Via the good doctor over at Dr. Vino: That’s right folks…they’re growing grapes in Queens. I’m going to have to investigate this project more, but if Steve Mudd of Mudd Vineyards on the East End is involved, that’s instant credibility — in my eyes anyway. He’s a highly respected grape grower in Long Island wine country. This is a story that bears watching.

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It seems like I’ve been drinking a lot of rose lately. I guess it’s a combination of swelteringly hot temperatures and the fact that several local wineries are releasing new ones. Regardless, I don’t mind much. I like a quality rose every now and then. Macari Vineyards makes some of our  favorite summer sippers, including  their Early Wine and previous vintages of  rose. This year’s vintage is made with 55% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 15% cabernet franc, but previous vintages have included a little malbec and petit verdot as well. Eyes: This wine is a mouthwatering, pretty salmon color Nose:…

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Another light tasting table from last week. But that’s about to change this week…lots to catch up on. Freeman Vineyard & Winery 2003 Pinot Noir: B+ Castello di Borghese 2002 Reserve Pinot Noir: A- Castello di Borghese Fleurette (NV): B-/C+ Castello di Borghese 2004 Founder’s Field Sauvignon Blanc Reserve: B Castello di Borghese  2003 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay: B-  

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Pindar Vineyards, one of New York’s most popular and widely-distributed wineries (they have great marketing), is known in some circles for its cheap, sweetish blended wines and its always-packed tasting room. But don’t be fooled. If you drink through the varied bottlings, there are a few gems to be tasted. Personally, I’ve long been a fan of the 1999 Rare Cuvee Champagne ($28), despite the use of the term Champagne outside that region of France, and the consistently good Johannisberg Reisling ($15). Before recently, I thought these to be the only real gems buried in the impressively long tasting menu.…

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Earlier this week, Nena made our delicious bean burgers again I was in a bit of a wine-pairing quandary. The stong flavors of cumin, cilantro and chiles eliminated subtle, nuanced wine from the equation…but I just didn’t think any of the gewurtz we have would work well with the corn and beans. And, because zinfandel doesn’t do well here on Long Island, (and I haven’t bought any in a while) that wasn’t an option either. So, I went to the ‘cellar’ and grabbed a bottle of non-vintage (but recently released) Fleurette from Castello di Borghese. I knew that it was…

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Next Friday and Saturday, the Hamptons Wine & Food Festival will take place in Bridgehampton, NY. It will feature both local and internationally famous chefs  and winemakers who will entertain attendees with live cooking demonstrations, cookbook signings, wine and food tasting seminars, a spectacular Grand Tasting each night and a large showcase of gourmet food sampling provided for your enjoyment. Other special events held during the weekend include an exclusive VIP caviar and cocktail party at a oceanfront estate on Friday night and a festive, multi-bar Mojito BBQ after-party at the main event venue on Saturday night. The festival will…

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For September’s vintage of Wine Blogging Wednesday, our host, the multi-talented, food blogging superstar Clotilde of Chocolate & Zucchini, is asking us to do something we’ve yet to do for WBW — do a food and wine pairing on September 7th. But, Clotilde isn’t asking us to pair wine with simple roast chicken or even seared scallops or goat cheese — oh no.. She’s chosen chocolate cake as our pairing partner, even providing us with a recipe. So get those pairing ideas flowing and get ready to bake or buy your cake. This promises to be a fun, and highly…

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I love Wine Blogging Wednesday, the virtual wine tasting event that brings people from around the globe ‘together’ for a day of wine tasting. I love the people I meet and new friends I make each and every month. I love learning about wine regions I’ll most likely never visit. And, I love bringing new wine lovers into the fold and showing them that wine need not be scary. This month, our little tasting group swelled to an all-time high of 43 entries as we filled our glasses with the most local wines possible. Rather than break the roundup into…