Wine and Swine… among other things.

This post comes from the lovely and talented Caroline Salz, National Sales Manager at Dark Star Imports:

“On Monday May 11th, we had our 4th Annual “Wine & Swine” BBQ at Joe Bastianich’s house in Connecticut. Every year we gather our friends, distributors and clients from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. It is a chance for us to thank our loyal customers, and showcase our new wines and vintages. This year we introduced our new Producer, Brandini, from La Morra Barolo to the Bastianich family. The Bastianich Malvasia Istriana was also a big hit. Special guest chefs were Mario Batali, Michael Schlow from Via Matta, Cesare Casella of Salumeria Rossi, William Gallagher of Becco, Dave Pasternack of Esca, Fortunato Nicotra of Felidia & Andy Nusser of Casa Mono and Tarry Lodge. Mario grilled steaks, Dave grilled his famous octopus, everyone contributed to the whole roasted pig! To name a few of the delicious dishes.

The Frank Manzi Band played and Joe B. played and sang along for a couple songs. It was a great surprise- as most people didn’t realize he could sing! It was overall a fantastic day and we all left full and happy.”

Here are some pictures from the day. Courtesy of David Dadekian Photography.


Dadekian_photography_042 The perfect Tocai Friulano pairing.


Dadekian_photography_190 Joe B rockin’ out…

Dadekian_photography_200 Joe playing with The Frank Manzi Band.



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