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Press and Awards

"I tasted five East End Sauvignons last week. The almost plush Sauvignon from Macari Vineyards in Mattituck, a personal favorite for many vintages, had a rewardingly rich fruit-salad flavor redolent of Granny Smith apples, with hints of lime."

NEW YORK TIMES

"The sweet fruit and oak mingle and it seems quite sexy in flavor. Yet, there is always that understatement and elegance. The longer this was open, the nicer it was. It kept growing on me. This gradually became one of my favorite NY reds in this report."

Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate, 93 points

Macari's Sauvignon Blanc Lifeforce, fermented in concrete eggs, says wine writer Gabe Sasso, "is a stunning example of what can be accomplished on Long Island with the correct grapes, planted appropriately and tended well."

The Daily Meal

VINEPAIR - THE 11 BEST CHILLABLE RED WINES FOR 2022

August 17, 2022 — “If you’re in the NYC area you’re likely pretty familiar with the quality of Long Island-based Macari Vineyards. This Dos Aguas red blend of theirs is no exception. The fruit is mild but expressive, which gives the wine a nice acidity that is aptly balanced with its rich leathery notes.” — Jessica Fields

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WINE ENTHUSIAST - DOES WINE FREEZE?

August 15, 2022 – ” ‘Wine, like all liquids, will change phases from liquid to solid when subjected to low enough temperatures,’ says Byron Elmendorf, head winemaker at Macari Vineyards. ‘Although wine contains a dazzling array of organic compounds, it is the water and alcohol that mostly determine the freezing point of wine.’ ” — Emily Saladino

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MODERN LUXURY - SIGHTSEEING: HEAD NORTH

August 7, 2022 — “Keep calm and pour on at Macari Vineyards, whether at its Mattituck tasting room or brand-new Meadowlark North Fork property. At Meadowlark, the Wine Bar is where visitors fall in love with the Macari family, allowing guests to sample exclusive bottles, unwind and enjoy the beautiful setting in the heart of the North Fork.” — Rachel Feinblatt

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VINEPAIR - GOOD WINE: MACARI VINEYARDS ROSÉ 2021

August 3, 2022 — “This delicious $24 wine, a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, is pale copper in color. It’s dry and tangy — the opposite of those bubble gummy rosés that taste like candy in a bottle and lack dimension on the palate. Strawberry, watermelon, hints of citrus, flowers, and herbs are among the aromas and tastes, all in balance and supported by refreshing acidity and a long, slightly creamy finish.” — Edward Deitch

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DAN'S PAPERS - SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH WITH LONG ISLAND DESSERT WINE

July 13, 2022 — “Macari Vineyards’ 2021 Early Wine is such an interesting wine. It’s produced from 100% chardonnay. The grapes are harvested early for optimal acidity and fermented slow and cold. A medley of fruit flavors and aromas meld seamlessly, with candied peach, lemon, pear, and green apple in front, and a touch of ginger near the end.” — Linda Delmonico Prussen

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IMBIBE MAGAZINE - DRINKS ATLAS: LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK

July 12, 2022 — “The winery crafts both traditional blends and single varietal bottlings, along with more experimental offerings like a sparkling, skin-contact Petit Verdot.” — Penelope Bass

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TEXSOM

Several Macari wines received medals at 2022’s TEXSOM competition, one of the United States’ most selective wine competitions, where thousands of wines from around the world are judged annually.
2020 Malbec – Silver medal
2020 Merlot – Silver medal
2020 Chardonnay “Breakwater” – Bronze medal
2020 Bergen Road – Bronze medal

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2019 Early Wine

LONG ISLAND PRESS - SOMETHING TO WINE ABOUT: LONG ISLAND WINES TO SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH

July 2, 2022 — Early Wine 2021: “This wine is produced from 100% chardonnay. The grapes are harvested early for optimal acidity and fermented slow and cold. A medley of fruit flavors and aromas meld seamlessly, with candied peach, lemon, pear, and green apple in front and a touch of ginger near the end. The acidity on the finish keeps this wine fresh.” — Linda Delmonico Prussen

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NORTHFORKER - MACARI WINEMAKER BYRON ELMENDORF IS EXPLORING UNTAPPED POTENTIAL

July 1, 2022 — “‘To me, it was obvious that the reason they were making wines is because it was a labor of love,’ Elmendorf said of the Macari family. ‘This is a challenging environment to grow grapes in. So to commit to some of the practices that they have committed to speaks volumes about what they’re doing and why they’re doing it.'” — Grant Parpan

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LIQUOR.COM - NEW YORK STATE WINES: WHAT TO KNOW AND 8 BOTTLES TO TRY

June 30, 2022 — Cabernet Franc Lifeforce: “While it’s tough to choose a favorite in the lineup, this bottle is always a delight. Vinified entirely in concrete, the 100% cabernet franc is juicy, structured, and super easy to drink.” — Vicki Denig

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NEWSDAY - UNCORK AN ADVENTURE AT LONG ISLAND WINERIES OFFERING RARE TASTING EXPERIENCES

April 25, 2022 — “Get to know five wines in the cool, subterranean quiet — and when hunger strikes, feast upon a lavish spread of cheeses and charcuterie prepared by Love Lane Market chef Lauren Lombardi.” — Hannah Palmer Egan

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WINE ENTHUSIAST – 10 SUSTAINABLE WINERIES TO SUPPORT ON EARTH DAY AND ALL YEAR LONG

April 22, 2022 — “For Macari, sustainability means constant innovation. ‘Our entire team is constantly thinking about what we can do better. We’re looking into solar, tank insulation [and] reusable glass — it’s a never-ending process but we’re proud of how far we’ve come,’ says Gabriella Macari.”

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PASTE - TASTING: 4 WINES FROM THE NORTH FORK OF LONG ISLAND

April 15, 2022 — “Of all the wines I tried for this tasting, I think I enjoyed the Macari 2020 Syrah the most. This winery is known for its commitment to responsible farming practices and growing their grapes sustainably…Medium-plus acidity, lighter body and notes of white pepper give it a zip that’s undeniably fun.” — Samantha Maxwell

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VINEPAIR – 25 OF THE BEST RED BLENDS FOR 2022

Dos Aguas Red 2019 — “One of the leading names in Long Island’s North Fork region, Macari employs a Merlot-heavy Bordeaux blend for his wine. At 12.2 percent ABV, it’s among the lowest alcohol options you’ll encounter in this category. Expect to be greeted by lean, fresh fruit on the nose and additional savory, leather notes on the palate.”

