Italian American Club Toasts Homemade Winemakers!

The 2017 Mastro Del Vino Giuseppe Cambareri shows off the trophy and his medal. Credits: Bob Dumas
With Master of Ceremonies Nick Scafidi, left, with last year’s third-place winner Maria Crecco, this year’s third-place winner, Angelo Recine, and IAC President Guilio Cefaloni Credits: Bob Dumas
Master of Ceremonies Nick Scafidi, left, with 2017 second-place winner Joseph Zeollo, last year’s second-place finisher Mike Mascara, and IAC President Guilio Cefaloni Credits: Bob Dumas
Master of Ceremonies Nick Scafidi, the IAC’s social media secretary, invites the crowd to partake in a meal of Italian favorites. Credits: Bob Dumas
Frank Salubro, left, the 2015 first-place winner, with Alfonso Santaniello, last year’s winner Credits: Bob Dumas
From left, Ann Marie Santanello, Karin Sambogna, Sue Ligna and Lauren Fonale, celebrate at the Wine Festival... cheers! Credits: Bob Dumas
Credits: Bob Dumas
The ladies in the house take part in judging the Ladies’ Choice Award, which was won by Alfonso Santaniello. Credits: Bob Dumas
The judges, from left, John Micelli, Joseph Micelli and Greg Breen, sample the vino. Credits: Bob Dumas
The crowd lines up to sample the wines. Credits: Bob Dumas
IAC President Giulio CefalonI, left, and Town Councilman Frank Lombardi (and IAC member) get ready to enjoy the festivities. Credits: Bob Dumas
The prizes for the raffles included gift certificates and bottles of wine. Credits: Bob Dumas
The prizes includes medals and bottles of wine. Credits: Bob Dumas
Ladies’ Choice winner Alfonso Santaniello, center, with Master of Ceremonies Nick Scafidi, left, and IAC President Guilio Cefaloni Credits: Bob Dumas
This year’s winners, from left: Angelo Racine (third place); Giuseppe Cambareri (first place); Joseph Zeolla (second place); Alfonso Santaniello (Ladies’ Choice) Credits: Bob Dumas

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Mahopac Italian American Club held its third annual Wine Tasting Festival and Competition Sunday at its clubhouse. The packed house enjoyed an afternoon of homemade vino and a meal of delicious Italian dishes.

This year, Giuseppe Cambareri took home first place and was named Mastro Del Vino.  Joseph Zeolla won the second-place prize and Angelo Recine came in third. Alfonso Santaniello, last year’s Mastro Del Vino, won the Ladies’ Choice Award.

Judges Greg Breen and John and Joseph Miceli had the difficult task of choosing winners from a field of 17 homemade winemakers.

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The IAC also held a series of raffles that included prizes such as restaurant gift certificates and, of course, bottles of wine.

All proceeds went to benefit Communities That Care.

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