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Festa del Vino showcases wine, beer tasting Nov. 15

November 7, 2013
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - There will be something for everyone when the Italian-American Cultural Club presents its third-annual Festa del Vino from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 15 at St. Florian Hall.

Once again the wine and beer tasting event will have Piergallini Catering pairing foods with wine supplied by Iron City Distributing Co. and beer supplied by Choice Brands of Ohio.

Some of the wines being showcased are Red Diamond, Carnivor, Menage a Trois, 14 Hands, Alamos, Dreaming Tree, Anderra and Kim Crawford. There will be four pouring stations, including a champagne table and a hot beverage bar with assorted coffees and liquors.

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Organizers for the Festa del Vino to be presented by the Italian-American Cultural Club from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 15 at St. Florian Hall make final plans for the event. Those involved include, from left, Bob Chapman, president of Iron City Distributing; Nick Latousakis, president of Choice Brands of Ohio; Teresa Kropka, featured jazz vocalist; John Balzano, master of ceremonies; Deena Riley, entertainment chairman; and Nick Riley, director of Information Technologies. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Advance tickets are available at St. Florian Hall, Celebrations, Scaffidi’s Pasta, Pittera’s Pizza, Smokeys or by calling Vince or Sandy Talarico at (740) 264-4065.

For those who are not wine drinkers there will be an added bonus station of new beers and hard ciders, such as Angry Orchard hard cider and Guiness Harvest red beer, distributed by Iron City Distributing, and Summit, Goose Island and Shock Top beers distributed by Choice Brands of Ohio.

Food selections from Piergallini Catering will include assorted cheeses and anti-pasto salad, pork sliders, assorted mini calzones, smoked salmon with capers and lemons, deep fried ravioli and chocolate covered strawberries. The dessert table will feature a variety of homemade biscotti baked by women of the IACC.

An exciting added attraction this year will be La Sala Fumatori, a smoking lounge that will feature specialty cigars by Antonio Magnone with a fully stocked cash bar.

A special addition to this year's musical entertainment will be Teresa Kropka, a jazz vocalist, who has performed in London with Christina Aguilera, as well as in New York and Los Angeles. Returning entertainers are Rick Pastre, a master accordion player, and Joel Smith, a vocalist in the style of Michael Buble. Club member John Balzano will serve as master of ceremonies.

Another highlight of the evening will be a silent auction of artwork, sports memorabilia, overnight trips, assorted gift baskets, vacation stays, gift cards and many other items. There also will be an auction, numerous door prizes and a pot of gold drawing with three monetary gifts.

Proceeds from Festa del Vino will benefit the IACC scholarship fund, according to Theresa Metcalf, event chairman and scholarship chairman. Last year's event funded seven, $1,000 scholarships awarded to area high school graduates. The scholarships are named in memory of the late Rev. Edmondo Stabene.

IACC members assisting Metcalf are Jane Antonucci, Carol Almonte, Teresa Laman, Deena Riley, Vince and Sandy Talarico, Bob and Patty Ryan, Nick Riley, Club president Carmella Gentile, Elida Petrella, Billy Petrella, Cheryl Adams, Mary Jo Rinaldi and Todd Piergallini.

Tickets for the event are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. They can be purchased by calling Vince or Sandy Talarico at (740)264-4065; or St. Florian Hall at (740)264-7048. Tickets also are available at Celebrations, Scaffidi's Pasta, Pittera's Pizza and Smokeys.

 
 

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