Long Island Wineries Weak at Web Marketing

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You know me as Dan’s Papers’ fearless wine writer (or the owner/editor of LENNDEVOURS), but Monday through Friday, I play a very different role – that of an Internet marketing manager in the high technology industry. Rarely do the two careers cross paths, but my experience with the local wine industry’s Internet marketing initiatives (or lack thereof) has finally driven me to consider Long Island’s wine region from my “day” job’s perspective. Simply put, the Long Island wine industry deserves good grades for its wine, but when it comes to using the Internet to promote itself and its wares, it…

Long Island Winemakers Talk Turkey

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Because of its focus on food, friends and family (not to mention its post-harvest timing) Thanksgiving is often cited as a favorite holiday by local winery owners and winemakers. Each and every year, readers of magazines and newspapers are inundated with wine pairing advice and suggestions for Thanksgiving dinner. This year, instead of offering advice, I decided to ask people in our own local wine industry what foods they were eating and what wines they’d be drinking this year on Thanksgiving. Here are the results.

The Gift of Wine

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‘m a little behind in my participation with Beau’s latest meme: The Gift of Wine. Why? First I was insanely busy with my day job. Then was on deadline for a couple freelance pieces. To make matters even worse, we were without Internet access two days last week before heading home to Pittsburgh for Turkey Day. But, I’m back and it’s time to catch up. Beau’s question is: If you were to give a wine out of your own cellar/collection/shelf/fridge as a gift this year, which wine would it be, who would receive it and why? This one is easy…I’d…

Long Island Wine: Macari Vineyards 2005 Early Wine

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Despite my love of New York wines, I rarely find myself eagerly anticipating a new wine’s release — partially because I don’t always know the release schedules and partially because many wineries only release new wines once the previous vintage sells out. I’m not up on their invetory, so I just don’t know. Every fall, right around this time, I do find myself clamoring for the new "Early Wine" from Macari Vineyards. I really enjoyed last year’s vintage and it’s a favorite wine in the LENNDEVOURS household within the first few months of its release. The racy acidity seems to…

The War on Terroir and Wines of Mass Vinification

By Contributing Columnist Richard Olsen-Harbich Read it again. We’re talking about terroir — you know, that French term? Believe it or not there is actually a debate going on today that asks if terroir really exists. I used to find this astonishing since after all, isn’t wine all about where it’s grown? Isn’t that why we have thousands of different wines to choose from in the stores and restaurants? If terroir didn’t exist, what would any region have over any other? Wouldn’t it be better just to consolidate all the winemaking in one part of the world, cut expenses and…

Welcome Richard Olsen-Harbich to LENNDEVOURS

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In my never-ending quest to bring you, my readers, the best and most comprehensive information on the New York wine world, I’ve decided to invite some of the industry’s best and brightest to join me as regular contributors here at LENNDEVOURS. This Thanksgiving, I have a little something extra to be thankful for as Richard Olsen-Harbich, managing director and winemaker at Raphael has agreed to sign on as LENNDEVOURS’ first contributing columnist. Richard has been a part of the Long Island wine industry since 1981 and has been a leader in establishing regional identity and vinification techniques for the region.…

The Schneiders Invade Long Island – Part One

Everyone’s favorite food-obsessed blogger, Derrick, has finally found the time to recount the first day of the Schneider’s recent culinary quest (vacation), which he’s dubbed the OWF "Eat ‘Til You Drop" Tour. As you can see, the LENNDEVOURS tour service was in full swing (and I gladly took the day off work) as we visited three of the five places I had intended to take them. Note to anyone taking these two on a wine trip: Even if they are sick and have trouble tasting, they do NOT have trouble talking…and talking…and talking (just kidding guys) In all honesty, their…

Shinn Estate Vineyards’ James Beard Dinner — December 14

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On Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. Shinn Estate Vineyards will host a winemakers’ dinner at the James Beard Foundation. They will be pouring old and new releases, as well as barrel samples that aren’t available anywhere else. The dinner will feature the James Beard House debut of chef Ian Boden, who has been retooling the menu Home for the last six months and is excited about this unique opportunity to cook at the Beard House. His "All North Fork" feast menu looks absolutely amazing. Tickets are $100 for members and $125 for non-members. Call 212-627-2308 for reservations. Visit the…

Finger Lakes: Seneca Lake Wine Trail Names New Executive Director

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The Seneca Lake Wine Trail has named Paul Thomas, a graduate of Cornell University and a long time Finger Lakes resident, as its new executive director. He has been working in the position on an interim basis since the summer when the previous director, Barbara Adams, passed away. Thomas brings a background in marketing and communications to the wine trail and in the past has served as director of communications for both the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce in California and the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce in New York. He was also the former Assistant Vice President of Product…