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New York Cork Report 976 days ago

Pahrump Valley Winery One Of Vegas' Unexpected Perks

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When people think of Las Vegas, they think of gambling and poker tournaments. At present, tens of thousands of players from around the world are currently playing at the World Series of Poker. You can bet that very few of...

New York Cork Report 977 days ago

The New York Cork Report Tasting Table -- April 17, 2012

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor I keep trying to retire the "Tasting Table" series, but my recently chaotic day job along with the all-consuming reality of an infant and a 5-year old have once again reminded me that no matter...

New York Cork Report 978 days ago

Empire State Cellars Wine Club: May 2012 Selections

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor The May shipment of the Empire State Cellars Wine Club won't ship for a few weeks, but from now on, we're going to announce the selecitons at least a few weeks beforehand. That way, if...

New York Cork Report 978 days ago

TasteCamp 2012 in Northern Virginia is Just Around the Corner

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor The organizers of TasteCamp are gearing up for an exciting weekend of wine discovery that will bring some 40 bloggers and writers from all over the United States and Canada to Loudoun County and Northern...

New York Cork Report 979 days ago

Shinn Estate Vineyards 2008 Nine Barrels Merlot

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor With so many communication channels at our finger tips these days (Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.) it feels like I'm discussing local wines with people almost constantly. It's fun, but I've noticed something recently -- great...

New York Cork Report 984 days ago

Lake Erie Wine: The Importance of a First Impression

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By Tom Kane, Lake Erie Correspondent The importance of a first impression; as a new contributor, I understand it all too well… Will I be interesting, will I be informative, amusing, witty and knowledgeable…will I run out of adjectives? The...

New York Cork Report 984 days ago

Baco Noir Bud Break at Benmarl Winery

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Winemaker Matt Spacarelli sends this picture of baco noir bud break in Benmarl Winery's 50-year old estate baco vineyard.

New York Cork Report 984 days ago

3 Heads “The Common Man”

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By Mark Tichenor, Rochester Beer Correspondent Craft breweries make their bones by marketing big, unique beers to big, unique individuals. High alcohol levels, forceful flavors and innovative ingredients put many great brews on the map, but remain the characteristics of...

New York Cork Report 985 days ago

Standing Stone Vineyards Vertical Gewurztraminer Tasting: As Unique as the Grape

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By Rochelle Bilow, Finger Lakes Food Correspondent The wine tastings at Standing Stone Vineyards are hardly typical, but then again, owner and winemaker Marti Macinski isn’t your average wine industry professional. A former lawyer with a degree in piano performance...

New York Cork Report 986 days ago

Shmaltz Hop Manna

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor Selecting a beer called “Hop Manna” is about as close as I’ve come in years to celebrating Passover/Easter, but it had been too long since I’d had a Shmaltz Brewing Company (Saratoga Springs, NY, and...

New York Cork Report 986 days ago

Merlot Bud Break at Macari Vineyards (April 6, 2012)

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Assistant vineyard manager Eric Anderson snapped this picture in Macari Vineyards' merlot vineyard this morning.

New York Cork Report 989 days ago

A Trip to the West Side (of Keuka Lake)

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor Well, I’m once again the midst of my annual month-long break from alcohol –– but that doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy a trip to Finger Lakes wine country. In need of a road trip...

New York Cork Report 989 days ago

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Paumanok Vineyards Wine Dinner at Almond April 19

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The next Paumanok Vineyards wine dinner will be at Almond, in Bridgehampton, on Thursday, April 19. We are excited to pair Paumanok wines with the delicious Hamptons French bistro fare that chef Jason Weiner prepares at Almond. Wines served will...

New York Cork Report 989 days ago

Merlot Bud Break at Shinn Estate Vineyards (April 6, 2012)

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Photo courtesy of Shinn Estate Vineyards By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor What was mere speculation and conjecture just a few weeks ago is now a reality on the North Fork. Shinn Estate Vineyards' David Page sent me this photo this...

New York Cork Report 989 days ago

Artisanal Cheese Pairing Event at Peconic Bay Winery

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NYCR cheese editor, Aaron Estes, addressing the crowd at Peconic Bay Winery By Aaron Estes, Cheese Editor As a cheese geek I am continually preoccupied with the age-old question that plagues the majority of the cheese obsessed here in New...

New York Cork Report 990 days ago

Thoughts from a New Father: On Rhys, Riesling, and Teaching Kids to Respect Alcohol

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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor Our son Rhys was about 16 hours old when he tasted his first wine -- roughly a quarter of a drop of Champagne, sucked off the end of my pinky -- in our hospital room....

New York Cork Report 991 days ago

Cornell Announces North Country Trial Vineyard Tech Position

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By Todd Trzaskos, North Country Correspondent The Cornell Cooperative Extension Northeast NY Commercial Fruit Program has just announced an open position at the cold-hardy hybrid wine grape trial vineyard in Willsboro, NY. I’m well acquainted with the vineyard, having volunteered...

