Tasting Table — Ending 08.28.05

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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+  

Going to Greekfest 2005

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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…

A Balancing Act at Castello di Borghese

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Random House Webster’s Dictionary defines balance as “a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc.” To wine lovers, the concept of balance isn’t all that much different. A wine is said to be balanced when all of its individual components — alcohol level, acidity, tannins (in red wine), flavors and sugars (if present) — are in perfect harmony and none overwhelms the others. At Castello di Borghese Vineyard and Winery in Cutchogue, winemaker Stan Schumacher is crafting just these types of wines — clean wines with class and poise. I recently sipped some of his latest…

A Brief Tour of Route 48…With Friends

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Last Sunday, something important and exciting happened in the lives of the LENNDEVOURS family. I wish I could tell you that we bought a house (sometime in the next year I hope) or that some generous Long Island bazillionaire decided to thank me for bringing Long Island wines into his life by buying me a small, five-acre vineyard filled with mature cabernet franc vines. But no, the exciting news is slightly less exciting than that — we finally took a group of friends out to wine country to visit three of our favorite wineries on Route 48, the northern-most wine…

Grape Growing in Queens?

Via the good doctor over at Dr. Vino: That’s right folks…they’re growing grapes in Queens. I’m going to have to investigate this project more, but if Steve Mudd of Mudd Vineyards on the East End is involved, that’s instant credibility — in my eyes anyway. He’s a highly respected grape grower in Long Island wine country. This is a story that bears watching.

Macari Vineyards 2004 Rose

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It seems like I’ve been drinking a lot of rose lately. I guess it’s a combination of swelteringly hot temperatures and the fact that several local wineries are releasing new ones. Regardless, I don’t mind much. I like a quality rose every now and then. Macari Vineyards makes some of our  favorite summer sippers, including  their Early Wine and previous vintages of  rose. This year’s vintage is made with 55% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 15% cabernet franc, but previous vintages have included a little malbec and petit verdot as well. Eyes: This wine is a mouthwatering, pretty salmon color Nose:…

Tasting Table — Ending 08.21.05

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Another light tasting table from last week. But that’s about to change this week…lots to catch up on. Freeman Vineyard & Winery 2003 Pinot Noir: B+ Castello di Borghese 2002 Reserve Pinot Noir: A- Castello di Borghese Fleurette (NV): B-/C+ Castello di Borghese 2004 Founder’s Field Sauvignon Blanc Reserve: B Castello di Borghese  2003 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay: B-  

Magnificent Merlot From a Marketing Maker

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Pindar Vineyards, one of New York’s most popular and widely-distributed wineries (they have great marketing), is known in some circles for its cheap, sweetish blended wines and its always-packed tasting room. But don’t be fooled. If you drink through the varied bottlings, there are a few gems to be tasted. Personally, I’ve long been a fan of the 1999 Rare Cuvee Champagne ($28), despite the use of the term Champagne outside that region of France, and the consistently good Johannisberg Reisling ($15). Before recently, I thought these to be the only real gems buried in the impressively long tasting menu.…