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US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT - THE 18 BEST WEEKEND GETAWAYS FROM NEW YORK CITY

March 25, 2022 — “About 90 miles east of Manhattan and located directly north of the illustrious Hamptons, this quiet New York State refuge is characterized by its wineries, beaches and friendly atmosphere.” — Alissa Grisler

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FOOD & WINE – HOW TO BEHAVE AT A WINERY, ACCORDING TO THE PROFESSIONALS

March 23, 2022 — “Gabriella Macari and fellow wine professionals Lauren Hoey and Tonya Pitts share their golden rules for tasting room conduct on your next winery visit. ‘Buy the wines you liked or sign up for a wine club — many tasting rooms like ours offer perks such as complimentary tastings, discounts, and exclusive invitations to educational tastings and seminars,’ Macari shares.” — Céline Bossart

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READER'S DIGEST - THE 25 BEST WINERIES IN THE UNITED STATES

January 31, 2022 — “Book your reservation ahead of time for this popular spot, which was a Food & Wine Best Wineries to Visit pick, Time Out’s Top Long Island Winery, and Winery of the Year at the 2014 New York Wine & Food Classic. Be sure to try Macari’s much-lauded Sauvignon Blanc.” — Katy Spratte Joyce

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NORTHFORKER – 2021 NORTHFORKER GIFT GUIDE

December 3, 2021 — “This exclusive tasting is held in the barrel cellar under the Mattituck tasting room and includes pours of five wines along with cheese and charcuterie.”

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VOGUE – 21 WINE CLUB AND SPIRIT DELIVERY SERVICES TO TRY IN 2021

November 20, 2021 — “Through the Macari wine club, you’ll sip on a wide variety of wines that are pre-released or made in small batches. Exclusivity is key here. Each subscription also includes access to digital wine experiences and tastings. Receive a bottle of six wines four times a year starting at $145 or opt for their Collector wine club, which includes admission to an annual wine dinner hosted by the Macari family at their vineyard on Long Island’s scenic North Fork.” — Michaela Bechler, Jenna Adrian-Diaz and Julie Tong

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INSIDE HOOK – PÉT-NATS ARE CHAMPAGNE'S FUNKIER COUSIN. ARE THEY HERE TO STAY?

November 1, 2021 — “While Champagne and other traditional method bubbles are produced within strict guardrails, this category has none, resulting in fizzy, fanciful and freewheeling bottles of whatever grapes winemakers feel like adding effervescence to. They’re low in fizz and high in fun — they’re what you’d open at a house party over a housewarming.
“‘I decided to create a sparkling Cabernet Franc in 2013 after years of only working with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for sparkling,” says Gabriella Macari of the Sparkling Horses. ‘The result was delicious — the Cabernet Franc brings a distinct herbal streak and the acid is always lively. Some assume there is residual sugar in our pét-nats but they are typically dry. We sell out of this wine faster and faster every year, it’s difficult to keep up.'” — Kate Dingwall

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VARIETY - PRIVATE DINING, HOTELS AND MORE AS LUXE BRANDS CATER TO SOCIAL DISTANCING

July 3, 2021 — “The intrepid winemakers of Macari Vineyards out on the North Fork of Long Island added a unique tasting room last fall. Groups of up to six can book one of the cool climate winery’s recently installed all-season Bergen Road Bungalows for a private catered lunch and wine tasting.” — Kathy A. McDonald

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FORTUNE - THE BEST BOTTLES OF ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE AND SPARKLING ROSÉ WINE TO DRINK THIS SUMMER

June 12, 2021 — Macari Horses 2020 — “Its 2020 Horses is new head winemaker Byron Elmendorf’s first vintage with Macari, a bright, juicy, and fresh rosé sparkling wine that just says summer. Made from 100% destemmed Cabernet Franc, Horses sees itself through the traditional method for sparkling wine, but it’s closed with a crown cap for an easy pop at your alfresco picnic.” — Stephanie Cain

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THRILLIST - BEST WINERIES TO VISIT NEAR NYC

June 9, 2021 — “At the vineyard, biodynamic viticultural practices, like utilizing cowherds for composting, were deployed early on to ensure soil diversity and richness. The sprawling, waterfront estate of 500 acres was transformed over the decades, and was initially purchased in the 1960s as a potato farm.” — Swathi Reddy

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GEAR PATROL – THE 10 BEST THINGS WE DRANK IN MAY

June 2, 2021 — “It’s basically like strawberry soda for those 21 and up. It’s full of bright, red berry flavors and a ton of acidity. It’s just slightly sweet on the palate with a very dry finish — like bone dry actually. Get this while you can and drink it on a hot, humid summer day. ” — Tyler Chin

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HAMPTONS MAGAZINE – BERGEN ROAD BUNGALOWS INTERTWINE GLAMPING AND WINE TASTING FOR A SUMMER SOIREE YOU'LL NEVER FORGET

May 31, 2021 — “These private tents double as a vine-side tasting experience and shoppable showroom that spotlights local artwork, vintage-meets-contemporary furnishings, vinyl music and classic games.” — Casey Weissman

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DUJOUR – HAMPTONS HOTSPOTS

May 25, 2021 — “Macari Vineyards in the North Fork recently debuted its Bergen Road Bungalows glamping concept for the ultimate in socially distanced luxury wine tasting.” — Editors of DuJour

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NEWSDAY – FIND OUT WHATS NEW IN LONG ISLAND WINE COUNTRY

May 21, 2021 — “At Macari Vineyards in Mattituck, the family-owned winery is continuing to offer guests special vineyard platform tents called Bergen Road Bungalows. Small groups can rent the bungalows for an afternoon and order four-course lunches by chef Lauren Lombard.

Marcari is also offering private indoor tasting suites for larger parties of up to 15 people, she said, all overlooking the vineyards.” — Mark Harrington

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FORBES – 17 ROSE AND PINK APERITIF TO SIP THROUGH SPRING AND SUMMER

May 20, 2021 — “The bluffs at the edge of this North Fork, LI vineyard are said to be shaped like horses heads (the winemakers are also Patti Smith fans), hence the name of this 100% Cabernet Franc pétillant naturel wine.”

