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At the onset of spring break, Priya and I drove out to Montauk, for a few days of eternal horizons, crashing waves, and wine.  From the three wineries on Long Island’s South Fork, we chose to visit two (or rather I chose two and Priya offered support), beginning with Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton.  With 50% of their grapes grown on site, and the rest from a handful of vineyards on the North Fork (where land is more affordable in comparison), Channing Daughters offered over twelve wines for tasting, some of which are quite fine. (more…)

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On the night of the great VP debates, the Imbibe Wine Club met to sample some 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon from California.  We had three from the Napa/Sonoma region, and one from Carmel Valley in Central Coast.  With the intention of focusing on tasting notes until Sarah Palin’s face appeared (warranting belligerent screams from our crowd of four), we did just that, fueling our ire with a nice selection of hearty American wines.   (more…)

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Located at the beginning of Brooklyn’s Broadway, in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge, Bridge Urban Winery is the official tasting and sales room of Bridge Vineyards on Long Island’s North Fork.  And though they plan to ferment and bottle their own wines onsite some time soon, they now offer a fine array of New York wines, including their own Brooklyn Bridge label series crafted by owners Greg Sandor and Paul Wegimont with winemaker Eric Fry (of Lenz Winery), by the taste and flight.  For off-premise drinking one can grab a few bottles to go from their even larger selection of wines from the Empire State. (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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Yesterday, Carlos and I drove up the Teconic to visit a few award winning wineries in the Hudson River Valley, beginning with Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, in Millbrook, New York.  Originally a dairy farm, purchased by John and Kathe Dyson in 1979, these 130 acres and converted barn make for a lovely day trip to the country side. (more…)

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Thursday night saw the inauguration of the Imbibe NY Wine Club, with only three members in attendance–Jenn, myself, and Farrel.  Being so close to the 4th of July, we decided to begin with American wines, Pinot Gris from Oregon, of which we sampled three: Firesteed (2005), Bethel Heights (2006), and ElvenGlade (2006), all of which were so remarkably different, at times it was hard to believe they were born from the same grape. (more…)

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Last night Carlos and I walked a few blocks at dusk to Nectar (2235 Frederick Douglass Blvd.), the new and only wine bar in Harlem.  Having passed it a few times on my way to Harlem Vintage (same owners) next door, I was both titilated by a wine bar so close to home and skeptical, wondering how anyone could possibly  construct an inviting environment inside one of those new-fab store fronts popping up (and still unoccupied) all over uptown. (more…)

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