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I can’t help it. I have a sweet tooth…even if I’m not big into eating dessert (at least not compared to the future Mrs. LENNDEVOURS)..I love dessert…dessert wine that is. Macari Vineyards‘ Block E, a dessert wine made in an ice wine style, is one of my two or three favorite Long Island dessert wines. I picked up a bottle of their newly-released 2003 Block E a few weeks ago, and I have to say, it’s been torture not popping it open and polishing it off myself (mabye letting Nena have some). But, I was able to control myself…until our…

FERMENTATIONS, always an interesting read, recently annouced the Wine Blog Masti Awards, a list of awards focusing on wine blog mastheads. I’m proud that LENNDEVOURS won for the Best Use of Whimsical Type. Ironically enough, I’m planning a redesign of LENNDEVOURS in the coming months. Even if the current logo (which I did myself with my rudimentary skills) has gotten me this far, I have an actual designer working up a real logo for me.

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It should come as no surprise that April’s Wine Blogging Wednesday host, Ron of LoveSicily, is sticking with…well, Sicily for his them. Sicilian reds to be exact. WBW #8 is April 13th…so start scouring store shelves for a Sicilian Red. I’m sure we’ll get lots of Nero D’avola…which is actually a varietal I enjoy a lot. But, I’m guessing that a few people will come up with some non-Nero reds. As someone with partial Sicilian roots (25%)…this seems like a good excuse to learn more about vino in my homeland.

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(This column appeared in the 3/18/05 issue of Dan’s Papers) Michael Lynne, owner of Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue and Corey Creek Vineyards in Southold, wants to be the best. But not just the best on the North Fork or even in the U.S. He wants to be the best in the world. In early February, this commitment to making world-class wines led Lynne, whose “day job” is running New Line Cinema as co-Chairman and co-CEO, to hire Pascal Marty, formerly of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, as his consulting oenologist, and John Irving Levenberg, most recently at Paul Hobbs Winery in Napa…

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Though I’m only 25% Scotch-Irish by heritage…St. Patrick’s Day remains a favorite holiday. Shepard’s pie, corned beef and cabbage….Guiness! What’s not to love?!? This year, Nena and I won’t be hitting any Irish pubs or the like. Instead, we’re heading to our friend Lisa’s parent’s house for a menu meeting…because we’re catering her engagement party. I do know, however, that her mother picked up six pounds of corned beef…and I’m sure cabbage is on the menu as well. I’ll just have to get the Guiness on the way there. So raise a glass…and enjoy your evening. Just make it to…

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Carolyn of The Ultimate CA Wine Blog sent me a link to her latest project (well, this is the 2nd year for it, but you know what I mean) — a blog that gives you a vines-eye view of the vineyard life cycle. Check it out. Should be fun to watch. After all, a lot of winemakers say you really grown wine…not make it. I’ll have to do a comparison picture the next time I’m out at a Long Island vineyard. Let’s just say ours are still covered with snow at present time. Yes, you could say our growing season…

Tom over at Fermentations has started an interesting discussion on different rating systems. If you check out his post, you’ll see that I wrote a pretty lengthy comment about it. I won’t re-write it here, but this is something I consider often… Also, he points to Swirl & Sniff (whose rating system started him thinking)…it’s a nice site…check it out.

We started by tasting over a dozen Long Island Pink Wines…but, much to my (pleasant) surprise, members of the LENNDEVOURS tasting panel demanded some red wines the next time around! Who am I to object? That’s right…I’m no one. The people have spoken! The first event, with a over dozen people, was a bit of a logistical nightmare in our little beach bungalow of house, so this event is being scaled down…way down. In fact, we’re cutting it in half. We have seven people coming Saturday night at 6 p.m. For those of you not coming to this round, fear…

Whew. Last night’s vertical tasting of estate selection chardonnay at Wolffer Estate was an absolute blast and highly educational. I’ve got piles of notes that I need to wade through for a full post (along with some pictures) so stay tuned. Any time that you have the winemaker and the vineyard manager in the same room, it’s fascinating to hear both perspectives. I have to say, I was a little surprised when I walked it an the winemaker, Roman Roth, told me we’d be starting with a 1992 vintage. Conventional wisdom says we were in for some not-so-good wines early…

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. My first-ever LENNDEVOURS post was written 365 days ago. Yes faithful readers, LENNDEVOURS celebrates its first birthday today. What a year it’s been. What started out as an extension of my semi-defunct blog "Slingin’ Ink" has become nothing short of an obsession. Never did I think that this little blog would grow into something this fun and this important to me. I feel priviledged to be a part of the amazing food and wine blogging community. Every day it amazes me that so many talented, creative people share the same love of fine…