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Lamoreaux Landing 2010 Yellow Dog Vineyard Riesling

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor There are other single-vineyard riesling programs in the Finger Lakes, but Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars was among the first wineries to enact one. It's a part of their portfolio that I always find fun and...

New York Cork Report 1023 days ago

Rooster Hill Vineyards 2009 Estate Cabernet Franc

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Honestly, I drink them all year, but with the weather we've been experiencing, we are decidedly in the midst of cabernet franc season at my house. A combination of the weather cooling and the changing...

New York Cork Report 1024 days ago

Readers Write: Introducing My Midwestern Parents to the North Fork of Long Island

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By Tracy Weiss (@northforkd) Last weekend, I attempted to show my persnickety midwestern parents the glory that is the North Fork of Long Island. But given their track record, I was a little nervous. They find fault in every place...

New York Cork Report 1027 days ago

Three Heads Brewing Bromigo

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor Three Heads Brewing is on a roll lately with new releases, and Bromigo, their very first fall seasonal offering, is an interesting foray into flavorings: it's a smoked maple amber brewed with maple syrup. The...

New York Cork Report 1027 days ago

The New York Cork Report Tasting Table -- October 28, 2011

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor These are tasting notes for some wines that have been tasted at the NYCR tasting table but won't be reviewed in standalone posts. Starting next week, we'll be back with daily standalone reviews. Eleven Lakes...

New York Cork Report 1027 days ago

CaryMo Chocolate: Where Decadence, Artistry and Creativity Meet

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By Rochelle Bilow, Finger Lakes Food Correspondent I guess I had envisioned that chocolate making would be a quiet, relaxing sort of activity, zen-like and leisurely this past Saturday morning. But there we were, half an hour into it at...

New York Cork Report 1029 days ago

What We Drank (October 26, 2011)

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Here's a sampling of what our editors and contributors have been drinking... Evan Dawson: Chateau Frank 2006 Blanc de Blancs and Lenz 2005 Cuvee Two New York sparklers were chosen as part of a sparkling wine masterclass in Brescia, Italy...

New York Cork Report 1029 days ago

Kicking Off "Found in the Cellar": Jason's Vineyard 2001 Chardonnay

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor I recently spent what most sane people would consider an inordinate amount of time reorganizing my wine cellar. In doing so, I found a number of wines that I had forgotten I had. Some of...

New York Cork Report 1030 days ago

Naked Dove Oktoberfest is Shoe-Slappin' good

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By Mark Tichenor, Rochester Beer Correspondent It’s still a bit confusing to everybody, even the Germans. Oktoberfest is named for October, but takes place in mid-September. And craft breweries usually have their Oktoberfest-style beers ready by the beginning of August....

New York Cork Report 1034 days ago

Jeff O'Neil to Join Peekskill Brewing Company

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor Award-winning brewer Jeff "Chief" O'Neil (pictured right) has announced that he is ending his nine-year tenure at Ithaca Beer Company to join The Peekskill Brewery as brewmaster, effective November 1. As Ithaca's brewmaster, O'Neil brought...

New York Cork Report 1034 days ago

WineBar at The Portly Grape: Well Worth the Drive for Good Food and Local Wine

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By Dave Seel, Long Island Food Correspondent My recent trip to WineBar was certainly a drive -- it's out in Greenport after all -- but checking out the new hybrid wine bar and tasting room inside the Portly Grape had...

New York Cork Report 1035 days ago

Vineyard Visuals: Freedom Run Winery Drying Grapes for Appassimento wines

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By Bryan Calandrelli, Niagara Editor Here are a couple pictures of Larry Manning from Freedom Run Winery as he prepares racks of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot grapes that will air dry in the estate's 190-year old barn for...

