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2010 Long Island Harvest is Underway: Pinot Noir for Sparkling Wine at Macari Vineyards

Date: Mon, Aug 23, 2010 Wine Tasting

Photo courtesy of Kelly Urbanik, winemaker at Macari Vineyards

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Reminder: Angelman Syndrome Benefit at Roanoke Vineyards, September 12

Date: Mon, Aug 23, 2010 Wine Tasting

Don't forget about our Angelman Syndrome benefit at Roanoke Vineyards on September 12. You can learn more aobut Angelman Syndrome but there isn't a cure today and as with many other syndromes, diseases and disorders, there is never enough money...

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Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weiss

Date: Mon, Aug 23, 2010 Wine Tasting

This is one of two collaboration beers between brewers Hans-Peter Drexler of legendary Bavarian brewery Schneider and Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver. The version with the Brooklyn label is widely available but I found a Schneider label bottle and had...

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Op-Ed: Towns, Don't Crush the Grape Growers (Ron Goerler, Jr. and Steve Bate, Long Island Wine Council)

Date: Sun, Aug 22, 2010 Wine Tasting

Editor's Note: I touched on some building friction between local wineries and local governments a few weeks ago, but rather than write more about it myself, I asked Steve Bate, director of the Long Island Wine Council to write an...

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Blue Point Brews For the Birds

Date: Fri, Aug 20, 2010 Wine Tasting

There's still at least one "BP" that isn't destroying the world. Blue Point Brewing Company, creators of multi-award-winning Toasted Lager, has responded to the Gulf oil spill disaster the best way they know how: by crafting a beer dedicated to...

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The Science of Biodynamics, Part 2: Moonstones OR Gravitas Vos Liberabit

Date: Thu, Aug 19, 2010 Wine Tasting

The phases of a lunar eclipse, by tizianoj at Flickr A key tenet of biodynamics is the influence of celestial bodies (e.g., the sun, moon, and planets) on agriculture. While no one will deny the influence of the sun, it's...

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Is This the Best Wine in New York State?

Date: Wed, Aug 18, 2010 Wine Tasting

By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor The 2010 Governor's Cup award did not go to a Long Island red, or a Finger Lakes riesling. It went to a sparkling riesling, and a sweet one at that. For the second time in...

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This Might Be the Weirdest Wine List Ever

Date: Tue, Aug 17, 2010 Wine Tasting

By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor My wife and I had lunch at the Village Tavern in Hammondsport on Tuesday, and we encountered a mind-bending wine list. The Tavern is well known for its long selection of aged Finger Lakes...

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What We Drank (August 17, 2010)

Date: Tue, Aug 17, 2010 Wine Tasting

Evan Dawson: Cab Franc showdown (Domaine des Ouches 2005 Bourguiel and Red Newt Cellars 2005 Cabernet Franc) It's always enlightening to compare, and this was a nice little linear comparison: Cabernet Franc from its sweet spot in France and Cabernet...

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Swedish Hill Winery 2009 Dry Riesling

Date: Tue, Aug 17, 2010 Wine Tasting

Not all that many have hit tasting room lists or store shelves yet, but if the early returns are any indication, 2009 may prove another great year for Finger Lakes riesling. Swedish Hill Winery winemaker Ian Barry makes a lot...

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Looking back at the Niagara Wine & Culinary Festival

Date: Mon, Aug 16, 2010 Wine Tasting

Two weeks ago the Niagara Wine Trail hosted its second annual Niagara Wine and Culianry Festival at Artpark in Lewiston, NY, welcoming close to 1,100 guests to taste local wine and eat local food during a weekend that saw perfect...

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The New York Cork Report Tasting Table -- August 16, 2010

Date: Mon, Aug 16, 2010 Wine Tasting

These are some wines that have crossed the NYCR tasting table recently but will not be reviewed as part of a stand-alone post. As always, these are notes almost verbatim from my tasting notebook: Atwater Estate Vineyards 2008 Big Blend...

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Vineyard Visuals: Merlot Veraison at Vineyard 48

Date: Mon, Aug 16, 2010 Wine Tasting

Photo courtesy of Vineyard 48 According to winemaker Matt Berenz "I'd say we are 2-2 1/2 weeks ahead this year. I can see us bringing in riesling around mid-September"

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The Science of Biodynamics, Part 1: Ground Rules

Date: Thu, Aug 12, 2010 Wine Tasting

Back when I was first getting into wine, I was shopping at Red Feet Wine Market, an Ithaca boutique wine shop. I noticed that some of their shelftalkers had little stickers (seen above) with the letters "O", "S"or "B". Having...

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