For Immediate Release
BROWNSVILLE, PA. – Poised to mark the 10th anniversary of the Taste of Italy, Brownsville Area Revitalization Corp. will be feting 15 regional vintners this Saturday. A total of 67 dry and sweet reds and whites have been submitted to the panel of judges for the annual wine-tasting competition.
This year's winemakers are Richard Quarzo and Dr. Alan Sally, both Brownsville residents , Richard Dascenzo of Hiller and John Chan of Grindstone, part of the original group and now marking their 10th consecutive year of participation; Carl DellaPenna of Brownsville and Lee Cross of West Brownsville, eight years; Joanne Bailey of Greensburg, seven years; Tom Hultz Jr. of Monongahela and Mickey Zivkovich of Brownsville, six years; Ervin Cross of West Brownsville and Tom Roberts of Claysville, five years; George Kopsack of Richeyville and Bill Jessop of Scenery Hill, three years; and Christian Ruby of California and Joel Seelye of Duncansville, both newcomers to the wine-tasting event.
The 10th anniversary celebration will be held at the Brownsville Sons of Italy, Frank Ricco Lodge 731, 16 Race St. The doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance through BARC, 724-785-9331; $40 at the door.
The entries represent a wide variety of dry and sweet wines from traditional to unusual. The extensive offering will include popular fares, such as Malbec, Rose, Zinfandel, Merlot and Muscatel while others genuinely reflect the vintners' creative mastery of their craft. Some of the unusual finds will be chocolate-covered cherry, pina colada, cantaloupe, cherry wineberry, pineapple and blueberry wines.
The evening will feature an auction of a basket of private labels from participating winemakers; Chinese auction of gift baskets valued at $100 or more; raffle of an overnight package at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort' chateau, lodge or townhouse and breakfast for two at Autumn, valued at $580; and door prizes throughout the night. Each guest will receive a 10th anniversary wine glass, donated by Ricco's Carmichaels Golf Club, the Taste of Italy's "Platinum" sponsor.
This year's buffet features menu items from Paci's Restaurant & Lounge, 384 Old National Pike; Route 40 Classic Diner, 6229 National Pike; and Thompson House Restaurant & Tavern, 815 Water St. Also on the smorgasbord will be Italian specialties, hors d'oeuvres and various ethnic dishes.
The 2011 Taste of Italy "Gold" sponsors are Audiologics Inc., NAPA Auto Parts, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Nemacolin Wooflands and Woodlands Animal Care Center. "Silver" sponsors are Brownsville Family Pharmacy, Giannetti Motors, Jackson Farms and Southwestern Hearing Care Inc. "Bronze" sponsors are Brownsville Ambulance Service, Brownsville Hardware, Brownsville Marine Products LLC, Community Foundation of Fayette County, Country Fresh Market, Fayette Podiatry Associates, Lunden's Flower Shop, Market Street Academy & Performing Arts Center, Redstone Candies, Rye's Bar & Restaurant, Skirpan Funeral Home, Tri-County Mechanical Services and Attorney William Worthington.
Norma Ryan, 724-785-9387
Brownsville Area Revitalization Corp. (BARC) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to achieve economic development through historic preservation, heritage tourism, outdoor recreation, community stewardship, education, youth advancements and the arts. Contact the BARC office, 724.785.9331, for additional information about programs and upcoming events.