Vino Veritas, on the grounds of the former Memphis Elementary in Old Brooklyn, would like to quiz ya’. Sit inside the 20-seat tasting room or the 3,000-square-foot greenhouse? A game of bocce or a soothing sample by the pond with resident ducks nearby? Hey, you passed!
Kick back in this private 2.5-acre park with a glass or two created by owner Anthony Nunes-Insana. Vino, the red Doberman, escorts you to the wine bar, while you choose from one of eight varieties including cabernet, bourbon barrel-aged merlot, Sicilian Stallion (a blended red) or Kool-Aid, the vineyard’s sweetest blend.
The winery first laid its roots 11 years ago in Little Italy, then moved to Old Brooklyn in 2016. Nunes-Insana ships a rainbow variety of grapes from California, then processes everything on-site, from crushing to bottling. His vision is to make the winery an urban oasis, a destination for get-togethers, weddings and family celebrations.
“My parents are from Sicily and made wine when I was a kid,” Nunes-Insana says. “It’s been my goal since high school to own an Italian restaurant and winery.”
School was never this much fun. 4103 Memphis Ave., Cleveland,216-650-9877, vinoveritascellarswinery.com
Try This: Sicilian Stallion ($28) is an artful red blend that’s not too dry, with a soft edge that blooms beautifully in your glass.