Macari Vineyard & Winery Blog Post- Arjun Patel

Macari Vineyard & Winery Front

Macari Vineyard & Winery Front of the Tasting Room.Standing in front of the building right in front of the entrance and beautiful green garden.











Today, I took a trip to North Fork of Long Island and had visited Macari Vineyard & Winery located on 150 Bergen Ave, Mattituck, NY 11952. The North Fork of long island is located in eastern Suffolk County, New York. This area is divided into two island forks, which is the North Fork of Long Island AVA and the Hampton’s AVA in the South Fork. It is the home to a Maritime climate. Long Island is significantly influenced by water.


Macari Vineyard & Winery- Tasting Room

One Section of the Tasting Room.








Wine Tasting List








Macari Winery had numerous wines they sold/ offer for their tastings. I glanced at the variety of wines presented in front of me. A few struck my mind as I noticed they were the exact ones that were tasted during class. I was unable to try the tasting menu because I was observing a fast today for a religious holiday. Unfortunately the one day I was available to visit the winery coincided with the day I had to fast. The wine tasting was per glass and the prices were different for each of the wine they were offering.









Macari Winery is about an hour and a half from where I reside. As I was approaching the winery I felt eager to learn all about the winery and excited because it was my first time being at one. There were grapevines on the left and was able to see which season they are in Bud Break. (Study Guide 2018.) The initial appearance of green shoots growing out of dormant buds each spring. During April/May the first signs of life occur, sap rises up and the buds begin to break.

(Photo 1)Equipment used to make wine.







(Photo 2) Equipment use to make wine.

At the Macari Winery I was not able to see the production of the barrel and the steps of how the wine is made. I was only able to see how it was made from a large distance. The production area had difference colored flowers dangling down in a row and gave the atmosphere a warmer feel.


Selling Sparkling Wine called Horses 2016










Inside of the Winery one of the wines they were selling was called Horses 2016. It is a Cabernet Franc and sparkling wine. It is also a limited production. Horses 2016 received its name based off the shape of the Macari Vineyard.

Work Cited:



3.) (For all vocabulary words bolded)- Certified Specialist of Wine: Study Guide 2018. Washington, DC: Society of Wine Educators, 2018.

A Wonderful Trip to Franklin Hill Vineyard and M&M Vineyard

For the vineyard report, I chose Franklin Hill Vineyard as a location to visit. The estate is located on Franklin Hill Road in Bangor, PA. Pennsylvania is fifth in wine production in the United States. “Pennsylvania’s climate – hot summers and cold winters – is more like Europe than California or Australia and presents the ideal terroir for emerging French-American hybrid grapes, and traditional wine varieties” (“Pennsylvania Wine Travel Guide,” n.d., para.4). Elaine Pivinski is the owner of the Franklin Hill Vineyard, and she has been operating the vineyard since 1976. Her vineyard is the Lehigh Valley’s oldest winery and the third winery region in Pennsylvania. Elaine had no wine-making experiences before she went into the wine business. However, her business became more and more prosperous with help from her families and friends. As Elaine said, “believe in yourself – That is always a homerun. That would be the name of my wine,” (P. Elaine, 2019). Franklin Hill has grown from 3,000 barrels per year, to 60,000 per year. They grow different grape varieties such as Vida Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet France, Cabernet Sauvignon.

This was a grape vine from Franklin Hill Vineyard, and the grape vines were all in the dormant stage

An old grape wine. The cordon of the old grape vine looked more thicker compare to the new vine

These are the fermentation tanks and filter machine that I saw in the winery


We went to the Franklin Hill Vineyard on a Saturday morning, and we arrived almost half hour earlier than the reservation time. We saw a huge vineyard in front of us and the grape vines were all in the dormant stage. We were greeted by a hostess asking if we would like to take a walk around the vineyard. She roughly talked about the history of the winery, and leaded us to get closer to look at the grape vines. The newest grape vines were planted around seven to eight years ago. At the beginning, the grape vines were not growing very well because there was no rain, and the grass took all the nutrient from the grape vines. So, the owner decided to use the trickle irrigation in order to feed enough of water to the grape vines. Then, the hostess took us to another grape vineyard to see the older grape vines. I could easily see the different between the new grape vine and old grape vine. The cordon of the old grape vine looked more thicker compare to the new vine, and the old grape vine had more spur. After we visited the vineyard, we came into the winery. In a room, the hostess showed us many of the pictures about the history of the vineyard. She talked about how the vineyard was established, how much effort the owner had put in, and how they won the Penn State wine-making competition. This reward gave Elaine more confidence to focus on her wine business. After that, the hostess finally took us to see their stainless-steel fermentation tanks. The room’s temperature was controlled at 61 degrees Fahrenheit. When we walked in the room, we could already smell the yeast and feel the temperature change rapidly. They do filtration before bottling their wines in order to improve the look of the wine. Then we took a walk to their storehouse. In there, these wines were already pack up in cases and ready to sell. They ship wines across the country, and they have 5% discount for buying a half case (6-11 bottles), and a 10% discount for buying a case of wine (12 bottles).

