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Learn Wine Locally

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - If you live (or work) in Manhattan, its many culinary schools, endless wine shops and private companies all make finding wine classes about as hard as finding a pizza joint or a Starbucks. For those of us on Long Island it can be a bit more challenging. But, as the wine region grows and improves its standing, several wineries and organizations are offering a broad spectrum of classes.


Pellegrini Vineyard: Primo Red. Value Whites.

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Pellegrini Vineyards' winemaker, Russell Hearn, began his winemaking career when most of us are just learning to drive a care - at the age of 16. In 1991, Hearn brought his considerable winemaking skills to the North Fork as Pellegrini Vineyards first - and only - winemaker.


Verjus – Very Versatile

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - What do you get when you pick wine grapes at half ripeness and bottle it without fermentation (so it stays grape juice and doesn't become wine)? It's called verjus and there's no reason to be embarrassed if you've never heard of it.


Five Great Long Island Whites That You've Never Heard Of

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - You probably know by now that world-class wines being made right in your own back yard, right? That's right — right here on Long Island. The Long Island wine region, born in 1973 with Hargrave Vineyards, has grown to include more than sixty vineyards and almost forty wineries.


A Sip For Dessert

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Long Island isn't only about merlot. There is bay full of chardonnay, in a wide array of styles, made every year. Cabernet franc, the often-dismissed variety of Bordeaux, also does very well, particularly on the North Fork. Too often, our region's delectable dessert wines go unnoticed. So which wines are Long Island's best dessert wines?


Wine Trail Tour: Route 25 — Part 1

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - In previous columns we've visited the North Fork's northernmost wine route — Route 48 — and the three wineries in the Hamptons. This week, we tackle the longest and most densely populated of all Long Island wine trails — Route 25 (also known as Main Road) on the North Fork.


Wine Trail Tour: Route 25 - Part 2

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - To finish up our 2006 tour of Long Island's wineries, let's return to the most-populous route — 25 or Main Road — to look at a few more wineries that we didn't touch on last time.


Wines For The Day After

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Pick up most any magazine or newspaper this week and you'll find wine pairing recommendations for Thanksgiving dinner. You'll read that this variety or that variety is best with the day's wide array of foods and flavors. Some will even say that you should drink only American wine for this American holiday. The advice is endless and all over the place.


Beaujolais Nouveau and Jungwein

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Every year it happens — Beaujolais Nouveau descends upon U.S. wine shops like fruit fries on new wines fermenting in the cellar. It's every where. As much as I dislike these imported nouveaus, one local producer makes a chardonnay nouveau — named Early Wine — that I fell for a couple years ago and continue my love affair with to this day.


Holiday Gifts and Sips

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Don’t waste your time giving lame, traditional gifts this holiday season. Your siblings have enough sweaters. Your parents don’t need a new toaster oven. And trust me, your boss doesn’t want a Starbucks gift card. This year, give the gift of wine – or wine-related fun.


The Best Long Island Wines of 2006

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - At the end of every calendar year, it’s always fun to reflect on the year that was. So, as 2006 comes to an unseasonably warm close, I thought I’d list and highlight some of my favorite Long Island wines of 2006.


Channing Daughters: Come for the Chardonnay, Get Stuck in the Mudd

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Channing Daughters Winery, on Scuttlehole Road in Bridgehampton, is one of my favorite Long Island winery visits — even if I don't get down there as often as I'd like to. The grounds, tasting room and many wine labels feature the artwork of owner Walter Channing, giving the entire experience an upscale, yet comfortable feel.


Holiday Happenings in Wine Country

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Like just about everywhere else this time of year, wine country is coming alive once again after a short, post-harvest breather. Here are just some of the fun things going on in coming weeks.


Wine in the Hamptons Part 1: Wolffer Estate

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - If you ask most wine lovers about wine in the Hamptons, they are going to tell you about Wolffer Estate. Yes, for many, Wolffer is the wine of the Hamptons.


Wine Basics: How to Store After You Leave the Store

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - If you're like most Americans, that bottle of wine you just bought today isn't going to last long. You'll drink it within the next few days. In that scenario, how and where you store wine isn't nearly as important as if you buy a case of Long Island's finest merlot and want to allow it to develop over the next decade.


Not All Things Get Better With Age

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Last week we talked a little bit about the best places and ways to store your wine — information that is important for any wine lover to know. Now that you know where to store your wine, how long will it last? This week we'll uncork some information on how to choose wines that will age the best (if at all) and offer some local bottlings that deserve a place in any wine cellar.


An Open Letter to Wine Price Whiners

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Long Island Wine consumers often ask "Where are the good values?" and "Why should I pay $20 for a local wine that is only as good as a $10 one from Australia?" Well, just like your favorite bottle of Long Island merlot, a discussion of wine prices and price-to-value ratios is a complex and nuanced one. There are dozens of factors that drive wine pricing.


August Sips and Slurps

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Summer is winding down, with the official Hamptons season coming to a close this weekend. These are the times of year when I find myself reflecting on the previous season and looking to the next one. It's also a great time to catch up on some news, happenings, and wines that I just haven't gotten around to telling you about yet.


A Chat with the Founding Mother of Long Island Wine

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - I often refer to Lousia Thomas Hargrave as the "founding mother" of Long Island wine. In 1973, she and her then-husband Alex co-founded Hargrave Vineyards and planted the wine grapes in the North Fork's first commercial vineyard. She also helped found the Long Island Wine Council and is one of the most respected an influential people in the Long Island wine region.


Why Stick With Corks on the Forks?

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - You can talk all you want about stainless steel vs. oak barrels or merlot vs. cabernet sauvignon. The real wine fight these days is natural cork vs. alternative closure — especially screw caps. Every winemaker, winery owner, and wine lover has his or her opinion on the matter—and consensus seems impossible.


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