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Martha Clara going German for a weekend

RIVERHEAD, Long Island — Martha Clara Vineyards, never a snob about beverages, will host its 11th annual Oktoberfest the weekend of September 8-9.

German beers, food music — and wine, of course — will be available at the North Fork facility from 1 to 5 p.m. each day.

This is a rain-or-shine event. Admission is $10 for each day. Click here for Saturday tickets, or here for Sunday tickets.

Martha Clara is located at 6025 Sound Avenue. However, the Herricks Lane entrance will be used for Oktoberfest visitors. Phone: (631) 298-0075.

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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Beer Event, Wineries


Rooster Hill debuts its first Sauvignon Blanc

You may have to get your local wine merchant to special-order it, but a Finger Lakes winery has just released a limited amount of its first Sauvignon Blanc in a region best known for its Rieslings.

The wine, made from a grape variety that originated in western France, is getting very good early reviews, which should mean the 65-case supply from Rooster Hill Vineyards will go fast.

Rooster Hill, located on the east side of Keuka Lake, actually made the wine from grapes grown on the east side of Seneca Lake at Sawmill Creek Vineyards, also its supplier for Chardonnay grapes.

Winemaker Barry Tortolon split the 1.5 tons of purchased grapes into different lots and fermented them using two different yeasts to provide different notes — one grassy and steely, the other fruity — then blended them into one final product.

Rooster Hill Vineyards is located at 489 Route 54 near Penn Yan. Phone: (315) 536-4773.

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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Wineries


10 NY wines best-of-class in California competition

LONG BEACH, CA — The Long Beach Grand Cru competition held over the weekend was a medal bumper crop for New York State wines — 115 medals, among them 10 best-of-class, 26 gold, 55 silver and 24 bronze.

Best-of-class winners, which were in the final “sweepstakes” round, included:

• 1 for 21 Brix — Ella’s Red (Concord) from Lake Erie

• 1 for Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2– 010 Estate Dry Riesling

• 2 for Coyote Moon — Twisted Sister (Frontenac) and Marquette

• 2 for Goose Watch  — 2011 Diamond and 2011 Rose of Isabella

• 4 for Swedish Hill —  2011 Riesling, Niagara, Catawba, and 2010 Late Harvest Vignoles

Gold medals went to 21 Brix Raspberry, 2011 Dry Riesling, 2011 Gewurztraminer, and 2011 Chardonnay; Anyela’s Vineyards 2010 Riesling and 2008 Cabernet Franc; Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Chardonnay Proprietor’s Reserve, 2010 Semi-Dry Estate Riesling and 2011 Semi-Dry Estate Riesling; Coyote Moon La Crescent; Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010 Rkatsiteli, 2011 Dry Riesling, and 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling;

Also, Goose Watch 2011 Cabernet Franc and 2010 Traminette; Hazlitt 2010 Riesling Homestead Reserve; Johnson Estate 2011 Delaware and Concord; Penguin Bay Tuxedo Red and 2011 Riesling; Sparkling Pointe 2009 Topaz Imperial, North Fork of Long Island; Swedish Hill 2011 Chardonnary-Riesling Blue Waters, Blanc de Blanc, 2011 Dry Riesling, and 2011 Cayuga White; and Wagner Vineyards 2010 Riesling Estate Bottled.

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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Competition, Wineries


Schenectady County winery NYS’s newest

NISKAYUNA — New York’s newest winery has opened in a location that might surprise many people.

Capoccia Vineyards & Winery, located at 2820 Balltown Road in this Schenectady County community, is a project involving Domenic Capoccia, owner of Northeastern Contracting, and three sons, Nick, 21, Justin, 18, and Michael, 15, that is an outgrowth of a longtime family hobby of making wine.

The new enterprise’s tasting room and store — shown above right — sells seven varieties of wine, all made from New York grapes. Three varietals are grown on three acres here, the rest sourced from the Finger Lakes.

The tasting room is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. The seven wines it stocks were made from the 2011 harvest — Cabernet Franc, Vignoles, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Traminette and Rosette. They are priced from $12 to $20, depending on varietal.

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Millbrook expands its reserve tasting portfolio

MILBROOK — Millbrook Winery has unveiled a new reserve wine tasting program.

The Dutchess County winery is offering a five-sample flight of its premium wines for $25 per person from 1 to 4 p.m. Wines in the lineup include estate-grow and -bottled along with a Pinot Noir from it sister winery, Williams Selyem. That means wines from the Hudson River Region as well as from California’s Russian River Valley and Central Coast Region.

In addition, Millbrook is offering an expanded wine-by-the-glass menu, featuring eight more reserve wines in addition to those previously available from its Portfolio Sampler Tasting. Each of the wines is available by the sample or by the glass.

The selection:

2011 Tocai Friulano – Hilltop Hill
2010 Grand Reserve Chardonnay
2010 Grand Reserve Pinot Noir
2009 Williams Selyem Central Coast Pinot Noir
2008 Cabernet Franc Proprietor’s Special Reserve
2010 Chardonnay Block Two West
2009 Williams Selyem Unoaked Chardonnay
2010 Pinot Noir Proprietor’s Special Reserve

Millbrook Winery is located at 26 Wing Road. Phone: (845) 677-6186.

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Posted by on July 15, 2012 in Wineries


Split-weekend sangria festival at Benmarl

MARLBORO — Benmarl Winery’s 7th annual Sangria Festival is set for double exposure — the weekends of July 21-22 and August 18-19.

For a $20 admission fee, attendees will get a souvenir wine glass, vineyard and cellar yours, sangria samples and be entertained by live music and Flamenco dance. The event will run from noon to 7 p.m. each day Food, additional sangria and wine will be available each day.

There also are several discount admission offers. For example, Wine Club members will receive free admission for two people, or 25% discount advance admissions are available by going online and entering promo code NL7.

Bemmarl is located at 156 Highland Avenue Marlboro, Ulster County. Phone: (845) 236-4265.

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Posted by on July 12, 2012 in Hudson Valley, Wineries


Brooklyn wineries offering orange wines

BROOKLYN — Someone once said Americans will drink or eat anything if it’s colored orange. At least two New York wineries are hoping that’s true.

Both the Brooklyn Winery and Brooklyn Oenology have produced unusual wines from oranges.

A 2010 Brooklyn Winery Finger Lakes Orange Chardonnay is being offered for $22 for a 375ml “half bottle,” or $15 by the glass at its 213 North Eighth Street location (between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street).

A 2010 Brooklyn Oenology Orange Pinot Gris is being offered at $25 for a 750ml bottle, or $11 by the glass at its 209 Wythe Avenue (at North Third Street) location.

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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Tasting Room, Wine