“This dark cherry-hued bubbly is pleasantly dry and focused, akin to a well made Lambrusco.” — Casey Weissman

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FOOD & WINE – THE FIVE BEST WINE ROAD TRIPS IN THE U.S.

May 3, 2021 — “This lightly fizzy sparkler has lovely red fruit flavors, and the name is a nod to the bluffs at the edge of Macari’s property, which suggest the shape of a horse’s head—and were used by 1920s bootleggers as a covert route to the sea.” — Food & Wine Editors 

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WINE TRAVELER – UNIQUE WINE TASTING EXPERIENCES TO TRY ACROSS NORTH AMERICA

April 25, 2021 — “This luxe hospitality experience takes place in the vineyard’s collection of private heated luxury tents for a party of six people or fewer. The tents were created in conjunction with local North Fork artisans including TENTRRWhite Duck OutdoorsTerra GlampingJesse Elliott Design and White Flower Farmhouse. The goal was to design and stage tents that include special touches like vintage furnishings and a vinyl record player that also hooks up to a Bluetooth speaker, should guests wish to DJ their own gathering.  ” — Kristen

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BLOOMBERG QUINT – THESE ELITE BOTTLES OF WINE ARE SO EXCLUSIVE, YOU CAN'T JUST BUY THEM

April 6, 2021 — “2020 Macari Tocai Friulano: Macari Vineyards on Long Island’s North Fork made 100 cases worth of this bright, tangy white from organic grapes. To be bottled in April, it’s one of the small-batch wines available only in the tasting room and via the wine club.” — Elin McCoy
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CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER – AN OCEANSIDE GETAWAY TO MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT AND GREENPORT, NEW YORK

March 22, 2021 — “Among the 40-plus wineries in the area, two have emerged from the pandemic with stellar new ways to sip and savor. Macari Vineyards in Mattituck conceived the ultimate private tasting and dining for pods of two to six people: the Bergen Road Bungalows. Set alongside the vines, heated platform tents feel like your favorite wine bar went glamping. ” — Kathleen Squires

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FORBES.COM - 7 SPARKLING ROSÉS THAT TASTE LIKE SPRING IS IN THE AIR

March 9, 2021 — “Is it even possible to resist a sparkling wine inspired by Rock Legend Patti Smith’s album of the same name?…While Macari lore pays homage to a local bluff shaped like a horse’s head, the air of mystery surrounding the notable beverage is worth the hype.” — Alissa Fitzgerald

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SEVENFIFTY - BYRON ELMENDORF NAMED HEAD WINEMAKER AT MACARI VINEYARDS

“Elmendorf joined the Macari team in the fall of 2020 after spending five years as a winemaker at Boeger Winery in the Sierra Foothills of California. Together with his wife, he is also the founder of boutique Sierra Foothills winery Clime Wines, which specializes in Italian varieties.”

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GRUB STREET - 18 ACTUALLY ROMANTIC THINGS TO DO THIS VALENTINES DAY

February 8, 2021 — “Macari Vineyards, part of the North Fork Wine Trail, has done an incredible job putting together virtual tastings, with wine shipped directly from their tasting room in Mattituck and wine tastings led by members of their wine education team…And if you are going to the North Fork, Macari recently debuted Bergen Road Bungalows, a collection of private tasting tents that are quite opulent and well-heated.” — Alyssa Shelasky

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DEPARTURES – THE BEST NORTH FORK WINERIES FOR AN UNDER-THE-RADAR HAMPTONS WEEKEND

January 14, 2021 — “The Macari family is one of the OGs of the North Fork,” she says, pointing out one of the AVA’s oldest and most esteemed establishments. “The parents still carry on the tradition of making excellent cabernet franc, the sons launch inventive ideas like a pizza truck paired with their wines, and the daughter Gabriella has added a fun bubbly to the lineup.” —  Meredith Heil

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DEPARTURES – THE BEST WINERIES TO VISIT IN DRIVING DISTANCE OF NEW YORK CITY

January 11, 2021 — “There are 500 sprawling acres of land here, on which vines were planted in 1995 by the Macari family. Wines include the 2020 Early Wine, a nod to Austrian Jungwein for which grapes are harvested two weeks before other whites.” — Jonah Flicker

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DAN'S PAPERS – A TOAST TO WINTER WINING AT EAST END WINERIES

December 1, 2020 — “Cozy and captivating, Macari’s Bergen Road Bungalows, furnished by local designer Jesse Elliott and boutique White Flower Farmhouse, give private groups an intimate setting to enjoy some of the North Fork’s most celebrated wines and lunch from Chef Lauren Lombardi.” — David Taylor

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NORTHFORKER – WINTER IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT A NORTH FORK WINERY (YES, EVEN THIS YEAR)

December 1, 2020 — “Macari Vineyards recently took the idea of enclosed outdoor tasting and gave it a luxe turn with their ‘Bergen Road Bungalows,’ a collection of winterized platform tents in partnership with Terra Glamping, Jesse Elliot Design and White Flower Farmhouse … ‘The tents were dreamt up during one of the many sleepless nights wondering how we would stay in business once the weather turned colder,’ said Gabriella Macari. ‘Keeping our customers and staff as safe as possible and keeping as many team members working through the winter as possible.’ — Lenn Thompson

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VINEPAIR – WHAT'S THE MOST UNDERRATED CHAMPAGNE OF 2020?

“To celebrate Bubbly Week and help guide your quest for a sparkling treat, VinePair asked sommeliers for the bottles of Champagne that should be on every wine lovers list. From an enthusiastically recommended list of grower-producers, to several budget-friendly bottles to keep costs down, listed below are the pros’ picks for this year’s underrated Champagnes.”
Gabriella Macari, DWS, director of marketing, distribution and wine education at Macari Vineyards recommends Gonet-Medeville 1er Cru Brut Tradition: “Gonet-Medeville is by far the most underrated Champagne. The estate is run by husband and wife team Julie and Xavier, an incredible duo who are deeply passionate about quality Champagne. They own 1er and Grand Cru vineyards that border some of the most celebrated sites in the region. The ‘Tradition’ 1er Cru is a steal at around $35/bottle.”

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NORTH FORKER – WINE TASTING MEETS GLAMPING IN MACARI VINEYARDS LUXURIOUS NEW BUNGALOWS

November 19, 2020 — “Imagine enjoying the beauty of a North Fork vineyard outdoors while still able to escape to a luxurious warmth. Well, at Macari Vineyards, now you can.”

