Huffington Post blogger Brad Haskel recently interviewed winemaker Kareem Massoud to talk about his vineyard, his family, and his industry.
Haskel, who has worked in the wine industry for over 20 years, called Paumanok wines "among the finest in the U.S."
Regarding operating so close to New York City, Massoud called it a "double-edged sword," saying:
On one hand it gives us great exposure, access and visibility to one of the world's most sophisticated wine markets. On the other, the entire spectrum of wines in the quality pyramid are shown to that audience ... In blind tasting after blind tasting, Long Island wines continue to dispel the myth that they do not offer good value. There has been an image problem with Long Island wines attributable to the quality pyramid and our unique proximity to NYC as I previously described.
Massoud runs Paumanok with his mother, father and his two brothers. The vineyard has been family run since 1983.