2010 people's choice winner
Tom Mature, right, accepts the 2010 People’s Choice Award from Jerry Daunoras, Hammonton Rotary Club treasurer during the Rotary Club’s fifth annual wine tasting event Friday night, April 16 in Elvin’s Hall, Hammonton Fire House No. 2.

HAMMONTON – Nearly 200 people filled Elvin’s Hall at Hammonton Fire House No. 2 Friday night, April 16 for the Hammonton Rotary Club’s fifth annual wine tasting event.

From raspberry to pino noir, cebernet to zinfandel, patrons had the opportunity to sample dozens locally created wines in the name of curiosity, appreciation and competition. 

Amateur wine makers shared their best in the quest for bragging rights in a dozen categories. Winners were determined by a panel of expert judges and by those in attendance Friday night who voted on the People’s Choice. 

All wines were labeled without the producers’s name on it.

Winning the People’s Choice Award, as judged by the attendees, was Tom Mature for his 2009 Concord Raspberry.

Winner of the Judge’s Award determined by a panel of expert judges was Frank Raso for a 2008 Niagara Sweet.

In addition to the overall winners, each of the 12 categories saw three prizes awarded. A first and a second place as determined by expert judges, and a first place for People’s Choice.

Professional judging was coordinated by Dr. Gary Palvis, Atlantic County agricultural agent, who brought together seven fellow members of the Dionysian Society to carefully score and evaluate the entries several days prior to the event.

The evening also featured a buffet dinner by Rocco’s Townhouse, music by James Ammann of T.N.T. Sound Productions, door prizes and Chinese auction.

Wines are organized by categories known as flights. Results were as follows:

Flight 1, Dry White Miscellaneous

Judge’s First, Neal Magnotta, 2009 Sauvignon Blanc

Judge’s Second, John Mosser, 2009 Frascati

People’s Choice, John Holroyd, Joe Gambale and Rich O, 2008 Muscat

Flight 2, Dry Red Cabernet

Judge’s First, Frank Raso, 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Judge’s Second, Tony Rizzotte, 2008 Ruby Cabernet

People’s Choice, Frank Raso, 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Fight 3, Dry Red Italy

Judge’s First, Paul Scott Talorowski, 2009 Nebbiola Barolo

Judge’s Second, Dave Rizzotte, 2009 Barolo

People’s Choice, Joe Midure, 2007 Frascati Verdiccho Brunello

Flight 4, Dry Red Blend

Judge’s First, Frank Raso, 2008 Merlot Cabernet Zinfandel

Judge’s Second, John LaRosa, John Lugo, 2009 Alicante Muscat

People’s Choice, tie between Frank Raso, 2008 Merlot Cabernet Zinfandel;

and John LaRosa and John Lugo, 2009 Alicante Muscat

Flight 5, Dry Red Miscellaneous

Judge’s First, John Chillari, 2008 Carmenere

Judge’s Second, Nicola Gambale, Pinot Noir

People’s Choice, Nicola Gambale, 2009 Pinot Noir

Flight 6, Semi-Dry Red Miscellaneous

Judge’s First, Nick Perone Jr., 2009 Merlot

Judge’s Second, Bob Roseboro, 2009 Valcalpio

People’s Choice, Pete Oliva, 2007 Concord Merlot

Flight 7, Red Fredonia

Judge’s First, Rod Cramer, Joe Tedesco, 2009 Fredonia Sweet

Judge’s Second, Mike Storey, 2009 Fredonia Semi-Dry

People’s Choice, Mike Storey, 2009 Fredonia Semi-Dry

Flight 8, Red Concord

Judge’s First, Joe Midure, 2008 Concord Semi-Dry

Judge’s Second, Ed Marinelli, 2009 Concord Semi-Dry

People’s Choice, Lou Carpo, 2009 Concord Sweet

Flight 9, Red Concord Blend

Judge’s First, Ross Restuccio, 2009 Concord Ives Semi-Dry

Judge’s Second, Thelma Raso, 2008 Steuben Concord Diamond

People’s Choice, Thelma Raso, 2008 Steuben Concord Diamond

Flight 10, Sweet White Niagara

Judge’s First, Frank Raso, 2007 Muscat Semi-Dry

Judge’s Second, Jeff Young, 2009 Niagara Sweet

People’s Choice, Frank Raso, 2008 Niagara Sweet

Flight 11, Sweet Raspberry Blend

Judge’s First, Thelma Raso, 2009 Muscat Raspberry

Judge’s Second, Tom Mature, 2009 Concord Raspberry

People’s Choice, tie between Thelma Raso, 2009 Niagara Vidal Raspberry Peach;

and Tom Mature, 2009 Concord Raspberry

Flight  12, Cranberry Raspberry

Judge’s First, Tony Rizzotte, 2009 Cranberry

Judge’s Second, John Holroyd, Joe Gambale and Rich O, 2009 Blueberry

People’s Choice, John Holroyd, Joe Gambale and Rich O, 2009 Blueberry

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