12/13/17 5:59am

A bottle of Macari Vineyards 2017 Early Wine. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

With Thanksgiving behind us and the winter holiday season right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about holiday parties — hosting, attending and maybe even crashing them.

What should you serve? What should you bring? It can be hard, specially if you don’t know all of the attendees and what they like in terms of wine.

This week’s “Wine of the Week” Macari Vineyards 2017 “Early Wine” Chardonnay ($20) is a great pick for a variety of reasons.

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11/22/17 6:02am

A bottle of Rockwell Wines 2012 Cabernet Franc. ( Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Local wine lovers know most of the winemakers in the region. They may even know some of the vineyard managers, at least by name. But there are so many other people involved in the making of the wines we love that many people might not know. Andrew Rockwell is one of those people. (more…)

11/10/17 6:02am

Bedell Cellars Cottage Cider. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

There was a time in this country’s history when hard apple cider was the drink of choice — not wine or beer. That has obviously changed since then, but cider has made a serious comeback in recent years.

A lot of the cider you find on shelves today isn’t very good. It is mass-produced, sweet and unbalanced, and meant more as a beer alternative than anything else. It’s packaged as such, too, available in six packs at just about any store that also sells beer. These ciders aren’t very interesting and you’ll probably never see them mentioned in these pages. (more…)

11/03/17 9:11am

A bottle of Paumanok Vineyards Assemblage. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

You’ll find a lot of “Bordeaux blends” on the North Fork. Most wineries produce them and if they don’t wear Meritage on the label, they often have other proprietary names. Like with any other category of wine from any region there are the good examples, mediocre examples and, yes,  bad examples — although there are far fewer of those these days. (more…)

10/21/17 6:01am

A bottle of Mattebella Vineyards 2016 Rosé. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

This week’s “Wine of the Week,” Mattebella Vineyards 2016 Rose ($21) found its way into my glass via my wife. She recently went wine tasting to celebrate a friend’s birthday and brought it home among an armful of other bottles. She enjoys finding delicious local wines that I maybe haven’t had in awhile. (more…)