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A Trio of New York Cheeses Impress at NYCR Wines of the Year Tasting

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By Aaron Estes, Cheese Editor Photo by Morgan Dawson Photography As you know by now, the NYCR team gathered a couple weeks ago for the 2010 Wines of the Year tasting. As a member of the editorial team, I was...

New York Cork Report 1364 days ago

The New York Cork Report 2010 Wines of the Year: Niagara Region

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By Bryan Calandrelli, Niagara Region Editor There was really no telling what my fellow NYCR editors were going to think about my Niagara Wines of the Year finalists -- but I did know a couple things going in. I knew...

New York Cork Report 1364 days ago

Captain Lawrence "Smoke From the Oak" Rum Barrel Aged Porter

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor This unique series by Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, a riff on experimental barrel aging, has produced some fantastic brews including an NYCR Beer of the Year Finalist. This bottling, aged in rum barrels, pours a...

New York Cork Report 1364 days ago

The New York Cork Report Tasting Table -- January 24, 2011

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor These are a some wines that have crossed the NYCR tasting table recently but will not be reviewed as part of a standalone post. As always, these are transcribed almost directly from my notebook with...

New York Cork Report 1365 days ago

Video: Talking 2009 Reds and Regional Progress at White Springs Winery

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor It won't be long before the 2009 reds from the Finger Lakes will hit the market. Despite what you might have heard, there will be some quality wines (and not all varieties suffered the...

New York Cork Report 1365 days ago

What We Drank (January 21, 2011)

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Last weekend, we tasted some great wines -- during the tasting and otherwise. Here is just a sampling of what we were drinking. Bryan Calandrelli: Ramnista, Ktima Kir-Yianni – 2006 Last weekend was filled with amazing wine. From the current...

New York Cork Report 1365 days ago

Op-Ed: The Horrifying Trend That is “Wine on Tap” (Jim Silver, Peconic Bay Winery)

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By James Silver, General Manager of Peconic Bay Winery, Nautique Wines and True Believer Cider Photo courtesy of Dr. Vino I was recently asked by my distributor to put Peconic Bay wines into kegs for sale in Manhattan, to accounts...

New York Cork Report 1369 days ago

The New York Cork 2010 Beer of the Year: Southampton Publick House Abbot 12

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor I have to admit I wasn’t at all surprised at my fellow NYCR editors’ reactions to Southampton Abbot 12, our 2010 Beer of the Year. The first time I tasted this remarkable beer I had...

New York Cork Report 1370 days ago

The New York Cork Report 2010 Wines of the Year

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Almost the entire New York Cork Report team gathered on the snow-covered North Fork this past weekend to taste through the finalists in our "Wines of the Year" program -- which also included beer this...

New York Cork Report 1371 days ago

Are Small Wineries in Danger? Craig Wolf Discusses HR 5034, Consumer Choice, Dangers to Children and More

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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor If you care, even a little, about New York State wines, you need to follow the developments of HR 5034, a bill that Congress could address this year.There is already a wealth of background reporting...

New York Cork Report 1371 days ago

WBW #70: Bringing Wine Blogging Wednesday Back from the Brink

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Before bloggers and social media-interested winos took their virtual wine tastings to Twitter, there was Wine Blogging Wednesday, the monthly tasting I created back in 2004 (after being inspired by a similarly styled food blog...

New York Cork Report 1375 days ago

Video: The Promise of this Hillside: Ravines Wine Cellars' Next Vineyard

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor Tom Petty once mused that the waiting is the hardest part, and perhaps no one knows that better than a winemaker. A great vintage can require years before it can be enjoyed. And planting...

New York Cork Report 1376 days ago

New Interpretation of Old Regulation to Impede Greenmarket Cheese Sales?

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By Aaron Estes, Cheese Editor One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning here in New York City is to head to Union Square to explore the Greenmarket where farmers and vendors from across the state converge...

New York Cork Report 1377 days ago

Wagner Vineyards 2007 Meritage

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Most of the time, the best Finger Lakes Meritage-style blends are heavy on cabernet franc which, despite some winemakers who feel otherwise, is the Bordeaux red that seems to show the most promise in the...

New York Cork Report 1377 days ago

Lamoreaux Landing 2009 Round Rock Vineyard Riesling

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor When my colleague Evan Dawson introduced us to Lamoreaux Landing 2009 Round Rock Vineyard Riesling ($20) several months ago, I'll admit to being skeptical. Partial malolactic fermentation with riesling? Really? Yes, really. And while it...

New York Cork Report 1377 days ago

New York Cork Report 2010 Beers of the Year: The Finalists

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor For the very first time, the NYCR’s Wines of the Year tasting this coming weekend will include a "Beers of the Year" category as well. I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the most creative...

New York Cork Report 1379 days ago

What We Drank (January 6, 2011)

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Only two entries this week, but two fine examples of what our editors were drinking last week. Julia Burke: Champagne This year my regular New Years plans changed unexpectedly. Instead of spending the holiday with old friends, I spent it...

