The Italian American Veterans Museum took a leap of faith when it decided to stage its first-ever wine festival, and the outcome was nothing short of spectacular. More than 200 wine lovers converged on the Festival Center at Casa Italia on Sept. 18 for Festival del Vino. The weather was picture perfect and the venue was magically decorated with banners, bunting, grapevines and white garden lattice. More than 50 wines were offered for sampling by five distributors rallied by Binny’s Beverage Depot, hearty Italian fare was served by Onesti Entertainment and Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets mounted an extensive display of winemaking equipment and supplies. DJ Alex filled the air with an enchanting mix of Italian and Italian-American favorites, Binny’s Mokena Wine Manager Mich Eickelman shed light on the fascinating world of Italian wines in a well-attended wine appreciation session and a host of volunteers kept the event running smoothly from start to finish.