Monthly Archives: August 2010

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Summer Wine Review Part 5: A great Vinho Verde

This time last year, I was bitching about the poor quality of a cheap Vinho Verde that seemed to be making regular appearances around our summer circuit. Not any more....
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Summer Wine Review Part 4: The Summer of Riesling

Some of us have been banging on about this for years: Riesling is the King – or, if you prefer, the Queen – of white wines. And yet it’s madly...
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Summer Wine Review Part 3: An Excellent Italian Rosé

Finding a good rosé for summer drinking is not as easy as it sounds. The Provençal favorites typically push $15 and more these days, and to be honest, and much...
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Summer Wine Review Part 2: Two takes on Loire grapes

DOMAINE DE LA PÉPIÈRE “LA PÉPIE” Cabernet Franc, VINS DE PAYS DU VAL DE LOIRE, 2009, $13.50 Marc Ollivier, he of the renowned Muscadets, steps into the rather overdone world...
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Summer Wine Review Part 1: Long Island Whites

BOUKÉ, White Table Wine, North Fork of Long Island, 2008, $17 SHINN ESTATES, Coalescence, North Fork of Long Island, 2009, $14 I came across both these relatively new companies at...
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I Witness: the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice

The inaugural Phoenicia Festival of the Voice took place in our local Catskills village this past weekend, August 13-15, and by all standards, was a runaway hit. Envisaged by local...
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I WItness: Mercury Rev and Dean & Britta on Phoenicia Main Street

Coinciding with Phoenicia’s first Festival of the Voice, the Mystery Spot Antiques store on the village’s Main Street hosted its biggest (and best) porch series Sunday lunchtime show yet this...
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I Witness: Khaira Arby at the Bard Spiegeltent

Two years ago, Hudson Valley radio DJ Raissa St. Pierre traveled all the way to Timbuktu to experience its annual Festival Au-Desert. There she fell in love with the music...
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