October 14, 2010

A Visit to McCall Wines

My sister, Laura Plimpton and her husband, Randy, spend a great deal of time at the Plimpton family home on the North Fork of Long Island in New York State.  This past summer, I dropped by to visit and they took me to nearby McCall Wines.  Russ McCall, engaged to Randy’s sister, Nicola, has been very involved with land preservation on the North Fork.  In fact, upon 108-acres of land, which he rescued from development, is where he has planted a vineyard and where he is raising a small herd of Charolais cattle.

As the former owner of a wholesale imported wine business, Atlanta Wines International, Russ has extensive knowledge of wines.  On his 22-acre vineyard, he grows his favorite varieties, merlot and pinot noir.  In the charmingly rustic tasting room, I got to sample some of the wines and I was so impressed that I bought a mixed case, which I enjoyed immensely.  McCall Wines has been receiving high praise in the press, including a recent New York Times review.  It is interesting to note that in little over a quarter of a century, the Long Island wine industry has grown from one small vineyard to more than 3,000 acres of vines and more than forty wineries producing world-class wines.  Please enjoy Laura and Randy’s little tour of one of Long Island’s newest vineyards, located at 22600 Rt.25 in Cutchogue.