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Archive for August, 2008

Last week, I spent a couple of days on Long Island’s North Fork, before heading up to Maine.  With 34 wineries and tasting rooms to choose from (enough to make anyone’s bed spin), I based my selections on notes from Brooklyn Uncorked!-the Long Island wine event at BAM-and on recommendations received along the way. I visited four on the first day: Paumanok, Jamesport, Macari, and Lieb Family Cellars.  Paumanok poured a delicious Chenin Blanc (full of pineapple and minerality with a steely dry finish at $28 a bottle), but I will haven’t much to say about the experience at Jamesport. (more…)

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At five o’clock on the dot Caitlin and I met at Terroir, located at 413 East 12th Street and open since March, for happy hour where five wines are available at $6 a glass.  Our concerns about getting a place at the bar weren’t unfounded, as last time we tried to visit, the space spit us out on the sidewalk before we could get through the door. This time, punctuality paid off.  In less than an hour, the skies tore open in a downpour as I looked around the room and saw that there wasn’t a stool left free in the house. (more…)

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The Imbibe Wine Club met for the second time last night, with four in attendance–Kelleigh, Caitlin, Jenn, and myself, to sample some Chablis.  I chose this wine because it’s August, and because I wanted an excuse to visit Burgundy Wine Company, on West 26th Street, where I raised the bar on our $20 limit, because Chablis isn’t cheap.  After experiencing the essence of garbage juice, Chablis remains a bit of a mystery.  I know I have loved this wine in the past.  Perhaps we should have done the tasting differently by pooling our sources and buying a more expensive bottle, because after last night, I am left wanting…even questioning the future of my relationship with Chablis. (more…)

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While it wasn’t actual Champagne that was served aboard the Classic Harbor Line Manhattan, but rather some kind of Brut, I was able to overlook the false advertising because it was all you could drink.  Yep. Shortly after leaving Pier 59, the bar opened, and for 90 minutes, all passengers could frequent the bar for as much complimentary “Champagne” as they liked (without ever having to wait long on line). (more…)

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