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As you can see in the picture above, our first garden is growing quite nicely. The zucchini and tomatoes seem to be doing particuarly well, with the peppers and cukes doing okay in their own right. Our basil plant is getting a bit unruly (need to start using it more!) but some of the herb seeds we planted are starting to poke their heads through the dirt too. Now that it’s growing (and going) so well, I really wish we had planted more. It’s still not bad for a first garden though. I’m definitely hooked. I’m particuarly proud of how…

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(This column appeared in the 6/17/05 issue of Dan’s Papers) Ever since the release of the movie Sideways, pinot noir has been the “it” wine. Even here on Long Island, I’ve been told stories about customers walking into a tasting room and buying bottle after bottle of pinot noir – without even tasting it or knowing how much it costs. As difficult as Pinot Noir can be to grow and make (well), that sort of impulse buying seems a little silly to me. But of the handful of Long Island wineries that make it, most do it well, including Castello di…

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Sherwood House Vineyards is owned and operated by Dr. Charles Smithen, a New York City-based Cardiologist and his wife Barbara, a vintage jewelry dealer. Charles’ love of and passion for wine really started in the 1960s when he was working in England…and took regular trip to French wine country. After moving to the North Fork of Long Island and planting vines, they started by selling their grapes to local wineries for three years before deciding to make their own wines — starting with a 1999 chardonnay. They now make chardonnay and merlot, and their wines are available for tasting and…

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Wine Blogging Wednesday must be butter…because it’s definitely on a roll. Who can take this juggernaut of a blog event to the next level? That’s right…for July we look to UTAH of all places to one of my favorite blogs (and bloggers). July’s host is none other than the always informative and interesting Beau of basicJuice. His theme is a great one…and one that I hope will draw many into the WBW fold — Off-Dry Wines. The date is July 6th…which is the day I head to upstate NY in preparation for my wedding to Ms. LENNDEVOURS (which I guess…

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As any of you on the eastern seaboard are aware, we’ve been having some seriously hot and humid weather the last week or two. It’s supposed to reach 90+ today…which isn’t common for Long Island this early in June. I bring this up because that very heat wave has forced me to move all of the wine that doesn’t fit in our wine fridge into our BEDROOM of all places — because we keep that room cooler (via A/C) all day. Luckily, Nena is very patient with my wine pyschosis and there is room behind our door to store the…

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(This column originally appeared in the 6/10 issue of Dan’s Papers) In a recent issue of Wine Spectator, columnist Matt Kramer wrote a thoughtful piece discussing large wineries versus smaller ones, concluding (convincingly) that smaller really is better. Though Kramer doesn’t define what a “small” winery is, you can take my word for it – most, if not all, Long Island wineries qualify. Of course, being a small winery doesn’t automatically mean your wines are any good. Anyone who has tasted wines from some of our lesser local wineries can attest to that. After all, doing the wrong things in…

Welcome to the 10th vintage of the virtual wine tasting event Wine Blogging Wednesday, hosted by Alice from My Adventures in the Bread Box. The theme? White pinot. Let me first say that I had originally planned on picking up a bottle of Lieb Family Cellars’ pinot blanc…a varietal they specialize in here on Long Island and one of my favorite non-riesling whites. But then I received my wine club shipment from Channing Daughters Winery in the Hamptons…and what do you know…there was a bottle of their 2004 pinot grigio in there. I’ve written about Channing Daughters and their wines…

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I know. I know. This obviously isn’t my white pinot for Wine Blogging Wednesday #10. It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’m a bit backed up on my tasting note posting, including these notes on a pretty nice chardonnay from Laurel Lake Vineyards in Laurel, NY. In the past, I’ve found Laurel Lake Vineyards’ wines to be hit and miss…partially because I’ve gotten more than a couple corked bottles from them. But, this wine is a clear exception. Eyes: Light gold with medium legs Nose: When cold (right out of the fridge), it has a delicate nose of…

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You didn’t forget, did you? Wine Blogging Wednesday #10 — White Pinot, hosted by Alice of My Adventures in the Breadbox is tomorrow, June 8th. It’s hard to believe that we’re already at the 10th vintage of this global wine blogging event. Wine Blogging Wednesday has definitely taken off…so join us tomorrow. Go out and get your pinot blanc, pinot grigio…any white pinot. And tell us allllll about it.