A Zinfandel Lover Comes to Merlot Country


First it was Kori and Beau, then Melissa and Derrick…and this Sunday, I’ll be playing tour guide for yet another one of my favorite bloggers, Fatemeh (and C). Originally they were coming to get to our place in the early afternoon, but it seems now that to maximize wine tasting time (and accomodate a reservation they have a Babbo for C’s birthday that evening) they’ll be heading out in the morning, which is excellent…it will give us more time for more stops. Sorry Fatemeh…if we don’t have any Zinfandel here, but hopefully we’ll find a few things you enjoy.