Monday, May 28, 2012

Mark and Lynn find Croteaux Vineyards a good place to get into the summer frame of mind...

Lynn and I had been intrigued by the Croteaux Vineyard in Southold NY for awhile and we finally got around to visiting it recently buyoued by the occassional near summer-like day of late here on Long Island.  Lynn and I like rose, but enjoy it more when it is hot and sunny so that drinking it not only feels right it feels purposeful.

The vineyard is probably the most charming and beautiful that we have seen on Long Island with its European style tasting barn and courtyard with bistro style chairs an outdoor bar and artful touches like a wall composed of empty wine bottles.

Lynn and I tried a flight of six of the vineyard's rose offerings and truth be told only a couple really appealled to us and we probably would have bought only one (the "Sauvage" Merlot Rose which had a full body and a nose that reminded me of Lynn's lingerie drawer).  Still, the staff was very sweet and attractive (Lynn and I got a kick out of  the young exotic looking woman who slinked over to us with our check and swiped our credit card through her I-Pad with elan).  So, we will return and we will concentrate on having our favorite out of the many roses.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Crushed Olive opens in Sayville

There are wine nerds, beer nerds, cheese nerds, cocktail nerds and so on.  Add to that vinegar and oil nerds with the recent opening of The Crushed Olive in Sayville.  TCO carries a seemingly endless array of olive oils and vinegars.  Lynn has bought a half dozen of the infused style olive oils and vinegars and we have enjoyed them all immensely particularly the blood orange infused olive oil which adds real richness and flavor to the most mundane salads and vegetable dishes.   I suppose we are hooked...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Can you be a badass and still drink rose? Read on...

We found this Charles and Charles Rose at Down the Rabbit Hole...Great heft, nice  and a great collaboration between out there wine guys Charles Smith and Charles Bleler.  You could drink this with Mailer or Hemingway and get away with it.

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I (Mark) have written for The Christian Science Monitor, Clear Magazine, Picture Magazine, Film Score Monthly, Dan's Papers, Rue Morgue, In Flight USA and a lot more publications that I can't remember.... My wife Lynn was a model with the Ford Agency and her photography has been featured in most of the publications I have written for...


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