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2010 Harvest Update: Chardonnay for Sparkling at Paumanok Vineyards

Date: Wed, Sep 1, 2010 Wine Tasting

Harvest is underway at Paumanok Vineyards on the North Fork where winemaker Kareem Massoud reports that they hand picked 2.67 tons of chardonnay for sparkling wine on August 28. "Brix came in right where we want it for bubbly: 18.5....

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Channing Daughters Winery 2008 Sylvanus Vineyard Tocai Friulano

Date: Wed, Sep 1, 2010 Wine Tasting

I can count on one hand the number of varietal Tocai Friulano's being produced in New York -- and two of them come from Long Island's Channing Daughters Winery. Long a maker of as single Tocai, winemaker Christopher Tracy made...

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What We Drank (August 30, 2010)

Date: Tue, Aug 31, 2010 Wine Tasting

This is what we've been drinking... Evan Dawson: Chateau Montaud 2009 Cotes de Provence Rose For $8, this wine is an absurd value. For its regular list price of $12, it's still very, very good. I picked it up on...

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Will Hurricane Earl Hit Long Island Wine Country?

Date: Mon, Aug 30, 2010 Wine Tasting

By any measure, the 2010 growing season has been an outstanding one for Long Island grape growers. Across the island, I'm hearing reports from vineyard folks saying that the grapes are anywhere from 10-20 days ahead of schedule. They're further...

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The Science of Biodynamics, Part 3: Organic Viticulture in Long Island

Date: Fri, Aug 27, 2010 Wine Tasting

An earthworm heads back into the soil (source: schizoform on Flickr) I think we can all agree that sustainability in viticulture is important. I mentioned in my first post that our discussion about the science of biodynamics cannot leave out...

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Middle Ages Brewing Company Druid Fluid

Date: Fri, Aug 27, 2010 Wine Tasting

I credit our science editor, Tom Mansell, for putting me firmly in a barleywine-craving mood with his What We Drank this week. The powerful, intense style is gloriously complex and balanced when done right, and the perfect answer to a...

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Long Island Merlot Alliance 2007 Merliance

Date: Thu, Aug 26, 2010 Wine Tasting

The Long Island Merlot Alliance (LIMA) was formed in 2005 with the goal of developing quality standards in the production of Long Island merlot and to establish Long Island as the leading region for merlot in the New World. To...

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The New York Cork Club's August 2010 Selections

Date: Thu, Aug 26, 2010 Wine Tasting

It's still summer and this month's New York Cork Club selections reflect my still-strong preference for white wines this time year. They are Lieb Family Cellars 2008 Pinot Blanc and Red Tail Ridge Winery 2008 Dry Riesling. If you haven't...

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Hudson-Chatham Winery 2009 Empire Reserve White

Date: Thu, Aug 26, 2010 Wine Tasting

It was almost a year ago that I wrote about Empire Red, a new wine from Hudson-Chatham Winery that combines the key three red grapes -- baco noir, merlot and cabernet franc -- from each of New York's largest wine...

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What We Drank (August 24, 2010)

Date: Wed, Aug 25, 2010 Wine Tasting

Evan Dawson: Pichon Lalande 1975 Pauillac We wanted to open something special with a friend on a recent visit, and we're fortunate to have a local source for excellently stored aged Bordeaux. The most fascinating aspect came in wondering whether...

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Catapano Dairy Farm Fresh Chevre

Date: Wed, Aug 25, 2010 Wine Tasting

One of the things I look forward to the most during the in spring and summer months is the abundance of fresh chevre that is available. The bright and creamy texture coupled with basil, heirloom tomatoes, and a grind of...

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Peconic Bay Winery Goes Solar

Date: Wed, Aug 25, 2010 Wine Tasting

One of three solar panels recently installed at Peconic Bay Winery (Photo courtesy of Peconic Bay Winery) Peconic Bay Winery's new solar panels aren't the first in wine country, but they are among the largest. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony this...

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We Won't Participate as Judges in Wine Competitions: Here's Why

Date: Tue, Aug 24, 2010 Wine Tasting

Just a few wines to be tasted at this years Indy International Wine Competition Photo courtesy of Dave Falchek It's official. We are done judging big, blind, medal-focused wine competitions. We did not arrive at this position without much thought...

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Freedom Run Winery 2007 Estate Pinot Noir

Date: Tue, Aug 24, 2010 Wine Tasting

If Long Island has merlot and the Finger Lakes have riesling, then the Niagara U.S.A. region just might have pinot noir. It's of course way too early in this budding region's development to anoint any single grape as royalty, but...

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