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Palladium Times
Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Arts & Leisure

Italian wine importer and Sopranos actor John ‘Cha Cha’ Ciarcia to showcase Saturday’s wine tasting event at Andrew’s Wine Cellar


Andrew’s Wine Cellar will welcome John ‘Cha Cha’ Ciarcia, of Grandpa Cha Cha’s Homestyle Wines, to their next wine tasting event to be held from 1-5 p.m., Saturday. Ciarcia played Albie Cianflone in the hit television series, “The Sopranos.”           

Accompanying Ciarcia at the event will be Peter Zenzen, of Dr. ZenZen Wines, and Masahiro Fukuda, of Murai Family Saké/Momokawa Saké.

“We’re thrilled to have such an excellent variety of wines for our customers to try at our March event,” said Andrew Bowman, owner of Andrew’s Wine Cellar. “Italian and German wines, as well as Japanese sakés, will be available to sample, and will be truly something for everyone to enjoy.”

Italian immigrant John Ciarcia ran a barber shop in Little Italy in the early 1900s. As a hobby he made his own homemade wine and shared it strictly with his family and friends in the neighborhood. His grandson, John ‘Cha Cha’ Ciarcia, is now sharing his family wine for everyone to enjoy. Grandpa Cha Cha’s Homestyle Wine blends the soft smoothness of red Zinfandel, with the fruitiness and tannins of a full-bodied Merlot. The wine is made with a combination of Primitivo grapes and Negromaro grapes, both from the Puglia region in southern Italy. The combined taste of these grapes is the closest thing to the “old country” Elegante grapes, which are extremely hard to find these days, and were used when Grandpa Ciarcia first started making his homemade wine. Grandpa Cha Cha’s Homestyle Wine is bottled in Italy, and boasts a 14 percent alcohol content.

Based out of Kaisersesch, Germany, ZenZen Wines is owned and operated by Peter and Regina Zenzen. The Zenzen family represents 13 generations of wine growers. Today ZenZen Wines USA division generates sales in 23 states through 35 distributors. The Florida International Wine Challenge of 2007 voted Dr. ZenZen’s 2001 Riesling Auslese the Best White Wine in Show, with 93 points.

It was the 22nd year of the Meiji Period (1889), that Momokawa Brewing launched a full-scale saké brewing operation. Momokawa’s motto has always been to brew top-quality saké. Their premier brands include Nebuta, Sugidama and Momokawa.

Andrew’s Wine Cellar is located at 195 W. First St., in the Canal Commons, Oswego. For more information, call Andrew’s Wine Cellar at 342-5850.

 

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