Gabby Pisacano in the vineyard. (Credit: Courtesy of Roanoke Vineyards)
Gasper Pisacano of Riverhead — the force behind Roanoke Vineyards’ popular Gabby’s Cab Franc wine and a familiar face at the winery — died at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead Friday, Dec. 18, according to his family. He was 85.
Born in Huntington in 1930 to Marie and Joseph Pisacano, the man who was known to all as “Gabby” served in the U.S. Marine Corps before marrying his late wife Adeline in 1956. The couple raised five children together — Linda, Stephen, Michael, Rich and Maria (Bassemir).
He spent his working years as a business owner in various industries, especially bars and restaurants. Locally, he owned Settler’s Lounge on Youngs Avenue in Southold. (more…)
What do you think of when you hear the term “Long Island wine?”
Does it call to mind supple, sophisticated bottles of cabernet franc and merlot, or a crisp sauvignon blanc that pairs perfectly with oysters harvested from Peconic Bay? Or maybe, for you, Long Island wine is less synonymous with the product itself, but a summer day spent “out east” drinking rosé and laughing with friends?
In the 42 years since Alex and Louisa Hargrave planted the first commercial vineyard in Cutchogue, the industry, like that of any burgeoning wine region, has experienced periods of significant change in both atmosphere and reputation.
And until recently, there has never been a large-scale, unified effort to create a brand. (more…)