Charity di Vino, the annual wine tasting event put on by the Greater Ramsey Chapter of UNICO, an Italian-American service organization, is this Friday, Oct. 26, at Mahwah’s Sheraton Hotel. According to event co-chairs Lou LaVigna and Joe Tredici, this year’s event is building upon already-successful past years.
Locals can expect a wide array of wines, beers and other drinks available for the tasting. The event is touted as the largest wine tasting event in Northern NJ. Guests can also expect a cake from the Cake Boss’s Carlo’s Bakery, Brooklyn Cannoli’s, imported cheeses, a pasta cook-off between two local chefs, a wine seminar, food stations, raffle prizes, a live auction, and an after party at the hotel’s Illusions nightclub.
And, Starbucks will be on site, serving the 1,000 cups of coffee the company donated to the event.
According to Tredici, the most important component of Charity di Vino is the charitable aspect.
“That’s what it is really all about,” he said. “Over the past three years, we have raised over $100,000, and it all goes back to the community.”
The event this year will benefit four local organizations - The Center for Food Action, which provides food and other emergency assistance to those in need in Northern NJ, Meals on Wheels, which delivers food to people in need, Hearts and Crafts in Ramsey, which provides grief counseling, and Meaningful Movements in Midland Park, which provides dance and exercise classes to disabled children and adults.
Tickets for Charity di Vino are on sale on UNICO’s website.
See the attached flier for more details.