New York Cork Report 1035 days ago

Most Challenging Vintage Ever? Sounds Like Hyperbole, but in the Finger Lakes, 2011 Just Might Be

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor Photos courtesy Lakewood Vineyards. Above: Vineyard Manager Dave Stamp rides the harvester on a gloomy harvest day. Below: Early October riesling grapes at Lakewood showed clean fruit with occasional affected berries Up and down...

New York Cork Report 1036 days ago

Horseheads Brewing Company Brings the Heat

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor Little Horseheads Brewing, located an hour from Ithaca in beautiful Horseheads, New York, might be the state's hottest brewery -- literally. I made a visit for the first time last week after drooling for months...

New York Cork Report 1037 days ago

In Geneva, Opus Wine & Espresso Bar Gives Small-Town Dining New Meaning

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By Rochelle Bilow, Finger Lakes Food Correspondent Photos by Stu Gallagher Passing through Geneva, one might be inclined to write off Opus Espresso and Wine Bar as just another eatery in a college town already saturated with pizza shops and...

New York Cork Report 1038 days ago

Video: 93 Days in Europe... in 3 Minutes

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Yes, I know that it's Regional Wine Week, but this video has absolutely nothing to do with local wine. But, it does feature our man on the ground in New York City, David Flaherty, and his lovely wife as they...

New York Cork Report 1041 days ago

Shinn Estate Vineyards 2008 Wild Boar Doe

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor The name of Shinn Estate Vineyards 2008 Wild Boar Doe ($30) serves two purposes. It is at once a playful homage to the Bordeaux-style blend and also a food pairing tip -- because lean wild...

New York Cork Report 1041 days ago

Bloomer Creek Vineyards 2009 Auten Vineyard First Harvest Riesling

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor When my colleague Evan Dawson first introduced us to Bloomer Creek, I only knew Bloomer Creek Vineyard as the winery that shared a parking lot with one of my favorite places to eat in the...

New York Cork Report 1043 days ago

Views from a Southern Finger Lakes Beer Adventure

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor Over the weekend I headed to the southern Finger Lakes area to visit friends; as always, the trip was essentially a beer pilgrimage. Though I came seeking the enigmatic Ithaca Beer Company Brute (it was...

New York Cork Report 1044 days ago

NY Cider Week: Flood the Torpedoes

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By David Flaherty, New York City Correspondent Starting this Sunday, and running for one week, countless gallons of hard apple cider will fill glasses throughout New York City and the Hudson Valley like never before. And after years of toiling...

New York Cork Report 1044 days ago

7 Things You Need to Know About Regional Wine (Jeff Siegel, Wine Curmudgeon))

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Editor's Note: It's Regional Wine Week and while it's difficult to make this website any more locally focused, I wanted to draw some attention to the effort. As a member of the Drink Local Wine board of directors, I wanted...

New York Cork Report 1045 days ago

2011 Harvest: Late-Season Thinning to Encourage Ripening at Clovis Point

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor There is some rain in the forecast later this week, but we're in the midst of a week-long string of sunny, dry days -- conditions that were and are direly needed to keep disease pressure...

New York Cork Report 1045 days ago

Kevin Zraly at Bedell Cellars Sunday, October 16 at 2 p.m.

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor This Sunday, October 16 at 2 p.m., Bedell Cellars will host wine educator, wine author, and recent 2011 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Kevin Zraly for a talk and tasting. Zraly will offer...

New York Cork Report 1046 days ago

Saranac Wet Hop IPA

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By Mark Tichenor, Rochester Beer Correspondent It might not yet be a gold mine, but farmer Rick Pedersen of Seneca Castle, New York is definitely sitting on something. Pedersen Farms is one of the few in Western New York to...

New York Cork Report 1048 days ago

The New York Cork Report Tasting Table -- October 6, 2011

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor These are tasting notes for some wines that have been tasted at the NYCR tasting table but won't be reviewed in standalone posts. As always, these notes come almost directly from my notebook. Bashakill Vineayrds...

