North Haven Rotary Club President-Elect Debbie Volain, chairwoman of “A Day of Wine & Roses,” and President Mike Hallahan have announced the final figures for the 11th annual major fund raiser for charity which is hosted each year at the Forget-Me-Not Florist on State Street. Shop owner, Luigi Nuzzolillo, a past president of the club, was the originator of the event when the venue was a simple wine tasting, and he initiated the tradition of providing a rose for each female in attendance. The 2012 event featured a silent auction and various raffles overseen by another past president, Rick DiNorscia, whose combined efforts, including his successful advertising, product sales, and cash donations, brought in over $5,000.
Furthermore, with increased ticket sales, the chairwoman was pleased to announce that the total profit came to $11,282.59. In addition to their appreciation of the support from the townspeople, the pair expressed their sincere thanks to all the wine makers who participated, as well as to the local vendors who donated over $1,000 in goods and services, including Port-O-Let, Cigar Store, Party City, Jackie Brock, and Rotarians Bill Espowood, Theresa Viele, Mary Jane Mulligan, Jonathan Martinek, Luigi Nuzzolillo, Mark & Mary Minotti, Rich DiPalma, and the many other members and friends who provided their time, as well as the delicious food and beverages for the day.
Receiving awards for many of the 52 wines that were judged in the competition, according to the records submitted by Rotarian Mark Lesage who oversaw the judging, were the following:
Home Made: Professional Judges (1st; 2nd;3rd place).....People’s Judgement (1st; 2nd)
White Wine: DiNorscia/Verdini; DiNorscia; Lesage/DiNorscia………….....Testa; Testa
Red Single: Arnie; M. Martocci; Lesage/Niclearo…………M. Martocci; Lesage/DiNorscia
Red Blend: Bakes/DiNorscia; Defillipo;Santore/Pandolfi/Lanorgna….................Santore/P/L; Lesage/Niclearo
Specialties: Graef/DiNorscia; Renee Cullen; Larry McNeil……………L. McNeil; R. Cullen
Semi-Pro. Wines: Professional Judges (1st; 2nd;3rd).....People’s Judgement (1st; 2nd)
Red Single: Christy Thoma; Wine Press (Ray); X……C. Thoma; Wine Press (Ray)
Red Blend: M.Carfano; Wine Press (Ray); M. Carfano………M. Carfano; Deana Morin