“If you fall in love, the contents of the tent are even shoppable. The mix of vintage and contemporary furnishings, local artwork, vinyl music, classic games and more are all available for enjoyment and purchase.” — Felicia Lalomia 

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LIQUOR.COM – WHY YOU SHOULD BE DRINKING EAST COAST WINES RIGHT NOW AND WHICH BOTTLES TO TRY

November 12, 2020 — Liquor.com recommends the 2017 Cabernet Franc Lifeforce as an outstanding example of what Long Island has to offer. “Although most of eastern Long Island’s agriculture was dedicated to potatoes until very recently, the region has become one of the East Coast’s greatest escapes for vineyard visits and delicious wines, all located just a hop, skip and jump away from the salty ocean.” — Vicki Denig

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VINEPAIR – THE VERSATILE VARIETAL WINE PERFECT FOR PINOT NOIR FANS AND CHAMPAGNE GEEKS

September 12, 2019 — “Macari’s Pinot Meunier production is small, spanning less than one acre, but the wines are popular … ‘We go through the vineyard and select the best clusters during harvest and sort the fruit in the field so we get nice healthy fruit coming to the crush pad,’ [winemaker Kelly Koch] says, noting that fruit is de-stemmed, fermented, macerated for two weeks, and pressed into neutral oak for aging. ‘If we don’t make it into a red wine, we usually press the fruit to include it in our rosé,’ she adds.

“Of course, cultivating Pinot Meunier isn’t always a walk in the park. ‘It is difficult to grow given our humid climate — similar to Pinot Noir, with thin skins,’ says Joe Macari, vineyard manager. ‘However, it’s looking great so far this year, as we’ve had a hot and dry summer.'” — Vicki Denig

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EDIBLE EAST END – WITH EDUCATION AND HOSPITALITY AT ITS CORE, EAST END WINE TASTING EVOLVES

August 13, 2019 — “‘Our main focus has always been on education and training our team,’ says Nicole Hennessey, Tasting Room and Wine Club Manager at Macari Vineyards. ‘Every wine educator works with tasting room managers and the Macari family and has the opportunity to work with our winemaker, Kelly Koch, in the cellar to learn about winemaking.'”

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THE UPSIDER – AN INTRODUCTION TO NEW YORK'S LESSER KNOWN WINE REGION

April 23, 2019 — “Though Long Island is quite a young wine region with production taking off in the late 80s, early 90s, its East Coast cool climate has allowed for some ‘really balanced, elegant and age-worthy wines,’ says Gabriella Macari … Macari Vineyards grabbed the attention of the masses after winning a spot in a New York Times’ write up on 10 of the best rosés in the USA. Their Sauvignon Blanc and Dos Aguas blend (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon) are also particularly tasty.” — Stephanie Nuzzo

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CARA – APRIL/MAY 2019

Macari Vineyards was featured in the April/May issue of Cara Magazine.
“There are dozens of wineries with tasting rooms from which to choose but I settle on a few strategic stops … I got to sample some older vintages of their biodynamically skewed wines and nibble on some charcuterie …”

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TEXSOM 2019 – CABERNET FRANC 2015 WINS GOLD AND JUDGES' SELECTION

“Known as one of the most selective wine competitions in the world, TexSom garnered almost 3,300 entries representing 32 countries and 18 U.S. States.
“Entries in the TEXSOM International Wine Awards were blind-tasted and judged by 66 internationally renowned tastemakers from five countries, including 16 Master Sommeliers, 17 Masters of Wine, and other category experts.
“Wines chosen for Judges’ Selections are nominated by judging panels for specific categories, then blind-tasted by special panels to determine the winner of each Selection. Judges’ Selections demonstrate quality and unique character that are exceptional even amongst their medal-winning peers.”

Gold Medal and Judges’ Selection – Cabernet Franc 2015
Gold Medal – Alexandra 2015
Silver Medal – Chardonnay Estate 2017
Bronze Medal – Cabernet Franc Lifeforce 2016

TEXSOM 2019 – ALEXANDRA 2015 WINS GOLD

“Known as one of the most selective wine competitions in the world, TexSom garnered almost 3,300 entries representing 32 countries and 18 U.S. States.
“Entries in the TEXSOM International Wine Awards were blind-tasted and judged by 66 internationally renowned tastemakers from five countries, including 16 Master Sommeliers, 17 Masters of Wine, and other category experts.
“Wines chosen for Judges’ Selections are nominated by judging panels for specific categories, then blind-tasted by special panels to determine the winner of each Selection. Judges’ Selections demonstrate quality and unique character that are exceptional even amongst their medal-winning peers.”

Gold Medal and Judges’ Selection – Cabernet Franc 2015
Gold Medal – Alexandra 2015
Silver Medal – Chardonnay Estate 2017
Bronze Medal – Cabernet Franc Lifeforce 2016

FORBES – AGE-WORTHY LONG ISLAND WINES PROVE THE REGION'S LONGEVITY

March 25, 2019 — “A recent lunch featuring library releases of Long Island wines from the East End hosted by NY Drinks NY, in advance of their annual consumer and trade Grand Tasting on March 26, invited both curiosity and skepticism … Glass after glass, Long Island’s aged reds held their own, sparking interest and enthusiasm about the potential for this underappreciated wine region.
“The 2005 Reserve Merlot from the North Fork’s Macari Vineyards … was remarkably lively, with incredible aromatic depth. Velvety red and black fruits were accented by notes of fresh flowers, mint, and iron, with a structured, spiced, concentrated palate that could improve for another decade.” — Courtney Schiessl

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AFAR MAGAZINE – ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

Macari Vineyards is featured in Afar Magazine’s March/April 2019 issue as a recommended stop “for weekenders more interested in relaxation than ritz.”

