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Del Vino Vineyard in Northport Grows Its Tasting Room, Winery Business



By Bernadette Starzee

When Lisa Giachetti and her husband, Fred Giachetti, opened Del Vino Vineyards in Northport three years ago, she was a little nervous.

“I was wondering if anyone would show up,” she said. 

She needn’t have worried. 

“We opened our doors, and it was gangbusters,” said the Northport resident. “We thought maybe the crowds were just there for the first weekend, since it was new, but they never let up. We never anticipated the response and reception we received, and we are very grateful.”

A psychologist by trade, Giachetti grew up in a winemaking family. Her husband, an attorney, joined the family hobby when they married 28 years ago, and the couple has made many vintages for their friends and family over the years.

“We saw that everybody loved our wine so much,” she said. “I said to my husband, ‘I think we have a business here and we don’t even see it.’” 

The couple began considering how they could turn their passion into a business.

“We envisioned planting about an acre of grapes somewhere and opening a little tasting room,” she said.

But the scope of the plan changed when the couple found a 10-plus-acre property “with beautiful soil” in Northport. 

“It’s hard to find 10-plus acres on Long Island,” she said. “We never dreamed our vineyard would be on this scale until we found this property.” 


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Like other company owners, the Giachettis had to modify their thriving business when the pandemic suddenly struck. 

“The pandemic taught us a lot,” Giachetti said. “Since we hadn’t anticipated the crowds we would get, we didn’t have a great system in place. With the pandemic, we realized we couldn’t have hundreds of people waiting around for a table. We decided to do reserved two-and-a-half-hour seatings, which made things very organized. People know what to expect – they’re not waiting for a table for two hours. I think we will continue this after the pandemic.”

The Tuscan villa-style tasting room has a large bar area, cozy indoor lounges with fireplaces, a private room upstairs for events of up to 40 people, and outdoor seating overlooking the scenic grounds. 

Since the pandemic began, the Giachettis have significantly expanded the outdoor seating, which now extends from a canopy-covered back deck onto the grass near the vines. The Giachettis are building a second canopied area off to one side, which will be combined with the other covered area, and heating and air conditioning will be available in both areas. 

The wine list and menu have also expanded over time. 

“We hired a friend and longtime Italian chef from Italy, Massimo Coscia, and he has taken our menu to a different level,” Giachetti said. “It’s exactly what I envisioned when we talked about opening a place like this. I’m a foodie and I love to cook, and I always wanted people to have good tapas-style food to graze on and to share. 

Giachetti said she and her husband are so grateful to the community for believing in them and continuing to visit. 

“We’re so happy that people keep coming and having a great experience,’ she said.

Del Vino Vineyards is located at 29 Norwood Rd., Northport, 844-DEL-VINO (844-335-8466).

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The Hardest Costume Design Challenge on ‘Cyrano’ Had Nothing to Do With the Lead Character



This story about the “Cyrano” costume design first appeared in the Below-the-Line Issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine.

The real Cyrano de Bergerac lived in France in the 17th century, and the Edmond Rostand play that immortalized him begins in 1640. But director Joe Wright made a conscious decision to move the action up a century for his new musical “Cyrano,” which stars Peter Dinklage as the poetic swashbuckler.

“The idea was to re-create Cyrano around the mid-1700s to give the idea of lightness through the costumes,” costume designer Massimo Cantini Parrini said. “The 1600s, while a beautiful period to represent, is very set and rigid. Setting a musical in the 1700s allowed us to make everything light and airy at the same time.”

Parrini achieved that lightness by using delicate and transparent fabrics inspired by watercolors from the 1700s that he’d seen in a museum in Rome. “The colors were so watery and ethereal that I wanted to re-create them through the costumes, using more fabrics one on top of the other, with different colors,” he said.

He worked with natural fibers such as silk and linen, along with fabrics like organza that are “delicate but full-bodied at the same time.” He added, “For me, it is very important to maintain the criteria of the costume itself while capturing the essence of the historical period that I have to represent.”

Costume design for Peter Dinklage’s Cyrano

But Parrini occasionally used costumes that weren’t strictly accurate to the period. “Bringing modernity to a historical language is very important for understanding the costumes,” he said. “It is important for me that the costume is understood even by an audience that knows nothing of the past.”

He also needed to pay attention to the requirement that costumes would need to move with actors who suddenly turned into dancers. “I enjoyed using materials that aided me in creating movement,” he said. “For example, it was wonderful to see the soldiers in their rigid uniforms suddenly become light as air during the dance sequences.”

Costume sketch for the character of De Guiche

His favorite articles of clothing, though, were the ones he designed for Ben Mendelsohn’s villain, De Guiche, while the most challenging designs were for the nuns in a convent where Cyrano’s longtime secret love, Roxanne, lives after her husband is killed in battle. (Costumes for Roxanne, played by Haley Bennett, were designed by Jacqueline Durran.)

“The nuns’ costumes were very difficult because I was looking for modernity and antiquity at the same time—they caused me a great deal of suffering!” he said. “The result is beautiful, though, because the nuns are ‘aliens’ of the 1700s, maintaining an authority that the clergy requires.”

Read more from the Below-the-Line Issue here.

Photo by Jeff Vespa for TheWrap

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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Hits $1.6 Billion at the Box Office



Another week, another set of box office milestones to have fallen at the feet of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man: No Way Home, continuing what’s been a regularly recurring theme ever since the multiversal blockbuster first hit theaters over a month ago.

Tom Holland’s web-slinger may have lost his box office crown to Ghostface’s return in slasher sequel Scream, but a running domestic tally in excess of $700 million has secured Spidey’s status as the star of the fourth highest-grossing domestic hit of all-time.


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