A Week of Few Posts

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…

Mother’s Day in Long Island Wine Country


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…

WANTED: New York Area Wine Tasters

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.

Merlot vs. Cabernet Franc…Which Will Take Long Island Wine to the Promised Land?


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…

10 Sips…With Louisa Thomas Hargrave


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…

New Wines From Old Vines at Vineyard 48


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…

Warning: Probable Drinking…In Excess


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…

Catch the Waves…Winewaves That Is


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.

Windows On Long Island


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…