“In Mattituck, taste vintages from the Macari family, who started making wine in the a in the basement of their home in Queens. Their Macari Vineyards merlot, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and syrah pair well with the wood-fired pizzas served by Avelino, their on-site food truck.” — Sarah Buder

LIFE AND MONEY BY CITI – SIP LIKE A PRO: EXPERT WINE TASTING TIPS

December 21, 2018 — “Experts offer insider perspectives on how to navigate these diverse experiences … Visiting tasting rooms at regional wineries can be a leisurely way to spend a day.
“Don’t drink and dash, [Gabriella] Macari advises. ‘I see people with ambitious schedules trying to fit in five or seven wineries a day. It’s completely unrealistic,’ she says. Instead, she recommends planning to visit no more than two wineries per day, ‘if you want to enjoy the most a winery has to offer.’ ” – Kara Newman

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LIVING THE GOURMET – EXPLORING NEW YORK WINES

November 2, 2018 – “First up, we have a 2013 Merlot Reserve. The wine introduces itself with herbaceous aromas, which mature into potpourri tinged with a decided earthiness, which intensified deeper into the glass … Dos Aguas 2014, which is a Bordeaux-style red blend … greets with a smoke and spice bouquet set over dark fruit essences. On the palate, the wine is quite rich, featuring sliced cherry notes and juicy ripe plum … the Sauvignon Blanc 2017 … greets with immediately citrusy aromatics perforated by blossom and white fruit notes … a pleasant experience from start to finish.”

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SEVENFIFTY – 10 BOTTLES THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT EAST COAST WINE

October 29, 2018 – 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Lifeforce – “Everyone I have ever poured this wine for has been tremendously impressed by how deliciously fresh it is … There’s a lot of fruit, which makes it easy to drink alone, but also tons of minerality and a crunchy acidic finish that makes it perfect for food too. It’s such a delicious wine by any standard—and it really is a testament to the quality that’s achievable from Long Island.” – Lauren McPhate, Tribeca Wine Merchants

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NORTHFORKER – OCTOBER 24, 2018

Wine of the Week – 2016 Horses Sparkling Cabernet Franc — “Horses, which is named for the ‘horsehead bluffs’ at the edge of Macari’s vineyards, is pink, fizzy and while it’s not a pet-nat, it does come closed with a crown cap (think a beer bottle) … Fruitier and a bit more pure than the previous release, it offers nice berried fruit, but also distinct Cabernet Franc-ness with an earthy, even herbal edge. It’s great for cocktail-style sipping, but really shines with food. We’re saving some for Thanksgiving.” — Lenn Thompson

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LITTLE MISS PARTY - A PERFECT FALL DAY WITH MACARI WINES

September 26, 2018 — “After the craziness of the summer, and an ongoing events schedule, we forget to sit back and enjoy the company of our friends. Sometimes you just need a wonderful day with those you love, and Macari Vineyard was the perfect place to do just that.” — Maggie Antalek

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BEHIND THE SCENES NYC – TASTING THE BIGGEST WINE BOTTLE I'VE EVER SEEN

September 17, 2018 — “Since I’m a huge wine lover and I decided to take you on a journey with me, to one of my favorite wineries, Macari Vineyards. This gorgeous family-owned, family-operated vineyard and winery is located just 1.5 – 2 hours from Manhattan and the trip itself is a beauty.” — Fê Paronetto

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AM NEW YORK – EXPLORE LONG ISLAND'S NORTH FORK

September 12, 2018 — “The wines, such as the sparkling Cabernet Franc or Chardonnay Estate bottles, are deliciously age-worthy — and pair well with the family’s homemade pizza sold from a food truck out back.” — Vicki Denig

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WINE ENTHUSIAST

90 Points — 2015 Chardonnay Reserve
The oak-fermented 2015 Chardonnay Reserve was awarded 90 Points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

FAST COMPANY – The definitive history of rosé's rise to cultural dominance

September 4, 2018 — “On Long Island’s North Fork, Macari Wines has been producing a rosé since 1998. For over a decade, Macari sold the majority of its rosé bottles out of its tasting room … Finally, three years ago, Eleven Madison Park decided to feature Macari’s rosé out of magnum at their Manhattan flagship and Hamptons pop-up.” — Ainsley Harris

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TREKBIBLE - 10 BEST SITES FOR WINE-LOVING TRAVELERS

August 15, 2018 — “As far as Long Island wineries go, Macari Vineyards remains a top-notch location … Travelers who visit this winery will get to enjoy their wine while viewing the gorgeous vineyards. Macari Vineyards stays open year-round, so no matter when you come to Long Island, you’ll be able to visit.” — Megan Ochs

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BEACH MAGAZINE – MID-AUGUST 2018

August 2018 — Modern Luxury’s “Farm to Fork” issue of Beach Magazine mentions Macari Vineyards as a destination for weekenders looking for “a retreat from the society and glamor of the South Fork.”

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NEW YORK WINE CLASSIC

August 8, 2018 — Macari 2015 Chardonnay Reserve was named Best Oaked Chardonnay by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation in the 33rd annual New York Wine Classic, earning a Double Gold medal.

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NORTHFORKER – WINEMAKERS' PICKS FOR SUMMER

July 31, 2018 — “Macari’s latest 2017 Rosé is part Malbec, part Petit Verdot, part Pinot Noir and completely summer. The aromas of strawberry and watermelon and fresh, vibrant palate make this wine easy to sip on its own poolside, and the crisp acidity allows it to stand up to fattier meats.” — Beth Ann Mayer

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MODERN LUXURY - FARM PARTY

July 17, 2018 — “Striking a balance between careful grooming and thoughtful overgrowth, Macari Vineyards’ rows of grapes make for a picture-perfect corporate or private dinner party year-round.” — Anna Grazulis

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AFAR MAGAZINE – NORTH FORK, LONG ISLAND, IS THE COASTAL ESCAPE YOU NEED

“The Macari family started making wine in the ’30s and ’40s in the basement of their home in Queens, New York. Today, the family runs this 500-acre vineyard that produces award-winning wines.” — Sarah Buder

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THE NEW YORK TIMES – AMERICAN ROSÉS WITHOUT CLICHÉS

2017 Rosé — “Juicy and fresh, with unusual aromas and flavors of watermelon and potpourri.” — Eric Asimov

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STREETEASY – NEW YORK CITY'S BEST BEACH ESCAPES

“Macari Vineyards is known for its award-winning wines and is easily accessible by bike from Mattituck.” — Brianna Clark

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FORBES – ROSÉ 101: THE 17 BEST ROSÉ WINES TO TRY RIGHT NOW

2016 Rosé — “Macari Vineyards has always been a benchmark in quality and innovation. Their rosé is not only a must on any Hamptons wine list, but also a must in any restaurant year round … Take a trip out to the North Fork, get a pizza, and enjoy this rosé that perfectly brings out the sweetness of the summer tomatoes.” — Victoria James, author of Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rosé

