Learn the Wines of Germany and Eastern Europe

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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…

Welcome Charles Massoud of Paumanok Vineyards to LENNDEVOURS

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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…

Lieb Family Celalrs — Recent Releases

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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…

Wolffer Estate Wines Reviewed at Vinography.com

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…

This Weekend: My First Trip to the Opera

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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…

2005 Food Blog Awards — LENNDEVOURS is a Nominee

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…

WBW #17: Borthwick Vineyard 2003 Pinot Noir

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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…

NYC Wine Classes by Dr. Vino

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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

Vote for the Wine Blogging Wednesday Logo

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.…

Marjorie Deninger…COME ON DOWN

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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.