New York Cork Report 992 days ago

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Multi-Winery Sparkling Wine Dinner at Restaurant Mirabelle

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On Friday, April 13 four Long Island wineries -- Jamesport Vineyards, Lenz Winery, Sparkling Pointe and Wolffer Estate -- present "Long Island Sparkles" a sparkling wine dinner at Restaurant Mirabelle in Stony Brook, NY. For $80 (plus tax and gratuity)...

New York Cork Report 992 days ago

Chick Beer: Surprisingly Delicious

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor I recently wrote about a lovable though rather dive-y tavern for a local newspaper, and a reader wrote in with a complaint about the establishment’s (in her opinion) less-than-friendly bathrooms. She pointed out that “for...

New York Cork Report 994 days ago

Bedell Cellars 2010 Syrah

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich did some things differently during his first crush at Bedell Cellars in 2010. He brought his ambient yeast fermentations, of course, but he also made a couple blends by co-fermenting the grapes...

New York Cork Report 996 days ago

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Beer in Bellmore with Edible East End and Brooklyn Brewery

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Calling all Long Island beer aficionados. Edible East End and the Brooklyn Brewery invite you to craft beer bar Effin Gruven in Bellmore on Thursday, April 26, to try the latest Brewmaster Reserve release from the brewery—weeks before the public...

New York Cork Report 997 days ago

Kane to Cover Lake Erie Wine Region for NYCR

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor For years, we've wanted to find someone "on the ground" in the Lake Erie-Chautauqua region -- and we've finally found that person in Tom Kane. A native of Buffalo, (and its suburbs), Tom discovered New...

New York Cork Report 999 days ago

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Sparkling Pointe Presents Grower Sparkling Grand Tasting, April 21

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Grower Champagnes and sparkling wines are those produced by the same estate that owns the vineyards and grows the grapes. While the large Champagne houses may use grapes sourced from the entire Champagne Region producing large quantities of big name...

New York Cork Report 999 days ago

Across the Border: The Quest For the Holy Grail -- Ontario Pinot Noir

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By Bryan Calandrelli, Niagara Region Editor Perhaps it’s fitting that the first all-pinot-noir flight at this year’s Expert’s Tasting at Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) was named after Monty Python’s classic film. If transcendent pinot noir...

New York Cork Report 999 days ago

Villa Bellangelo: A California Family Brings New Ownership, New Winemaker, Lofty Goals and a Sense of History

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One of the old vines at Villa Bellangelo that purportedly date from 1866 By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor A small cluster of vines dating to 1866 is, one would assume, the proudly held evidence of some European estate's history. Given...

New York Cork Report 1000 days ago

Gerry Hayden Named James Beard Award "Best Chef, Northeast" Finalist

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor For the second year in row, Chef Gerry Hayden of The North Fork Table & Inn in Southold on the North Fork of Long Island is a finalist in the James Beard Foundation Awards as...

New York Cork Report 1004 days ago

Red Newt Cellars 2008 Glacier Ridge Vineyards Merlot

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Living on Long Island, I drink a fair amount of merlot. It's every where you look in wine country -- literally and figuratively. I don't need to look north to the Finger Lakes for merlot....

New York Cork Report 1005 days ago

April 5: NYCR Artisan Dinner with Anthony Nappa Wines at Orto

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor After taking a bit of a winter break, we're happy to announce the next in our series of New York Cork Report Artisan Dinners -- this one with Anthony Nappa Wines at Orto, Chef Eric...

New York Cork Report 1005 days ago

Saranac White IPA

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor You never know what’s going to shine in a blind tasting. That’s why it’s so important. Big-name beers from lauded breweries may actually be lackluster in a lineup, without the pomp and circumstance their fame...

New York Cork Report 1007 days ago

Empire State Cellars Wine Club: March 2012 Selections

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor The March shipment of the Empire State Cellars Wine Club will ship this week, so it's time to tell you about the picks. Admittedly, I had a little help with the wines this time around......

New York Cork Report 1011 days ago

Long Island Vineyards Could See Early Bud Break in 2012

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Photo Courtesy of Bedell Cellars By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor The earliest anyone can remember seeing bud break in Long Island vineyards was mid-April in 2010 -- a vintage that ended up being one of the longest and warmest on...

New York Cork Report 1012 days ago

Favorites from New York Drinks New York at Astor Center

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By Tracy Weiss, Roving Correspondent In New York City, local is sought after like a taxicab in the rain. Overused words like “artisanal” and “heritage” bring self-proclaimed locavores to eateries around the city (and even to BROOKLYN) thinking they’re dining...

New York Cork Report 1012 days ago

New York Drinks New York -- Reader Feedback: Len Dest, Former Director Long Island Merlot Alliance

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Editor's note: Our own Tracy Weiss attended New York Drinks New York yesterday at Astor Center in Manhattan, and we'll have her story ready to go either later today or tomorrow. In the meantime, we have issued an open invite...

