05/22/17 6:01am

A bottle of Paumanok Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

While many people associate the lively acidity and tropical fruit flavor of sauvignon blanc with wine from New Zealand, Long Island oenophiles know that our region produces a tasty expression of the grape.

Wall Street Journal wine columnist Lettie Teague acknowledged Long Island sauvignon blanc as a variety worth seeking out in a May 20 article entitled “Sauvignon Blanc for the Savvy: A Global Guide to Top Ten Bottles.” (It’s behind a paywall.) (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…)

09/16/15 7:00am
Raphael Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc 'First Label' (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Raphael Vineyards’ 2014 Sauvignon Blanc ‘First Label’ (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Long Island’s 2015 grape harvest has begun.

All of the grapes intended for sparkling wine are in and I’ve heard reports that some have started picking chardonnay and sauvignon blanc as well. Harvest season means a lot of things on the East End. All of those awful pumpkin beers are everywhere. Actually, pumpkin everything is everywhere – including throngs of pumpkin pickers from New York City and Nassau County, eating roasted corn and clogging streets on their way to buying way more pumpkins that they need.  (more…)

09/10/15 6:00am
A bottle of McCall Wines 2014 Cuvée Nicola Sauvignon Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

A bottle of McCall Wines 2014 Cuvée Nicola Sauvignon Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

We’re a few days beyond the unofficial end of summer, but apparently Mother Nature didn’t get the memo. It’s blazing hot again today and a quick look at the forecast for the next week shows upcoming temperatures in the 80s.

Summer isn’t over, people. Don’t forget that.

The crisp white wines are still very much flowing at my house and McCall Wines 2014 Cuvée Nicola Sauvignon Blanc has found its way into the rotation. Many 2014 North Fork sauvignon blancs have, actually.
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04/29/15 3:59pm
Macari Vineyards' 2013 sauvignon blanc was ranked "best of the year" by Wine & Spirits Magazine. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Macari Vineyards’ 2013 sauvignon blanc was ranked “best of the year” by Wine & Spirits Magazine. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

The North Fork of Long Island has been touted as the source of some of the world’s best sauvignon blancs, and Wine & Spirits Magazine appears to agree.

The publication named the 2013 sauvignon blanc at Macari Vineyards & Winery in Mattituck the year’s “best of the year” in a blind panel that taste-tested 274 new-release wines of the same varietal. (more…)