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Today, the good doctor himself, Dr. Vino, has announced Wine Blogging Wednesday #18. And, he’s decided to take us in a slightly different direction. Instead of asking us to seek out a particular wine, which could have led us down the path of pink Champagne or some other Valentine’s Day cliche, he’s tasked us with writing about one of our favorite wine shops…a wine shop that feels the love. Of course, for those of us you that just need to drink for WBW, he’s also added a bonus round: review a bottle of value wine that a member of the…

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It is with great pleasure that I announce and introduce the winning logo in the Wine Blogging Wednesday logo contest, designed and submitted by Chris over at Drink Some Wine. Congratulations to Chris and thanks to all of you who voted. I’m going to work with Chris to fine tune the logo…so hopefully we’ll have the “final” version soon. Now, keep an eye out for an annoucement for February’s vintage of Wine Blogging Wednesday…

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This afternoon, Nena and I are heading to Killington, Vermont for a long weekend with friends. Of the six people going, only two ski (I’m not one of them) but we’re certain to have a great time in the winter wonderland. So, there probably won’t be much activity on LENNDEVOURS until Tuesday. But, you should definitely take my New York Wine Survey while I’m gone. Take it now.

For those of us who love New York wines, it can be frustrating to find good, in-depth information about them — particularly if you live in the Finger Lakes and want Long Island information (or vice versa). Each region has it’s own publications that cover wine (some very little, some quite a bit) but all of the wine-focused publications are 100% ad supported (often filled with ads paid for by wineries). I had the idea recently to create an extension of LENNDEVOURS that will cover ALL of the wines and wine regions of New York and deliver them to you…

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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…