Posts Written OnJanuary 11, 2008

Long Island Wine Needs a Book. And I’m the Man to Write it.

I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a book about Long Island wine for some time. But, between buying a house a couple years back, having a baby, etc. I just haven’t had the time. Okay, who am I kidding? I could have made it a priority, but just didn’t. But, as I look around at the region, there is a dire need for a tome that gives Long Island wine country its due. One that touches on the history, focuses on the present and looks to the future. A book that talks about what makes Long Island unique…

Menu for Hope: Congrats to Alison Violano and Paul Cardillo

The winners for this years Menu for Hope raffle have been announced over at Chez Pim. Congratulations all the winners, and in particular the two LENNDEVOURS lot winners: Alison Violano, who won WB19, the Long Island Cabernet Franc Three Pack. Paul J. Cardillo, who won WB20, A Romantic Getaway for Long Island Wine Lovers. Alison and Paul, please email me at and we’ll arrange pickup or me shipping your prizes to you.

Roanoke Vineyards: The North Fork’s Boutique Winery

Of late, it seems as if "boutique" has overtaken "award-winning" as the most overused way to describe a winery. There are other annoying, overused wine words too, but let’s focus on "boutique" today. defines "boutique" as an adjective meaning "of, designating, or characteristic of a small, exclusive producer or business." Of course, even in the wine world, this definition means little without proper context. There are some California wineries that consider themselves boutique that dwarf even Long Island’s biggest producers. While exclusivity is a crux of the official definition, it doesn’t really mean much either. If a winery only…