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  Paumanok on CBS News Sunday Morning
On November 30, 2003, CBS aired a segment shot at Paumanok with owners Charles & Ursula Massoud and Wall Street Journal wine columnists Dorothy Gaiter & John Brecher. Click here for the web preview.

Dan's Papers
Click here for Susan Simm's recent write up about Paumanok.

The Easthampton Star
Michael Braverman, writing for The Easthampton Star, recently wrote about his visit to Paumanok. Click here for the full review.

NytSectionHeader.gif - 1794 BytesHoward Goldberg of The New York Times wrote, "Paumanok Vineyards is closing in on...the title of Long Island's best all-around winery." Click here for the full review.

Paumanok Wins Four Golds at East End Food & Wine Awards
On April 6, 2003, the Long Island Wine Gazette held its first annual East End Food & Wine Awards at Tierra Mar in Westhampton. The American Sommelier Association (ASA), a non-profit wine education organization based in New York City, was hired as an independent third party to judge various Long Island wines. The ASA judges are made up of sommeliers from some of New York's finest restaurants. All wines were tasted blind. Paumanok was awarded four golds: Outstanding Merlot, Outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon, Outstanding Red Blend and Outstanding Chardonnay. (The Chardonnay gold was actually awarded to Tom Schaudel, for whom Paumanok produced his private label Chardonnay). Paumanok was also awarded a Bronze for Riesling.

"Best of the Year"
Once again, a Paumanok wine was included in Bon Appétit's annual "Best of the Year" issue (January 2003). This year, it is the 2000 Merlot. In 2002, it was the 2000 Dry Riesling. In 2000, it was the 1999 Semi Dry Riesling. In 1998, it was the 1995 Merlot Grand Vintage. In 1997, the 1995 Chardonnay Grand Vintage. And, in 1996, the 1995 Semi Dry Riesling.

The New York Times
On November 24, 2002, Howard Goldberg, of The New York Times, reviewed the 2000 vintage Paumanok red wines. To read the article follow this link: Portraits in Red.

Over the years, Howard Goldberg has written about a number of Paumanok wines. The following are links to some of his most recent columns.
2001 Chenin Blanc
2001 Semi Dry Riesling
2000 Grand Vintage Chardonnay
Vin Rosé
2000 Chenin Blanc
2000 Dry Riesling and 2000 Semi Dry Riesling. Other recent columns by Howard Goldberg included: Auction Tied to Sept. 11 and Wine-Tasting Apex, If You Can Afford It.

Other articles from The New York Times follow. Frank Prial's "Wine Talk" column in The New York Times on June 6, 2001.

Eric Asimov's "Tastings" column in The New York Times on April 11, 2001.

In a recent review of Long Island wines, WineToday favorably reviewed several Paumanok wines. WineToday is operated by The New York Times.

In the April, 2001 issue of Wine Enthusiast, Joe Czerwinski wrote:
...former IBMer Charles Massoud's Paumanok Vineyards always has an interesting array of wines to taste, including New York's only Chenin Blanc and a couple of top flight dessert wines. In the best vintages, Massoud makes Grand Reserve [actually, the term Paumanok uses is "Grand Vintage"] bottlings of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that can be among the region's best.

In the April, 2001 issue of Saveur, Jeremy Weintraub wrote:
Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue, under the direction of Charles and Ursula Massoud, is a contender for best winery on Long Island, pound for pound; it may not produce the single best red or white, that is, but its wines, taken together, are all rich and satisfying. Charles, a former IBM executive, has made trial-and-error plantings over the years and actually hesitated to plant red varieties at first. "We can't make sangiovese here, for instance," he told me. "It doesn't even taste like sangiovese." Instead, Massoud favors thick-skinned grapes that can withstand the region's frequent rains--like cabernet sauvignon. "On a good day," he assured me, "cabernet sauvignon beats merlot on Long Island."

Wine Advocate Rates Paumanok Highest in New York State
In the January 2000 issue of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, wines from all over New York were reviewed. Paumanok received the highest scores in the state with an 89+ for both the 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Limited Edition Tuthills Lane Vineyard and the 1998 Sauvignon Blanc Late Harvest. Four other wines were reviewed as well: 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vintage, 1995 Chardonnay Grand Vintage, 1998 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay and 1998 Riesling Late Harvest. The reviews can be read for each wine by clicking on them in the Tasting Room.

Paumanok Poured at White House
The Paumanok Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 1997 was one of three wines served at the White House, on April 23rd, 1999 for the NATO 50th Anniversary Gala. Unfortunately, the wine has sold out. However, the 1998 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc is just as good or better than the 1997. It is on the wine list at several top restaurants in Manhattan: Four Seasons, Hudson River Club, Jean Georges, JUdson Grill, La Fourchette, Le Bernadin, Mesa Grill and One If By Land, Two If By Sea. These oak-aged wines have a pleasantly fragrant nose, full body, thick, rich flavors of quince, apricot and lychee. What's most remarkable about the Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc is it's balance. The wine has ample acidity to match its residual sugar, making the wine very drinkable. Pair it with fruit tarts, macaroons, sharp cheeses or enjoy it as a dessert all by itself!

Paumanok Goes Global
Paumanok wines are now available in Arizona, New Jersey, Chicago, Switzerland and in Japan. These are promising new markets for us where wine enthusiasts are discovering that there is more to the American wine scene than just the west coast.

Paumanok in the News
In addition to several stories in the press (e.g. New York Times (by John Rather), New York Times (by David Bouchier)) and on TV and radio, Paumanok was recently mentioned in the following articles on the web:
East Hampton Star - Vintage L.I.
EdificeRex - Long Island Wines Come of Age - Paumanok Winery
New York Magazine - "Grape Juice" - "A Wine Region That's Aging Beautifully" (New York Times) - Country Trips - "U.S. drought preparedness faulted" - "1999 Drought A Blessing For Winemakers" - "A Vintners' Clambake" - Please note that this article has some factual inaccuracies. Paumanok has used the Tuthill's Lane Vineyard label only once, for our 1995 Tuthill's Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. - "Grape Escape"