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Chardonnay is the most-planted variety on Long Island. Just about every winery makes it at least one bottling, and many have several. Just because it’s the most planted, however, doesn’t mean it’s what the region does best. In fact, in general, I think there is a lot of bad Chardonnay made here (but that’s true of many other regions too, right?) If you’ve been reading LENNDEVOURS long, you’ve probably seen me use "Long Island-style Chardonnay" to describe some of the better ones. They aren’t quite as crisp or minerally as the best white Burgundies, but they aren’t flabby, buttered-oak California…

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Continueing on with my review of Martha Clara Vineyards’ recent and upcoming releases, we move onto my favorite of the whites, the 2003 Estate Reserve Gewürztraminer. 100% estate grown, the vines produced less than two tons per acre. The ripest grapes were hand harvested and meticulously sorted to ensure that only the best ones were used. They were pressed gently and the juice was immediately chilled to 50˚F. After settling, it was fermented at 55˚F in steel tanks leaving  less than 1% residual sugar (12.7% alcohol by volume). Only 75 cases were made.  Eyes: Bright lemon yellow Nose: Nicely aromatic…

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Next Tuesday (the 26th) I turn 30, and because Nena is so wonderful, she’s respected my wishes and hasn’t planned some huge bash. That’s just not my style on my birthday. Instead, she’s planned a trip somewhere for the weekend…just the two of us, which is something we don’t do often enough. But, she won’t tell me where we’re going. All she’s told me is that we can’t be out too late Friday night at happy hour with friends (also for my birthday) because we need to be up at 7 a.m. to drive to the airport. On my birthday…

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Over the next few days, you’ll be reading a lot about Martha Clara Vineyards’ wine here on LENNDEVOURS because I’ve sampled eight of their recent and upcoming releases in the last week or so (for a column on them). Martha Clara Winery’s owner, Robert Entenmann, named his wine making venture after his mother, Martha Clara Entenmann in 1995. You might be asking yourself why Entenmann sounds familiar…well that’s because these are the same Entenmanns that deliver baked goods to the "end of the aisle" at your local grocery store. Actually, the family sold the bakery business in 1978, and moved…

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I don’t claim to have any real photography skills, but I do usually take my own pictures for my Dan’s Papers column. I’m working on a round-up of Martha Clara Vineyards’ recently released and soon-to-be released wines…and I think this is the one that will run with it. I like it, so I thought I’d share.  

JULY 2006 UPDATE: Both Great Rock Golf Club and Blackwells have new ownership and management. As such, this review may not reflect current the current dining experience. I’ve only eaten at Blackwell’s once since new management took over, so I don’t feel like a new review would be a good one. However, the food, service and overall experience was a million times better. I’d recommend Blackwell’s again without reservation. Once I’ve eaten there at least one more time, I’ll write a new review.   Last summer, I wrote a review of Blackwells Restaurant in Wading River, NY. I thought the…

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Getting sick of the red-themed WBWs? I know some are…so next month we’re gonna keep things a bit ligther with May’s WBW host, the always entertaining Sam of Becks & Posh. After three straight editions with red wines as the theme, it’s spring…so rosé is our theme for Wednesday, May 11th. With so many new roses coming out on Long Island in the next few weeks (2004 vintage), chances are I’ll be ‘forced’ to drink more than one. This should be a fun edition of WBW…so start looking for your pink drinks! Any questions…ask Sam…she’s running the show this time!

(This column originally appeared in the 4/15/05 issue of Dan’s Papers) Spring is here and now that we’ve all at least started our spring yard work, it’s time to put aside our chores and relieve some of that cabin fever we’ve all been feeling. I’m sure it will come as no surprise that I think there’s no better way to enjoy a spring afternoon than a trip to the wineries. Whether you’re new to visiting winery tasting rooms or a seasoned vet, here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your trip. Choose a Designated…

Well folks, another vintage of Wine Blogging Wednesday has come and gone…and wasn’t it fun? All told,  26 wines were reviewed…with generally positive results. I don’t think I’m alone in my plan to look to Sicilian wine more often…especially with Italian food! I’d like to thank Ron and Katia of the appropriately named blog Love Sicily for hosting the virtual event. To see the full round-up, visit their blog. For May’s edition…keep an eye on your favorite San Francisco-based blogs. I’m not going to tell you who’s hosting just yet…but I’m glad to have her on board.