"Tuns" of Fun, and Barrels of Laughs at Bellevue Wine & Spirits Holiday Wine Tasting

The C-Notes MIssionaries at play


Newport Vineyards was the fascinating (and appropriate) venue for the Bellevue Avenue Wine & Spirits Holiday Wine Tasting Event benefiting the Newport County YMCA. . We could’ve been in the Napa Valley, or the Barossa Valley in Australia, seeing the behind the scenes areas where wine is created and aged, with giant containers kept at the exactly right temperatures.

Dave Maitland and YMCA CEO Mike Miller

Not that beer and cider was slighted.  It was there, being handed out by brewers, as the wine was poured by various vendors and vineyards.  There were over 1,500 unlimited craft beers, wines and cider tastings available to guests.

The fundraiser is the creation of John Callaghan, now in its 9th year.  And this year, the hors d’oeuvres and some nibbles were masterfully executed by Executive Chef of Newport Vineyards Andy Teixeira. The music was infectious, too, played by the C Note Missionaries.

 

Yazmin Marek Chilomer, Zumba instructor, & Mr. Toilba

 

Mike Miller, YMCA CEO, moved  about among the guests, seeing that all went well (which of course it did),  as food was served by local restaurants Midtown Oyster Bar, The Clarke Cooke House, Pour Judgement, Aquidneck Meat & Provisions, Sardella's Italian Restaurant and more

Silent auction items

Luxury silent auction items such as Premium New England Patriot tickets, a ski weekend condo rental in New Hampshire, Golf Packages & and  more all going to support youth programs at the Y.  Mr. Callaghan poured throughout the evening, discussing the wines with guests.

Seen were Dave Maitland, Stacie Mills, Bill Rudkin, Kelly Coen and Michael Semenza from Salve Regina, Ginny Purviance, Brad Shear and Erin Dollard from The Potter league for Animals.

A fine and festive time was had by all!

                                                   —L.P.

For information on the Newport YMCA and its programs, go to www.newportymca.org
 

 

Studying the wines

 

Discussing taste

 

Bill Rudkin, Kate Brezina & Colleen  Pilat, "Esprit du vin"

 

Craft beers on offer

 

Complex wine-making machines

 

Kelly Coen & MIchael Semenza, of Salve Regina University, with Rob Carreiro

 

John Callaghan, event founder, pours for Dina Landreville

 

Cheers

 

Erin Dollard & Brad Shear, of The Potter League

 

Wonderful silent auction items

 

Midtown Oyster Bar shucks!

 

Making a bid

 

 

 Mike & Katie Ciszewski

 

The YMCA serving youth

 

The M.S. Walker selections

 

Pizza, anyone?

 

 

 

Beer is the best!

 

Sheryl Callaghan pours

 

Tim Froggins of Louis Latour

 

Milka Tholich at the welcoming table

 

 

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