‘unCORKED!’ goes Italian
, 2014


‘unCORKED!’ goes Italian

Marking its fourth year as the Northern Neck Family YMCA’s signature event, unCORKED! will be held this weekend, announced co-director of development Donna McGrath.

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Francesca Vajra at Baudana Ceretta vines
The event opens at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, with “Irresistibly Italian” at Specials in Kilmarnock. The fee is $75 per person.

Francesca Vajra, the daughter of Aldo and Milena Vajra of world-class winery G.D. Vajra, is one of the up and coming wine stars of Italy’s Piedmonte region. She will discuss her family’s wines.

Located just above Barolo, in the village of Virgne, G.D. Vajra represents a beautiful diversity of the Piedmont area’s wines, from their royal Barolo Bricco delle Viole to their simple Barbera d’Alba, said co-director of development Lisa Shivers.

The main event, “A Taste Trip Through Italy” wine dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Tides Inn in Irvington. The fee is $150 per person. There will be live and silent auction items.

Reaching across the Atlantic, an Italian themed feast will include seafood brodetto, antipasto misto, osso bucco alla Milanese and tiramisu classico, featuring Italian wines from Marc de Grazia Selections, said McGrath. Special guest Ross Bouchard of Marc de Grazia will discuss the wines served.

Proceeds from both events go towards the Northern Neck Family YMCA’s Guardian program.

To attend, or to make a contribution, contact Lisa at 435-0223 or lisa.shivers@peninsulaymca.org.

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