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Lenz Winery 2007 Gewurztraminer

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor The Lenz Winery, located in Peconic on Long Island's North Fork, has built its reputation primarily on the back of it's merlot and sparkling wine programs -- and with good reason. Winemaker Eric Fry's merlot,...

New York Cork Report 1177 days ago

New York Cork Report Ceases Use of 100-Point Rating System

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor The evolution and expansion of this website, particularly over the last three years, has been a lot of fun. New writers. An ever-growing readership. It's been great. The site has never been better. But, the...

New York Cork Report 1178 days ago

2011 Harvest: Cassis Season Has Begun in the Hudson Valley

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor This year's first harvest report comes courtesy of Carlo DeVito, owner of Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent, NY. "Hudson-Chatham Winery, Brookview Station Winery and Tousey Winery have started their cassis crush. Black currants usually come in...

New York Cork Report 1178 days ago

Memorial to Honor Charles Flatt Tomorrow Night at Martha Clara Vineyards

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor I apologize for reporting this over a month after it happened -- and only one day before the memorial -- but I thought it important to publish. From the Suffolk Times: "Charles H. Flatt of...

New York Cork Report 1178 days ago

News Brief: The Winemaker Studio is Now Open

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Anthony Nappa and Sarah Evans' new venture The Winemaker Studio opened its doors to the public for the first time last Wednesday. Evans, the chef de cuisine at North Fork Table and Nappa, the former...

New York Cork Report 1179 days ago

Long Ireland Beer Company Opens Tasting Room at Riverhead Brewery

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By Donavan Hall, Long Island Beer Correspondent Every few months or so our little brewery goes through a number of cylinders of compressed CO2 gas. It's an easy enough thing to load up the cylinders in the brewery truck and...

New York Cork Report 1179 days ago

Donavan Hall Returns to NYCR as Long Island Beer Correspondent

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Today Donavan Hall, our original beer editor years ago, returns to the NYCR team as a beer correspondent covering the Long Island beer scene. I met Donavan many years ago, perhaps before I ever started...

New York Cork Report 1179 days ago

The 2011 Wine Bloggers Conference in Pictures

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor It's weeks like this one when I'm eternally grateful for the rest of the NYCR team. After the 2011 Wine Bloggers Conference in Charlottesville, VA last weekend, I headed west with Nena and Jackson to...

New York Cork Report 1182 days ago

Brewery Ommegang BPA (Belgian Pale Ale)

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor In honor of the beloved upcoming beer festival Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, I decided to ease the pain of missing the event (not that I’m complaining—I’ll be in Asheville, NC, which is apparently the new...

New York Cork Report 1182 days ago

NOFO Rock and Folk Fest Kicks Off Tomorrow

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor NOFO Rock and Folk Fest, the second annual two-day music festival will kick off at Peconic Bay Winery tomorrow at 11 a.m. My family and I had a great time at last year's event and...

New York Cork Report 1182 days ago

The Governor Just Did... What? The Meaning of New Legislation for Wineries and Consumers

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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that, he says, goes a long way toward helping New York state wineries succeed. The changes come from recommendations made in 2008 by the New York Wine Grape...

New York Cork Report 1184 days ago

On Cayuga Lake, a Copper Glow (and the Pizza Within) Attract New Customers

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor The small French commune of Tain-l'Hermitage is known for its pitched vineyards that yield some of the world's finest syrah. It is not nearly so well known as the birthplace of copper ovens. "France's...

New York Cork Report 1184 days ago

Community Beer Works Prototype American Sour Ale

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor Buffalo's Community Beer Works received its TTB approval this month, taking the fledgling brewery one step closer to legit beerdom. Brewer and founder/owner Rudy Watkins was kind enough to send some prototype suds my way...

New York Cork Report 1186 days ago

NYCR Wins 2011 Wine Blog Award for Single-Subject Blog

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor I think I can speak for my fellow editors and contributors when I say that we'd publish this website even if only our friends and family read it. Cliche or not, it's a labor of...

New York Cork Report 1187 days ago

Aboard the SS Acidhound: the Summer of Riesling Concert 2011

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By David Flaherty At 8 pm, amidst the sweltering steam bath of NYC, the Half Moon set sail on the East River. Aboard were 27 cases of German Riesling, 2 kegs of Gotham Project Riesling, about 40 tons of ice,...

New York Cork Report 1188 days ago

Heading Virginia Wine Country for the 2011 Wine Bloggers Conference

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Later today I'll be heading south on I-95 to attend this year's Wine Bloggers Conference later this week in Charlottesville, VA. It's been a few years since I've attended WBC but I'm looking forward to...

New York Cork Report 1191 days ago

Op-Ed: "On Spitting and Sangiovese in the Finger Lakes" Rob Tebeau, Fringe Wine

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Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed written by Rob Tebeau from the blog Fringe Wine, a site focusing on the lesser-known regions and grapes in the wine world, based on his first visit to the Finger Lakes wine region....

