Friday, May 12, 2006

Lenn Thompson Goes Crazy!!!!! 50 IN 50 New Landmark in Wine Blogging!

Lenn Thompson is doing something you have to watch...and read. He's tasting 50 wines from 50's going to be a beautiful are the first two have to check this out!

The series is called 50 In 50.....IT IS AWESOME....A SALUTE TO MR. THOMPSON!

Announcing: 50 States. 50 Wineries. 50 Weeks
04/07/06 @ 02:56:26 am by Lenn Thompson

Every Friday on Wine Sediments, I bring you The Vines Less Tasted, a column that focuses on the wine world's lesser-known regions and lesser-known grapes. So far we've looked at blaufrankisch, Napa Gamay Noir and some upstate New York hybrids ... and while fun, I think it's time to get serious about this exploration of wines that I've never tasted (and I bet you haven't either).

Wine is made in every single one of the United States. There are so many wines out there beyond those made in California, Oregon, Washington and, yes, New York.

I mean, how many of you have had a wine from Idaho?

So, it is with great pleasure and excitement that I officially announce my plans to taste, and write about, wines from all 50 states over 50 weeks -- starting on May 5.

So, join me starting May 5 as I chronicle my virtual tasting tour of each of America's wine regions.

In the meantime, if you know of a meticulous muscadine producer in Alabama, a maker of brilliant baco noir in Wisconsin or any other wine in any other state that I should target, let me know.

50 in 50 #1: Massachusetts -- Westport Rivers Winery
05/05/06 @ 02:52:14 am by Lenn Thompson

To kick off our vinological tour of the United States and its wine regions, we head to New England of all places -- Westport, MA to be exact.

Westport Rivers was founded in 1982 by Bob and Carol Russell, who bought an old dairy farm in Westport. Their oldest son, Rob, planted their first vines in 1986 -- 40 acres of chardonnay, pinot noir and riesling. In the late 1990s the vineyard was expanded, now comprised of 80 acres of chardonnay, pinot noir, riesling, pinot meunier, rkatsitelli, pinot blanc and pinot gris. This 80-acre vineyard is now the largest in all of New England. The Russells' second son, Bill, joined the team in 1989 as winemaker.

50 in 50 #2: Oklahoma -- Nuyaka Creek Winery
05/12/06 @ 02:52:03 am by Lenn Thompson

When you think of Oklahoma, what do you think of? I think about college football, the New Orleans Hornets (who played most of their games in Oklahoma City this season) and the musical that shares the state's name.

I don't think about wine. Do you?

Maybe we should, there are over thirty wineries in the Sooner State, including Nuyaka Creek Winery, which is located in the town of Bristow in northeastern Oklahoma.