IAVM to host first-ever Italian wine festival!

Italian wine will reign supreme at Festival del Vino 2022, a multifaceted wine-appreciation experience presented by the Italian American Veterans Museum in cooperation with Binny’s Beverage Depot, Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets and Onesti Entertainment.

Slated for Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, on the grounds of Casa Italia in Stone Park, the festival will offer the opportunity to sample a wide range of wines and liqueurs, develop a greater appreciation for Italian wines, buy state-of-the-art winemaking equipment and supplies. and learn the basics of winemaking. Add to that a tantalizing mix of delicious food and delightful music, both with an Italian flair, and you’ve got a feast for all the senses.

Casa Italia is located on 17 wooded and landscaped acres on the grounds of the former Sacred Heart Seminary in Stone Park. Sheltered under the Festival Center pavilion, the event will take place, rain or shine. Festival goers will enter the property on 37th Street, just south of Soffel, park for free, and step into a veritable Italian wine wonderland.

Open from 1 to 5 p.m., the festival will be divided into four distinct areas: the Wine Lover’s Piazza, Scuola del Vino, Winemaker’s Market, and da Vinci Cafe.

Those who appreciate Italian wines will flock to the Wine Lover’s Piazza, which will showcase more than 50 wines and liqueurs from 10 different distributors.

“We’re so grateful to Binny’s for participating in our event,” says Festival del Vino Chairman Mark DiSanto. “They’ve helped us line up a large and diverse selection of wonderful Italian wines, and they’ve made buying them incredibly easy.”

Attendees will be able to mark the wines they’d like to purchase on a check list, which will be sent to the Binny’s nearest their homes for pickup and purchase.

For those who want to brush up on their enology, there’s Scuola del Vino. Scheduled for 2 p.m. and featuring a local wine expert, the one-hour session will help you sort your Sangiovese from your Montepulciano and enhance your appreciation of the wines you’re about to sample.

Veteran winemakers won’t want to miss the Winemaker’s Market, which will offer the opportunity to place orders for state-of-the-art equipment and supplies as well as wine grapes and juice. “The market will be a one-stop shop for all of your winemaking needs,” says Robertino Presta of Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets, which will run the market.  A winemaking workshop at 3 p.m. will introduce novices to the basics of winemaking.

Delicious Italian food will be served at no additional charge at Da Vinci Café and delightful Italian-themed music will fill the air, courtesy of Onesti Entertainment. The menu will feature hearty rustic fare like meatball sandwiches and tortellini salad, and a carefully curated playlist will showcase operatic favorites, traditional and contemporary Italian songs, and American classics by icons like Sinatra, Martin and Prima.

Tickets to the event are $50 if purchased online by 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, and $55 at the gate, and will include a sampling glass emblazoned with the veterans museum logo. Net proceeds will benefit the Italian American Veterans Museum.

To pay by paypal, click here. Or call 708-338-0690 and leave a message and someone will call you to gather your credit card information over the phone. (A small fee will be added to each ticket to cover service charges.)

All sales are final. Tickets can be transferred but not refunded. Unfulfilled tickets will be welcomed as donations.

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