Tomasello Winery, the 2010 New Jersey Winery of the Year, will have its wine served for the very first time at the Governor’s residence in Drumthwacket as part of the annual Drumthwacket Foundation Gala, this Friday night, December 3.

Tomasello Winery’s Outer Coastal Plain Pinot Noir was selected as one of the wines that will be served as part of this unique and festive evening of music, fine food, conversation, and laughter by the hearthside. Gala proceeds support the important work of preserving the house and gardens, curating the collection of New Jersey fine art and furnishings, and opening the house for educational programming, including school field trips for thousands of New Jersey's schoolchildren.

“We are extremely honored that one of our most popular wines that is enjoyed by residents of the state in their own homes is now going to be served at the Governor’s residence at  Drumthwacket for this worthy cause to keep this historic home preserved for a new generation of residents to enjoy,” said Charlie Tomasello, co-owner of Tomasello Winery.

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The Honorable Governor Christopher J. Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie are the honorary chairpersons for the event (7-10 p.m.), which will also feature musical performances by the NJPAC’s Wachovia Jazz for Teens, Newark Boys Choir, and the Chamber Ensemble of the Greater Newark Orchestra, a Program of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets are $250. Call 609-683-0057 to reserve tickets now.

 About Tomasello Winery:

Tomasello Winery, the 2010 New Jersey Winery of the Year,was founded in 1933 and is a now run by the third generation of the Tomasello family at its Hammonton, New Jersey location. Tomasello Winery is dedicated to the production of fine varietal wines made from grapes grown on our 70 acres; as well as the production of premium fruit wines. Tomasello Winery has five retail locations in New Jersey, the Winery in Hammonton, and tasting rooms located in Historic Smithville; on the Village Green across from historic Smithville on Route 9; at the Lambertville House in Lambertville and at Wemrock Orchards in Freehold. For more information, visit www.tomasellowinery.com.