New York Cork Report 1049 days ago

Reserve Your Seats for "The Wurst Beer Dinner" on October 24 at Luce & Hawkins With Greenport Harbor Brewing

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If you'd like to join us, please call the restaurant at (631) 722-2900. Your payment information will be taken when you call and we will have a 48-hour cancellation policy.

New York Cork Report 1049 days ago

Harvest Update: At Hudson-Chatham Winery, Tough 2011 Slows Growth

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor 2011 was supposed to be a big harvest at Hudson-Chatham Winery where, according to owner Carlo DeVito, the plan was to harvest 20% more fruit than last year. Mother Nature -- largely in the form...

New York Cork Report 1051 days ago

Harvest 2011: Wild Ride for Niagara So Far

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Pinot Noir grapes still hanging at Freedom Run Winery in Lockport, NY By Bryan Calandrelli, Niagara Region Editor For Jonathan Oakes, winemaker at Leonard Oakes Estate Winery and Schulze Vineyards and Winery, the 2011 growing season can be summed up...

New York Cork Report 1051 days ago

Heron Hill Winery 2008 Ingle Vineyard Cabernet Franc

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor The image of Finger Lakes red wines as typically underwhelming -- especially compared to the regions often outstanding white wines -- has begun to evolve in recent years -- mostly thanks to two warm vintages...

New York Cork Report 1052 days ago

Harvest Update: Sorting Pinot for the New Forge Cellars

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor Get used to this image: sorting lines, rare in the Finger Lakes, will be making regular appearances as wineries deal with fruit that varies wildly in quality. At the new Forge Cellars (a small...

New York Cork Report 1052 days ago

At the Black Sheep Inn, Organic is More than a Buzzword

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By Rochelle Bilow, Finger Lakes Food Correspondent “Come here, you,” Debbie Meritsky cooed, coaxing a brown cow closer to her. It batted its eyes and licked her hand. “Oh!” she said, and added with a sweet-as-pie grin, I’ll take that...

New York Cork Report 1053 days ago

All Hail the (Southern Tier Brewing Company) PumKing

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor Conversations about pumpkin ale can be testy. Some can’t get enough of the style and will try every pumpkin ale on the market; some think it’s an overly spiced or sickly-sweet abomination among fall seasonals....

New York Cork Report 1055 days ago

October 24: NYCR "The Wurst Beer Dinner" at Luce & Hawkins With Greenport Harbor Brewing

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor The next in our series of New York Cork Report Artisan Dinners will take place once again at Luce & Hawkins on Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m. We're calling it "The Wurst Beer Dinner"...

New York Cork Report 1055 days ago

Harvest Update: Most Finger Lakes Pinot is in, as Seen at Keuka Lake Vineyards

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor Photo courtesy Tricia Barry Pinot noir is always one of the first off the vine, as it ripens early in the season. Many Finger Lakes wineries picked their pinot during a long stretch of...

New York Cork Report 1056 days ago

Bedell Cellars 2010 Chardonnay

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor I appreciate the direction that winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich is taking the white wine program at Bedell Cellars. I've now tasted a handful of his 2010 wines -- his first vintage at Bedell -- and a...

New York Cork Report 1057 days ago

At Ravines Wine Cellars, Relying on Honesty with Customers about a Challenging Growing Year

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor Winery owners can spin all they like, but consumers won't forget how miserable the early spring was, or how brutal July became. And it doesn't take an expert grower to know that these are...

New York Cork Report 1058 days ago

Is Long Island Wine Country Still a Wine Destination?

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Are raucous crowds and dance parties the future of Long Island tasting rooms? By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor There was a time not long ago when, if you wanted to find live music at a Long Island winery, you had...

New York Cork Report 1059 days ago

Beer and Beasts: An Ode to Pales, Pilsners and Meat

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor Rochester’s Old Toad Pub took its legendary beer pairing dinner tradition to new levels of decadence on Wednesday with "Beer and Beasts," a dinner devoted to all manner of tasty animals cooked in all manner...

