I don’t often write much about my Appellation America gig here on LENNDEVOURS. But, for those of you that don’t know, I’m the regional correspondant for both the Long Island and Hudson Valley regions.

What this means is that in addition to helping build appellation consciousness for the two regions, I’m responsble for tasting and recommending their wines as well. It’s hard work, but somebody has to do it, right? The cool thing is that editorial really drives the Appellation America site — a rarity in the wine media world to be sure.

Starting today, I’ll highlight my Appellation America wine recommendations for the week here on LENNDEVOURS, along with any feature stories that I’ve written or that others have written that I find interesting.

Pbw_05rieslingThis week, I only tasted two wines worthy of recommending — both from the North Fork of Long Island.

Merlot may be king on the North Fork, but some of the best wines are red blends (usually with cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon). Ternhaven Cellars’ 2001 Claret D’Alvah is one such blend. Well balanced and flavorful, it really represents the well-regarded 2001 vintage. Read my full review.

You know I love riesling, including those from the Finger Lakes. But, every now and then, a Long Island bottling grabs my attention. Peconic Bay Winery’s 2005 Riesling is one such wine. Riesling can be made in a variety of ways, but this one is a riesling for riesling lovers. Read my full review.

Appellation America is an interesting site. If you haven’t checked it out yet, do yourself a favor and do so.