Some Good Wines, and an Even Better Cause at Martha Clara Vineyards


As mentioned right here a couple weeks ago, the 2006 Long Island Wine Country Winter Festival is taking place throughout the month of February. And it should come as no surprise that Martha Clara Vineyards, they of the jam-packed event schedule, is taking part in a big way. Cooking classes, chocolate-making demonstrations and oyster shucking dot the calendar. But one event stands out. On Friday, February 17, Martha Clara Vineyards is hosting a dinner and auction to benefit Healing the Children – Northeast for a medical mission to Guayaquil, Ecuador, that will provide healthcare and surgery to the poor children…

Bedell Cellars Announces Trent Preszler as Chief Operating Officer and John Irving Levenberg as Winemaker


Bedell Cellars, owned by New Line Cinema Co-Chairman and Co-CEO Michael Lynne, reaffirming its commitment to world-class wine with the slight reorganization of its core team, including the naming of Trent Preszler as Chief Operating Officer. Initially recruited in 2002 to spearhead sales as National Brand Manager, Trent has been the Vice President of Operations since 2004. In that role Trent saw the winery through its ambitious renovation, highly-acclaimed vintages and a continually developing relationship with the contemporary art world. As well, John Irving Levenberg, formerly associate winemaker, has been named winemaker to work along with founder Kip Bedell and…

Wine Blogging #18 — Moore Brothers Wine Company


Today is Wine Blogging Wednesday, the International wine-tasting sensation. This time around the good Doctor (Vino) has asked us to put down our glasses (at least temporarily) and highlight a wine shop that feels the love. I’ve written often about how much I dislike most of my local wine shops. I’m always annoyed at their limited selection, tendency to stock only big-name, mass-produced bottles and, in one case, the environment of the store (always feels hot to me when I walk in). There are a few semi-local shops that I enjoy, including Mora’s Fine Wine and Spirits, Grape Culture and…

WTN: Martha Clara Vineyards NV Brut


Long Island sparkling wine tends to be a bit pricey, with the best bottles creeping up over the 35-dollar mark (and at least one going higher). At $20, this bubbly made in the traditional method of Champagne by Martha Clara Vineyards offers elegant, refined apple and biscuit aromas and crisp, refreshingly tart apple flavors. New Years Eve is a thing of the past, but this is a sparkler you can, and should, drink year round. (This "Vintage of the Week" appeared in the Long Island Press)

The Ultimate Steelers Tailgate Menu


Thanks to everyone to sent me emails or left comments for the Ultimate Steelers Tailgate menu. Just reading what you all had to say transported me back to my hometown and to Sundays at "church" (what we called Steelers games in my fraternity house in college). But, without further adieu, I give you the Ultimate Steelers Tailgate Menu. Appetizers Snyder of Berlin Potato ChipsPittsburgh-area potato chips Polish Sausage Chips with Sweet Chili Dipping SaucePolish sausage is a must for any Pittsburgh-themed menu. Cook it how you like, slice it into thin ovals (on an angle) to make the chips. Mix…

New Blog Find: East Coast Wineries

A friend of mine at Macari Vineyards just put me on to East Coast Wineries a blog that is new to me, but looks like it’s been around at least a short while. Some great content here, but Carlo makes it impossible to contact him. He doesn’t offer an email link and doesn’t seem to allow comments on the blog. Maybe we can convince him to change all that and join the rest of us!

Steelers Food #3: Pierogies


I love just about anything stuffed inside pasta, regardless of filling. I love ravioli. I love pot stickers. And yes, I love pieogies. As Kate mentions in her post (I seem to be a step behind her with the ‘burgh’s best bites) Pittsburgh is filled with Polish, Slavic or Ukrainian communities, and the churches within those communities are the best places to find fresh pierogie. I’ve seen them served deep fried with tomato sauce (similar to ‘toasted ravioli’) and I have a fraternity brother who would boil or steam them and then eat (pretty bland that way if you ask…

Steelers Food #2: French Fries


French fries. No, they weren’t invented in Pittsburgh (or France for that matter) but Pittsburgh has taken these crispy slices of gold to an all new level — as a condiment. In the ‘burgh, fries are as likely to be on a sandwich as next to it, especially if you’re at Primanti Brothers, which is to Pittsburgh what Geno’s and Pat’s are to Philadelphia. The sandwiches are served on thick slizes of Italian white bread, layered with vinegary coleslaw, tomato, French fries and — if your a true ‘burgher — a fried egg. Every table has a bottle of Trappey’s…

WTN: Laurel Lakes Vineyards New Releases (North Fork of Long Island)


Despite the warmer-than-usual temperatures we’ve been enjoying lately, this time of year calls out for comfort foods — especially roasts and stews. They fill our kitchens with warming, alluring aromas and pair wonderfully with hearty local red wines. Unfortunately, it seems like most of the East End’s recent releases are white wines — either chardonnays with a couple years of bottle age that are finally ready for release, or fresh, young aromatic whites like riesling or steel-fermented Chardonnay. Thankfully Laurel Lake Vineyards and winemaker, Claudio Zamorano, have bucked that trend, recently releasing two reds and an ice wine. The Laurel…

New York Wine & Culinary Center Names Holly Howell as Direct of Education


Holly Howell, wine columnist for the Democrat and Chronicle, has been named director of education at the New York Wine & Culinary Center, a$7.5 million center, backed by corporate, university and government sponsors, that is expected to open this summer in Canandaigua. Holly comes from a family of food lovers and her parents run their own cooking school. She also teaches food and wine classes at Wegmans, RIT and Casa Larga Vineyards.