New York Cork Report 1382 days ago

At White Springs Winery, Understanding the Land... and Understanding What to Do With it

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor It's hard to be good at everything. You know your favorite singer? Awful painter. The stud high school quarterback? Horrendous dancer. The world's greatest scientist? World's worst public speaker. When you understand this idea,...

New York Cork Report 1383 days ago

Long Island Merlot Alliance Elects New Officers, Announce Plans for 2011

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor After an extended period of relative radio silence (except for HARVEST), the Long Island Merlot Alliance (LIMA) today announced its newly elected officers while providing a glimpse into its plans for 2011. In a press...

New York Cork Report 1384 days ago

Ithaca Brewing Company Excelsior! AlpHalpHa

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor I love this description: "A Hoppy Upstate Ale Brewed With Barley Malt, New York State Grown Cascade Hops, Local Alfalfa Honey, Pure Cayuga Lake Water and American Yeast." Visually appealing, Ithaca Brewing Company's AlpHalpHa pours...

New York Cork Report 1384 days ago

Niagara Restaurant of the Year: Carmelo's Restaurant

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By Bryan Calandrelli, Niagara Region Editor I’d love to say that deciding Niagara’s Restaurant of the Year was a difficult one, involving dozens of meals and a few days of intense deliberation. In reality it was the opposite. Carmelo’s Restaurant...

New York Cork Report 1384 days ago

Red Tail Ridge Winery 2009 "Good Karma"

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Nancy Irelan, co-owner and winemaker at Red Tail Ridge Winery on the western side of Seneca Lake is one of the true champions off sustainability in the New York wine community. For starters, she and...

New York Cork Report 1384 days ago

Wine, Swine, Dine Event Aims to Energize Slow Season in the Finger Lakes

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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor This is, by any measure, the down season in the Finger Lakes wine industry. Vines are hibernating, tourists are less numerous. But Damiani Wine Cellars on southeast Seneca Lake is hoping a weekend event will...

New York Cork Report 1385 days ago

Long Island Restaurant of the Year: Luce-Hawkins

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Long Islanders are blessed with a seemingly endless array of dining options with restaurants of every cuisine, style and vibe at our finger tips. Now that we have an almost-4 year old at home, my...

New York Cork Report 1388 days ago

Finger Lakes Restaurant of the Year: Red Newt Bistro

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor Photo courtesy of Seneca Lake Wine Trail We can all agree that dreams are strange things. There is no controlling the content and there is often no explaining it, either. This year I have...

New York Cork Report 1388 days ago

The New York Cork Report 2010 Restaurants of the Year: The Concept

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor One of the goals for the New York Cork Report is to shine the spotlight on the people, places and things that we are excited about in the New York wine community. Our "Wines of...

New York Cork Report 1389 days ago

What We Drank (December 30, 2010): Xmas Edition

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Evan Dawson: Long Island Wines This is the natural time to reflect on the calendar year. My wife's parents make their first journey to Long Island wine country and for Christmas we enjoyed the wines they discovered. Long Island's sparkling...

New York Cork Report 1390 days ago

Happy Holidays from the New York Cork Report

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Our editors and contributors would like to wish you and yours a happy, healthy and safe holiday season. We'll be enjoying the few days with friends and family, but will be back next week with...

New York Cork Report 1396 days ago

The New York Cork Report 2010 Wines of the Year: The Finalists

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor After tasting, re-tasting and re-re-tasting dozens of wines over the last few weeks, today we're happy to announce the finalists in our "New York Cork Report 2010 Wines of the Year" program. Each wine was...

New York Cork Report 1397 days ago

The New York Cork Report Tasting Table -- December 21, 2010

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These are a some wines that have crossed the NYCR tasting table recently but will not be reviewed as part of a standalone post. As always, these are transcribed almost directly from my notebook with little editing: Bashakill Vineyards 2009...

New York Cork Report 1398 days ago

Evan Dawson's Book "Summer in a Glass" is Available for Pre-Order

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Today is a big day for our friend and managing editor, Evan Dawson and we couldn't be prouder or more excited. His book "Summer in a Glass" is finally available for pre-order and he launched...

New York Cork Report 1403 days ago

Finger Lakes Wine Center -- Not to be Confused with the New York Wine and Culinary Center! -- Finally Opens

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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor The origin of the term "red tape" is generally assumed to come from the 16th century, when Henry the Eighth wanted so desperately to have his marriage annulled that he flooded the office of Pope...

New York Cork Report 1403 days ago

The Coot Mathews: A Glen Thunder Corn Whiskey Cocktail

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By David Flaherty, New York City Correspondent I'm a big fan of Glen Thunder Corn Whiskey, made by Finger Lakes Distilling. It's a pure, corn-filled ticket to the rolling hills of the Finger Lakes. The nose, the palate, the finish...

