HAMMONTON – Elvin’s Hall at Hammonton Fire House No. 2 was filled to capacity Saturday night, March 26 for the Hammonton Rotary Club’s sixth annual Homemade Wine Tasting Event.
Nearly 250 people turned out to sample 65 wines, hand made by their friends, neighbors, and fellow enthusiasts, all in the name of fun, friendly competition, and charity.
Winners were selected by a panel of professional judges, and by the voting of those in attendance.
Judged Best of Show by a panel of wine experts was a 2010 concord raspberry sweet submitted by Frank Sacco.
The People’s Choice Best of Show was a tie. Rod Cramer and Joe Tedesco were winners for their 2010 red Fredonia. Also sharing top honors were John Holroyd, Joe Gambale and Rich Ostermueller for their 2010 blueberry wine.
Participants competed in 15 categories arranged by a panel of professional judges lead by Gary Pavils, Ph.D., Atlantic County agricultural agent who brought together fellow members of the Dionysian Society to carefully score and evaluate the entries several days prior to the event.
In addition to the overall winners, each of the 15 categories saw three prizes awarded. A first and a second place in each category were determined by the expert judges, and a first place People’s Choice selection for each category was also announced.
The evening featured a buffet dinner catered by Rocco’s Townhouse, music by James Ammann of T.N.T. Sound Productions, door prizes and Chinese auction items provided by the generous donations of numerous local businesses.
In addition, CarolAnn Jeronimo, district governor for Rotary District 7640 in southern New Jersey, gave a brief talk about the many charitable contributions Rotary has made locally and world-wide over the decades.
Proceeds from the event will help support Rotary’s local efforts including the Hammonton Rotary Scholarship Fund, the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Little League baseball, Bull Dogs basketball, Hammonton Youth Soccer, the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program, the Hammonton Police Department K-9 unit and other community service projects.
For more pictures, a complete list of winners, and periodic updates on next year’s Hammonton Rotary Homemade Wine Event, see http://www.hammontonrotary.org.