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Italian American Club Shares the Wine!

From left, MC Nick Scafidi; Mastro del Vino and first-place winner, Angelo Recine; with IAC President Giulio Cefaloni Credits: All photos by Bob Dumas
The winemakers line up for the tasting. Credits: All photos by Bob Dumas
Some of the awards that were presented to the participants Credits: All photos by Bob Dumas
Winemakers Mike Mascara, left, and Giorgio Palmiero serve up some samples for the People's Choice judging. Credits: All photos by Bob Dumas
Don Filippo gets the crowd warmed up with some classic Italians songs on the accordion. Credits: Bob Dumas
Winemakers Rocco Pennella, left, and Peter Pensabene enjoy a laugh. Credits: All photos by Bob Dumas
Judges Rich Joyce, Dr. Enrico D'Angelo and Greg Breen sample the wine. Credits: All photos by Bob Dumas
Linda Cefaloni, front, and AnnMarie Santaniello enjoy their wine. Credits: All photos by Bob Dumas
Susan Laga, Lauren Formate and AnnMarie Santaniello Credits: All photos by Bob Dumas
Nancy and Rick Beetstra with their daughter, Arabella Credits: All photos by Bob Dumas
Linda and Giulio Cefaloni cut a rug. Credits: All photos by Bob Dumas
After the judging, all that remains are the empty bottles. Credits: All photos by Bob Dumas
The crowd dances off the effects of the Italian meal! Credits: All photos by Bob Dumas
Time for dinner! Credits: All photos by Bob Dumas
Linda Cefaloni, right, serves up some classic Italian dishes. Credits: All photos by Bob Dumas
Nick Scafidi, master of ceremonies, left, and IAC President Giulio Cefaloni, address the crowd. Credits: All photos by Bob Dumas
From left, Nick Scafidi, Rocco Pennella (People's Choice winner) and Giulio Cefaloni Credits: All photos by Bob Dumas
From left, Nick Scafidi, Peter Pensabene (second place) and Giulio Cefaloni Credits: All photos by Bob Dumas
The three judges were presented with a bottle of wine. Credits: All photos by Bob Dumas

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Mahopac Italian American Club held its fourth annual Wine Tasting Festival and Competition at its clubhouse on Buckshollow Road on Sunday. Nineteen of the club's members entered their homemade wines in the tasting competition. Awards were given to the third, second and first place (Mastro del Vino) finishers, as well as a People's Choice Award (for which the attendees voted).

Nunzio Recine took third place; Peter Pensabene came in second; and Angelo Recine was voted Mastro del Vino by a panel of judges that included Greg Breen, Dr. Enrico D'Angelo and Rich Joyce. Rocco Pennella received the People's Choice Award.

Of course, there was a delicious Italian meal cooked up by IAC members that featured pasta, sausage and peppers and chicken. Music was provided by Don Filippo and his accordion. Adding to the fun was a series of raffles with prizes donated by area businesses.

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