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Fulchino Vineyard in Hollis hosts Italian food, wine and music event Sunday

HOLLIS – Looking for a swingin’ event to take your best gal to? Like classic Italian food, local wine and the Chairman of the Board? Well, pally, I’ve got the place for you.

Fulchino Vineyard, 187 Pine Hill Road, will host a “Tuscan summer evening with the sounds of Sinatra” at 4 p.m. Sunday. Food will be provided by Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, paired with Fulchino wines, all to be enjoyed to the musical stylings of Chris Jason and his band performing the hits of Ol’ Blue Eyes. ...

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HOLLIS – Looking for a swingin’ event to take your best gal to? Like classic Italian food, local wine and the Chairman of the Board? Well, pally, I’ve got the place for you.

Fulchino Vineyard, 187 Pine Hill Road, will host a “Tuscan summer evening with the sounds of Sinatra” at 4 p.m. Sunday. Food will be provided by Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, paired with Fulchino wines, all to be enjoyed to the musical stylings of Chris Jason and his band performing the hits of Ol’ Blue Eyes.

Al Fulchino said the event is a perfect match for his venue. “My background is an Italian-American family,” he said. “I grew up listening to Sinatra, and have been making wine for 45 years. And Tuscan Kitchen has an outstanding reputation.”

The evening will feature choices from a four-course Italian menu prepared by Tuscan Kitchen, with dinner at 4 p.m. The live entertainment starts at 5 p.m. “Chris Jason and his 8-piece orchestra will be performing outside on our patio,” Fulchino said. “It’s going to be a cool, nice experience; good music with words you understand.”

Fulchino Vineyard will also offer a 20 percent discount on bottles and a 25 percent discount on cases bought during the event.

“We’re not doing it to make money. It’s a culmination, from when we planted in 2007 to now,” Fulchino said. “Everything is done onsite. We even built the two building ourselves. It’s a celebration of our Italian-American roots. We appreciate the opportunities of being in America.”

Fulchino said he got his work ethic and desire to be a business man from his grandfather. “I’d go around with him as he was selling homemade bleach, and thought that was cool,” he said. “I’ve been in business since I was 19,” said the Everett, Mass., native.

Late August and September are go-time at New England vineyards, Fulchino said. “The harvest starts in September. We have a French variety the bees love that’s ready in the end of August,” he said. “Now the grapes turning for the reds and goldens for the white wines. The sugar is starting to build. Often it’s 1-2 weeks into September and into early October. We have a short growing season here. It’s much harder to grow grapes here, because of the cold, the humidity. Like next year, we’ll have no Avellino because the buds got destroyed.”

Fulchino Vineyard also has three greenhouses of flowers for sale. The wine business took off with a humble beginning, Fulchino said. “2009 was our first harvest. By 2010, we started selling wine. We thought we’d be wholesale, because who’d come here, to this side street in Hollis?” he said. “I hand-painted a black and gold sign that just said ‘wine.’ I must have sold $700 worth of wine that first week. Now we’re in 15-20 stores.”

Fulchino Vineyard will partner with Keith Sarasin for a farmer’s dinner at the vineyard Aug. 24, featuring food by Riverside Barbeque. They will also provide wines to the Nashua downtown farmer’s dinner Sept. 21.

“We’ve had visitors from six continents and all 50 states,” Fulchino said. “They’re always surprised at how good the wine is, especially the Californians,” he said, laughing. “But the Californians should always remember they were laughed at by the French at first, too. But once 1976 hit, the Californians whipped their butts.”

Tickets for the Tuscan summer dinner event are $130. Reservations can be made by calling 438-5984. More information at www.fulchinovineyard.com.

Kathleen Palmer can be reached at 594-6403 or kpalmer@nashua telegraph.com. Also, follow her on Twitter (@Telegraph_KathP or
@NHFoodandFun).