A bottle of Roanoke VIneyards Rosé of Cabernet Franc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)
If you quickly glance at this week’s “Wine of the Week,” Roanoke Vineyards 2016 Rosé of Cabernet Franc, you might think it a white wine — it’s that light in its copper tint.
On that color, Roanoke Vineyards’ Scott Sandell told me in an email, “Visuals are important, but we didn’t shape this wine around them. It’s not dyed or otherwise altered for good looks. We don’t go there with any of the wines, and this one is just lighter in color; not a lot of skin contact: styled for taste over color.”
He’s right. It’s light on color but not on flavor.(more…)
“We live out here, we believe in the area and we believe that we can contribute with jobs and the burgeoning tourism industry,” Chekijian said after the Riverhead Town Planning Board discussed the application Thursday. (more…)
A bottle of Palmer Vineyards Albariño. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)
It can be easy to forget that the Long Island wine industry was founded in 1973, not that long ago as far as wine regions go. For comparison, Pliny the Elder recorded the first evidence of vines in Bordeaux in 71 AD.
Long Island has done well for itself in its first 40 plus years, but when you look at the region with a global perspective, it’s still a toddler. Maybe even a baby.
Several grapes have come and gone over the course of Long Island wine country’s history — zinfandel was even tried early on — and a handful of grapes have emerged as those showing great promise here. Those include merlot, chardonnay, cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc. (more…)
As dozens of families headed out of town to warmer destinations for spring break, their four-legged friends were left in good hands.
We’re talking, of course, about the more than 50 dogs and five cats who checked into the Hydrant Hotel in Riverhead this past week.
The Raynor Avenue facility, which opened 18 months ago, aims to make leaving your pet for vacation a stress-free experience.
“The idea behind the Hydrant Hotel was to offer an all-inclusive type resort for people’s pets,” manager and head trainer Vinny Buscemi said. “So while you’re away on vacation, your dog can be here taking part in all that we have to offer.” (more…)
Local rosé made entirely from merlot is rarely interesting or, frankly, anything more than mediocre. It tends to be very one-dimensional and lack freshness. Some might even call it boring. Okay, I’d call it that too.