Articles by

Carolyn Iannone

11/28/11 8:07pm

CAROLYN IANNONE PHOTO | Russ McCall at the Cutchogue vineyard that shares his name.

Just a swirl of McCall’s 2007 pinot noir hitting your nose is proof Russ McCall has more of one special thing than the rest of us: patience.

Mr. McCall planted the first vines on his Cutchogue farm more than 14 years ago. But it was only in 2007 that he labeled his first bottle of wine with the McCall brand. (more…)

10/31/11 8:15pm

The Winemaker Studio in Peconic is a tasting room for small producers on the East End.

The Winemaker Studio is a place for the unconventional and the obscure; a tasting room for the little guy.

Owner and independent wine maker Anthony Nappa opened the Peconic Lane studio this summer to highlight not only his own label, but to collaborate with other local and independent winemakers who may otherwise not have a place to showcase their wines.

“A region reaches a certain maturity when you can populate a tasting room with independent winemakers,” Mr. Nappa said. “None of us would have enough wine to support a tasting room, but it works if we do it together.” (more…)

10/14/11 8:23pm

CAROLYN IANNONE PHOTO | Kareem Massoud sampling sauvignon blanc from a tank.

Charles and Ursula Massoud, owners of Paumanok Vineyards, are among the original wine pioneers of the North Fork.

With the help of their sons, they planted their first vines in 1983. Almost 30 years later, they have earned a reputation of producing some of Long Island’s finest wines. (more…)