In an unlikely setting in North Harwich, lies a winery run by a passionate chemistry major in college turned eye doctor, turned vintner. Dr. Frank Puzio owns and operates First Crush Winery in a business park of light industry and warehouses. What First Crush lacks in topography-- the rolling hills of the Napa Valley, the finger lakes of upstate New York, even the backdrop of grapevines and colonial homes in Truro-- it makes up for with verve. Puzio is passionate about the intersection of art and science in a bottle of wine. In fact, once you walk through the door, the barrels, the natural wood on the walls, the grand marble table imported from Italy, all make you forget about the corrugated steel outside. Few wineries in the country-- even those in the wine-growing regions, grow all the grapes they need to produce their blends. Puzio imports his grapes from California and crushes them on-site in North Harwich.
First Crush Winery was the scene last night of a wine-tasting and tour for Cape Cod realtors who refer their clients to RMS Mortgage and Betsy Kelly, esq., our hosts.
Extra points for the cheese and charcuterie trays, brought in from Wegmans off Cape. Those of us who formerly lived in New York state enjoyed that familiar taste of home we can't find anywhere near Cape Cod.
Dr. Frank shared his knowledge about winemaking, offered up tastings and full glasses-- yum!-- and patiently answered all our questions. It was a novel, delicious and educational evening.
So a special thanks to Attorney Betsy Kelly and to RMS Mortgage reps Eric Steenstra and Toni Rubino-Constantino for cooking up a fun time.
First Crush Winery offers tastings and tours. And if you'd like to learn a little more about their winemaking process, check out the video below.