Have you ever found yourself staring at a wall of wine at th wine shop, with no idea what you should by? Subconsciously or not, a wines label often jumps out at us all in that situation and affects our buying decision. I hate to admit it, but it’s happened to me to. (And the opposite is true, Nena and I often comment on the bad labels we see). Of course we know better — pretty labels often hide ugly wines — but we’re human and wineries put a lot of money and time into designing labels that will make us buy. Well for Wine Blogging Wednesday #16 the obsessed one himself, Derrick of An Obsession With Food, is asking us to defy logic and surrender to label designs. That’s right, he wants us to Judge a Bottle by its Cover. Now, if you know Derrick at all (or just…

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I’ve just stumbled up on the Finger Lakes Weekend Wino blog and it’s a site that I plan to keep an eye on. I’m always interested in learning more about Finger Lakes wineries and wines…and with a definitely lean toward wine value, this new blog should be an interesting read in the sometimes-expensive NY wine world. The picture above is the view from their vacation home in the Finger Lakes (not sure which one). Hard to beat that, huh?    .

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North Fork Negociants Release First Estate-Grown Wines Several of Long Island’s smallest wine producers are Negociants. Negociants buy grapes from a local grower, then make, age, blend and bottle wine under their own label. This practice is common in many wine-producing regions, particularly in Burgundy, home to many well-known negoicant labels like Louis Jadot and Duboeuf. It’s an attractive endeavor to many winemakers because it can be difficult, from a financial perspective, to plant/grow/maintain a vineyard as well as buy all equipment necessary to make and bottle a finished wine. In the United States, negociant-made wines have the words “produced and bottled by” on the label, which indicate that at least the fermentation and subsequent production was done by the producer or company. If you see “estate bottled,” that means that the grapes were grown, fermented, and the wine bottled on the owner’s property. Phrases such as “cellared and bottled…

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Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars, on Keuka Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region is well known for it’s riesling. In fact, some say that their dry riesling is among the best (if not the best) riesling in the U.S. But what about the reds? I’d never tasted any Dr. Frank reds until I opened this bottle last weekend. My hopes weren’t overly high because I tend not to like Finger Lakes reds — they always taste green and vegetal to me. This one, however, I liked quite a bit. Eyes: Easily recognizable as pinot noir, light-to-medium ruby Nose: Toasty, slightly smoky oak, mushrooms, earth and a little cherry in the background Tongue: Medium bodied with good acidity. There are some tannins, but they are soft and well incorporated. Definitely more earthy than fruity (a good thing). Price: It’s sold out and I’m having trouble finding the price. I’m guessing…

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Stephen Cooks is a fairly new member of my "check it daily" food blogger list. He comes up with some spectacular recipes and he always has great pictures of the final product. And this week, he offers up an awesome-looking way to get rid of those carving party scraps — pumpkin parmesan ravioli with pumpkin cream sauce. What New York State wines would I pair with it? Probably: Channing Daughters Winery 2004 Pinot Grigio or Macari Vineyards Early Wine (the 2005 is coming out next week)

Fatemah said 250 cases with bonus points for a producer under 1000 cases per year. I drink a lot of wines from small, local producers (but then, you already know that). But I wanted to fine the smallest production wine I could. I think I’ve accomplished just that. The numbers on Waters Crest Winery 2001 Meritage? 50 cases were made. 186 cases total winery production that year. That’s right…I think I showed Fatemah who’s boss *wink* So,  I had the wine and the dual WBW to drink it for. But what to eat along side? I didn’t take pictures (I was too busy cooking and wouldn’t let Nena lift a finger on her birthday), but the menu looked something like this:

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As much as I hate the fact that they call it "Champagne," this month Pindar Vineyards is offering tours every weekend that offer an inside look into the making of their (quite good) sparkling wine. Light nibbles and a complimentary taste of the finished bubbly are included. Admission is free. Visit their website or call 631-734-7100 for more information. Technorati tags: food & drink | wine | wine events | long island

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I’ve been visiting Schoharie, NY for four-plus years now. It’s Nena’s home town and we visit every couple of months to get away from the hustle of Long Island (and to visit with family of course). There are a few things that we do almost every time we visit and one of my favorites is our mandatory pilgrimage Nena and her sister both worked at the Carrot Barn growing up and with such a place in town, there’s little need to buy produce at the grocery store. Local vegetables, potatoes, berries and apples are the main draw (for me anyway), with flowers, baked goods and country gifts in abundance as well. Last Saturday, we headed down to the Carrot Barn once again…this time to pick out pumpkins for the annual Wine and Pumpkin Party, and to have breakfast.

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WBWx2 is here. Today is Wine Blogging Wednesday, but you already know that. Fatemeh from Gastronomie is hosting the first WBW for today, forcing us to drink a wine of which 250 or fewer cases were made. But, today is also a WBW of another kind entirely — Wife’s Birthday Wednesday. Yup, today is Nena’s 28th birthday. So, we’ll be drinking our Wine Blogging Wednesday wine tonight with the dinner I’m cooking for my beloved birthday girl. The menu: It’s a surprise (for now)The wine: Waters Crest Winery 2001 Meritage Jim Waters only made 50 cases of this wine (his first commercial release) and in that first year, he only made 186 cases total. I think that qualifies for this month’s theme, no? More tonight. Happy birthday baby!