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Outer Coastal Plain Piece at Appellation America


I know that you guys probably think that I never write about anything that isn’t New York related. That’s simply not true. Today on Appellation America they’ve published a feature that I wrote that has nothing to do with New York. In fact, it’s about a new AVA alllll the way in…New Jersey. I also got to taste a few different wines from that region in the Garden State. And while a couple weren’t worth mentioning, one was really impressive. So, head on over and check it out. And, Long Island actually did creep into the story. Sorry guys.

Interview with Rich Pisacano at Appellation America


This week on Appellation America, I interview Richie Pisacano, vineyard manager for Wollfer Estate Vineyards in the Hamptons and co-owner (with his wife Soraya) of one of my favorite North Fork producers, Roanoke Vineyards. Richie has been growing grapes on Long Island for quite a while now and has seen a lot in his time doing so. He’s also always a good interview because of his unwavering honesty. During the interview, we talked about the differences between growing grapes on the South and North Forks, how local wine growers have honed their craft and also Richie’s assertion that terroir may…

Appellation America in the New York Times


In today’s New York Times, wine guru (and fellow blogger) Eric Asimov writes about a website near and dear to my own heart, Appellation America. The story is a nice one and I’m glad to see AppAm get the press and publicity. Eric discusses several good points in the piece, but two stand out to me: American’s don’t think of "place" right now Maybe American wine regions shouldn’t compare themselves to others Both are certainly true in my mind. Of course, I know plenty of people who buy wine by region (even U.S. region) but they are wine geeks, not…

Talking Sustainable with David Page, co-owner Shinn Estate Vineyards


I’ve long been a fan of Shinn Estate Vineyards, not only because of their wines but also because of their dedication to sustainable farming and push towards near-complete organic viticulture. Today on Appellation America, you can find an interview that I conducted recently with co-owner David Page. We touch on a wide range of topics, including their new estate winery, new winemaker, organic and biodynamic farming techniques, the Long Island Merlot Alliance and their push for highly aromatic wines. Read the interview and let me know what you think. And, please let me know if there are any members of…

Two Long Island Wines in Appellation America’s Top Ten Wines of 2006

Appellation America’s Regional Correspondents (myself included), embarked on a year-long search through North America’s widely diverse wine growing regions and discovered some most interesting palette pleasers, representing a style of winemaking focused primarily on "taste of place." There are many unique winemaking styles from when and how to press grapes, to the selection of fermentation yeasts, and temperatures. Appellation America’s Regional Correspondents, all widely respected wine journalists based throughout the nation, focused their Wine Recommendations on a style of wine making unique to the wine-growing region itself-its history, micro-climate, or terrior. The purpose of this list is not to dictate…

WTN: Bedell Cellars 2005 Gallery (White Blend)


This week on Appellation America, I have recommended a white wine that I think captures the unique terroir of Long Island’s North Fork as well as any I’ve tasted. 2005 Bedell Gallery ($45), from Bedell Cellars is a complex, richly textured blend of 52% chardonnay, 32% sauvignon blanc and 16% viognier. This is a unique blend for the North Fork, or most anywhere else for that matter. Five separate lots of chardonnay were barrel fermented in French oak with primarily native yeast, and were blended with the viognier and sauvignon blanc. Pale straw yellow in the glass, the aromas immediately…

WTN: Macari Vineyards 2006 Early Wine (North Fork of Long Island)


Le Chardonnay Nouveau est arrivé! That’s right — Chardonnay Nouveau, not Beaujolais Nouveau. Every fall, there is an unbelievable (and unwarranted) amount of hype surrounding Beaujolais Nouveau, the ubiquitous red wine made from Gamay in the Beaujolais region of France that is sold almost as soon as it’s done fermenting. It’s marketed well — very well — as a ‘fresh’ wine and we’ll soon seen bottles in all of our wine shops. Some people even consider it the perfect Thanksgiving wine. I don’t care for the stuff and it’s been years since I made my friends and family drink it…

Appellation America: Riesling’s Rebirth


Dan Berger, Appellation America’s Editor-at-Large, wrote a great little piece last week about riesling’s rebirth in America. Riesling is, by far, my favorite white grape and he mentions some of my favorite Finger Lakes producers — Fox Run and Dr. Konstantin Frank. I thought the story had a little too much California in it — I’ve never had a Cali riesling I’ve liked — but Dan brought it back into focus with mentions of the Pacific Northwest, Michigan and, of course, New York. Check out the story and keep an eye out here for more information on Michigan riesling. They…

This Week On Appellation America (10/19/06)


This week on Appellation America, you can read my recommendations for two chardonnays made by Roman Roth at Wolffer Estate — a 2003 Reserve Chardonnay ($20) that shows nice balance and a stellar 2005 Late Harvest Chardonnay ($37) that should be good for another decade or five. Soon, they will also be publishing a Q&A I did with Raphael’s Richard Olsen-Harbich, who is also a LENNDEVOURS contributor. Rich has been working in the local wine industry for nearly three decades and actually authored the three local AVAs: Long Island, North Fork of Long Island, and Hamptons, Long Island. Appellation America…

This Week On Appellation America (9/29/06)


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…