Category Archives: Long Island

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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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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The People of Wine Country: Getting to Know….Scott Sandell

It’s been a while since I posted a getting to know you, the last two were with winemakers.  I wanted to take this in a different direction and include some folk that work behind the scenes and may not get … Continue reading

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A Visit to Bedell Cellars

A while back I finally had the opportunity to meet up with Rich Olsen-Harbich, the new winemaker at Bedell Cellars.  I was interested to catch up with Rich, since this was the first time I had a chance to meet … Continue reading

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Pindar Vineyards 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

It is officially summer on Long Island and that means you will find Sauvignon Blanc or Rose in my glass.  You might see me squeeze in a Cabernet Franc here and or a Chardonnay there, but it all depends on … Continue reading

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Martha Clara Vineyards 2009 “66:34” Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc Blend

Martha Clara Vineyards  does really cool things for their wine club members.  Sure they get a discount, sure they get invited to release parties, but the wines they offer to their wine club members is what makes it all the … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, Blended Wine, Long Island, Martha Clara, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, White Wine | 2 Comments

Palmer Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

  Palmer Vineyards on Sound Avenue in Aquebogue can be an under the radar winery. Owned by the late Robert Palmer’s family he marketed Palmer Vineyards and made it a brand.  Since Miguel Martin, the Spanish-born and talented winemaker at Palmer … Continue reading

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Shinn Estate Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc

Shinn Estate Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc was one of the best Cabernet Franc’s I have ever had.  A “benchmark” wine is a description that was tossed around in various wine circles.  When the 2007 Cabernet Franc sold out, I thought … Continue reading

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Pindar Vineyards 2008 Syrah

For a while now, I have tried to get into this little grape known as Syrah.  There is not too much Syrah here on Long Island, only about a handful of producers locally that bottle it. Most times when looking … Continue reading

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Shinn Estate Vineyards 2009 “Haven”

Sauvignon Blanc is slowly becoming the white wine of Long Island.  There are some vineyards across the Island that are doing interesting things with Sauvignon Blanc.  Some are making White Bordeaux blend.  Some are blending it with Chardonnay, some are … Continue reading

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Wine Tasting Charity Event sponsored by New York Cork Report, Peconic Bay Winery and Lacrosse for Autism

On Saturday, April 30th from 1-4 pm, my friend and brethren in wine Lenn Thompson, is organizing a charity wine tasting event that will benefit The Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Stony Brook University.  He has partnered … Continue reading

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Smacked Around At The “Smackdown”

One and done. Stumped by a local wine.  My head hung low and I walked away with my tail between my legs. Last weekend at Roanoke Vineyards, they held their “March Madness Smackdown Tournament”  This was the third Smackdown I … Continue reading

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Tasting the Future: Shinn Estate Vineyards Shinn-Dig

A few weeks ago — OK about a month ago, Shinn Estate Vineyards in Mattituck held their 7th Annual “Shinn-Dig”  This is an opportunity for the Shinn Estate Vineyards extended family — those that support them and buy their wine’s throughout the … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, 2010, Barrel Tasting, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvigon, Chardonnay, Event, Future Releases, Long Island, Merlot, Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Shinn Estate Vieyard | 3 Comments