Founded by Collingswood baker Mike DiBartolo as a way to unite fans of homemade wine and wine making, the event also raised money for the Alighieri-Garibaldi Sons of Italy Lodge, which supports a variety of charitable causes.
Guests dined on a buffet dinner, enjoyed cigars from Churchill's of Cherry Hill and music by Collingswood's Trio Nova, and sampled a bevy of homemade wines.
Among the winemakers present was the Mauro family of Cedarbrook, NJ. Tim Mauro, who operates Pro Imports in Collingswood, said that his family has been making wine from its own fedonia and concord grapes, which are grown on its one-acre farm.
The field was competitive, with 53 entries from nearly 20 contestants, but judge Jim Hamilton was able to narrow it down to three winners:
Kim Fanelle, whose Cabernet Franc topped them all; Ron Marrone, whose Red Zinfandel was a second-place finisher; and Mike Keating, whose Zinfandel was good enough to secure a spot on the podium.