A bottle of Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard Petite Verdot. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)
Petit verdot is a grape that you’ve probably tasted before, though perhaps without realizing it.
A red grape used in classic Bordeaux blends, it’s grown in many vineyards on the North Fork, though not in large quantities. It’s a late ripener and often among the last grapes picked every harvest. On Long Island, it’s mostly used to add color, tannin and acidity other red wines. It can really help with mid-palate weight and concentration, making wines taste more complete.
And once you recognize its telltale structure and flavors, you can pick it out even in small amounts in a blend. (more…)
Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard in Peconic (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)
Surely you’ve heard of wineries being rated for the quality of their wines, but what about for their winery tours?
That’s the aim of a contest from 10Best.com, a travel division of USA Today, which recently nominated one North Fork winery for offering the “Best Winery Tour.”
Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard in Peconic is among 20 wineries from around the country readers can vote for based on their tour experience. Being the only local winery surprised even the winery owners themselves. (more…)
Sannino Bella Vita’s tasting barn on Peconic Lane in Peconic. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Sannino Bella Vita wines, once rarely available outside the operation’s Peconic Lane tasting room, can now be found on the shelves of local liquor stores and on the wine lists at North Fork restaurants. (more…)
Photo by Barbaraellen Koch | Tommy Keys of Holbrook performing at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard.
North Fork wineries have full lineups of live music this fall. Check out our calendar through the end of November. Musicians and venues, send your event info to email@example.com or post your own events in our events calendar. (more…)
SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard owners Lisa and Anthony Sannino in their Peconic tasting room.
When it was time to name their vineyard, Anthony and Lisa Sannino pictured their lives together.
Mr. Sannino would be tending to the grapevines and making wine during the day while his wife poured glasses of wine for customers in a tasting room, a restored potato barn and hog house built in the 1900s.
They would then return to their four children at their home, which would stand majestically in the middle of the vineyard.
“That’s a beautiful life,” Mr. Sannino said. “That’s the way we wanted to live.” (more…)