Monthly Archives: November 2009

Scarola Vineyards 2004 Merlot “Masseria”

Scarola Vineyards does not have a tasting room. Scarola Vineyards does not have a vineyard, per se. Scarola Vineyards dose have some of the best Merlot I have ever had! Frank Scarola is a small producer of wines here on Long Island.  … Continue reading

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Being Thankful

I started writing this a while back and found it hard to put into words.  I kept leaving it and going back to it time and time again.  I would look at it and not see the direction it was … Continue reading

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Schneider Vineyards “Le Breton” 2007 Cabernet Franc

Last week I reviewed Schneider Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot.  It was for Wine Blogging Wednesday and I kept it as close to the project as possible.  I did not go into a little of the background of Schneider … Continue reading

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Champagne, Chopin and Caviar at Pindar Vineyards

Monday,  I mentioned that I will be at Raphael for a release party on Sunday November 22.  Well, just across the street, well almost, Pindar Vineyards will be having their annual  Champagne, Chopin and Caviar event.  There will be tours … Continue reading

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What Wine to Pair with Your Thanksgiving Dinner?

This is a question that is posed every year to those who like wine, those who drink wine, those who make wine and those who sell wine.  So to answer a few e-mails that I have received on this issue … Continue reading

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Find your Muse – Wine Blogging Wednesday #63

This is only my 3rd Wine Blogging Wednesday and to say that I found this edition a breeze; that would be a lie.  To say that this edition was a challenging; well that would also be a lie. The wine … Continue reading

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La Tavola Release Event at Raphael

On Sunday November 22 Raphael will be releasing a new wine creation from their winemaker, Richard Olsen-Harbich.  You can expect to see me there, more than likely at the start of the event.  So if you are looking for something … Continue reading

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Raphael 2005 First Label Merlot

Since I have been doing this I have grown to realize that when it comes to Long Island Merlot, you have to first look at Raphael and their winemaker Richard Olsen-Harbich.  I have tasted quite a few Merlot, maybe not … Continue reading

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Pindar 2007 Cabernet Franc

When you think of Pindar, you may think of some sweet wines, a White Zinfandel type.  Or you may think of their Winter White, since it their number one selling wine.  And you know what, that’s fine.  As long as … Continue reading

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Making my first Vintage!

On Sunday was the start of a beautiful thing, my first vintage of Cabernet Franc.  Along with my parents and my cousin Melissa, we met at Raphael Vineyards around 9AM.  We were greeted by their winemaker, Richard Olsen-Harbich and Lenn … Continue reading

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Raphael 2002 First Label Merlot Quick Sip

This was a gift from Richard Olsen-Harbich, winemaker at Raphael, when I visited a while back.  I kind of forgot about this after looking through my notebook of tasting.  I did taste this with Rich in the tasting room, he … Continue reading

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A Vist to Pindar Part 2

This is part 2 of a 2 part post on my visit to Pindar Vineyards.  You can see the first part here. Melissa, Pindar, Les and myself walked in and the tasting room was busy…lots of business and people…very nice … Continue reading

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Raphael’s 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon gets 90 Points from Wine Spectator

I received some excellent news the other day from Melissa Martin at Raphael.  Below is a press release from Raphael about a score they received on their 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon.  This will be released to the public in Mid-December.  When It does … Continue reading

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