Giovanni Borghese at the Cutchogue vineyard last Thursday.
In June 2014, when Giovanni Borghese of Castello di Borghese Vineyards learned his father, Marco, had been killed in a head-on car crash, he had trouble processing the news. It made no sense — especially since his mother, Ann Marie, had died of cancer just 10 days earlier.
“My reaction was literally, ‘That’s impossible because our mom just died,’ ” he recalled in a recent interview. “…It’s an almost childish response. Those things don’t happen back to back.”
The shocking news rippled throughout the local wine community, which remembered Marco — a bona fide Italian prince who rarely used the title — and Ann Marie for their warmth and grace. Their Route 48 operation is Long Island’s oldest vineyard; the Borgheses purchased the property from the North Fork’s first vintners, Alex and Louisa Hargrave, in 1999.
Shortly after his mother and father’s deaths, Mr. Borghese said, there was work to do. Two and a half years later, the 31-year-old owns two-thirds of the company after buying out the interest of his older half-brother, Fernando. His sister, Allegra, controls the remaining share, although she is pursuing a Ph.D. at Fordham University while Mr. Borghese oversees daily operations. (more…)
Sample some Bridge Lane Wines rosé during the first-ever North Fork Rosé Crawl on June 11. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
A late spring day dedicated to sampling different styles of North Fork rosé is set for next month.
Four area wineries — Bridge Lane Wines, Castello di Borghese vineyard and winery, The Lenz Winery and Roanoke Vineyards on Love Lane — will offer complimentary tastings of the pink drink of the summer during the first-ever “North Fork Rosé Crawl.” (more…)
Brittany Schiavone of Huntington Station with a ceramic vase she submitted for the Downright Art exhibit at Castello di Borghese Vineyard in Cutchogue. On view until April 19, the show features 50 paintings, sculptures and photographs by artists with Down syndrome. (Credit: Courtesy photo)
Nothing distinguishes Castello di Borghese ’s current display of 50 paintings, sculptures and photographs created by people with Down syndrome from any other exhibit — and that’s exactly the point. (more…)
Carrying on after the untimely death of a parent is tough in under circumstances, but the difficulty can be compounded for a son or daughter who is unexpectedly handed the keys to the family business. (more…)