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  AQUEBOGUE, NY, March 20, 2008 - Paumanok Vineyards announced today the release of five 2007 vintage white wines, all sealed with the Stelvin screw cap closure. These mark the first bottlings of their kind on Long Island and include the much awaited Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Dry and Semi Dry Riesling and Festival Chardonnay.

Charles Massoud, Paumanok's founder and owner, said "Paumanok's commitment to continually improving the quality of our wine is demonstrated in this switch to screw caps. Since it is well known that natural cork will occasionally taint the wine, we needed a closure that does not compromise wine quality. It has been documented to our satisfaction that the Stelvin screw cap is, in that respect, superior to cork". For now, Paumanok is limiting this novel closure to its white wine. However, Paumanok red wines will be offered with screw cap in the near future. Consideration is being given to bottling the same red wine with cork and screw cap to give the consumer a choice between the two.

Paumanok also announced the release of its 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Tuthills Lane Vineyard and 2005 Petit Verdot Apollo Drive Vineyard. Writing in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, David Schildknecht described Paumanok's 2005 red wines as "amazingly formidable". These wines are available in limited quantities and the Petit Verdot will only be available at the winery. They each sell for $60 per bottle.

2005 and 2007 are two of the highest quality vintages in Paumanok's history. They are the result of terrific growing seasons and the dedication of the winegrowing team.

Paumanok is a family estate winery located on the North Fork of Long Island. Paumanok produces 9000 cases per year of premium vinifera wines from Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. 2008 marks Paumanok's 25th anniversary.



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