New York Cork Report 1062 days ago

NYCR Artisan Dinner With Paumanok Vineyards Chenin Blanc a Sold-Out Success

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By Mark Grimaldi, Director, Marketing and Events Wednesday night's sold out New York Cork Report Artisan Dinner, featuring Paumanok Vineyards chenin blanc, at Luce & Hawkins was one for the books. With several members of the Massoud family in attendance,...

New York Cork Report 1063 days ago

What to Know About 2010 Finger Lakes Rieslings

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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor Many of you will taste a wide selection of 2010 Finger Lakes rieslings this evening as a part of the inaugural Riesling Hour. It's a marketing effort that seeks to bring more wines to more...

New York Cork Report 1063 days ago

Local Food and Wine Celebrated at 2011 HARVEST East End

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By Dave Seel, Long Island Food Correspondent Saturday night was a cool one. Fall was definitely in the air for the 2011 HARVEST East End Fall Tasting. White tents gleamed against a slightly overcast sky on the fields next to...

New York Cork Report 1064 days ago

Harvest 2011: Peconic Bay Winery Picks Chardonnay for Sparkling Wine

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Assistant winemaker Zander Hargrave (l) and winemaker Greg Gove processing chardonnay this morning at Peconic Bay Winery. By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Peconic Bay Winery harvested about 3.5 tons of chardonnay this morning from their Oregon Road vineyard -- all...

New York Cork Report 1069 days ago

Riesling Hour to Celebrate 2010 Finger Lakes Rieslings

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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor and Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor It's not exactly Bordeaux's En Primeur, but in some small way, there are echoes of the vintage launch events that are celebrated around the world. Finger Lakes winemakers have never...

New York Cork Report 1069 days ago

Custom Brewcrafters Signature Series: Krysztoff

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor Baltic porter is a beer style with a little mystery. Made as dark as the North Sea and strong enough to withstand the journey across its treacherous waters during the Industrial Revolution, this style owes...

New York Cork Report 1069 days ago

NY Craft Beer Week Starts Today

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By David Flaherty, New York City Correspondent Like most great ideas, I am guessing it was born over a round of beers. But one thing I am sure of is that it wasn't born over a round of mass-produced swill....

New York Cork Report 1069 days ago

Harvest 2011: Bedell Cellars' Annual Indigenous Yeast Ceremony

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Earlier today Rich Olsen-Harbich, winemaker at Bedell Cellars sent me the following email to describe the unique picture at right: "This is the second year of our annual indigenous yeast ceremony. We used ten gallons...

New York Cork Report 1070 days ago

Getting to Know Brud Holland, Red Newt's New Executive Chef

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Red Newt Bistro's new executive chef, Brud Holland, working the line. By Rochelle Bilow, Finger Lakes Food Correspondent Though he has the credentials and skills to brag, Brud Holland is not an egotistical cook. The new executive chef at Red...

New York Cork Report 1071 days ago

Vineyard Visuals: A Foggy Morning at Schulze Winery

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Our Niagara region editor, Bryan Calandrelli shares this picture from Schulze Winery on a foggy morning. These are some of the oldest cabernet franc vines in the region. This is actually a screen capture from footage Bryan is shooting for...

New York Cork Report 1072 days ago

Roanoke Vineyards 2009 'Rhyme and Meter' Chardonnay

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Much to my personal chagrin, barrel-fermented chardonnay isn't going to evaporate from the Long Island wine industry. I've come to grips with this fact over time, though I denied it for years. Some of them...

New York Cork Report 1072 days ago

The State of New York Cheese

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By Aaron Estes, Cheese Editor Photo courtesy of newyorkcheese.org “Change is difficult. If it were easy, then everyone and everything would be perfect…” I have heard these words (or some variation) many times throughout my life as I am sure...

New York Cork Report 1072 days ago
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