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Wine Buying: Don't Follow the Numbers

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - It's happened to me and it's happened to you. You walk into a wine shop, looking for a bottle of wine to drink when you get home. Browsing the shop's shelves, you realize that you don't recognize any of the labels and you have no idea what to buy.


Resolve to Expand Your Wine Geekdom

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - I love the beginning of a new calendar year—new chapters, clean slates and all that. But, I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions. I do have one standing resolution year in and year out that I don’t even bother writing down: learn more about wine.


Learn Wine on Your Home Turf

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Last week I told you about some of the best local places to learn about wine. But, you definitely do not have to take classes to expand your wine-tasting and wine-loving horizons. Of course, there's no better way to learn about wine than to taste wine — a lot of wine. But, you can do that from the comfort and affordability of your own home.


More Medical Uses for that Merlot

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health have come up with yet another reason for us — particularly men who suffer from hypertension — to drink red wine. Apparently, drinking one or two glasses of red wine a day — the default definition of moderation — can decrease the risk of heart attack by 30%.


Visit Your Local Wineries Today

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - The headline for this article says it all. Turn off your computer - after reading the rest of Hamptons.com of course - get in your car and go visit a local winery or two, or even three.


Love LI Wine? Make Your Own.

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Many of our local winemakers—the ones making the wines many of us love so much—started off making wine at home. Their basements, garages, and kitchens served as mini-wineries. It's where they got their start and first realized the power of making wine yourself.


March Sips and Slurps

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - As spring begins, I thought it a good time to catch up on some one-off wines and news bits that I have dog-eared in my tasting notebook—notes that just haven’t made it into any stories for a variety of reasons.


October Sips And Slurps

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Today may be Halloween, but there isn't anything scary going on in wine country—unless the conclusion of a tremendous harvest season scares you. From what I've heard, 2007 might well end up being a classic vintage for Long Island wines.


Macari Vineyards – Ready For The Holidays

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Last week, I told you a bit about Macari Vineyards and their newly released 2007 Early Wine. As I was thinking about this week's column, I thought it worthwhile to explore Macari a bit more. You see, Macari Vineyards is a winery that does things a little differently.


A Wine That Stopped Me In My Tracks

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Known widely as the "heartbreak" grape, pinot noir is difficult to grow anywhere, but in Long Island's humid climate and sometimes-unpredictable weather, it's even harder. So, much of the time, Long Island isn't a destination for lovers of pinot noir. But every now and then there's a gem amongst bottlings.


Italian Roots. Long Island Grapes.

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Taking a look around Long Island wine country, it's easy to see the Italian and Italian-American influence. Among the thirty-plus East End producers we have many owned by people of Italian heritage, most of whom grew up making wine with their families. Two of the region's newest producers — Medolla Vineyards and Scarola Vineyards — continue that tradition.


Where and What to Taste This Weekend

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - In a wine region as small as our own local one, many of the wineries only make a few hundred cases of each of the wines in their portfolio. You might be thinking to yourself “So what?” right now, but these small-run wines can sell out quickly and the wines available at Long Island tasting rooms can change regularly — even week to week.


Harbes Family Farm: Much More Than Pumpkins, Corn, And Hayrides

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Harbes Family Farm, located on the North Fork in Mattituck, is a Long Island institution. You've heard of it and have probably been there if the massive weekend traffic jams are to be believed. Now they have expanded and are offering private lable wine.


Lieb Family Cellars – Sparkling And Delicious

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Lieb Famly Cellars, housed in a tiny, modern tasting room adjacent to the East Coast's lone custom-winemaking facility - Premium Wine Group - is a winery that is too often overlooked. Maybe it's the tucked-away location. Maybe it's the lack of a star winemaker serving as the face of the winery. One thing's for sure – it's not the wines.


Born in Steel. Born for Spring.

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - "I don't like chardonnay." You've probably heard friends say those very words. Heck, maybe you've even said them yourself. You should stop saying it, because I'm not buying it. And the chardonnay grape isn't the object of your disdain. Over-zealous winemakers who rely too heavily on new oak barrels are to blame.


Interview with David Page of Shinn Estate Vineyards

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - Shinn Estate Vineyards, nestled on Long Island's bucolic North Fork, is a winery you should know about. They produce award-winning, terroir-driven wines and they are one of only a few producers who employ many organic and biodynamic grape farming techniques.


September Sips and Slurps

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - The 2007 grape harvest is underway and I thought this a good time to tell you about some of the fun and exciting things going on in our local wine world.


Bubblicious Year Round

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - What's that you say? Too early to start reading about sparkling wine? Sparkling wine, whether you call it Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, or just bubbly, is perfect for any celebration.


Time For Some R&R – Raphael and Reds

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - When Richard Olsen-Harbich, winemaker at Peconic's Raphael, started his winemaking career, it was in the Finger Lakes region of central New York. Now at Raphael in Peconic, the focus is set squarely on red wines, particularly merlot and cabernet franc.


May Sips And Slurps

by Lenn Thompson
On The Vine - May is always a busy month in wine country. Tasting rooms are ramping up in preparation for the busy season, which kicks off after the holiday weekend, and a wide array of new wines have hit the market lately as well - just in time for all those new tasting room visitors to enjoy them.


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