This was their wine bottling machine


This was the storehouse. These wines were already pack up in cases and ready to sell.

The large stainless steel wine fermentation tanks

We were tasting wines in the wine tasting room

In the tasting room, they offered their six newly released wines for us to taste. It cost only 5 dollars! I ordered three white wines, the Seyval Blanc, Cake and Vidal Blanc, two reds, the RedHead and Sir Walter’s Red, and the last one was the rosé, Kiss. For the Seyval Blanc, I smelled apple, melon and some woods. In the palate, it was dry and citrusy. The Cake impressed me a lot, it smelled buttery, and tasted like vanilla beans, with some extra flavor of yeast and honey.

Seyval Blanc, it tasted dry, citrusy and with a little bit of tannin


After we left the Franklin Hill Vineyard, we went to another vineyard called M&M Vineyard which was only about 10 mins road trip away from the vineyard we just visited. This vineyard was established only three years ago. The owner told us they spent two years looking for land after they had retired. In addition, the owner and his wife were both microbiologist, which fortunately included inventive training in fermentation technologies. They believed they could use the knowledge they learned by creating something very special—wine. This passion drove them to open their own winery and vineyard. “Our site was chosen with the assistance of local and state level viticulture experts and assessment of many different properties for their suitability in supporting robust vine growth” (S. Mohinder, 2019). They planted the grape vines in 2016, and they have grown pretty well so far. They grow Vidal Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Point Noir, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. They do offer wine tasting, which only costed five dollars, and you can taste seven different types of wine. However, they only sell their wines locally, so you won’t have the chance to buy their wine online. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take a tour to see the inside of their winery because it is not open for public. Hence, we only had the chance to take a look at their grape vine which was very small and thin. It was about only two feet high.

We took this photo in front of the M&M Vineyard, you could see those new grape vines were very small and thin

Overall, this was a great experience and I had a fantastic time with my classmates. It was also my first time visiting a vineyard, and it was a very valuable and educational trip for me. I had the chance to learn about wine techniques and a rundown of fermentation a wine.


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Shinn Estate Vineyard Experimental Learning Analysis

The vineyard I decided to visit is Shinn Estate Vineyards located in North Fork (Mattituck), Long Island. Here I had got the experience through the vineyards thats been around for almost two decades. Of course, this is a small vineyard and winery that is family owned and are all about vintage. April 2017, the former owners Barbara Shinn and David Page sold over the vineyard and winery to Randy and Barbara Frankel.

They too now focus on the Biodynamic and organic farming in order for the winemaking process to have an accurate outcome on the viticulture.A fun fact about Shinn Estate is that it is 1 of 3 vineyards that include all ingredients in the back of wine bottle labels. Shinn Estate Vineyards consists of 20 planted acres, a renovated Wine Library. The grape varieties grown here are: Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, and one of my favorites Riesling. And now in June 2017, they introduced their first ever Rosé called Rose Hill Rosé that is a blend of Merlot, Riesling and Chardonnay. It has a dry and crisp flavor with a light after taste. Might be because it has the aroma of strawberry and other tropical fruits.

Because this wine tasted very delicate and unique I was curious about what would be a food pairing for this rosĂ©, and was told by one the employees that it would be best paired with Shellfish such as SautĂ©ed Mussels and even poultry like a chicken salad. I was very surprised when they brought out the Rose because it was said that the rainy days was sometimes a problem when grape growing because the soil would get ‘moldy’ and ‘dewey’ what we would call diurnal temperatureswith plenty of rain shadow. This would cause the grapes to take longer to ripen. This RosĂ© along with the other grapes for the wines are harvested by had, when it through the fermentation stage, it is done with natural yeasts.

The equipment used for the winemaking are stainless steel barrels and the usual oak barrels used for the fermentation process. the grapes are placed one they are selected for wine production. This grapes take longer to ferment using these barrels because it is stainless steel

Looking around I see white wines, red wines, sparkling wines and like mentioned before, the newest addition, the Rosé

In the tasting room, I take a look at some of their wines. I also discovered that their wine can be found around restaurants in NYC such as the Gramercy Tavern, Rainbow Room, Blue Hill and some others mentioned, but can’t remember.

