05/20/17 6:11am

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…)

09/19/16 10:57am
The North Fork Food Truck visits McCall Wines in Cutchogue with Burger Firdays. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

The North Fork Food Truck visits McCall Wines in Cutchogue for Friday’s Burger Night. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

With those long summer days coming to an end, many wineries have begun to reduce their hours.

But if you find the evening is getting late and you still want to sip a while longer, here are eight tasting rooms that are still serving until 7:30 p.m. or later. (more…)

07/14/16 12:26pm
(Credit: Lenn Thompson)

(Credit: Lenn Thompson)

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…)

06/24/16 6:20am
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 McCall's 2012 Merlot Reserve. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

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…)

04/14/16 6:02am
McCall Wines in Cutchogue. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

McCall Wines in Cutchogue. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

How does sipping a dry rosé while overlooking rolling vineyards and a field of pasture raised cattle sound this weekend?

If that appeals to you, you’re in luck.

McCall Wines’ Cutchogue tasting room will open for the 2016 season this Friday, April 15, at 10 a.m., the latest sign that North Fork spring is in full swing. (more…)

04/01/16 6:02am
Martha Clara winemaker and general manager Juan Micieli-Martinez (Credit: The Long Island Merlot Alliance)

Martha Clara Vineyards winemaker and general manager Juan Micieli-Martinez (Credit: The Long Island Merlot Alliance)

The Long Island Merlot Alliance has elected Martha Clara Vineyards winemaker and general manager Juan Micieli-Martinez as its new president.

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