SBU Camerata Singers Holiday Concert — Friday, December 9 at 8 p.m.


Tomorrow night in the Staller Center Recital Hall at 8 p.m., the Stony Brook University Camerata Singers and the Stony Brook Chorale will present their Holiday 2005 performance. The Camerata Singers will be performing motets and folk songs by America’s greatest composer, Aaron Copland, while the Chorale peforms carols and lullabies. Both groups are conducted by Timothy Mount. You may have noticed that there’s no mention of food or wine…so why am I telling you about it? It’s quite simple…my supremely talented wife is a member of the Camerata and they are a great group worth hearing if you are…

WBW #16: The Lucky Country 2003 Barossa Valley


Did you remember to go out and get your "pretty label" wine? If not, shame on you for missing out on this month’s edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday, the globe’s premier wine blogging happening. This vintage of WBW, brought to us by Derrick of An Obsession With Food, challenged us to judge a book by it’s cover…or more accurately, buy a wine based soley on its label. We all know that a wine’s label tells us absolutely nothing about the quality of the wine on the inside, but this is a great theme nonetheless. You’ll be shocked to learn that…

Brief Mention on Budget Living Online


It’s not very often that I get mentioned in the "real" media, but in checking my visitor logs this afternoon, I realized that I was mentioned on Budget Living in their "Where We’re Clicking" feature. Unfortunately, the link just says "Wine" but it does come to LENNDEVOURS. I doubt this is in the printed magazine, but if anyone sees it, let me know. I think it’s appropriate…I’m definitely living on a budget. Aren’t we all?

New Wine Blog: Water into Wino


There are new wine blogs popping up all over the place, but occasionally one catches my eye and warrants special mention here on LENNDEVOURS. Water into Wino is one such blog. It’s author is a mystery…but he/she has commented here a couple times and looking at the blog quickly (it just launched over the weekend) they’ve already reviewed a Long Island wine. Looks like he/she is a New Yorker of some sort…and he/she has friends who work in a tasting room on Long Island. Anyway, welcome him/her to the wine blogging world and check out the site.

Coming Soon: Castello di LENNDEVOURS


As some of you already know, Nena and I are buying a house — our first house. After weeks of waiting around for lawyers and banks to get everything together, we finally know when we’re closing: December 12th. We’re very excited (and freaked out) but one of our big projects will be to rennovate the kitchen (no surprise there I’m sure). I have a feeling that the on-going project will be chronicled here on LENNDEVOURS, so stay tuned. The kitchen, and the rest of the house, is realy a blank slate. We’re looking forward to making it ours. If I…

Boy, I Hate Leaky Corks


When you cut the foil capsule on a bottle of wine…this is not what you want to see — significant wine leakage. If wine is getting out, more air than you want is getting in. I have no way of knowing if poor quality cork, improper bottle corking or improper storage before it got to me is to blame, but it sure is disappointing. What I do sometimes, to help avoid ruined bottles like this is slip the capsule off (it’s just for looks, it doesn’t protect the wine in any way) and check the bottles in my rack regularly.…

Cuts Like a Knife…the Sequel


It’s been over a year since the last time I cut my thumb with a chef’s knife, but it happened again this morning as I diced a little filling for my omelette. This one was a bit more serious a gash…so reluctantly I went to the ER to have it checked out. No stitches required, but they glued it closed and wrapped it up…as you can see at right. So, I get to wear this bad boy for two days and then turn to regular bandaids (I hope). One good thing about having extremely sharp knives — it didn’t hurt…

An Introduction to Long Island “House Wines”


Every wine-loving household should have three wines — one pink, one white and one red — that are always on hand for casual, everyday drinking or bought by the case for entertaining. Often called "house wines" these are inexpensive wines that you enjoy drinking on their own that are also versatile enough to pair with the foods you eat most often. Long Island wines have a reputation of being over-priced for the quality (a definite falsehood), but there are several locally made wines that are great choices for house wines. The following are available for less than $13 per bottle…

Miscellaneous Sips for the Holiday Season

Thanksgiving has come and gone. Our sights are now set on Hanukkah and Christmas, with New Year’s lurking in the background. It’s holiday season boys and girls…one of the busiest, most enjoyable and sometimes stressful times of the year. We all have a lot on our minds and your favorite wine columnist is no different. So, with that in mind, here are some miscellaneous sips (and thoughts) for the season. Drink sparkling wine for Christmas and/or Hanukkah. Everyone drinks bubbly for New Year’s, but the fizzy stuff is a great way to celebrate any occasion. Plus, with racy acidity and…