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Last night I decided to take a break from compiling over 40 entries for Wine Blogging Wednesday and do a quick blind tasting of two pinot noirs…one from Long Island and the other from the Russian River Valley. Going in, I knew they’d most likely be quite different…most any Long Island winemaker who tries to make California-style wines is doomed to fail. Grapes simply don’t ripen the same here and those who try to make warm-climate wines here usually end up with flabby, lifeless plonk. Yes, I know that not every California wine is made in the "California style" but…

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As you can see, it was a slow week at the LENNDEVOURS tasting table last week. A bad cold and being busy with our puppy cut into the tasting. But fear not, I’ll catch up. Roanoke Vineyards 2000 Merlot: A- Waters Crest Winery 2004 Chardonnay: B Laurel Lake Vineyards 2000 Cabernet Franc: B-/B Waters Crest Winery 2004 Riesling: -corked- Pindar 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve: B  

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…our beagle, Ben, and his current state of un-housebrokeness. This picture, a happy time in the LENNDEVOURS household, was likely followed somehwat closely by a mad dash for the door as we try to teach the little guy that he’s supposed to do more outside than just walk around and follow his highly active hound nose. So that’s why the roundup isn’t finished yet for WBW #12. Of course, three or four of you have emailed me in the last 24 hours with entries…so I don’t feel nearly as guilty as I would have. So here’s to WBW (and a…

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Long before I moved to Long Island and discovered an unwavering passion for all things wine, I was a beer-drinking fraternity boy, but not exactly like the rest of my brothers. While they were swilling the cheapest, coldest beer they could find in cans, I was the guy who would buy a different kind of beer almost every weekend, including any import or microbrew I could get my hands on in my college town in rural northwestern Pennsylvania. Back then, if I did drink wine, it was likely a cheap, flabby Chardonnay, most often from Australia, with enough sweetness to…

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On Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.,  Bedell Cellars will host a Merlot Reserve Vertical Tasting featuring vintages from 1988 through 2002.    It’s $50 per person ($40 for wine club members) and includes lunch and a special preview and barrel tasting of the 2004 vintage. Pre-paid reservations are required by August 15th.  For more information call Bedell Cellars at (631) 734-7537. I attended last summer’s version of this event and likely won’t be able to make it this year. But, it’s a great, fun event and one of the most educational experiences…

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I’m a few days behind in posting my tasting table from last week…but here it is. As you can see, it features four beers/ales for a story I did on Southampton Publick House, the only brewpub in the Hamptons. Southampton Publick House Double White Ale: N/A Southampton Publick House Belgian-Style Grand Cru Strong Ale: N/A Channing Daughters Winery 2004 Cuvee Tropical Chardonnay: -corked- Roanoke Vineyards 2004 De Rosa: B- Wolffer Estate Vineyards 1997 Merlot: B/B+ Channing Daughters Winery 2004 Tocai Friulano: A-/B+ Wolffer Estate Vineyards 2004 Late Harvest Chardonnay: B Brotherhood Winery 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon: C+/B- Southampton Publick House Secret…

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…the newest member of the LENNDEVOURS team, a ten-month old beagle we rescued from a local shelter yesterday. Meet Ben Rothlisbeagle (named for the quarterback of my hometown Pittsburgh Steelers). We’ll just call him Ben or Benny. He’s still very nervous and getting used to our house…but he definitely perked up last night when I opened a bottle of wine and poured a glass for Nena. His fine-tuned nose was working overtime…and that’s when I knew it was meant to be. So welcome aboard Ben…it’s going to be fun!

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This Sunday, August 14th, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Castello di Borghese is hosting a "Sensation Celebration." Admission is free and includes a performance by guitarist-vocalist Walter Finley and hors d’ oeuvres by Black Tie Caterers. Wine will be available by the glass, at the regular prices, at the tasting bar. CdB owns and uses some of the region’s oldest vines (the Island’s first commercial vineyard is now part of their holdings)…try the reserve pinot noir.