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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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I Witness: Holly Miranda at the Mystery Spot in Phoenicia

On Sunday August 8, rising singer-songwriter Holly Miranda performed at Laura Levine’s Mystery Spot in Phoenicia as part of the store’s annual summer Music for Front Porch series. She decided...
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I Witness: Tracy Bonham at the Bearsville Theater

Tracy Bonham, who divides her time between Brooklyn (my old home) and Woodstock (my new one), launched her lovely new album Masts of Manhatta, with a concert at Woodstock’s Bearvsille...
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I Feel Better: Hot Chip at Central Park Summerstage

On Wednesday August 4, the wife and I took a round trip to Manhattan to see Hot Chip at Central Park’s Summerstage. It’s one of our favorite venues, especially for...
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