Diliberto Winery featuring Italian food, music all summer long

About 35 diners took part in “Sundays with Grandma” at Diliberto Winery on Valentine's Day. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

About 35 diners took part in “Sundays with Grandma” at Diliberto Winery on Valentine’s Day. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Celebrate Italian-American culture with unique wine pairings, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and more during Diliberto Winery‘s “Italian Experience” series this summer.

Owner and winemaker Sal Diliberto said he enjoyed planning the Tuscany-themed event for his winery in Jamesport because it reflects his family’s lifestyle.

“We are fiercely proud to be Americans, but Italy is our ancestral home,” Diliberto said. “Events such as these that highlight the food, wine and the Italian-American experience helps keep alive for us the memories of parents, grandparents and extended family who were, and continue to be, such an important part of our lives.”

The “Italian Experience” series takes place Sundays from noon to 2 p.m.:

July 10 — Food and Wine of Campania: Explore the wines of Campania paired with familiar Italian foods.

July 17 — Songs of Italy: Famed accordionist Michael Giordano will play popular Italian songs. Diliberto and some of his staff will join Giordano in an Italian songfest.

July 24 — Grandma’s Kitchen: Remember how good grandma’s kitchen smelled on Sunday mornings as she prepared a meal for the family? Join her as she prepares her fresh sauce and homemade pasta. While the pasta is drying, enjoy Italian songs with grandma and the winery staff.

July 31 — Author Talk with Maria LaPlaca Bohrer: Maria LaPlaca Bohrer will discuss her illustrated book, “Sofia’s Stoop Story,” which details her special Sunday experiences in Brooklyn with her Italian-American family.

Aug. 7 — Grandma’s Kitchen

Aug. 14 — Talk with Professor Mario Mignone: Mario Mignone — author, lecturer and director of the Italian Studies Program at Stony Brook University — will discuss the topic of Italian immigrants.

Concerts at Diliberto Winery:

Friday, June 17, at 6 p.m.: Tenor Luca Canonici

$25 per person, includes a glass of wine

Luca Canonici is an Italian opera singer who has had leading tenor roles both in Europe and his native Italy. He made his debut at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in 1985 as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto and went on to establish an international career performing at many leading opera houses and concert halls, including La Scala, Convent Gardens, Vienna State Opera and Teatro Comunale Florence, just to name a few. Since 2008, he has been Artistic Director of Opera Festival, a cultural association created in 1997 that organizes classical music events, shows and festivals in Florence and Tuscany.

Saturday, July 30, at 6 p.m.: Soprano Ashley Galavani Bell

$25 per person, includes a glass of wine

New York City duo Ashley Galvani Bell (soprano) and Alexander Wu (piano) will perform music by Italian composers, from Neapolitan songs to light opera classics.

Saturday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m.: Opera Under the Stars

$75 per person, includes a glass of wine

The evening will feature performances by international and local performers alike for a unique North Fork experience. International performers, including soprano Jodi Keogan, baritone Rod Gomez, tenor John Tirrano and pianist Seth Weinstein, will return to the winery and perform a number of classic Italian operas. Local performers include soprano Taylor Burgess and pianist Jessica Sisti, both of Riverhead.

Tickets for Opera Under The Stars must be purchased in advance. For more information, visit bit.ly/summeropera2016.

Reservations for “Italian Experience”events are recommended and can be made by contacting Diliberto Winery at (631) 722-3416.

Diliberto Winery is located at 250 Manor Ln. in Jamesport. Its hours are Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.