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Harold Watts, 73, Ternhaven Cellars’ founder, owner and winemaker, has sold his five-acre vineyard in Cutchogue to someone who is expected to build a house there and keep the acreage planted in vines. He’s keeping his property and winery in Greenport, but isn’t planning on making wine anymore. As I wrote last July, Harold is one of Long Island’s true garagistes. For more information (but not much) check out this piece in Newsday. (I like seeing that Mr. Harrington refers to Harold as a garagiste six months after I did). Stay tuned for an interview with Harold…I’m trying to track…

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On Friday, February 10 at 8:15, Mora’s Fine Wine and Jamesport Vineyards will be hosting a Long Island Winemaker’s Dinner at Kitchen – A Bistro in St. James, NY . Jamesport Vineyards’ winemaker, Les Howard, will diners through Jamesport Vineyards’ wines as they dine on six delicious and inventive course. Cost per person is $80.99 plus tax which will cover all food, wine and tip. For tickets, contact Mora’s Fine Wine by calling 631-941 4458 or emailing rich@morasfinewines.com. The Menu2004 Jamesport Sauvignon Blanc with Celery Root Soup and Apple Fennel Salad 2003 Jamesport Chardonnay withPoached Fish Pot au Feau 2001 Jamesport…

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  By Contributing Columnist Charles Massoud When Lenn asked if I would contribute to LENNDEVOURS, I was at the same time flattered, intrigued, apprehensive and I questioned if that is something I was good at. Of  course to write here must be sufficiently interesting for the reader, but I was thinking selfishly about whether it would be interesting for me. Writing in a newspaper is pretty much a one way street. In that case I state my opinion as forcefully as I can. So I do not do it often. Writing here offers a novel opportunity because it can be…

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Apparently Dr. Vino and Beau aren’t the only bloggers getting in on the education act. The Obsessed one, Derrick of An Obsession With Food (and Wine) will be teaching a class on the wines of Germany and Eastern Europe this summer at UC Berkeley Extension’s Wine Studies Program. Anyone who has read his blog knows of his passion for these wines, so it’s sure to be a spectacular course. You can’t sign up just yet, but keep an eye out for more information this spring. And, keep your eyes peeled here on LENNDEVOURS for information about wine classes that I’ll…

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Please join me in welcoming Paumanok Vineyards’ co-owner and winemaker, Charles Massoud, to LENNDEVOURS as a contributing columnist. Charles was born and grew up in Lebanon. After finishing high school he went to study in Paris and upon graduation came to Philadelphia to continue his graduate studies. There he earned his MBA at the Wharton School and also met his wife Ursula who was also a student, at Chestnut Hill College. While wine was served at the dinner table at home he did not get too involved with it until he was sent by IBM on assignment to the state…

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Lieb Family Cellars, located on Route 48 in Mattituck, NY on Long Island’s North Fork has long been one of our favorite wine country destinations. The tasting room is small when compared with some of the opulent buildings and tasting rooms around, but the pouring staff (which sometimes includes Mrs. LENNDEVOURS) is super friendly and knows there stuff too. Lieb Family Cellars is the winery that brought us September’s Mission Merlot ($9.11), an affordable, gulpable red that donates 91 cents to charity for every bottle that is sold. They also make one of my favorite, lighter-style local merlots and the…

Sagaponack, NY: Wolffer Estate Winery: Premier Cru Merlot

It was only a matter of time before Long Island wines made their way out to the West Coast and onto the world’s premier wine blog, Vinography. Okay, so maybe I pushed time a long a little bith with a few emails and phone calls, but regardless, Alder tasted through some of Wolffer Estate Vineyards’ current releases, and while he lost a couple bottles to cork taint, I think they showed pretty well. I was disappointed that his bottle of Estate Selection Chardonnay was corked…because I think it would have been right up his alley. But hey, it happens. See…

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Some people find it hard to believe that I’ve never been to an opera. I guess they are surprised because Nena is a singer (in that style), but growing up in the culturally challenged town of Pittsburgh, PA, I had little exposure to opera growing up. In fact, my first opera experience of any sort was in a freshman humanities class at Allegheny College. We studied Don Giovanni for a nice chunk of the term, reading, listening…and I’ll admit that I went out and bought the CD. I really liked it. But that was the last humanities class I took…

It’s that time of year again, head on over to Accidental Hedonist and vote for your favorite food (and wine *hint hint*) blogs for 2005. I’ve been nominated again this year in the Best Blog Covering Wine, Beer and Spirits category, but the competition is fierce with personal favorites FERMENTATION and Vinography nominated along with Good Beer Blog and ScotchBlog. It’s an honor to be nominated…maybe one of us will unseat Alder this year. Kate and her awards team have done an amazing job of pulling this all together. Accidental Hedonist is one of my favorite blogs…and that is definitely…

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When The CorkDork suggested Kiwi Reds for this, the 17th edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday, I thought it was a great idea. Personally, I had only tried one New Zealand red, a pinot noir from Spy Valley. I enjoyed it, so I was happy for the excuse to explore more. Well, it was much more difficult to find a wine to post about than I thought. Isn’t NZ supposed to be a fairly "hot" region for wines beyond sauvignon blanc? After visiting a few mediocre shops that didn’t have any wines that fit the bill, I headed to one that…