Pre-Game Sippin’: 2012 Macari Sauvignon Blanc

With Brooklyn Uncorked mere days away (woo hoo!), I’m finding myself unendingly thirsty for local grapes. Last week I stopped in at Mattebella and bought a case of their bright, streamlined 2011 rose (the 2012 just-just came out — figured I’d hedge my bets and get the last bit of last year’s since it’s drinking great and is definitely going to run out before this year’s earthier, lustier version — that’ll be July’s house wine!).

Then a few days ago, over some Long Island fluke I’d picked up at the Southold Fish Market on my way back to NYC,  I popped a Macari 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, which was great with my butter-seared fish with its crazy, straight-back notes of zingy lime, grapefruit, and tart apples — it was like the two things were created for each other. The Macari’s (whose grapes are also sourced for some of the great bottles coming out of Red Hook Winery) tend to skew toward the biodynamic end of things in their vineyards, careful to keep in mind the balance of the rich ecosystem they have on their land. They also just happen to be really nice folks (same goes for their winemaker, the talented Kelly Urbanik), who I highly encourage you to go say, “hey!” to if you’re at the event. But where in the name of the sweet nectar of the vine else would you be?!

Amy Zavatto

Amy Zavatto is the daughter of an old school Italian butcher who used to sell bay scallops alongside steaks, and is also the former Deputy Editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She holds her Level III Certification in Wine and Spirits from the WSET, and contributes to Imbibe, Whisky Advocate, SOMMJournal,, and others. She is the author of Forager's Cocktails: Botanical Mixology with Fresh, Natural Ingredients and The Architecture of the Cocktail. She's stomped around vineyards from the Finger Lakes to the Loire Valley and toured distilleries everywhere from Kentucky to Jalisco to the Highlands of Scotland. When not doing all those other things, Amy is the Director of the Long Island Merlot Alliance.

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