Sauvignon blanc is one of the most important white wine grapes grown on the East End. It is well-suited to the region’s climate, soils and growing conditions and over time, a Long Island style has emerged — a style that straddles those from other more-established sauvignon blanc districts. (more…)
It’s braise and stew season now, and for me that means drinking red wines that can not only stand up to hearty flavors, but also feature savory edges and enough structure to cut through some of that richness. (more…)
An Icelandic sheep at 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue. (Credit: Randee Daddona)
It’s not grapes but rather livestock farming that is currently changing the agricultural landscape of the North Fork, the New York Times wrote in a feature that makes mention of more than a half-dozen local farms. READ
A tasty couple of days are planned for McCall Wines in Cutchogue this weekend, when the winery hosts its last Burger Night of 2017 Friday and then welcomes Grace & Grit for a BBQ residency beginning Saturday. READ
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…)