John Gizzi and Diann Greco, the American Wine Society?certified wine judges at Make Wine With Us, teach wine aficionados to create their own wines using grapes harvested in Californian and Chilean vineyards. At the start of the nine-month process (California grapes in the fall, Chile grapes in the spring), winemakers-to-be assemble with fellow enthusiasts to learn the intricacies of the trade. Patrons learn to crush and destem grapes in a machine called a crusher-destemmer, named after the device's favorite Germanic metal band. Following the crushing process, a hydraulic press forces juice into barrels, where it shall remain until the conclusion of its sweet, sweet metamorphosis.
At the end of the nine-month period, newly minted winemakers lean on family and friends to fill, cork, and custom-label the finished product. Budding vintners then tote home their vintages to share with family, friends, and robot butlers with built-in carafes.
TThe professional, knowledgeable staff at Vintner’s Circle share their love of the wine lifestyle with hands-on wine classes that teach guests, family, and friends how to bottle wines, distinguish between different varietals, or pair wine with cheese. The shop’s unique winemaking courses take aspiring vintners through the accessible four-step process, which begins with choosing wine juices from a selection of more than 50 internationally sourced varieties. Participants then fill more than two dozen bottles with their own vintage. They can emblazon these bottles with custom-designed labels and colorful tops. Vintner's Circle also stocks a variety of gifts for weddings, holidays, and other special occasions, as well as wine accessories and gifts for wine lovers to enjoy year-round. Wine-education classes, corporate events, and team-building events are also on offer.
At Staten Island Winery, wine enthusiasts transform into bona fide winemakers. They do so under the guidance of Bob Rando, who holds rank as the winery's owner and as an accredited winemaster. Bob and his team walk aspiring vintners through the process, starting with the crushing of grapes and ending with the bottling of finished products. Participants can even choose what kind of wine they make, either by selecting from the facility's list or coming up with their own blend.
Lovebirds flock to Il Punto Ristorante for Italian cuisine. No need to miss out on Il Punto Ristorante just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has tons of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at Il Punto Ristorante won't disappoint. Eat out with the little ones at Il Punto Ristorante, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter. Reserve the private room at Il Punto Ristorante for your next party — it's perfect for large groups looking to dine and celebrate together. Getting online is easy with Il Punto Ristorante free and convenient wifi.
Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Il Punto Ristorante's cooking from the comfort of their own home. You can also serve food from Il Punto Ristorante at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Il Punto Ristorante patrons can find street parking at the 9th Ave location.
Il Punto Ristorante can be pricey, so plan accordingly. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.