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Wine, music enthusiasts enjoy night in Cutchogue

Dan Hurney of Bellport performs during open mic

Dan Hurney of Bellport performs during open mic night at Castello di Borghese Vineyard and Winery in Cutchogue. (Jan. 27, 2012) Credit: Ursula Moore

John O’Malley and Jamie Monahan decided there was no better way to celebrate their one-year anniversary Friday than to spend it at the Castello di Borghese Vineyard and Winery in Cutchogue.

“We heard this was the oldest vineyard out here and we thought it would be a great place to visit,” said Monahan, 24. “The wine is delicious, this place is great.”

The Astoria couple’s timing couldn’t have been more perfect since the winery was hosting its final mic night.

For flute player Neil Saccanano, there is nothing like being in front of a live audience. He performed at the mic night a few times and was thrilled with the crowd’s response.

“I like to jam,” said Saccanano, of Southold. “It’s nice to come here and play Irish and bluegrass music with my flute in front of people.”

Friday night’s mic night at Castello di Borghese also featured talented local artists such as singer Marguerite Volonts; electric violin player Rocky DiVello of Mattituck; modern rock musician Nick Kerzner of Jamesport, and acoustic guitar player and singer Liza Coppola of Mattituck.

Host Cowboy Kevin Coppola was excited to introduce the performers to the audience.

“You get a mixed bag at open night,” said Coppola, of Southold. “There is so much fantastic talent right here on the North Fork.”

For tasting room manager Evie Kahn, having a glass of wine and listening to talented artists is a fantastic way to spend a Friday evening.

“This is a great place to come and relax and listen to amazing talents,” she said.

Impressed with Volonts’ performances, the winery and vineyard staff decided it was best to showcase her talents weekly.

“Marguerite sings and plays the keyboards,” Kahn said. “She captured the audience when she performed here for open mic night in such an incredible way.”

Starting in a couple of weeks, Volonts will be the featured artist at the winery. She will perform on Friday nights at “Wine from 5 to 9.” The entry is free. A glass of wine will cost  $9 to $15.

For more information about “Wine from 5 to 9,” call Castello di Borghese Vineyard and Winery at 631-734-5111 or visit

Pictured: Dan Hurney, of Bellport, performs during mic night at Castello di Borghese. 

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