Grape Vines: Here are the grape vines going through the Bud BreakStage. Because the temperatures here are diurnal, sometimes this stage takes longer to take place because heat and sunlight is needed. The weather in Long Island tends to be rainy, which then turns the soil very moldy and too difficult for it to maintain dry for the grapes to ripen.

Wine Testing Menu

Visiting Channing Daughters Winery & Vineyard

Employee was explaining to me about their winery and vineyard.

“Be open minded and get out of the comfort zone”, it was the first sentence I heard when I explained that I am a student who is studying wine in college.
There are way too many wines out in the world, and people think that wine will be good if the price is expensive. But some of the wines are just expensive because they are somehow well known. 

Gate of vineyard was close, so could not get closer look of vine.

Channing Daughter Winery is mineral soil, and climates of maritime with water from sea. The Vineyard grows and makes 6 different rose grape variety, 17 white, 4 pink, 4 orange (skin Fermentation of white), 18 red, 2 fortified, 6 Vervino Vermouth (Aromatized fortified), 3 sparkling, and 6 Petillant Naturel.
Because they make so much of different types of wine and prefer manual-harvest, decided to partner up with North Fork Vineyard, and makes wine with half of their grapes.

Still next to the wine tasting room – Vinification facilities are not open for customers.

Wine tasting room

As I joined the wine tasting, employee was repeating the word Flight which is the industrial explanation of trying wine. As we flight, he explained about the wine we try, and educated customers in to the wine in general. For example, when one of the customer was asking to have champagne, he started to talk about “method champenois”, and “riddling”.

During the wine tasting


He also talked about how all of their rose wines are bottle fermented and as wines are filter more and more, they lose its flavor more and more.
And also, there should be a guide line of making wine, but no rules should judge any wine making process because no one knows what kind of great wines can come out when its free of those rules.

Sediment of white wine (yeast)

During the wine tasting, I was able to see the sediment of Tocai Friulano which is the white wine. It came out of last pour of the bottle.

Vervino wine which puts the picture of its aroma instead of explanation in the word

Vervino wine is one of the very special wine that they carry. It’s fortified and automatized wine. With grape brandy it makes the beautiful aroma, and it’s slightly sweetens with a little bit of local honey. Everyone in the tasting room enjoyed this wine so much. But the only concern about this wine is that aroma is too strong, it overcomes every other flavor and last very long.

Wines for sale that were not on the tasting.

Wines for sale that used for tasting.







Wine club info

They do have a wine club for free every month, providing 11 different types of wine, and and 2 bottles to take home. It surely was amazing experience, to learn more details about wine.

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Retail Beverage Shop

Yamir Nivar

HMGT 2402

Karen Goodland


Retail Beverage Shop



This is the front of the winery, which is one of the biggest in the area.


I live in Washington Heights for that reason I decided to go to a winery that I frequently go, which is PJ Wine, 4898 Broadway, nr. 204th St. Therefore, I used this place for the retail shop analysis, which was a assignment that I enjoyed a lot and at the same time learned many things within the wine industry. I was able to speak with one the supervisor who name is Tom, he is the one that is in charge to explain about each category of wines in the store. I noticed that they majority of wines they sell are from Latin America and Spain, they have a huge shelf from Spain. Tom was able to tell me which are the wines that they sell the most which Wines from Spain are, I also asked him a couple of questions about wines from France and he was able to recognize and tell me each of the wines region in France such as Alsace, Burgundy etc. They are very affordable prices for customers especially on wines from Latin America such as Chile, and Argentina. The shelf that I enjoy the most was the Toros shelf (Wines from Spain).






Red wine of a region I did not know they made wine, which is Uruguay. I was surprised because I really never thought that Uruguay was a wine maker country. However, I taste this wine ad it was gorgeous

A huge variety of red wines from Spain from the Toros Shelf, the store really offers a great variety of Spain wines especially from the wine region Rioja (Gran Reserva).

In the sparkling wines shelf the French sparkling wine are predominant, but one that caught my attention was a sparkling wine from Italy Prosecco Rustico.

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Baden Baden Winery Tour

I am ready for my visit to the Baden-Baden region of Germany. My boots are for vineyard tours and my flashcards are for my classroom lessons. During this visit I am one of two educators from the United States to participate along with educators from around the world. I will do my best to represent you well and to bring back my learning to share with you.  Please follow me on Instagram @profgoodvino, I will be blogging during the week.

On April 10 you have the the privilege of learning from Prof. Chris Struck who is a sommelier at Union Square Cafe and teaches the Service Marketing class, HMGT 4702. He is a powerhouse, I am sure your will be impressed. You can follow him on Instagram as well, @chris_struck .

I will have limited access to email and the internet from April 10-16. Please contact me before that if you have any questions.