New York Cork Report 1013 days ago

The Finger Lakes Come to Winegasm

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By David Flaherty, NYC Correspondent Today, in my fair neighborhood of Astoria, Queens---on a day more reminiscent of a sunny Spring afternoon in May---a wee gathering of Finger Lakes winemakers met at Winegasm, a local wine bar I've only hit...

New York Cork Report 1013 days ago

The Piggery Deli and Butcher Shop: Making Meat Cool Once More in Ithaca

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By Rochelle Bilow, Finger Lakes Food Correspondent "Do you want to meet the butchers?" Heather asked me as we rounded the corner of the kitchen. In the middle of next room two men intricately worked knives into the ribs of...

New York Cork Report 1014 days ago

Op-Ed: In New York, a David & Goliath Story Unfolds

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Editor's Note: This op-ed comes from our own Mark Grimaldi who works for Michael Skurnik Wines as a sales representative. Skurnik is one of the smaller distributors that could be harmed by the proposed legislation discussed within. As such this...

New York Cork Report 1017 days ago

The Most Important Store in the State: Buzz Growing for Empire State Cellars

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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor It is unusual for a single wine store to become such a focus for an entire state. More unusual still when the store is not located in New York City. Since returning home from the...

New York Cork Report 1019 days ago

An Introduction to Wine in New York's North Country

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Unidentified variety, at the Cornell Trial Vineyard, Willsboro, NY By Todd Trzaskos, North Country Correspondent New York State, like most fine wine regions in the northern hemisphere, lies between the hallowed latitudes of 30 and 50 degrees, where macroclimates that...

New York Cork Report 1021 days ago

At Gene McCarthy’s, a Local Irish Pub Gets a Beery Makeover

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor A very old Irish pub in a very old part of Buffalo is getting a fresh start and a bright future thanks to a group of local-obsessed craft beer freaks. Gene McCarthy’s, located in Buffalo’s...

New York Cork Report 1024 days ago

Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars 2009 Rkatsiteli

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor I was first introduced to the Rkatsiteli grape when I tried the 2006 vintage bottling from Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars. I was quickly hooked by the aromatic white that can be described as...

New York Cork Report 1025 days ago

Not Your Average Riesling: The Story Behind the 2011 NYCR Finger Lakes Riesling of the Year

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor To understand why the Hermann J. Wiemer 2010 Dry Riesling Reserve is such a special wine, it's important to understand that not all rieslings are created equally. Nor are all wines created easily. Winemaking...

New York Cork Report 1026 days ago

Help Wanted: NYCR Hiring News Editor and Lake Erie Correspondent

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor As the team and I work in the background to migrate all of our content -- 3,300+ posts -- to our new platform and fine-tune the new design, it's made me realize that we have...

New York Cork Report 1027 days ago

Lenz Winery 2007 Estate Selection Merlot

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor If you're looking for innovative, modern winemaking or flashy branding, The Lenz Winery probably isn't for you. Lenz isn't in the Long Island Wine Council and it barely engages in things new media vehicles like...

New York Cork Report 1027 days ago

At 171 Cedar Arts, Real Culinary Education by Finger Lakes Chefs

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By Rochelle Bilow, Finger Lakes Food Correspondent Most celebrity chefs guard their secrets closely, denying consumers and fans their recipes and techniques. And why should they share? It’s their repertoire, after all. There’s a certain unspoken fear in the restaurant...

New York Cork Report 1028 days ago

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Bedell Cellars Winemaker's Dinner at Jewel on March 18

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On Sunday, March 18, Bedell Cellars will co-host its next winemaker's dinner, this one at chef Tom Schaudel's newest restaurant, Jewel at 5 p.m. The five-course menu will be paired with winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich's wines. Schaudel has long been an...

New York Cork Report 1028 days ago

Sparkling Pointe and Pork Belly Benedict Take Over at Wading River's La Plage

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By Dave Seel, Long Island Food Correspondent It seems every time I decide to eat at La Plage, I can’t remember how to get there. It’s somewhere near Wading River by the beach, hence the name “La Plage,” but the...

New York Cork Report 1031 days ago

Is Wine Tasting a Family-Friendly Endeavor?

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By Tracy Weiss, New York City/Long Island Correspondent Photo by Erika Bocknek A wine tasting experience is a sum of its parts. As I sip and swirl and slurp, the wine can only be enhanced or diminished by the elements...

New York Cork Report 1033 days ago

Scenes from the 2012 Long Island Nano Cask Festival

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor At beer events, including the 2012 Long Island Nano Cask Festival last weekend, I'm often introduced as "A wine guy who likes beer too." I'm not even sure that's accurate anymore. I drink nearly as...

New York Cork Report 1033 days ago

Light Drinking During Pregnancy: What Does the Research Say?

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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor This is one of the most delicate subjects one can imagine, so when I set out to explore it, I knew I had to be thorough. The result is one of the longest, most exhaustive...

New York Cork Report 1033 days ago
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