Taking a Look and Long Island Rose


What an awesome weekend I have coming up. Sunday morning, I’m holding a rose tasting panel at Pellegrini Vineyards’ to explore the different styles of rose/pink/blush wine being crafted here on Long Island. Joining me on the tasting panel will be both Wine Chicks, Dr. Vino, the Wine Goddess and John, currently of Pellegrini Vineyards and soon-to-be head winemaker at Shinn Estate Vineyeyards. Right now I’ve assembled almost twenty wines for us to try. We won’t be grading or rating the wines. Instead, we’ll explore their differences and try to identify similarities (if there are any). The other exciting part…

Eric Asimov Joins the Blogosphere


Eric Asimov, chief wine critic of the New York Times has made the leap into wine blogging with a blog titled The Pour. Interesting. Very interesting indeed. I’ve always respected Eric’s writing and his knowledge of both wine and food (even if I don’t always agree with what he has to say) and I think it lends credence to the power of blogs that people like Eric are joining the fray. How is this going to change wine blogging as a whole? I think that remains to be seen, but I think that bloggers who want to make a name…

Coming Soon: Riesling to the Third Power


Three of the Finger Lakes’ most respected wineries, Anthony Road Wine Co., Fox Run Vineyards and Red Newt Wine Cellars are jointly launching a dry Riesling named Tierce (a reference to the wine’s theme of three). Tierce will be released at a dinner at Red Newt on May 5. I’m hoping to find some way to get there for it. I really like the label and get this — they’ve used a screw cap on it. Get more information.



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“M” Brings Merlot and Malbec to The Modern


Recently, The Modern, the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) fine dining restaurant started pouring “M” as its house red. Every restaurant has a house red, so what’s the big deal? Well, The Modern boasts a wine list of over 900 wines, but instead of choosing a wine from France or California as its house red, it stayed much closer to home — the North Fork of Long Island. Richard Olsen-Harbich, winemaker at Raphael in Peconic, and Stephane Colling, wine director at The Modern, developed “M,” a custom blend of 95% merlot and 5% Malbec from the 2003 vintage. Colling, a…

WTN: Pellegrini Vineyards 2001 Cabernet Franc


Merlot rules Long Island wine country. It’s the most planted variety and its quality led to the creation of the Long Island Merlot Alliance. But it’s hard to ignore the many great varietal cabernet francs being grown and made here as well. Pellegrini Vineyards does a particularly great job with this lesser-known Bordeaux varietal. Thei 2001 Cabernet Franc ($18) has an extremely expressive nose (typical of the variety) that fills the air with raspberry, black cherry and sweet spice. Juicy with some acidity and low tannins, the palate is ripe with raspberries accented by white pepper and minty-basil notes. I…

Wine Blogging Wednesday #20 Announced


I’m happy to report that the annoucement for Wine Blogging Wednesday #20 has been posted over at April’s host, Bill of Wine for Newbies. As the weather warms, many wine drinkers turn to more and more white wines, seeking out more refreshing, palate-cleansing wines. That’s all well and good, but Bill wants us to think outside the barrel a bit. So, for this vintage of Wine Blogging Wednesday, you can drink any white wine that you want…it just can’t be chardonnay, sauvignon blanc or riesling. Happily, this means that I can make a return to the wines of New York.…

Wine Blog Find: Good Grape


Thanks to Tom over at Fermentation, I was turned on to a newish wine blog that I’m really enjoying reading — Good Grape. The  talented writer behind Good Grape is a sales and marketing person by day who loves small wine producers. Sound familiar?  Read the blog — you’ll be glad that you did. I’m particularly a fan of the Cluetrain Mainfesto.