New York Cork Report 1192 days ago

In Praise of Home and Amateur Winemakers

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By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor The word "authentic" is bandied about with too much regularity when we discuss wine these days, and yet I feel compelled to use it here. That's because there is nothing in the world of...

New York Cork Report 1192 days ago

Commentary: Expensive Doesn't Mean Great in Just About Anything. Especially Wine

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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor By now you've probably heard about the faux scandal involving Congressman Paul Ryan and his expensive bottles of Burgundy at a D.C. restaurant. If you somehow missed it, here's a quick summary: Rep. Paul Ryan...

New York Cork Report 1192 days ago

Niagara Wines (and Cider!) to Beat the Summer Heat

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By Bryan Calandrelli, Niagara Region Editor It’s still hot in New York this week -- really hot. We’ll hit 90º in Niagara and luckily for those of us who turn to local alcoholic beverages for relief, there are a few...

New York Cork Report 1193 days ago

Visiting Some of Long Island's More Limo-Friendly Wineries -- Plus One

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The always-beautiful spot next to the pond at Pugliese Vineyards By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor If you're like me, when you first move to a new wine region, you intrepidly explore it -- visiting different tasting rooms every weekend and...

New York Cork Report 1193 days ago

Vineyard Visuals: McCall Wines

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor We had picture-perfect weather in Long Island wine country this weekend. In fact, these were some of hte only clouds I remember. This is a shot from the parking lot at McCall Wines where I...

New York Cork Report 1193 days ago

Hermann J. Wiemer 2009 Magdalena Vineyard Riesling

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor As much affection as I feel for the wines of New York State, there are only a handful of wineries with "any wine" status -- status that means I will happily drink any wine from...

New York Cork Report 1196 days ago

Shinn Estate Vineyards Names Patrick Caserta Winemaker, Replacing Anthony Nappa

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor This morning in his weekly email newsletter, Shinn Estate Vineyards co-owner David Page accounced the appointment Patrick Caserta (pictured right, from Facebook) as the winery's new winemaker, replacing Anthony Nappa. Nappa had been with Shinn...

New York Cork Report 1196 days ago

The New York Cork Report Tasting Table -- July 14, 2011

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor These are tasting notes for some wines that have graced the NYCR tasting table recently but won't be reviewed in standalone posts. Channing Daughters Winery 2009 Lagrein ($30): Very peppery on the nose (almost syrah-like)...

New York Cork Report 1197 days ago

Cheese Review: Mecox Bay Dairy Sigit

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By Aaron Estes, Cheese Editor I have a problem with Alpine-style cheeses. And when I say “problem,” I should probably say “obsession.” I still remember the first time that I ever had a Rolf Beeler (incredibly important Swiss affineur) 18...

New York Cork Report 1197 days ago

McBane's Unfiltered Expo Pils: An Elusive and Rustic Pils in Rochester

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By Mark Tichenor, Beer Correspondent American beer fans are fortunate; the best and most famous craft brews are available from coast to coast. Still, it's a pleasure to find excellent beers brewed and served on a small scale, with a...

New York Cork Report 1198 days ago

5 New York Beers to Beat the Heat

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor It it hot on Long Island this week -- really hot -- and has been for a few weeks not. Couple that with my wife Nena being pregnant and you get where I am today...

New York Cork Report 1198 days ago

Taste of Two Forks Brings 23 Local Wineries and 39 Local Chefs Together

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor This Saturday evening, I'll be making the drive down to the Hamptons to attend the inaugural Dan's Taste of Two Forks event at Sayre Park in Bridgehampton. Organized by Dan's Papers (full disclosure: I'm their...

New York Cork Report 1198 days ago

Some Pictures from Our Heart & Hands Wine Company Dinner at Luce + Hawkins

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor By any measure, last night's NYCR Artisan Dinner at Luce + Hawkins -- featuring the wines of Heart & Hands Wine Company -- was a success. The packed house enjoyed an incredible meal prepared by...

New York Cork Report 1199 days ago

Lieb Family Cellars 2008 Right Coast Red

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor As a general rule, I don't like double entendre on wine labels. It gimmicky and usually only clever in a too-obvious or not-all-that-funny sort of way. With the city skyline on the label, we are...

New York Cork Report 1200 days ago

Fracking: Big Questions Still Remain

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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor Last Thursday, a grassroots group went to Albany to ask state leaders to prevent hydrofracking from coming to New York state. Many of the marchers were professionals in the Finger Lakes wine industry, which tends...

New York Cork Report 1200 days ago

Mark Tichenor Joins NYCR Staff as Beer Correspondent

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Today Mark Tichenor joins our masthead as a Beer Correspondent covering the beer scene in Rochester and beyond. I've been a reader of Mark both on Twitter and on his site, Beercraft, for a few...

New York Cork Report 1200 days ago

Custom Brewcrafters Signature Series "Pierre" Saison Farmhouse Ale

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor The Signature Series is Custom Brewcrafters' higher-end line of beers, allowing the brewers to stretch their wings outside the regular CB flagships and contract brews. This saison pours a gorgeous three-finger head with perfect lacing,...

