To My Dan’s Papers Readers

I know that many of my LENNDEVOURS readers also read my column "Over the Barrel" in Dan’s Papers out on the East End of Long Island. With that in mind, I thought it important to mention that the column that is running this weekend, focusing on Palmer Vineyards, has been edited heavily and is quite different from what I submitted originally. I plan to publish the original version of the column here in the next few days. Writing for ad-supported publications can be a challenge and it certainly has its pitfalls. That’s one reason I love blogging so much, I…

Blue Point Brewing: Local Beer for Every Season

By Contributing Columnist Donavan Hall When I moved to Long Island in 2002 I didn’t know anything about the local beer culture. I didn’t even know where I could find a decent beer store.  Fortunately, the corner grocery in my new neighborhood had six packs of something called Toasted Lager from Blue Point Brewing Company. So after unloading my moving truck I was able to quench my thirst with that caramel colored, roasty brew. That was a little more than three years ago. There was a time when in most restaurants on Long Island, if you said you wanted a…

Welcome Donavan Hall to LENNDEVOURS

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Because a man (or woman) can’t live on local wine alone, join me in welcoming Donavan Hall to the LENNDEVOURS team. A Rocky Point, NY resident, Donavan is going to be covering the under-appreciated local beers of Long Island and New York State. He already covers the beer scene for several online publications including The Spirit World, A Good Beer Blog, and his own blog Catch & Release. If you are thirsty for Long Island brewed beer, check out his Long Island Beer Guide. He’s also an avid home brewer, Long Island wine lover and, yes, LENNDEVOURS reader. Welcome, Donavan…and…

Long Island Winemakers — What Do They Drink?

Think about your favorite food – roast duck, filet mignon, foie gras – whatever it is. Would you want to eat that food for every meal, day in and day out? Chances are you wouldn’t, no matter how much you love it. So it should come as no surprise that winemakers, who often taste dozens of wines every single day, don’t always drink the same wines when they are “off the clock.” In fact, most agree that drinking only their own wine is a bad idea. We asked several local winemakers and winery owners what they drink when they are…

My first attempt at pulled pork…

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Friday night (more on that in a moment) I smoked my first pork shoulder. I bought a 9 lb. picnic shoulder not knowing that most pit master prefer the "butt" portion of the shoulder to the picnic. But (pun intended) I had what I had…and it turned out delicious. I started by trimming off quite a bit of fat (not all of it mind you) and the skin on the lower portion of the roast. I don’t have a scale that goes high enough to weigh this size roast, but I’m guessing I took at least a pound or two…

Wine Blogging Wednesday #22 Announced — Lite (Alcohol) Reds

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I know…you’re still waiting for Fabulous Favorites Festival (WBW/IMBB) roundup. It’s coming this week, believe me. Alberto and I are working on it…stay tuned. In the mean time, I’m happy to announce Wine Blogging Wednesday #22, hosted by Tim Elliot of Winecast. On June 14, Tim wants us to find/taste/review a red wine. Simple enough, right? But here’s the catch — it needs to be a low-alcohol red, 12.5% ABV or lower. Now, as a resident of a cool climate wine region, I’m not going to have any problems finding a wine that fits the bill. But this should be…

The Beagle Wants to Know…

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…what is going on in the kitchen. And when the beagle wants to know something, you best tell him. Seriously, he’s a tough dog. He’ll mess you up. (Okay, so maybe he won’t. Maybe we’ve never even heard him growl, let alone seen him bite anyone. Maybe he’s a big softy who likes nothing more than to cuddle with Nena on the couch every night. He still wants to knw what is going on in the kitchen — so just tell him, okay?)

Think You Hate Dessert Wine? These Will Win You Over

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Merlot is clearly the king of Long Island wine. Sometimes it’s the only grape we hear about. It’s the most planted variety and, in the hands of the best winemakers, consistently leads to many of the region’s best wines. But what else is out here on the East End? Sure, there’s a bay full of chardonnay, made in any number of different styles, and there’s cabernet franc, the often-dismissed variety of Bordeaux. But the wines that too often get lost in the tasting shuffle are the delectable dessert wines. Think you don’t like dessert wines because they are too sweet/heavy/syrupy/high…