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FATHOM – A ROSÉ DRINKER'S GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY

“Take a day trip to the North Fork of Long Island to see the vineyard and winery of my favorite local rosé brand.” — Kristin Tice Studeman, founder of The Rosé Project

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DAN'S PAPERS – ROSÉ SOIRÉE COUNTDOWN

“Rosé is a representation of the lifestyle we have on the East End. The soft sand between your toes, the salt spray of the water, the gentle sway of the corn stalks in the fields, an amazing autumn sunset, a crisp bite of fresh fruit from the farm stand, a warm summer day, the blaze of the changing leaves in the fall. Those are just a few of the places our rosé can transport you.” — Kelly Urbanik Koch, head winemaker

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WINE ENTHUSIAST – MEET 10 TRAILBLAZING WOMEN LEADING THE WINE INDUSTRY FORWARD

“I think women tend to be a bit more intuitive with their feelings, which translates well for artistic endeavors such as winemaking. Science can only go so far—your gut must carry you the rest of the way.” — Kelly Urbanik Koch, head winemaker

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Kelly Koch - Winemaker

EDIBLE EAST END – MEET THE WINEMAKER BEHIND MACARI'S MAGIC

“In this environment [Kelly Urbanik Koch] has to dance carefully between controlling what she can and yet allowing nature to speak through the grapes. This philosophy threads through her conversation.

‘I want to make clean wines,’ she says. ‘My style in general is to try to make wines that are typical of the region, low alcohol, high acid and not overly extracted. I always try to make a wine that represents the vintage. If it is from a certain year, it should reflect that year … We go with what the vineyard gives and that might be different from year to year.’ ” — Natalia de Cuba Romero

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2018 TEXSOM INTERNATIONAL WINE AWARDS

Awards from the 2018 TEXSOM Competition: Silver Medal – 2014 Macari Bergen Road | Silver Medal – 2015 Macari Syrah | Bronze Medal – 2010 Macari Luciano | Bronze Medal – 2014 Macari Merlot Reserve | Bronze Medal – 2016 Macari ‘Katherine’s Field’ Sauvignon Blanc

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THE DAILY MEAL – 101 BEST WINERIES IN AMERICA 2017

#18 — “The Macari family produces some of Long Island’s best Chardonnay, a couple of Merlot-heavy Bordeaux blends called Dos Aguas and Alexandra, and an unusual locally grown Syrah—and the winery’s explosively fruity Cabernet Franc reserve is the quintessential expression of Long Island’s signature grape.” — Colman Andrews

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EATER – THE 2017 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR NEW YORK CITY

p class=”testimonial-content”>”Varieties span widely and include a 2014 Syrah that packs punches of spices and red fruits, as well as a super juicy 2014 Cabernet Franc. Hot tip: The Long Island winery is also a lovely day trip from the city.” — Patty Diez

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NORTHFORKER – DECEMBER 13, 2017

Wine of the Week – 2017 Early Wine — “Inspired years ago by the jungwein (young wine) of Macari’s consulting winemaker Helmut Gangl’s homeland, Austria, head winemaker Kelly Koch has really dialed this wine in in recent years.

“It crackles with acidity and offers aromas and flavors of lime, green apple and citrus blossom. There’s a gentle sweetness here, but all that fresh acidity helps it finish dry.” — Lenn Thompson

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NEWSDAY – THE BEST DRINKS TO SERVE ON THANKSGIVING

“Macari Vineyard’s 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Lifeforce has enough heft beneath its tropical briskness to match birds, yams and probably most things you might throw at it.”

“Any of the Block E dessert wine series … can find their rightful place on the dessert table.” — Corin Hirsch

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE – EXPLORE THE DIVERSE STYLES OF LONG ISLAND WINE

2015 ‘Katherine’s Field’ Sauvignon Blanc — “Clean and fresh pear, lime zest and minerality lead to spice on the finish of this 100 percent varietal from the North Fork.” — Michael Austin

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NORTHFORKER – JUNE 30, 2017

Wine of the Week – 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Lifeforce — “A texturally stunning wine. It’s broad and mouth-filling while remaining bright and balanced. Ripe melon and citrus flavors are accented by notes of white flowers and the most subtle citrusy herb notes. But it’s really the mouthfeel that stands out here.” — Lenn Thompson

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THE GRAPE NATION – HERITAGE RADIO NETWORK

June 21, 2017 — Gabriella Macari is the guest on the Heritage Radio Network’s “The Grape Nation” podcast. “The Macari family has been on the North Fork of Long Island since 1974 and started making wines in the mid ’90s. Gabriella Macari is a third-generation member of the Macari wine clan. We talk to Gabriella about Long Island wines and the multi varietals from Macari. Long Island wines are now more available, of higher quality, and a wine destination.”

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SPRUDGE WINES – 7 BEAUTIFUL ROSÉS YOU SHOULD DRINK IN SUMMER 2017

2015 Horses Sparkling Cabernet Franc – “This naturally sparkling wine—methode traditionelle to be specific, and non-disgorged—named after the Patti Smith album Horses, is a delicious patio pounder for a sunny afternoon. It’s full of wild strawberry, cherry, and cranberry notes with soft herbal undertones. It’s just a tiny bit sweet, with lots of acidity—like biting into a fresh peach.” — Rachel Singer

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TAYLORED WINES – WINE OF THE WEEK, MARCH 8, 2017

2013 Chardonnay Estate — “If you think you don’t like Chardonnay, we highly recommend trying this beautiful, bright, crisp, and light expression of the varietal. Pairs well with oysters, crabs and prawns, steamed or grilled fish, pasta or risotto with spring veggies and creamy vegetable soups.” — Rachel Portell

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VINEPAIR – THE 50 BEST WINES OF 2016

2013 Cabernet Franc Reserve — “This wine is a solid example of what the Cab Franc varietal can do on the North Fork.”

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NORTHFORKER – DECEMBER 24, 2016

Vineyard of the Year
Macari Vineyards’ Cabernet Franc block

“Early in the year, I fell for Macari Vineyards’ 2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc … Clearly there is something special going on with that grape in that spot grown by those people.”

