2005 Food Blog Awards — LENNDEVOURS is a Nominee

It’s that time of year again, head on over to Accidental Hedonist and vote for your favorite food (and wine *hint hint*) blogs for 2005. I’ve been nominated again this year in the Best Blog Covering Wine, Beer and Spirits category, but the competition is fierce with personal favorites FERMENTATION and Vinography nominated along with Good Beer Blog and ScotchBlog. It’s an honor to be nominated…maybe one of us will unseat Alder this year. Kate and her awards team have done an amazing job of pulling this all together. Accidental Hedonist is one of my favorite blogs…and that is definitely…

WBW #17: Borthwick Vineyard 2003 Pinot Noir


When The CorkDork suggested Kiwi Reds for this, the 17th edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday, I thought it was a great idea. Personally, I had only tried one New Zealand red, a pinot noir from Spy Valley. I enjoyed it, so I was happy for the excuse to explore more. Well, it was much more difficult to find a wine to post about than I thought. Isn’t NZ supposed to be a fairly "hot" region for wines beyond sauvignon blanc? After visiting a few mediocre shops that didn’t have any wines that fit the bill, I headed to one that…

NYC Wine Classes by Dr. Vino


The good doctor, Dr. Vino that is, has just announced some new wine classes he’s offering in Manhattan. Doc knows his stuff, so I’m sure they are all worth checking out: January 25 at NYU (5 weeks)Blending Innovation and Tradition: Old World Wine RegionsRegister now February 2 at NYU (6 weeks)Becoming a Wine Expert: The Essentials of Wine Tasting Register nowMarch 23 at NYU (5 weeks)Blending Innovation and Tradition: New World Wine Regions Register now

Vote for the Wine Blogging Wednesday Logo

Don’t forget, today is Wine Blogging Wednesday, your opportunity to expand your wine knowledge and fun with wine lovers the world over. This month, we’re hosted by the Corkdork with Red Kiwi’s as the theme. (I’ll post about my wine tonight). A few months ago, I announced a little logo design contest for the event and the time has come to uncork the potential designs…and YOU GET TO VOTE FOR THE WINNER. I was going to put together a team of judges, but with only five entries, I thought it much more democratic to let "the people" speak and vote.…

Marjorie Deninger…COME ON DOWN


…you’re the winner of a Tour of Long Island Wine Country. That’s right, Pim has announced the winners of the Menu for Hope II raffle and you won my little contribution. Overall, the campaign raised just over $17,000 for victims of the recent Kashmir earthquake. Amazing and wonderful…thanks to Pim and to everyone else involved. Marjorie, please send me an email when you can so we can touch base and start planning your tour. Nena and I look forward to meeting you and your guest and I know that we’re going to have a great time on the East End.


Happy New Year faithful (and interant) readers. 2006 is finally here and it signals the end of what was quite an busy and event-filled year for me. I got married in 2005. Nena and I adopted Ben in 2005. And, we bought a house in 2005. Now that all of these big and joyous events have come and gone, it is my hope to spend more time in the new year enhancing both LENNDEVOURS and my other food and wine-related endeavors. Some people in my life (my parents, Nena…) would say that I’m a man of many ideas who doesn’t…

Ben Preparing for the Steelers Game Tomorrow


As his namesake, Ben Roethlisberger, is preparing for tomorrow’s win-and-you’re-in game against the Detroit Lions, LENNDEVOURS’ own Ben, Ben Roethlistbeagle is resting up too. As he sleeps, Nena and I prepare for our first mini-dinner party in our new casa. A simple, but classic menu of grilled strip steaks, homemade twice-baked potatoes and green beens wrapped in bacon await our friends Liz and John. To drink? More on that tomorrow…when the Steelers dominate the Lions as the blaze their way into the playoffs.

Checking in on the 2005 “Winery of the Year”


Last summer, Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards was named New York’s “Winery of the Year” at the 2005 New York Food and Wine Classic by winning seven medals, including two double golds, one gold, two silvers and two bronzes. Winemaker Adam Suprenant, a graduate of the much ballyhooed U.C. Davis enology program, was and is proud of the accomplishment, but he’s certainly not resting on his laurels. Wines from the 2001 vintage (and a 2004 rosé) earned the winery all those medals, but the winery’s first three 2002 releases, a cabernet franc, a reserve merlot and a 2002 edition of the “Flight”…

Computer Models to Weed Out Plonk?


Can a computer tell if a wine is good or bad? A professor from Carnegie Mellon University (where I went to graduate school) seems to think it’s possible. He’s focusing on yeast and its behavior and hopes to" "…help vintners avoid "stuck batches" – batches that spoil and are thrown away when fermentation stalls, leaving too much sugar. Biegler hopes to make winemaking more efficient, consistent and, ultimately, profitable. Similar computerized systems are routinely used at chemical plants, oil refineries and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, he said." Obviously, one can debate the merits of "consistent" wine…but this kind of scientific investigation…

Wanna Win Some Wine?


If you do, head over to Dr. Vino’s blog, named one of the seven best by Food & Wine Magazine, and take his 2005 Year End Wine Quiz. If you win, you could one of a handful of great prizes, including a case of wine. So, if you like wine (and I know you do) take the quiz and show off your knowledge…you just might wine some vino from Dr. Vino.