Long Island Wine Country Winter Festival — February 2006

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Until last weekend it wasn’t obvious, but winter is upon us. And while most of the farm stands are boarded up for the season, just about all of Long Island’s East End wineries, bed and breakfasts, and restaurants remain open. Believe it or not, this is one of the best times to visit Long Island wine country. The summer crowds are a memory, the rush of harvest season is over and the 2005 vintage is resting comfortably in barrels and bottles before release. Tasting room staff can spend more time with you, it’s easier to get a reservation at the…

Steelers vs. Broncos for the AFC Championship

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This post has absolutely nothing to do with food or wine — at least not directly — but I’ve been far too silent as my beloved Steelers march on in the NFL playoffs. Heading into the playoffs, I was luke-warmly confident, despite my often blind faith in the black and gold. We had a great year (yes, I always speak as if I’m on the team) but there were some missteps along the way…and there are some damn good teams in the AFC. But, after watching them demoralize the Cincy Bungles (sorry Jens, and that wasn’t a dirty hit) and…

Salmon Run 2002 Meritage (Finger Lakes)

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Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars is one of the best-known wineries in New York’s Finger Lakes region — mostly because their rieslings are top notch and among the best (if not they best) produced in the U.S. Salmon Run is Dr. Frank’s second label and the bottlings top out at about $13 per bottle, making them among the best every day drinking values I’ve encountered. This Salmon Run 2002 Meritage ($13) is a blend of merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon, and while I couldn’t dig up any information on where the grapes came from, listing "New York" on…

New Blog: Walk the Wine

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As Tom mentions, the number of new wine blogs is "daunting." It’s seemingly impossible for me to add any new blogs to my list of usual reads. But, on his suggestion I clicked on over to Walk the Wine. It’s going to work it’s way into my regular reading routine. Plus, JD is just across the Long Island Sound from me in CT and has links to the Connecticut Wine Trail. Perhaps we’ll do some tasting together one day after a short ferry ride. So go over and see what JD has going on…and add him to your must-read list.…

Wine Blogging Wednesday #18 Announced

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Today, the good doctor himself, Dr. Vino, has announced Wine Blogging Wednesday #18. And, he’s decided to take us in a slightly different direction. Instead of asking us to seek out a particular wine, which could have led us down the path of pink Champagne or some other Valentine’s Day cliche, he’s tasked us with writing about one of our favorite wine shops…a wine shop that feels the love. Of course, for those of us you that just need to drink for WBW, he’s also added a bonus round: review a bottle of value wine that a member of the…

And the Winner Is…

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It is with great pleasure that I announce and introduce the winning logo in the Wine Blogging Wednesday logo contest, designed and submitted by Chris over at Drink Some Wine. Congratulations to Chris and thanks to all of you who voted. I’m going to work with Chris to fine tune the logo…so hopefully we’ll have the “final” version soon. Now, keep an eye out for an annoucement for February’s vintage of Wine Blogging Wednesday…

Off to Vermont

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This afternoon, Nena and I are heading to Killington, Vermont for a long weekend with friends. Of the six people going, only two ski (I’m not one of them) but we’re certain to have a great time in the winter wonderland. So, there probably won’t be much activity on LENNDEVOURS until Tuesday. But, you should definitely take my New York Wine Survey while I’m gone. Take it now.

New York Wine Country Coverage Survey

For those of us who love New York wines, it can be frustrating to find good, in-depth information about them — particularly if you live in the Finger Lakes and want Long Island information (or vice versa). Each region has it’s own publications that cover wine (some very little, some quite a bit) but all of the wine-focused publications are 100% ad supported (often filled with ads paid for by wineries). I had the idea recently to create an extension of LENNDEVOURS that will cover ALL of the wines and wine regions of New York and deliver them to you…

Ternhaven Cellars Garagiste Closing His Doors

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Harold Watts, 73, Ternhaven Cellars’ founder, owner and winemaker, has sold his five-acre vineyard in Cutchogue to someone who is expected to build a house there and keep the acreage planted in vines. He’s keeping his property and winery in Greenport, but isn’t planning on making wine anymore. As I wrote last July, Harold is one of Long Island’s true garagistes. For more information (but not much) check out this piece in Newsday. (I like seeing that Mr. Harrington refers to Harold as a garagiste six months after I did). Stay tuned for an interview with Harold…I’m trying to track…