Winemaker of the Year
Kelly Urbanik Koch, Macari Vineyards

“It didn’t take me very long to make this pick, because I can’t think of anyone who even comes close to deserving it as much as Kelly does … She’s scaled back on the new oak virtually across the board, favoring purity and vineyard expression over power and heft — and the results are beautiful. Just wait until more of Kelly’s 2013 reds hit the shelf.” — Lenn Thompson

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Wine & Spirits

WINE & SPIRITS – JUNE 2015

Year’s Best Sauvignon Blanc “Our blind panels tasted 274 new-release US Sauvignon Blancs over the past 12 months. Our critics rated 17 as exceptional (90+) and 9 as Best Buys …” 90 | Macari 2013 ‘Katherine’s Field’ Sauvignon Blanc “Leesy scents of biscuits and golden apple give way to this wine’s rich mouthful of pineapple flavor. Its plump texture will prop up a pairing with stuffed clams.” — Patrick J. Comiskey

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2015 TEXSOM INTERNATIONAL WINE AWARDS

Awards from the 2015 TEXSOM Competition: Silver Medal – 2013 Macari Sauvignon Blanc | Silver Medal – 2010 Macari Block E, Viognier | Silver Medal – 2013 Macari Cabernet Franc Lifeforce | Bronze Medal – 2012 Macari Chardonnay Estate | Bronze Medal – 2013 Macari Dos Aguas

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WINE SPECTATOR – APRIL 2014

90 points – Macari Block E 2011 Riesling — “Lively, with dried orange peel, green tea, ginger, persimmon and apricot notes, melded pleasantly and remaining defined through the finish.”

88 points – Macari Bergen Road 2010 – “This bold red delivers flavors of black cherry, currant, licorice and toast, with firm tannins and juicy acidity. Leans toward the tart and charry side of the spectrum, but shows character and concentration. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2017.”

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NEW YORK WINE & FOOD CLASSIC 2014

Awards from the 2014 New York Wine & Food Classic: “Winery of the Year” – Macari Vineyards & Winery | “Best in Class” – Macari 2010 Cabernet Franc | Double Gold – 2012 Chardonnay Estate | Gold – 2008 Dos Aguas | Gold – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc | Gold – 2010 Cabernet Franc | Silver – 2013 Rose | Silver – 2012 Chardonnay Reserve | Silver – 2010 Bergen Road | Silver – 2007 Merlot Reserve | Silver – 2010 Block E Viognier

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WINE ENTHUSIAST – MAY 2014 BUYING GUIDE

88 points, Cellar Selection – Macari 2010 Bergen Road — “Notes of vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate lend spice and warmth to the ripe red-cherry flavor of this Merlot-based Bordeaux blend. It’s unabashedly bold in style with big, chunky tannins and rich, supple fruit, but has enough structure to develop improve further through 2019.” — Anna Lee C. Iijima

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WINE REVIEW ONLINE – THE NEW WINES OF NEW YORK STATE

“Macari is one of the stars of Long Island wineries … Two Macari wines stood out at the NY tasting, a white and a red.  Its 2012 ‘Katherine’s Field’ Sauvignon Blanc is a lovely example of this variety: floral, crisp, and clean.  Macari’s 2007 Merlot Reserve was clearly the best Merlot wine in the tasting; it is fresh and lively, with lots of depth.  It actually needs two or three years to fully mature.  The wine is an example of how good Long Island Merlot can be.” — Ed McCarthy

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HC&G – JULY 1, 2014

Top Fromages from Three Local Cheesemongers—and Wines to Go with Them
“Local Wine Pairing: Goat cheeses cry out for Sauvignon Blanc, a classic pairing that originated in the Loire Valley. Macari’s 2012 Sauvignon Blanc has a racy acidity, a bright, refreshing flavor, and aromas of grapefruit and lime.” — Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave

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New York Cork Report

NEW YORK CORK REPORT – MACARI VINEYARDS 2012 'NO. 1' SAUVIGNON BLANC

“Macari Vineyards winemaker Kelly Urbanik Koch made one of my favorite wines of last summer, from Sauvignon Blanc. This wine, Macari Vineyards 2012 ‘No. 1’ Sauvignon Blanc is a completely different animal, however. Half the fruit for this wine was skin fermented in a 500L barrel and the other half was left on the skins for one night in a stainless steel tank.” — Lenn Thompson

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DETAILS MAGAZINE – MERLOT GETS ITS GROOVE BACK

“The 2004 movie Sideways shot [Merlot] down, as the flawed hero Miles raved about the nobility of Pinot Noir and ranted against the commonality of Merlot. Sales took a double-digit dip. But loyalty has slowly brought it back. Most premium producers stuck by their Merlot, and today its reputation and sales have regained altitude, though it takes balls to order a bottle in some circles. Recommended Bottles: 2010 Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Merlot; 2007 Macari North Fork of Long Island Merlot Reserve (pictured); 2008 Petrus; 2010 Trefethen Oak Knoll of Napa Valley Merlot.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES – WINES FOR DESSERT, OR JUST FOR FUN

November 27, 2013 – “Dessert wines … are a charming feature of Long Island vintners’ portfolios … The 2011 Block E from Macari Vineyards, in Mattituck, is complex, spicy and super-luscious … Block E is 10 acres given solely to dessert wines. The cool breezes of nearby Long Island Sound keep the acidity of the grapes high enough to give the wine zing. The 2011 is the color of polished brass, with a creamy texture, and it comes across as variously dry, semisweet and sweet. Macari’s aromatic, delicious 2011 Riesling, a late-harvest wine made from Finger Lakes fruit, competes with Block E. It is dry enough to be an aperitif.” — Howard G. Goldberg

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Edible Manhattan

EDIBLE MANHATTAN – BEAUJOLAIS-SCHMEAUJOLAIS – DRINK MACARI EARLY WINE!

