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If you like acidity and character in your riesling — you know the type of wine that shows why riesling is the king of all white grapes — you probably don’t like California bottlings. That’s all about to change for riesling produced by Creative Wine Concepts in Napa Valley. They just bought fives tons of Finger Lakes riesling grapes. I think that Creative Wine Concepts CEO, Scott Harvey says it best when he says he wants to “to make rieslings from where they grow best.” In the U.S., that means the Finger Lakes region of New York State. If you…

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It seems like New York is welcoming new wineries into the family most every week, which just goes to show how successful the state’s wine industry is and how many people want to live the "vineyard life." Charles John Vineyards is one of Long Island’s newest vineyards, having been planted in 1999. Named for owners Jackie and Matt Campbell’s son (who was born the same year), their 17 acres are planted with traditional Bordeaux varietals — merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Matt, much like myself, has a "day job" in marketing for a major tech company. But wine is…

If you haven’t done so already, head out to your local wine shop and pick up a New New World Pinot Noir, taste it, write a blog post about it and then email Jens over at Cincinnati Wine Garage to let him know about it. I’m doing my post tonight…and while I’m not leaving New York State…I am leaving Long Island for my wines of choice. I’d also like to remind all you creative types out there that I’m running a WBW logo design contest. So far we only have one logo submitted…and the deadline is November 1st. So get…

Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board has decided that as of November 1, Pennsylvania wineries will no longer be able to ship directly to consumers…even those within PA. Why am I not surprised? I’ve often referred to my home state as a "communist-run police state" because of it’s outdated and ridiculous liquor laws. Rather than allow out-of-state wineries to ship in…they’ve decided to shut it all down. Nice move guys…real nice. Again, I’m not shocked, but I’m disappointed. I have a lot of friends and family back home in Pittsburgh that would love to order the wines I write about here on…

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Want purple feet and delicious wines?? On Columbus Day (October 10th), Wolffer Estate Vineyards is hosting its   Harvest Party. Attend and you’ll spend an afternoon picking grapes, stomping them, enjoying hay rides and pony rides, taking part in a barrel rolling competition and dancing to live music.  Tickets are $75 and there will be and abundant feast of country fare, and plenty of Wolffer’s wines. For tickets, contact Sue Calden at (631) 537-5106 ext. 20

It’s got to be a coincidence, but since my piece on Jason’s Vineyard was published on Friday, two major New York newspapers have published stories on them as well. Could it be that their editors are LENNDEVOURS readers? New York Times: The New Kid in Jamesport Newsday: 2nd Generation Comes of Age Okay, so maybe the Newsday piece isn’t really about the wines or even Jason’s Vineyard. It’s about Jason Damianos (and his brothers) taking over at Pindar for their father. That bit of news is great for the region I think. I expect it to increase the number of…

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You’ve probably seen Jason’s Vineyard on the right hand side of the Main Road (Route 25) heading east in Jamesport. But have you ever tasted the wines made from those grapes? I first encountered Jason’s Vineyard wines about a year ago when I was going from tasting room to tasting room looking for the North Fork’s best sparkling wines. My journey took me to Pindar, where I was able to taste a few Jason’s Vineyard wines. I was so impressed that his wines were the only bottles I purchased that day. So who is Jason and why are his wines…

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There’s no doubt about it — my favorite white varietal is riesling. Of course, I don’t like every one I try. They need to have that that zing of acidity that ‘forces’ me into another sip (and another and anoter and another). New York’s Finger Lakes region is pretty well known for it’s riesling, with Dr. Konstantin Frank probably the most well known outside of the state. This relatively winter-hardy varietal has done very well in the region becuase it ripens even in the cool Finger Lakes climate and because good wines can be made from riesling that isn’t at…

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About a week ago, there was a story in the San Francisco Chronicle about New York Wines. If you’ve been reading LENNDEVOURS for a while, you know that I typically find lots of problems with stories written about New York wines. They either unfairly compare them to California or Bordeaux (and basically say they suck because they aren’t the same) or focus only on the "big name" wineries that the same people write about again and again and again. Dave McIntyre’s piece, however, will not draw the ire of this NY wine writer. In fact, I really liked it. While…