TASTEVIN: A Round Up of Long Island Wine News

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Greg Gove, former winemaker at Peconic Bay Winery, reports that he has created his own brand, Race, using wine he had made for the winery and tweaking it to imprint his own stamp. He has released five wines: a 2010 merlot with good extraction; a zingy 2012 sauvignon blanc; an off-dry 2012 reisling; a white blend of chardonnay, pinot grigio and gewürztraminer; and a red blend with cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon from 2009 and some 2010 merlot to bring it all together. The wines are on sale at Greenport Wines & Spirits, where the whites are $15.99 and the reds are $19.99. Gove has set up shop at Lenz, where he will make future vintages.

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The Kontokosta Winery’s 2012 Sauvignon Blanc won “double gold” and “best in class” medals at the 2014 East Meets West Wine Challenge .

Macari is currently bottling its 2013 rosé and is getting ready to release two sparkling wines for the first time in a long time. Private barrel tastings have been scheduled for March, April and May. Sign on up their website.

New York Drinks New York will return for its third year at the Astor Center. A big hit with consumers last year, the tasting features wine from Long Island, Finger Lakes and the Hudson River Valley. The tasting is from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 17; tickets are $35.

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