New York Cork Report 1404 days ago

Palmer Vineyards and Long Island's First Albarino

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor With the accelerating success Long Island wine has enjoyed in recent years, it's easy to forget that the industry was only founded in 1973. Several grapes have come and gone over the course of 30-plus...

New York Cork Report 1405 days ago

A Sampling of Arrowhead Spring's 2008 Estate Reds

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Duncan Ross, owner and winemaker of Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, pours his new reds. By Bryan Calandrelli, Niagara Region Editor Arrowhead Spring Vineyards billed their last tasting event at the winery as a “Release Event Special.” The tasting, which included five...

New York Cork Report 1405 days ago

Q&A: Paul Deninno, Owner and Winemaker, Bashakill Vineyards

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor The IT-to-wine career path isn't unique to Paul Deninno, Bashakill Vineyards' owner and winemaker, but his mechanic-to-IT-to-wine journey is a new one for me. Paul grew up in Mahwah, NJ, and graduated from Bergen Catholic...

New York Cork Report 1406 days ago

The Fabulous Beekman Boys: Beekman 1802 Blaak

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By Aaron Estes, Cheese Editor At this point I think everyone has heard about the hit reality show “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” that airs on the Planet Green network. But, for those of you who are not familiar, it follows...

New York Cork Report 1407 days ago

Flying Bison Brewing Company Blizzard Bock

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor A nice bock warms the soul during the winter months. This one from Buffalo's Flying Bison Brewing Company pours a pretty black walnut hue into a pint glass, with one-finger head and delicate lacing. The...

New York Cork Report 1407 days ago

Shinn Estate Vineyards On NBC Green Week

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Stumbled upon this video this weekend and thought I'd share. Sometimes the organic and biodynamic vineyard practices at Shinn Estate Vineyards are controversial and polarizing, but you certainly cannot take issue with their alternative energy initiatives.

New York Cork Report 1408 days ago

Channing Daughters Winery 2008 Meditazione

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor In a wine world filled with so much ubiquity, it is a true pleasure to find a wine like Channing Daughters Winery 2008 Meditazione ($40), a wine inspired by the “Vino da Meditazione” wines of...

New York Cork Report 1410 days ago

Sherwood House Vineyards 2005 Blanc de Blanc

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor With the opening of their second (and now main) tasting room on Main Road in Jamesport, Sherwood House Vineyards is starting to get more of the attention it deserves. Yes, owners Charles and Barbara Smithen...

New York Cork Report 1410 days ago

What New York Wine Needs Now: "There's No Boogyman Holding Us Back" with Rick Rainey of Winebow

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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor How do you live vicariously through Lenn Thompson? (And why would you want to?) What are "wines of joy"? Is it time for an AOC system for New York wines? We think this is one...

New York Cork Report 1411 days ago

What We Drank (December 7, 2010

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Here is what our editors and contributors were drinking last week... David Flaherty: Smuttynose Brewing Company Winter Ale Now is the time of year to snuggle up by the fire and crack open a hearty, winter ale. Wait, does anyone...

New York Cork Report 1412 days ago

Millbrook Vineyards 2008 Block Two West Chardonnay

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Grape growing dates to 1677 in the Hudson River Region AVA, but that doesn't mean that its an easy endeavor. Yes, the river that gives the region its name helps moderate the climate, but it's...

New York Cork Report 1412 days ago

A Surprising Window Into Long Island Vintages: 8 Years of L'enfant Sauvage

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor What would you do if you looked in your wine cellar and realized you had a vertical of a particular wine? If you're like my friends Jared Skolnick and Tracy Ellen Kamens, owners of Grand...

New York Cork Report 1413 days ago

Q&A: Andy Marshall, Assistant Marketing Manager, Hunt Country Vineyards

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor I first "met" Andy Marshall, the assistant marketing manager and jack-of-all-trades at Hunt Country Vineyards via Twitter. Since that initial introduction, we've had numerous discussions on nearly as many topics in recent months and I...

New York Cork Report 1414 days ago

Flying Bison 2009 "The Herc" Barleywine

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor Flying Bison Brewing Company's "The Herc" pours a hazy amber/russet into a 12 oz. goblet with a delicate and thin but persistant head. Initially the nose is all caramel and banana cream pie, but with...

New York Cork Report 1417 days ago

The New York Cork Report 2010 Wines of the Year: A Quick Procedural Change

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Before we announced some changes to our "Wines of the Year" program, there were dozens of emails sent between the editors. Well, there were even more after we published that post and we've decided to...

New York Cork Report 1417 days ago

Lieb Family Cellars 2007 Blanc de Blancs

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Photo courtesy of Viviane Bauquet Farre, Food & Style We're not announcing the finalists for the New York Cork Report 2010 Wines of the Year until later this month, but you can bet on the...

New York Cork Report 1417 days ago

Martha Clara Vineyards 2009 Sauvignon Blanc

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Martha Clara Vineyards on the North Fork uses a wide array of label designs, but one of the more creative is a design that helps consumers pronounce the name of the wine. Sure, these labels...

New York Cork Report 1418 days ago
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