A LENNDEVOURS Favorite in the New York Times

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I don’t always agree with Howard Goldberg’s opinions when it comes to Long Island wine — but that’s true of any wine writer and his/her readers. Regardless, I read him every Sunday in the New York Times. But yesterday, Howard got it 100% right. He highlights Roanoke Vineyards in Roanoke Landing, NY and owner Rich Pisacano’s three current releases. I’ve written before about his 2000 Merlot several times (1|2|3) and I suggested it in an email to Eric Asimov (also of the NY Times) after he had less-than-great things to say about the reds in his mis-guided tasting. I’ve only…

The Return of “In Our Kitchen”

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Here at LENNDEVOURS, we aim to please and while the LENNDEVOURS Reader and NY Wine Interest Survey is still underway, one thing is already clear: you guys want to see a bit more food/cooking included. Mrs. LENNDEVOURS has been saying that for a while…I guess I should have listened to her. With that in mind, I give you the return of the "In Our Kitchen" category. It was never really gone…it just wasn’t housing any recent posts. Saturday night, the missus and I teamed up to create a delectable (and healthy) summer dinner of grilled chicken thighs that were rubbed…

Tasting Table — Ending 07.30.05

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As you can see, it was a busy tasting week in the Thompson household, mainly because I was behind in my tasting after our wedding and honeymoon. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it. Pindar 2001 Merlot: B- Pindar 2000 Merlot Reserve: A- Wolffer Estate 2002 Reserve Merlot: B- Long Island Meadery Blueberry Mead: N/A Long Island Meadery Strawberry/Raspberry Mead: N/A Long Island Meadery Peach/Apricot Mead: N/A Wolffer Estate 2002 Reserve Chardonnay: B Pellegrini Vineyards Finale Bin 1331 (Ice Wine): B+ Wolffer Estate 2004 Late Harvest Chardonnay: B Pellegrini Vineyards 2001 Cabernet Franc: B+/A- Wolffer Estate 2001 Brut…

It’s Good to Be Back

(This column appeared in the 7/29 issue of Dan’s Papers) As you may have read in this space last week, I got married a few weeks ago. We had a perfect ceremony on a covered bridge in bucolic upstate New York, which was followed by a fun and lively reception filled with the best of friends and — of course — Long Island wines. In fact, instead of table numbers, we used Long Island winery names and wine from each was placed on the tables.                    Needless to say, our guests loved the idea…

Take the LENNDEVOURS User and NY Wine Interest Survey

Online surveys are nothing new. Look most anywhere on the Internet and you’re bound to find a survey of one sort or another. And recently, blogs like Fermentations and Vinography have started using them to understand their readers better and gather non-personal information about them…all in the interest of providing you, the blog reader, with better content. Well, LENNDEVOURS is entering the fray with its first survey, the LENNDEVOURS Reader and NY Wine Interest Survey. It is my hope that by simply asking you, my readers, what you like, dislike and would like to see more of in these pages,…

A Visit to the Long Island Meadery

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Honey wine, better known in some circles as mead, is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world — dating back thousands of years and pre-dating both beer and wine (grape wine that is). But despite it’s long history, mead remains a relative unknown among "serious" wine drinkers, often thought of as a beverage consumed solely by people at medieval reenactments and festivals. While it’s true that mead is the drink of choice at such events, it’s an increasingly popular choice for people living in 2005 as well. Search the Internet, and you can find literally hundreds (maybe thousands)…

Le Clos Therese: A Tale of Two Merlots

Merlot is often touted as Long Island’s “signature” grape — the varietal and the wine that is going to put the region on the world wine stage. I’m not one hundred percent sold on that notion — some of the Cabernet Franc here is just too good — but the consistency and ripe-ability of Merlot makes it somewhat of a safer choice.  At Le Clos Therese in Aquebogue, owner and winemaker Theresa Dilworth, makes two interesting and decidedly different merlots with good results. These wines, along with her cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and rose are produced at Premium Wine Group, the…

Must-Stop Destination in LI Wine Country — Village Cheese Shop (Mattituck, NY)

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Sunday afternoon, Nena and I were feeling a bit restless…summer-time cabin fever really. It was a beautiful day and after spending the morning unpacking our wedding gifts and finding room for the various wine glasses, serving dishes, etc…we wanted to get out and enjoy the day. So, we hopped in the car and headed out east to the wineries (shocking, right?)…with no particular plan in mind. For as long as we’ve been visiting Long Island wine country, we’ve heard about the cheese shop in the region — the Village Cheese Shop on Love Lane in Mattituck. And, until Sunday, we’d…

Winemaker Steve Edmunds Joining Vinography.com

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Alder Yarrow, the founder of Vinography.com, the wine blog that all other wine blogs are measured against has announced that Steve Edmunds, proprietor of Edmunds St. John winery in Berkeley, CA will be joining the blog as a regular contributor. Edmunds is an accomlished author and writer in addition to his winemaking talents and I know I look forward to reading his contributions. Alder is very tough on wine writers and for him to say about Edmunds: "The first time I read Steve’s writing on wine, I knew I had met a kindred spirit. He writes with a passion and…

Excuse the Mess…

Over the next few days/weeks, I’ll be not only changing the "look" of LENNDEVOURS, but also changing how it is organized as well. That will include the addition of some new categories, consolidation of others and revamping of what appears in the right and left columns. Hopefully I’ll be able to do it such that the site remains useful and fun for my readers. And, I’d also like to thank a day-job friend of mine for designing my new logo. He’s a recent graduate of a local visual communications program and a damn good coder to boot. Now if I…