In recent weeks I’ve had several readers tell me that they’d like more "newsy" information here on LENNDEVOURS. With that in mind, I’m going to bring back the Sips and Slurps posts every Monday (or close to it) with little news tidbits that crossed my desk during the previous week.

To any members of the New York wine industry who would like their news to be included, just send me an email.

This week’s Sips and Slurps:

  • Paumanok Vineyards’ 2007 Chenin Blanc was featured in Lettie Teague’s most recent Food and Wine Magazine piece about buying wines from great vintages. I’ve enjoyed several bottles of this over the past month or so. You can read my review here.
  • Several Finger Lakes wines were scored the latest issue of the Wine Specator. As I’ve come to expect because of WS’s poorly conceived ‘blind’ tasting process, none of them broke the 90-point barrier. The top scores were awarded to Wagner Vineyards’ 2006 Vidal Ice Wine (89), Anthony Road Wine’s 2007 Semi-Dry Riesling (88), Lamoreaux Landing’s 2006 Semi-Dry Riesling (87), Red Newt Winery’s 2005 Cabernet Franc (87) and Rooster Hill’s 2007 Dry Riesling (87).
  • On a much brighter Finger Lakes note, Fox Run Vineyards has been chosen as one of the world’s top 100 wineries by Wine and Spirits Magazine. Owner Scott Osborne and winemaker Peter Bell are doing some great things up on Seneca Lake and it’s great to see a New York winery included on this list. The issue comes out on October 5.
  • Here on Long Island, Roanoke Vineyards’ 2004 Blend One was chosen as the wine of the week by Newsday. Get some while you can though… it goes into the library on August 24 and the 2005 bottling will be released the next day. The new vintage takes the Blend One in a new direction with the inclusion of a significant amount of malbec.