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WineFest’s Tenth Delights All

Bruce “Two-Dogs” Bozsum

Bruce “Two-Dogs” Bozsum

by John Stratton

What’s not to like?   Great wines and beers, great food, great friends old and new. And a tenth anniversary swirl and glow in the air in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun…which means lots to see and enjoy.

That’s 32—count ‘em 32—celebrity chefs, vintners, brewmasters. And about 900 distinct wines and brews offered to the diligent taster seeking to develop higher ranges of  connoisseurship.  But who’s counting? You have to pick and choose, and learn. And perhaps share your responses with more than 10,000 others like you, ready with a good word as friends meeting new friends.

Mark and Bridget Freeman of Tolland attended with another couple, Kevin and Renée Furbush of Glastonbury. They’d been to WineFest’s before, for the past five years.  “It’s a great weekend,” they said, just about in unison as they took a break to sample some eats. And the ladies laughed, “Without the kids—it’s a bonus!”

Two friends from the Hartford area were there for the first time, Dan Tarvell of Windsor and Brian Pitney of Enfield. Would they come back next year?  “Absolutely, yes!” they said.

Among familiar local faces were Sandy Chianzi of Mystic and Crystal Merritt of Stonington. They describe themselves as “the two favorites at the Steak Loft,” where they tend an active bar with many regulars.

Sandy Chianzi and Crystal Merritt.

Sandy Chianzi and Crystal Merritt.

Likewise, Lynn Malerba, 18th Lifetime Chief of the Mohegan Tribe, stopped in with husband Paul and daughter Angela and fiancé Matt, as did Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum, chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council,  blending with the throng in the expansive ballroom.

Robert J. “Bobby” Soper, President and CEO, Mohegan Sun, was on hand as well, noting the camaraderie that makes the event a special one.

“This event has become the premier wine festival in the Northeast, if not the East Coast,” said Bobby, who added that there was something for everyone to enjoy. “Whether you want to attend a private tasting event or activity, or enjoy the unmatched variety of offerings at the Grand Tasting, or just mingle with the top celebrity chefs in the world—it is truly a remarkable event for wine and food enthusiasts. Or even for people like myself who do not have distinguished palates, and just want to have a great time.”

(l-r) Paul and Lynn Malerba with Angela and Matt.

(l-r) Paul and Lynn Malerba with Angela and Matt.

Bobby also sees the WineFest in a larger context, attracting many new visitors to the complex in Uncasville.

“We are constantly refreshing our property,” he said, “and have had a flurry of openings of new establishments in the past several months.

Restaurants and nightlife choices such as Hash House a Go Go, Landsdowne Pub, Mist in Casino of the Wind, Vista Lounge at Wombi Rock, the Bow & Arrow Sports Bar in Earth Casino and the new Clay Pipe cigar lounge have all joined us.”

À votre santé!

From the Publisher: January’s Bright Lights Dazzle

The Big 2-0 is Here! The Resident’s Alexis Ann celebrates Wireless Zone’s 20th anniversary with the company’s co-founders, Neil Ryan, left, and Scott Gladstone, right, at Mohegan Sun in December. Neil’s and Scott’s mobile-communications company has grown to ten stores since its founding in 1992 by the two college friends from Keene State--see page 19 for details.

The Big 2-0 is Here! The Resident’s Alexis Ann celebrates Wireless Zone’s 20th anniversary with the company’s co-founders, Neil Ryan, left, and Scott Gladstone, right, at Mohegan Sun in December. Neil’s and Scott’s mobile-communications company has grown to ten stores since its founding in 1992 by the two college friends from Keene State–see page 19 for details.

Sunrise in Noank,” a stunning photo by Steven Spellman, sets a tone of awakening…and brings to mind that Steven and I were classmates at Stonington High, just yesterday! Our good Senator who is now retiring, Joe Lieberman, received stellar recognition from the Department of Homeland Security. The Distinguished Service Medal is their highest honor and reflects his role in originating the department; so cast a watchful eye on page 5.

Our own tall ship, the Coast Guard’s Eagle, has a new lease on her 77-year life, courtesy of a three-month maintenance effort by the Submarine Base and the Coast Guard. The dockside work at the base is her longest maintenance period there in some 20 years. Sail on to page 5 see her berthed at Fort Trumbull.

Then, look ahead and see what’s cookin’ on page 8, as Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine of TV’s “Restaurant: Impossible” demonstrates his energy at the Garde. And don’t forget that he’ll be back soon to show us his skills at the Mohegan Sun’s WineFest 2013, coming up January 26 and 27 in the Uncas Ballroom. Get your tastebuds ready!

And while you’re looking forward, think of your special Valentine!  See our back cover for a chance to feature your Valentine tribute and photo on our February 13 front page. Maybe you’ll win a spectacular package of fun—a night at the Inn at Stonington, a gift from Fripperies, flowers from Garden of Eden, and dinner at Zack’s Bar & Grille in Stonington.  It will be a priceless memory that will last a lifetime!

Thanks for reading The Resident, the Good News that Rocks for 2013. Remember, The Resident reaches 64 communities and is the most cost-effective way to advertise in the region.

 

Alexis Anneditor & publisher

Alexis Ann
editor & publisher