New York Cork Report 1200 days ago

Channing Daughters Winery 2009 Scuttlehole Chardonnay

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Channing Daughters Winery's winemaker, Christopher Tracy, makes several chardonnay-based wines in a wide range of styles. For my money, his all-steel Scuttlehole Chardonnay is consistently the best and is the wine against which I judge...

New York Cork Report 1204 days ago

Seats Still Available for Heart & Hands Dinner at Luce & Hawkins

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor We still have a few seats available for our next "New York Beverage Artisan Dinner" at Luce & Hawkins on Monday, July 11 at 7p.m. Tom Higgins, co-owner and winemaker at Heart & Hands Wine...

New York Cork Report 1204 days ago

A First Impression of the Hudson Valley Wine Country, Part 2

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The tasting room at Benmarl Winery. By Julia Burke, Beer Editor Day two of my Hudson Valley adventure was all about wine tasting, but before wine there has to be coffee, and we kicked off the day with a trip...

New York Cork Report 1204 days ago

What We Drank (July 6, 2011): Dedicated to Deb Whiting, Dave Whiting and Red Newt Cellars

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor This week, we dedicate our What We Drank feature to Red Newt Cellars, winemaker Dave Whiting and especially Debra Whiting, who was taken from us and the world far too soon. And, we've invited members...

New York Cork Report 1205 days ago

Vineyard Visuals: Established Chardonnay Becomes Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc at Peconic Bay Winery

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From Jim Silver, General Manager, Peconic Bay Winery: "Here’s a picture of our Block 1 Chardonnay on Oregon Road being grafted over to Pinot Noir 777 and Pinot Noir 667 (2.2 acres), and Cabernet Franc #2 and Cabernet Franc #4...

New York Cork Report 1205 days ago

Bouke Wines, Scarola Vineyards and Comtesse Therese Available at New "Tasting Room" at the Portly Grape

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The crowd at Winebar's opening last Thursday night. By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor When Theresa Dilworth closed The Tasting Room on Peconic Lane, some wondered where they'd be able to taste and buy wines from producers like Bouke Wines and...

New York Cork Report 1206 days ago

Finger Lakes Prepares to Honor Deb Whiting's Remarkable Life

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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor Photo by Morgan Dawson Photography You could forgive Judy Wiltberger for feeling skeptical about what she just heard. It was summer, 1989, and maybe the warm air and stunning views had imbued the region with...

New York Cork Report 1207 days ago

Deb Whiting Dies in Car Accident; Dave Whiting Injured

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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor We are devastated to report the loss of Deb Whiting, co-owner and chef of Red Newt Cellars and Red Newt Bistro. Deb died in a car accident last night while returning home from Vermont with...

New York Cork Report 1210 days ago

Wolffer Estate Vineyards 2008 "Perle" Chardonnay

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor It is my personal opinion that there is way too much chardonnay planted on Long Island. I know all the reasons why its there -- easy to grow, customer demand, etc. -- but chardonnay is...

New York Cork Report 1210 days ago

5 Finger Lakes Restaurants & Eateries That the NYCR Staff Should Frequent More Often

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By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor This list is a kind of public to-do list for me. It is not perfect or complete. This is not the list of the five best places to eat, or anything like that. But anyone...

New York Cork Report 1211 days ago

Macari Vineyards 2010 "Katherine's Field" Sauvignon Blanc

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Almost since its inception in 1995, Macari Vineyards, located in the North Fork town of Mattituck, has been a top producers of Long Island sauvignon blanc. The 100% stainless steel "Katherine's Field" bottling in particular...

New York Cork Report 1211 days ago

What We Drank (June 28, 2011)

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor Here's a sampling of what our editors and contributors are drinking: David Flaherty: De la Senne Wadesda #1 (a series of barrel experiments) In the slightly sketchy outskirts of Brussels, Yvan de Baets and Bernard...

New York Cork Report 1213 days ago

G. Love to Headline July 4 Event at Jedediah Hawkins Inn

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By Mark Grimaldi, Director, Marketing and Events On Monday, July 4, Luce & Hawkins Restaurant at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport will host an event that is sure to be talked about for quite some time: a 90-person ticketed...

New York Cork Report 1213 days ago

Times Union New York Wine Club: June 2011 Selections

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor May's Times Union New York Wine Club selections are on their way to members today and tomorrow, so it's once again time to announce the selections and share a bit about them. For our Basic-Level...

New York Cork Report 1214 days ago

Voting Ends Today for the 2011 Wine Blog Awards

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor One more reminder and then we're done talking about this for a while. Today is your last chance to go vote for us -- if you think us worthy of course -- along with your...

New York Cork Report 1214 days ago

Buffalo Beer Week Invades WNY

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor Residents of the City of Buffalo may have noticed a strange phenomenon last week: all beer-loving residents suddenly became completely unavailable at work, at home and in their social lives. Every craft beer enthusiast in...

New York Cork Report 1214 days ago
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