Author Archives: Michael Gorton, Jr.

About Michael Gorton, Jr.

I am a Licensed Funeral Director who is having a love affair with Long Island Wine and the people that make Long Island wine so special. I am married to my wife Melissa and live in Rocky Point. Our first son Gabriel Noel was born on July 27, 2010. We have three cats and one dog.

Clovis Point 2005 Merlot

Clovis Point Vineyards in Jamesport on Route 25 was always a vineyard that we would either hit or miss.  It has nothing to do with their wines, for some reason we would drive right past it. We have had great … Continue reading

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It’s Drink Regional Wine Week!

Just in case you did not know, On Sunday October 9th kicked off the 4th annual Drink Regional Wine.  It runs through OCtober 15th. What’s”Drink Regional Wine Week” you ask?  Well this sums it up best.  It was started 4 … Continue reading

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Martha Clara Vineyards 2007 Clusters

Martha Clara Vineyards introduced us to a new dessert, port style wine.  Ciel has been around for years, but with the ripe highly regarded 2007 vintage, winemaker Juan E. Micieli-Martinez wanted to make a port style wine with some of … Continue reading

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Shinn Estate Vineyards 2008 Wild Boar Doe

Year in and year out this is one, if not my favorite offering’s from Shinn Estate Vineyards in Mattituck.  A play on words, it pays homage to the Bordeaux varieties. In this offering it brings 40% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, … Continue reading

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Raphael Vineyards 2010 “First Label’ Sauvignon Blanc

A few weeks back I talked about Raphael Vineyards 2010 estate Sauvignon Blanc.  This time I want to talk about their other Sauvignon blanc.  The one made from older vines that were planted when Raphael began in 1998 from the … Continue reading

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Martha Clara Vineyards 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

I know what you are thinking — It’s September, why am I talking Sauvignon Blanc? Well, I got a little backlogged and since we are in a bit of an Indian Summer, I still felt this was perfect for this … Continue reading

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Waters Crest Winery 2009 Late Harvest Night Watch

Last week I talked about how sparkling wine does not get its due respect here.  The same can be said for dessert wines here on my blog.  It’s not that I don’t like them, I just don’t seem to drink … Continue reading

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Raphael Vineyards 2010 Rosé of Merlot

When one looks at a Rosé  bottle one might think that a Rosé  is a wine for your grandma, that person who is looking for an off dry wine or one who thinks adding ice to wine is ok. This Rosé … Continue reading

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Bedell Cellars 2006 Blanc de Blancs

There is just not enough sparkling wine on my blog. I really like sparkling wine, but I, like most, only drink sparkling wine on special occasions. We all should change that. It is a wine, it just has some bubbles. … Continue reading

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Raphael 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

When Les Howard, Raphael’s new winemaker, arrived from Pindar Vineyards in August of last year, he had about just enough time to go over the barrel cellar before the first bins of fruit were being harvested. Les could not wait … Continue reading

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Riesling Tasting at Martha Clara Vineyards August 26th

Martha Clara Vineyards recently received some huge press thanks to their Estate Reserve Riesling that won top prize at the Annual Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association Competition last month in Haymarket, VA.  The wine was the highest rated out of 560+ wines … Continue reading

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Bedell Cellars 2009 First Crush (White)

Bedell Cellers in Cutchogue,  one of Long Islands oldest vineyards, is one year into it tenure with one of Long Island’s most experienced winemakers, Rich Olsen Harbich.  His first offering at Bedell was the 2010 Taste Rose.  It was such … Continue reading

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Roanoke Vineyards Smackdown 4 Recap: The Audience Wins!

In the above photo, this is kinda what we were talking about when the first wine was poured at the Roanoke Vineyards 4th Smackdown: “…Ok.  There is no question this is a Riesling…” “…It’s young for sure…” “…I am leaning … Continue reading

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Paumanok Vineyards 2010 Dry Rosé

I got real behind on the blog recently and now I am trying to play catch-up.  You might see some posts of wines that have sold out and for that I apologize. This Rosé from Paumanok Vineyards sold out rather quickly. … Continue reading

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Getting Ready For a Smackdown

The very first time Roanoke Vineyards announced a Winemaker‘s Smackdown I was intreguied.  To taste wines blind with winemakers to see where their palate is compared to your palate is a treat in and  of it self. To taste wine … Continue reading

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Duck Walk Vineyards 2010 Rosé

  Last year was the first year that Duck Walk Vineyards produced a dry Rosé.  It sold out quickly and I never had a chance to taste it. This, Duck Walk Vineyards 2010 Rosé ($15) is Edward Lovaas’s, the assistant winemaker’s, … Continue reading

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