Wine lovers, rejoice. It’s time for Vendemmia.
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When Christopher Columbus docks at the Wilmington Riverfront on October 12, he won’t have sailed from Palos, nor will he land in the Santa Maria. Instead, a local Italian-American will impersonate the navigator by rowing up in a racing scull from Wilmington Rowing Club.
The Societa da Vinci isn’t sweating authenticity. Reenactment of Columbus’ landing is its way of kicking-off Vendemmia 2008. Vendemmia is the Sunday when oenophiles can sample wines from every region of Italy at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, which becomes a European village for an afternoon of Italian food and entertainment. A delegation representing 73 Italian cities offers wines, olive oils and luxury goods. A gravy contest allows attendees to sample the best home recipes from local cooks. They can also sample and vote for their favorite homemade wines.
The society expects about 3,000 attendees from the tri-state area. Vendemmia vice president Rocco Dottoli is proudest of the fact that all proceeds benefit community organizations and scholarships. “Vendemmia also promotes the positive aspects of our Italian-American heritage,” he says. For more, call (866) 771-3014 or visit societadavinci.com.
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