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Vines and Vows

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Weddings and receptions are unforgettable moments in ones life no matter where they happen, but these days couples on Long Island (and Manhattan) looking to do something a little different need only to look east - way east - to make their special day even more memorable. They need only to look at Long Island wine country.


Wine on the Web

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - The Wine Spectator. The Wine Advocate. Wine Enthusiast. Decanter…there is a seemingly endless array of wine magazines on the market today. Beyond glossy wine magazines and newsletters, there are literally thousands and thousands of wine books. But, over the past few years, Internet has become a premier — and free —resource for everything wine.


Local Wineries Weak on the Web

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Overall, the Long Island wine industry deserves good grades for its wine— maybe a B or B- — but when it comes to using the Internet to promote itself and these wines, it gets an F. Don't get me wrong, there are a few websites out there that do a great job marketing to the masses but most miss the mark.


Celebrate Father's Day in Wine Country

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Sunday is Father's Day—and thanks to the four-month old who currently runs our household, this is my first Father's Day as a father. Father's Day gifts aren't as easy to choose as those for Mother's Day. My wife is planning a day in wine country for our little family and my parents—who will be in town—as well. Sometimes it's the simple things that make the best gifts.


Profile: Roman Roth of Wolffer Estate Vineyards

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Roman Roth, the well-regarded winemaker at Wolffer Estate Vineyards in Sagaponack, started his winemaking career at the tender age of 16. But, it was a natural thing for the German-born Roth.


Six Spanish Super Stars Among the World's Best Reds

On The Vine - We LOVE Spanish wines. As with the warm and charming people of Spain — Spanish wines are very easy to like.


Big, Juicy and Fruit-Forward Aussie Stars!

On The Vine - The new millennium has been kind to New World wines, especially those from Australia. Australia keeps producing big, juicy, and fruit-forward Shiraz and Cabernets that Americans love to drink and they come with fairly low prices.


Corey Creek Vineyards Celebrates 2005 Vintage Gewurztraminer

On The Vine - The image will adorn a limited release of the wine (350 cases only) perfect for art and wine aficionados. The 2005 Gewürztraminer will be available for $25 per 750ml bottle beginning Memorial Day 2006 just in time to kick off the summer season and celebrations.


Three Vintages. Three Styles. One Grape.

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Chardonnay. The mere mention of this polarizing grape elicits a response in most any wine drinker — be it cheerful enthusiasm or brooding disdain. To winemakers, ripe chardonnay grapes are akin to a luxurious block of pristine marble — beautiful in its natural state, but at the mercy of the artisan's whim and manipulation.


Tiny Tasting Room. Titan Taste.

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Tucked at the end of a dirt-and-gravel driveway north of Route 48 on Elijah's Lane in Mattituck, Sherwood House Vineyards' tasting room may be tiny, but the wines are far from it.


Raphael Winery: The Spectator. Donald Trump. MoMa.

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Raphael Winery, founded in 1996 in Peconic, features one of the North Fork's grandest tasting rooms. But, recent press coverage and activities serve as fun and interesting reminders.


Jamesport Vineyards and SPAT - Shellfish and Chardonnay

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - On Sunday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m. Jamesport Vineyards, on Route 25 in Jamesport, will be holding a Wine & Oyster Tasting to benefit the Southold Project for Aquaculture Training (SPAT). Take a tour of the vines with us.


Local Flavor from Peconic Bay Winery

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Peconic Bay — you've had the scallops and other shellfish — but have you had the wines? Winemaker Greg Gove crafts a wide range of wines — from unquestionably sweet, entry-level wines to simple, good-value blends to vintage-dependant quality reds to some of the best locally made aromatic whites.


Waters Crest Winery – A Passionate Profession

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Waters Crest Winery, co-owned by Jim and Linda Waters, is one of the smaller winemaking operations on the Island — tucked into a small industrial park in Cutchogue. But, a small tasting room and modest production facilities certainly don't mean that the resulting wines are diminutive.


Grillin' and Chillin' with Style

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Most Americans drink beer, lager or ale with grilled fare at their weekend BBQs — and with good reason. But, remember, wine isn’t a snobby, pretentious luxury item, and it can be an ideal match for grilled food. Plus, it’s not as filling as beer, or as potent as a margarita.


The Rich Reds (and More) From Roanoke

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Compared to many of its North Fork brethren, Roanoke Vineyards' tasting room, owner-run by Rich and Soraya Pisacano, and packed with rustic charm, isn't grandiose — but their rich, flavorful wines sure are.


Great 48 — Touring LI's Northernmost Wine Trail

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Long Island wine country is divided into three unofficial wine trails—The Hamptons on the South Fork and Route 25 and Route 48 on the North Fork. To help you get the most out of your foray into Long Island wine country this is the first of a three-part series, with each focusing on one of Long Island's wine trails. This week, we begin with the northernmost trail, Route 48.


The League of Long Island Winemakers - LIMA Captures Long Island's Terroir

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Last fall Raphael, Pellegrini Vineyards, Sherwood House Vineyards, Shinn Estate Vineyards, and Wolffer Estate Vineyards formed the Long Island Merlot Alliance (LIMA). Their goal is to promote merlot as Long Island’s signature grape variety.


Belgian-Style Beer (Not Baseball) in Cooperstown (Not Brussels)

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Who knew that Belgium, or at least Belgian-style ale, is fewer than 300 miles away? Last weekend, I visited Cooperstown, NY to pay homage to...Belgian beer. Travel a few miles outside of this baseball-obsessed town in Upstate New York and you'll find a delicious, authentic taste of Brussels at Brewery Ommegang.


Quality Not Quantity Rules the Hamptons Winery Scene

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Almost a month ago, we began our tour of Long Island's wine trails on its northernmost route, Route 48, where small, owner-run operations are the norm. This week, we'll hop on the Shelter Island ferry and head to the Hamptons — not for the beaches or the rich and famous — but for the wines.


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