New Wine Blog — Mondosapore

If you’ve spent any time trolling around the many wine blogs in cyberspace, you’ve probably seen the name Terry Hughes somewhere in the comments. I first "met" Terry over at Vinography and have always enjoyed reading his insights. Well folks, he’s finally broken down and started his very own wine blog (it’s about damn time) — Mondosapore. The focus is Italian wines and Italian culture. So head on over and check it out.

Showing Off Long Island Wine Country


I’ve been using LENNDEVOURS to share my experiences with New York wines for well over a year — but over the next two weeks I’m taking things to a whole new level. To start, the juicemaster general, Beau of BasicJuice, will be in my neck of the woods later this week (along with the Wine Goddess), so I’ll be playing tasting tour guide on Friday. Any excuse to take a day off of work and taste wine, right? As if that weren’t enough, next week the obsessed one, Derrick and I are teaching a class at Stony Brook University together…

Bedell Cellars Offers a “Taste” of the Busy Harvest Season


The frenetic pumpkin-picking season is upon us, and while the throngs of families in SUVs and minivans can make it that much more challenging to get around the East End, this is one of the most exciting times to visit Long Island’s vineyards. Harvest festivals abound and wineries are filled with the intoxicating aromas of freshly squeezed juice fermenting. Bedell Cellars, one of our region’s most well-known producers, has much more going on than harvesting and fermenting the 2005 vintage. To upgrade both the winemaking process and the customer tasting experience, they’ve been busy making exciting changes to the facilities…

Fox Run Vineyards 2002 Reserve Pinot Noir


It’s the first Wednesday of the month and you all know what that means — it’s Wine Blogging Wednesday, brought to us this time around by Jens of the Cincinnati Wine Garage. Jens has chosen New New-World Pinot Noir as the theme for this worldwide wine blogging festival. I have to say, this is yet another great WBW theme and one that I really enjoyed preparing for. For one, I love pinot noir this time of year. I drink quite a bit of white wine over the summer (you know how I love riesling) and, for me, pinot noir is…

California FINALLY to Make Great Riesling…With New York Grapes


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…

Charles John Vineyards 2003 Merlot


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…

Don’t Forget — Today is Wine Blogging Wednesday #14

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 — It’s Not for Wine Lovers

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…

October 10: Wolffer Estate Vineyards Harvest Party


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