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This Saturday, September 10, 2005, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Lenz Winery is hosting the 16th Annual Merlot World Classic. This unique winery event features a walk-around tasting of merlots from around the world presented by distributors, as well as several local wineries. This year Artisanal Cheese Center, and Artisanal’s Fromagers, Max McCalman and Waldemar Albrecht will present cheese pairings, specifically chosen for their compatibility with merlot. Tickets are $40 if purchased ahead and $45 at the door and include unlimited tastings, a Lenz tasting glass, cheese sampling and a raffle ticket for several wine prizes to be…

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Beau over at basicJuice is spearheading and excellent idea — Let it flow. The idea is simple…take the money you typically spend on wine and beer (for a week, a month or even a year) and donate it to help the Gulf Coast recover in this time of extreme and urgent need. You can donate to any number of places, including: Red Cross Second Harvest Catholic Charities Direct Relief Feed the Children Habitat for Humanity The Humane Society Noah’s Wish The Salvation Army United Jewish Communities UMCOR United Way Every little bit helps. So let’s band together a community of…

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In early August, Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards was named New York’s “Winery of the Year” by the New York Grape and Wine Foundation at its annual New York Food and Wine Classic. The winery earned the honor by winning seven medals at the event, including two double golds, one gold, two silvers and two bronzes. Winemaker Adam Suprenant, a Bronxville, New York, native who joined Osprey’s Dominion after graduating from the world-renowned U.C. Davis oenology program, is proud of the winery’s showing. “It’s great to be recognized after more than four years of dedicated hard work here at Osprey’s Dominion,” said…

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As some of you know, I have had an insanely busy two weeks. But, this past weekend was a wonderful escape from the chaos of my day job. My in-laws were in town and the last three days have been filled with good food, good wine and great friends. I’ve got a lot of writing to catch up on (both here and other places) but I just wanted to post this picture of my two loves…my wife and our little guy Ben. Actually, I guess there’d have to be a bottle of wine to have all of my loves included…

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Next Saturday, September 10, from 5 – 7 p.m. Shinn Estate Vineyards and North Fork People of Conscience are hosting Wine Against the War, an evening of wine, hor d’oeuves, jazz and community. Shinn Estate Vineyards is located at 200 Oregon Road in Mattituck, NY. Tickets are $50 and support the Honor the Fallen memorial. Call 631-765-4612 or email nfpofc@optonline.net for reservations.

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Pittsblog. A blog that will help me keep track of the goings on in my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Hot Sauce Blog. I can’t believe I never stumbled upon this one before. A Writer’s Diary. Reading about other aspiring writers can be a real inspiration. Heels, Sox & Steelers. An interesting trio of fan loyalty. I’m only down with the Steelers 1/3. Gadling. An interesting travel blog that focuses on "engaged traveling."

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Sorry for the lack of posting this week. I’ve been swamped at the office and doing my best not to be at the computer when I get home. But, I wanted to highlight the wonderfully flavored, tender and juicy bird my lovely wife roasted Sunday evening. It was our first "organic, free-range" bird…and the flavor difference was truly amazing. Of course, Nena can make even a "sweatshop" bird taste good. But this was a particularly succulent fowl. Hopefully I’ll dig out from under this pile of work…and get back to the fun stuff.

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Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards 2004 Vin Gris: A- Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards 2002 Fume Blanc: C+ Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards 2001 Merlot: B/B+ Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards 2001 Cabernet Franc: A- Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards 2001 Reserve Chardonnay:  Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards 2001 Flight (Meritage): B-/C+ Waters Crest Winery 2003 Cabernet Franc: B+ Waters Crest Winery 2004 Chardonnay: C Waters Crest Winery 2004 Chardonnay Private Reserve: B Waters Crest Winery 2003 Merlot: B- Waters Crest Winery 2004 Gewurtztraminer: B Macari Vineyard 2004 Rose: A-/B+ Waters Crest Winery 2004 Riesling: B+  

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Tonight after work, I’m stopping at home for a glass of vino with Nena before heading to nearby Port Jefferson for the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption’s Greekfest 2005. I went to my first Greekfest four years ago…in fact, it was the first time I ever met Liz and John (a now-married couple who served as co-best man and co-matron of honor at our wedding. There’s Greek music, Greek dancing, craft vendors, carnival rides and (most importantly) homemade Greek food and pastries. Me…I’m a gyro fan from way back. But, as I peruse the online menu there are few…