November 21, 2013 – “While I love me some fresh, juicy fun-fun Beaujolais Nouveau, I’d like to propose celebrating our own damned harvest, as most winemaking regions do to some effect the world over. I know of no other awesome way to do that than with Macari Vineyard’s Early Wine, the fresh, cold-off-the-presses, thoroughly delicious and bright Chardonnay that Joe and Alexandra Macari send into the world around this time every year.” — Amy Zavatto

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5 ICONIC WINES TO CELEBRATE THE 4TH OF JULY

“Long Island Sauvignon Blanc, with old world character and just a hint of new world fruit, are poised to make a big splash and Macari is leading the way. This is just a lovely wine, as good as just about anybody’s Sauvy, but I do know its not that easy to find, so make an effort! It’s great with fish, pasta salads, and fresh goat cheeses.” — Gregory Dal Piaz

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Women's Wine Competition

2013 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S WINE COMPETITION

Awards from the 2013 International Women’s Wine Competition: Silver – 2012 Macari Gruner Veltliner | Silver – 2012 Macari Sauvignon Blanc | Bronze – 2008 Macari Dos Aguas | Bronze – 2011 Macari Riesling

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Macari SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012

VIP TASTING TABLE – SAUVIGNON BLANC: HEAT WAVE WINE

July 24th, 2013 — “2012 ‘Katherine’s Field’ Sauvignon Blanc – The nose showed peach skins with hints of lemon, minerals and a dash of vanilla. On the palate, it was racy and clean with ripe white fruits accented by lime and herbs. It finished clean and refreshing with a bitter lemon peel note lingering through the close.” (89 points) — Eric Guido, Director of wine and marketing for Morrell Wine Group

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Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

2013 CRITICS CHALLENGE INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

Awards from the 2013 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition: Critics Gold Macari Cabernet Franc 2008 | Critics Platinum Macari Early Wine 2012

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New York Cork Report

2012 'KATHERINE'S FIELD' SAUVIGNON BLANC

May 28, 2013 — “Always among the top Sauvignon Blancs coming from the North Fork, Macari Vineyards 2012 ‘Katherine’s Field’ Sauvignon Blanc is an early favorite from the 2012 batch just hitting shelves now—and I dare say the best since Kelly Urbanik took over as winemaker.” — Lenn Thompson

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East Coast Wineries

EAST COAST WINERIES

“With this we pair a lovely bottle of Macari Vineyards 2012 ‘Katherine’s Field’ Sauvignon Blanc. This is easily one of my favorite Sauvignon Blancs, and certainly one of the best from Long Island.” — Carlo de Vito

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2013 INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRITS COMPETITION

Awards from the 2013 International Wine & Spirits Competition: Silver – Macari 2010 Block E | Bronze – Macari 2012 Sauvignon Blanc | Bronze – Macari 2008 Dos Aguas | Bronze – Macari 2010 Chardonnay Reserve

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VIGNA UVA VINO – MACARI SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012

May 16, 2013 — “With the Loire Valley in mind, Joseph Macari originally planted Sauvignon Blanc on the North Fork of Long Island convinced of the similarities of the terrain. I might say with good results. Here is a wonderful 2012 vintage, pale dusty yellow colors in the glass, high in acidity with aromas of honeydew melon, citrus and grass, while on the palate strong notes of grapefruit and lime and more melon. Paired beautifully with a pasta and shrimp dish.” — Dave Trieger

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FOR CASUAL CROWDS, SECOND LABELS

May 10, 2013 — “Macari’s light nonvintage Collina Chardonnay was lemony and refreshing, and the rustic Collina nonvintage Merlot had a punch …” — Howard G. Goldberg

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Dallas Morning News and Texsom Wine Competition

2013 DALLAS MORNING NEWS AND TEXSOM WINE COMPETITION

Awards from the 2013 Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM Wine Competition: 2008 Cabernet Franc – Silver | 2008 Dos Aguas – Silver | 2011 Riesling – Bronze

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SAUVIGNON BLANC, SUITED TO THE SEASON

April 26, 2013 — “I tasted five East End Sauvignons, all 2012s, last week. Each was distinctive; all were awash in fresh acidity, which clears the palate while whetting the appetite. Steady chilling kept them brisk on the palate. The almost plush Sauvignon from Macari Vineyards in Mattituck, a personal favorite for many vintages, had a rewardingly rich fruit-salad flavor redolent of Granny Smith apples, with hints of lime.” — Howard G. Goldberg

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Star Chefs

NEW YORK STATE OF WINE

March 2013 — “I believe Kelly Urbanik and her team at Macari are making some of the best red wines in New York State. What I admire about the Macari wines is that they release them when they are ready and not before. The 2005 Merlot Reserve was the first of their wines on the list at [Eleven Madison Park], and it proved very successful. It was a happy discovery to taste a bottle with some age on it that was well balanced with plum, red berry, and baking spices; at the same time, it was starting to show some earthy secondary notes of leather, dark chocolate, sweet herbs, and tobacco.” — Jeff Taylor, head sommelier at Eleven Madison Park

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VIGNA UVA VINO – MACARI EARLY WINE

April 7, 2013 — “Not being a big fan of Chardonnay, I was shocked at how much I loved this ‘young wine’ from Macari Vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island. Macari’s Austrian consultant winemaker, Helmut Gangl, made the call to try to mimic this traditional Austrian style. And it works. Ready to drink only 3 months after harvest, to me it’s more like a cross between a Riesling and a Sauvignon Blanc, bright and crisp.” — Dave Trieger

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Wine Enthusiast

WINE ENTHUSIAST

February 2013 — Macari Vineyards is featured in the February 2013 issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine as one of Long Island Wine Country’s top producers. The article lists Long Island as the third best wine travel destination of 2013.

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Decanter World Wine Awards

2012 DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS

Awards from the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards: 2008 Macari Block E (white) – Bronze | 2008 Macari Cabernet Franc – Bronze | 2008 Macari Dos Aguas – Commended

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Sommelier Journal

SOMMELIER JOURNAL

Block E 2008 Red — “Macari’s 2008 Block E Red is an ice wine-style dessert wine with deep aromas of coffee, raspberry, and hibiscus.”

2012 INTERNATIONAL EASTERN WINE COMPETITION

Awards from the 2012 International Eastern Wine Competition: Silver Medal – Macari Riesling 2010 | Silver Medal – Macari Dos Aguas 2008 | Bronze Medal – Macari Cabernet Franc 2008 | Bronze Medal – Macari Block E 2008 Red

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Wine Spectator

WINE SPECTATOR – LONG ISLAND'S LEADING WINERIES

May 2012 — “The Macari family has owned land on the North Fork for more than half a century, founding its winery in 1995. They farm their vineyards organically and biodynamically, setting an example for environmental sustainability while turning out fresh, clean wines, especially fine in whites.”

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