“We deliberately didn’t want to change Palmer into Paumanok II,” Massoud said. “Each of the brands has its own personality. The bigger picture has remained the same: Palmer is focused on quality wines in an atmosphere that is fun and festive.”
The wines produced by both facilities will continue to be estate-grown, meaning Palmer grapes won’t find their way into Paumanok wines and vice versa. The only exception is the riesling. Massoud has discontinued the riesling label at Palmer, though a small percentage of Palmer’s riesling grapes will be blended into Paumanok’s semi-dry riesling.
Massoud also introduced screw-top wine bottles to Palmer this year.
Farther east, Sannino Vineyard has raised the timbers on a new eco-friendly winery and tasting room on Route 48 in Cutchogue. It is set to open in late spring or early summer. Owners Anthony and Lisa Sannino already operate a bed-and-breakfast and vineyard on Alvah’s Lane.
Expect a rustic-meets-modern vibe at the two-story tasting barn. The 6,000-square-foot facility was designed for a more inclusive wine-tasting experience. The Cutchogue tasting room will have space for a wine education room and a winemaking facility, which allows the Sanninos to gradually increase production.
The new Sannino winery and tasting room under construction. (Photo Credit: Krysten Massa)
“It is designed to be a North Fork experience,” Lisa Sannino said. “It was built with the intent to maximize customer service — people can take a wine class and stay at the bed-and-breakfast.”
Sannino Vineyard’s Peconic tasting room, which opened in 2009, will continue to operate during construction of the new space but will slowly be phased out.
Other changes to check out this summer include Jamesport Vineyards’ new on-site pizza bar and small bites bistro, Little Oak, and Pindar Vineyards’ new line of canned wines. The Peconic winery released its two most popular vintages — Winter White and Summer Blush — in four-packs in February, and hopes to expand the line to include its other seasonal vintages, Autumn Gold and Spring Splendor.