Sagaponack, NY: Wolffer Estate Winery: Premier Cru Merlot

It was only a matter of time before Long Island wines made their way out to the West Coast and onto the world’s premier wine blog, Vinography. Okay, so maybe I pushed time a long a little bith with a few emails and phone calls, but regardless, Alder tasted through some of Wolffer Estate Vineyards’ current releases, and while he lost a couple bottles to cork taint, I think they showed pretty well. I was disappointed that his bottle of Estate Selection Chardonnay was corked…because I think it would have been right up his alley. But hey, it happens. See…

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Some people find it hard to believe that I’ve never been to an opera. I guess they are surprised because Nena is a singer (in that style), but growing up in the culturally challenged town of Pittsburgh, PA, I had little exposure to opera growing up. In fact, my first opera experience of any sort was in a freshman humanities class at Allegheny College. We studied Don Giovanni for a nice chunk of the term, reading, listening…and I’ll admit that I went out and bought the CD. I really liked it. But that was the last humanities class I took…

It’s that time of year again, head on over to Accidental Hedonist and vote for your favorite food (and wine *hint hint*) blogs for 2005. I’ve been nominated again this year in the Best Blog Covering Wine, Beer and Spirits category, but the competition is fierce with personal favorites FERMENTATION and Vinography nominated along with Good Beer Blog and ScotchBlog. It’s an honor to be nominated…maybe one of us will unseat Alder this year. Kate and her awards team have done an amazing job of pulling this all together. Accidental Hedonist is one of my favorite blogs…and that is definitely…

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When The CorkDork suggested Kiwi Reds for this, the 17th edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday, I thought it was a great idea. Personally, I had only tried one New Zealand red, a pinot noir from Spy Valley. I enjoyed it, so I was happy for the excuse to explore more. Well, it was much more difficult to find a wine to post about than I thought. Isn’t NZ supposed to be a fairly "hot" region for wines beyond sauvignon blanc? After visiting a few mediocre shops that didn’t have any wines that fit the bill, I headed to one that…

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The good doctor, Dr. Vino that is, has just announced some new wine classes he’s offering in Manhattan. Doc knows his stuff, so I’m sure they are all worth checking out: January 25 at NYU (5 weeks)Blending Innovation and Tradition: Old World Wine RegionsRegister now February 2 at NYU (6 weeks)Becoming a Wine Expert: The Essentials of Wine Tasting Register nowMarch 23 at NYU (5 weeks)Blending Innovation and Tradition: New World Wine Regions Register now

Don’t forget, today is Wine Blogging Wednesday, your opportunity to expand your wine knowledge and fun with wine lovers the world over. This month, we’re hosted by the Corkdork with Red Kiwi’s as the theme. (I’ll post about my wine tonight). A few months ago, I announced a little logo design contest for the event and the time has come to uncork the potential designs…and YOU GET TO VOTE FOR THE WINNER. I was going to put together a team of judges, but with only five entries, I thought it much more democratic to let "the people" speak and vote.…

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…you’re the winner of a Tour of Long Island Wine Country. That’s right, Pim has announced the winners of the Menu for Hope II raffle and you won my little contribution. Overall, the campaign raised just over $17,000 for victims of the recent Kashmir earthquake. Amazing and wonderful…thanks to Pim and to everyone else involved. Marjorie, please send me an email when you can so we can touch base and start planning your tour. Nena and I look forward to meeting you and your guest and I know that we’re going to have a great time on the East End.

Happy New Year faithful (and interant) readers. 2006 is finally here and it signals the end of what was quite an busy and event-filled year for me. I got married in 2005. Nena and I adopted Ben in 2005. And, we bought a house in 2005. Now that all of these big and joyous events have come and gone, it is my hope to spend more time in the new year enhancing both LENNDEVOURS and my other food and wine-related endeavors. Some people in my life (my parents, Nena…) would say that I’m a man of many ideas who doesn’t…

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As his namesake, Ben Roethlisberger, is preparing for tomorrow’s win-and-you’re-in game against the Detroit Lions, LENNDEVOURS’ own Ben, Ben Roethlistbeagle is resting up too. As he sleeps, Nena and I prepare for our first mini-dinner party in our new casa. A simple, but classic menu of grilled strip steaks, homemade twice-baked potatoes and green beens wrapped in bacon await our friends Liz and John. To drink? More on that tomorrow…when the Steelers dominate the Lions as the blaze their way into the playoffs.

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Last summer, Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards was named New York’s “Winery of the Year” at the 2005 New York Food and Wine Classic by winning seven medals, including two double golds, one gold, two silvers and two bronzes. Winemaker Adam Suprenant, a graduate of the much ballyhooed U.C. Davis enology program, was and is proud of the accomplishment, but he’s certainly not resting on his laurels. Wines from the 2001 vintage (and a 2004 rosé) earned the winery all those medals, but the winery’s first three 2002 releases, a cabernet franc, a reserve merlot and a 2002 edition of the “Flight”…