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I’ve long been a fan of Finger Lakes riesling (no shock there) gewurtztraminer, and to a lesser extent, chardonnay — but few reds from the region have ever done much for me. They tend to be "green" with simple flavors and less-than-ripe tannins.2005 could change all that. The 2005 growing season was almost universally outstanding throughout New York, and according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo, the Finger Lakes region had its fourth warmest summer in 100 years, making it great for ripening reds in this usually much cooler area. While rain leading up to and during harvest made…

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Much has been written in various New York media outlets about the heavy rains Long Island has endured over the past few weeks. At one point, certain locations on the East End received 17 inches of rain in an eight-day period. That is definitely a lot of rain — especially after a summer where we endured near drought conditions (less than two inches over three months). Now, senators Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton are seeking federal funding assistance for Long Island’s "devastated" wine region. I use quotes around devastated because from what I’ve heard (and seen with my own eyes)…

In mid-September I announced the Wine Blogging Wednesday Logo Design Contest, with a deadline of November 1st. So far, I’ve received three submissions and at least a half dozen "I want to do one…I just haven’t had time yet." responses. So, I’m going to extend the deadline until the end of the year. December 31st is the new deadline for submissions, which should be sent to lenndevours@gmail.com either as image files or in a PDF. I wish I had some design skills myself…but my skills are quite limited. I mean, who wouldn’t want their design affiliated with the premier wine…

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Sorry for the lack of posts this week, everyone. It’s been an insanely busy week between the day job, non-blog writing and spending some time with our favorite Obsessed ones.  Oh…and we signed the contract to buy our first house this week as well…it’s been a crazy one to be sure. I had a great tasting trip with Derrick and Melissa on Wednesday and then, because our Stony Brook class was cancelled, we had dinner with the founding mother of Long Island wine, Louisa Hargrave at her house in Jamesport. Once I dig out from under this deluge of "real…

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Since dogs are “man’s best friend” it only makes sense that they would have a place –- and an important one at that –- in many winery operations. By patrolling the vines, they keep the vineyard free of hungry birds and deer. Their friendship can cheer the staff with the wag of a tail. But perhaps most importantly, they serve as canine ambassadors in the tasting room, greeting and entertaining visitors. Besides, since a sense of smell is a big part of enjoying wine, who better to help sniff out the best?

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Matt Campbell, co-owner of Charles John Vineyard along with his wife Jackie, can trace his love of wine back to when he and Jackie were living in Rochester, N.Y., in the early 1980s. “I knew nothing about wine. (But) we went to dinner and I ordered an ‘expensive’ glass of Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon for about $7 – to impress Jackie. I couldn’t believe how good it tasted.” For a man who grew up on the Jersey Shore “listening to Bruce Springsteen” and knowing beer “as the only alcoholic beverage that had four letters,” that glass of Cabernet was a…

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Okay, it’s official. Martha Clara Vineyards (and its winemaker, Gilles Martin) have climbed up my ranking of Long Island vineyards. I don’t actually have a list from one to thirty-plus, of course, but what was once a winery highlighted by its high-profile events is really starting to win me over with what matters — the juice. Sure, they still make (and sell) a ton of their white zinfandel-esque rose (isn’t the beagle-adorned label cute?) and the Glacier’s End line of wines, but a look further down on the tasting sheet reveals wines with nice varietal character that are worth elbowing…

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Wet. Wet. Wet. After only about an inch of wine rain over the summer, Long Island’s East End has endured at least a foot of the wet stuff in just the past seven days. The result — water-covered roads, some vine damage…and very few tasting room visitors yesterday as Beau, Kori and I visited four of the six tasting rooms we had planned. I guess no matter how hard you try to stick to an itinerary, talking to owners/winemakers/tasting room staff always results in extended, and enjoyable, stays. I’m sure you can expect a more complete write up in the…