I know. I haven’t done a ton of posting this week…at least not nearly as much as I usually do. But there’s a good reason–Nena and I are cooking for 150 people tomorrow. Our first catering gig. Our fridge if filled (over filled really) with food that we aren’t even allowed to eat. Our tiny kitchen has extra card tables set up to stack and chop and package stuff up. Today I’m talking half a day off from work to do the roast beef and marinate the chicken. It’s hectic…it’s fun…and everyone thinks we’re crazy for doing it. Back to our regular scheduled lives and blogging next week…with pictures of the event.

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day and several Long Island wineries are pulling out all the stops for all you moms out there. Here’s some highlights of what’s available: Corey Creek Vineyards is honoring mothers not with roses, but with rosé, offering a 15% discount on cases of their 2003 Domaines CC Rosé (individual bottles are $12). They are also offering special, handwoven "Hamptons" wine carriers ($30 for a single-bottle carrier and $38 for a two-bottle carrier). For more information, call 631.765.4168 or email wine@coreycreek.com Lieb Family Cellars is pouring free tastings for moms (library wines excluded) and handing out flowers as well. For more information, call 631.734.1100. Roanoke Vineyards is debuting its new rosé (also its first). Email info@roanokevineyards.com for more information. Peconic Bay Winery is offering all mothers a complimentary tasting flight all weekend. In addition, anyone buying a glass of wine at the tasting room will receive a…

Do you live in the New York area, with at least somewhat easy access to the East End of Long Island? If the answer is yes, I want to hear from you…so email me. I don’t know when or where, but there are some Long Island wine tasting events I’m putting together (over the next six month), and I’m looking for interested tasters for the LENNDEVOURS panel. The tasting will include: Long Island Merlot (<$15) Long Island Merlot ($20 and up) Long Island Chardonnay Hopefully many, many more… Interested? Email me for more details.

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On Sunday, Howard Goldberg’s Long Island Vines column in the New York Times focused on Peconic Bay Winery’s recent and upcoming releases (which I’ve got in my tasting queue as well). What I love about this week’s column is what he says about Cabernet Franc on Long Island: "…ultimately Long Island’s signature red wine may not be merlot, as is now routinely assumed. Given the glacial pace at which young wine regions develop — there is only one annual vintage, after all – decades are needed for patterns of strength to become boldly distinct." I don’t always agree with Howard’s take on Long Island wines or wine in general (what fun would it be if I did?), but I am 100% on board with what he’s saying here. I’ve written several times both here and in my print outlets that some of my favorites Long Island reds are made from…

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In the interest of bringing the many faces and personalities of New York wine to my readers, I’ve decided to start doing bi-month (or so) posts about the amazing number of interesting, intelligent and supremely talented people in the New York wine world. For the first "bottling" I’ve chosen Lousia Thomas Hargrave, who I often call the "founding mother" of Long Island wine. She was the co-founder of Long Island’s first vineyard, Hargrave Vineyards, planting the first wine grapes on the North Fork in 1973. She is also a founder and a member emeritus of the Long Island Wine Council and is one of the most respected an influential people in our wine region. After 26 years running Hargrave Vineyard, she sold her winery in 1999 and became a writer, columnist, wine judge and consultant. She is the wine writer for the Suffolk Times and The News Review, and a…

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Route 48 on the North Fork is home to some of our region’s best wineries. Now, it shares a name with one of the newest. A year ago, Italian-born Rose Pipia purchased the former Bidwell Winery in Cutchogue, Long Island’s second oldest vineyard, and has renamed it Vineyard 48.                     I never liked Bidwell’s wines much, so this is great news. Pipia and her son, Joseph Pipia, the winery’s general manager, are obviously dedicated to turning the winery around, having hired some Long Island wine heavyweights to help exorcise the demons of bad Bidwell wines past. Steve Mudd of Mudd Vineyards has been brought in to get the vineyard healthy while Roman Roth of Wolffer Estate is serving as technical consultant to winemaker Mathew Berenz, formerly of Pindar Vineyards. Mr. Pipia, true to his family’s Old World roots, takes a very hands-on approach, taking…

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I have to apologize for the lack of wine reviews this week. Between my various birthday celebrations, the beginning of softball season and other work-related stuff, I’ve just not had much time for drinking…or taking notes about said drinks. I’d love to be able to tell you that I’ll catch up on that this weekend…but that would only be a half truth. I’ll be drinking alright…but few notes will be taken. I’ll be drinking…probably in excess…but it will be fun. I’m heading to Atlantic City Saturday morning with seven other guys…playing a round of golf, checking into the Borgata and then who the heck knows what will happen…all for my bachelor party. I hear there are some great restaurants at the Borgata…and a good wine bar. Maybe I can sneak away from the non-wine drinkers in the group as they gamble away all their money (I’m not a big gambler…

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It seems like there are new wine blogs popping up every single day. I’m afraid that my "Wine Blogs" list on this site is a bit behind and outdated. So, if you have a wine blog and would like to be added, shoot me an email and give me a nudge. Thanks to Tom from Fermentations, I came upon winewaves this morning…a great wine blog that focuses on tasting notes. Some nice camera work too. If only Jerry reviewed some NY wines…it’d be perfect. Check it out.

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Despite some Long Island Railroad issues and slow subway service that resulted in us getting home just before 3 a.m., Nena and I had a great time at Windows On Long Island last night, at Capitale in Manhattan. The space there is gorgeous. The food was inventive and delicious. And, as expected, the wine was great as well. So where’s the pictures? That’s a fair question, but, as much as I love my digital camera…it has one serious design flaw. You actually need a memory card in it for it to work. And, well…I forget the stupid card. No pictures…which disappointed Nena because she wanted a picture with the foodie from Queer Eye For the Straight Guy and Anita Lo of Annisa (and Iron Chef America). Nena loves celebs…that’s for sure. Next year, I hope to gather some friends and get them to go to the event as well…it was…