WTN: Castello di Borghese 2005 Fleurette

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I’ll admit it — I drink a lot of rose in the summer. It’s good with grilled foods, refreshing but flavorful, and just plain fun to drink. Of course, I don’t like the ‘adult koolaid’ style of sweet pink drinks…and there are a lot of those out there. Yes, even here on Long Island. In fact, we’ve got just about every style of rose you can think of and then some. Castello di Borghese’s Fleurette ($9) has some of the sweetness that mars many cheap "blush" wines, but it’s a definite step up from the ubiquitous white zinfandels from the…

Wine Blogging Wednesday #24 Announced — Loire Whites

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Can any of you out there believe that Wine Blogging Wednesday is coming up on its two-year anniversary? As August’s host, Alder, says in his annoucement, I really wasn’t sure if people would be interested in such an monthly wine-tasting event when I first uncorked the idea. But, the response has been great and there is a loyal core group of participants every month and new wine lovers are joining the flock all of the time. On August 2nd, the King of All Wine Bloggers wants us to drink and post about a white wine from the Loire Valley region…

Yes Way, Rose’

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Over the past few days, several of you have emailed me asking about Long Island rose. What are my favorites? How are the 2005 bottlings? Because I aim to please, keep your eyes on LENNDEVOURS over the next week or so as I talk about Long Island rose — a surprisingly interesting topic. Some winemakers use the saignee method to bleed of juice to concentrate their reds, resulting in a rose. Others make rose for rose sake. Other’s use blends of red and white grapes. Thankfully, there are lots of bone dry versions to drink, and many of the ones…

We’ve Made it One Year — Happy Anniversary, Nena

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Nena, I can hardly believe that it’s been a year since our wedding on that little covered bridge in Schoharie, NY. That day is largely a blur in my mind, but it remains one of the most special days in my life. In twelve very short months, we’ve added a third member of our family, bought our first house and done more home improvement than I ever thought I was capable of. We’ve grown both as individuals and as a couple, learned from our mistakes and disagreements and always come out on top. We’ve enjoyed many a great time with…

Tasting Room Tips

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There is no better way to spend a summer afternoon than sipping your way through wine country. With over thirty wineries making nearly every style of wine imaginable on Long Island, everybody can find at least one wine that they’ll love. Even if this weekend is your first visiting the wineries, it’s easy to taste like a pro and get the most out of your experience. These are just a few tips I always offer to people heading out East — and they apply to any winery in any region. Bring Friends and Have Fun. Wine is absolutely best enjoyed…

Extra Copies of Wine Advocate 165?

I don’t subscribe to Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and I can’t buy a "back copy" until the issue I want, the current one that covers New York wines, actually becomes a back copy. So what do I do? I’m stuck asking for advice and yes, even begging. I need to get my hands on a copy…even if just for a day so that I can read it, make notes on it and give it back to the rightful owner. Any suggestions? UPDATE: Thank you to the readers who helped me get my hands on the goods! I can’t thank you…

Corks of the Forks: Local Flavor from Peconic Bay Winery

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This week on Hamptons.com, my column "Corks of the Forks" focuses on Peconic Bay Winery, a winery that makes a wide range of wines — which is good and bad. Sure, they appeal to one of the wider range of wine drinkers around and I’m no wine snob, but I’ve long felt that their sweet, entry-level wines detract from the higher end stuff because the good stuff is buried at the end of their tasting room list. But, I’ve long loved their steel fermented chardonnay…and at $13 it’s a bargain that is nearly impossible not to like. Read more.

WBW #23: Ravenswood 2002 Monte Rosso Zinfandel

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Wine Blogging Wednesday #23 is here, hosted by Joel from Vivi’s Wine Journal. The theme is BBQ wines and many of you will be surprised that I’m not writing about a New York wine today, though I did drink a couple during the dinner party in quesiton. Everyone knows Ravenswood —  probably for their zinfandels. And, despite my affection for Long Island’s balanced, nuanced wines, I love good California zinfandel. So, when Nena and I were in Sonoma, we made our final winery stop at Ravenswood. When we walked in, my heart sank a little. Looking at the tasting sheet,…