Schneider Vineyards 2004 Syrah and 2004 Cabernet Franc


North Fork Negociants Release First Estate-Grown Wines Several of Long Island’s smallest wine producers are Negociants. Negociants buy grapes from a local grower, then make, age, blend and bottle wine under their own label. This practice is common in many wine-producing regions, particularly in Burgundy, home to many well-known negoicant labels like Louis Jadot and Duboeuf. It’s an attractive endeavor to many winemakers because it can be difficult, from a financial perspective, to plant/grow/maintain a vineyard as well as buy all equipment necessary to make and bottle a finished wine. In the United States, negociant-made wines have the words “produced…

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2001 Pinot Noir


Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars, on Keuka Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region is well known for it’s riesling. In fact, some say that their dry riesling is among the best (if not the best) riesling in the U.S. But what about the reds? I’d never tasted any Dr. Frank reds until I opened this bottle last weekend. My hopes weren’t overly high because I tend not to like Finger Lakes reds — they always taste green and vegetal to me. This one, however, I liked quite a bit. Eyes: Easily recognizable as pinot noir, light-to-medium ruby Nose: Toasty,…

Great Use for Post-Carving Remnants


Stephen Cooks is a fairly new member of my "check it daily" food blogger list. He comes up with some spectacular recipes and he always has great pictures of the final product. And this week, he offers up an awesome-looking way to get rid of those carving party scraps — pumpkin parmesan ravioli with pumpkin cream sauce. What New York State wines would I pair with it? Probably: Channing Daughters Winery 2004 Pinot Grigio or Macari Vineyards Early Wine (the 2005 is coming out next week)

WBW: Waters Crest Winery 2001 Meritage

Fatemah said 250 cases with bonus points for a producer under 1000 cases per year. I drink a lot of wines from small, local producers (but then, you already know that). But I wanted to fine the smallest production wine I could. I think I’ve accomplished just that. The numbers on Waters Crest Winery 2001 Meritage? 50 cases were made. 186 cases total winery production that year. That’s right…I think I showed Fatemah who’s boss *wink* So,  I had the wine and the dual WBW to drink it for. But what to eat along side? I didn’t take pictures (I…

Weekends in November: Champagne, Chopin and Caviar at Pindar Vineyards


As much as I hate the fact that they call it "Champagne," this month Pindar Vineyards is offering tours every weekend that offer an inside look into the making of their (quite good) sparkling wine. Light nibbles and a complimentary taste of the finished bubbly are included. Admission is free. Visit their website or call 631-734-7100 for more information. Technorati tags: food & drink | wine | wine events | long island

Schoharie Valley Farms — “The Carrot Barn”


I’ve been visiting Schoharie, NY for four-plus years now. It’s Nena’s home town and we visit every couple of months to get away from the hustle of Long Island (and to visit with family of course). There are a few things that we do almost every time we visit and one of my favorites is our mandatory pilgrimage Nena and her sister both worked at the Carrot Barn growing up and with such a place in town, there’s little need to buy produce at the grocery store. Local vegetables, potatoes, berries and apples are the main draw (for me anyway),…



WBWx2 is here. Today is Wine Blogging Wednesday, but you already know that. Fatemeh from Gastronomie is hosting the first WBW for today, forcing us to drink a wine of which 250 or fewer cases were made. But, today is also a WBW of another kind entirely — Wife’s Birthday Wednesday. Yup, today is Nena’s 28th birthday. So, we’ll be drinking our Wine Blogging Wednesday wine tonight with the dinner I’m cooking for my beloved birthday girl. The menu: It’s a surprise (for now)The wine: Waters Crest Winery 2001 Meritage Jim Waters only made 50 cases of this wine (his…

Channing Daughters Winery 2004 “Clones”


I’ve written about Channing Daughters Winery several times here at LENNDEVOURS (just use the search function to your left for a list of posts). And while I think most of their wines are over-priced, they do almost always sell out to their wine club — so I guess they are the closest thing to "cult wines" that we have here locally. What I like best about CDW is how they experiment with varietals, blends and yeasts, often using natural yeasts for their chardonnays. Their 2004 "Clones" bottling is one such experimental blend. Composed of 90% chardonnay (11 clones of it:…

It’s Ben Roethlisbeagle’s Birthday


Please join us in wishing our little guy, Ben "the Beagle" Roethlisbeagle, a happy birthday! He turns one today (at least we think he does based on the information the shelter gave us). As you can see, he certainly enjoyed the birthday present his aunt Kimberly gave him on Saturday. Tonight he will dine on expertly prepared lamb and rice dog food and non-vintage tap water. But, he will certainly enjoy a few extra treats on his birthday.