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From left: Kelli Urbanik Koch, Anthony Nappa, Regan Meador and Kareem Massoud. (Credit: Northforker file photos)

Four of Long Island’s most respected young winemakers were highlighted in a recent Wine Enthusiast article about the future of the local industry.

Kelly Urbanik Koch of Macari Vineyards, Anthony Nappa of Raphael and Anthony Nappa Wines, Regan Meador of Southold Farm + Cellar and Kareem Massoud of Paumanok Vineyards are featured in the magazine’s June 2016 issue in an article called “Long Island & The Big Dreamer’s Out East.”

“When it comes to ­experience, the new generation of Long Island’s winemaking community is remarkably diverse. Upstart winemakers with little formal training work alongside second ­generation winemakers and graduates of top enology schools,” writes Wine Enthusiast’s Anna Lee C. Iijima. “Increasingly, they’re a cosmopolitan, exceptionally quality-minded group that could just as easily be making wine in Napa, Sonoma or the Old World. Instead they’ve chosen Long Island.”

The article takes a look at what drew these winemakers, all of whom are from different parts of the country, to Long Island — as well as what excites them about the region.

One of the main attractions? Being able to leave their marks in a still-developing industry.

“If it was a ballgame, you might say that Long Island wine is still in the third inning,” Massoud told Wine Enthusiast. “If, say, Napa is the ninth-inning standard, we still have a ways to go.”

Read the full article here.