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December 31, 2010

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Congratulations Keith and Michael! The two of you have together made the North Fork a tastier and more comfortable place to live and eat. Thanks for trusting the local bounty!

Congratulations to the whole team at Luce & Hawkins!

Thank you to Keith Luce for being the first to order Paumanok wines on tap. Serving wines by the glass, or better still, in carafes from kegs is a brilliant innovation in the world of wine. The manufacture, distribution and recycling of all the packaging (bottles, labels, corks, capsules, screw caps, cartons, tape, etc.) associated with wine in bottles is eliminated. Instead, a winery makes a one time investment in stainless steel kegs which can be reused hundreds if not thousands of times. Moreover, kegs are a fantastic package to guarantee wine quality. They can be purged with gas to eliminate oxygen from the keg prior to filling. Once the keg is full, it is completely full, i.e., no head space and thus no additional opportunity for oxidation. A tight seal is created by the standard sanke fitting that allows the keg to be tapped. Once the keg is tapped the wine is pushed through the tap by nitrogen or argon. All of these guarantee that the wine in a 20 liter (5.3 gal) keg will be preserved better than say a half full 750 ml bottle open for a day or two. As with screw caps, the possibility of cork taint is eliminated, no cork!

Thank you Keith and Michael for bringing your passion to the North Fork and for your loyal support of local wines. Many thanks as well for all the work you did to make our first annual Harvest event such a huge success!

oh yeah - and for the best burgers and dogs on the planet...

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