A bottle of McCall Wines 2016 Cuvée Nicola. (Credit: Courtesy photo)
McCall Wines earned its reputation among local wine lovers on the back of its pinot noir program, which stands as the best on the East End. No other pinot noir comes close.
A peek behind the pinot portion of the portfolio reveals quality across the board. McCall’s cabernet franc and merlot are also often outstanding as well. The rosé, too. But the hidden gem of the lineup is on the white wine side — sauvignon blanc.
Starting in 2015, the McCall sauvignon blanc has been made entirely with estate-grown fruit (rather than purchased grapes from elsewhere on the North Fork). Grown in McCall’s North Ridge Vineyard — a vineyard formerly known as Andy’s Field when it was part of the Gristina property — our Wine of the Week is McCall Wines 2016 “Cuvée Nicola” Sauvignon Blanc ($24).(more…)
McCall Wines, located in Cutchogue in the heart of North Fork wine country, has made sauvignon blanc for a few years now — but up until now it was always with fruit grown by someone else. That changes with the newly released McCall Wines 2015 “Nicola’s Cuvee” Sauvignon Blanc ($24), which is the winery’s first home-grown sauvignon blanc, as well as this week’s Wine of the Week. (more…)
The North Fork Food Truck visits McCall wines on Friday nights. Try a McCall grass-fed burger on a Blue Duck Bakery brioche bun and pair it with a McCall merlot. (Credit: Randee Daddona)
The burger. Juicy, charred and draped with a slice of cheese — even American will do — it’s a quintessential staple of casual summer gatherings. Whether it’s for a group of friends or just my family (burgers are the rare food we can all agree on), I love to cook them at home. Sometimes I smash them on the griddle for that exaggerated crispy crust, but most often I sear them on a hot grill — charcoal is best, but gas is OK, too — to a perfect medium to medium rare. (more…)