Red wines and reminiscing
Wine and cheese tasting event brings out friends
by Joseph Passantino
Reporter staff writer
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‘MAY I HELP YOU?’ – Secaucus resident Mary Jandreau is shown a selection by Juan Medina, of the Jersey Flyers Aquatic Club, a server at the event co-sponsored by his organization.
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Another Secaucus community event, another enjoyable night in the town. That was the sentiment on Sept. 6 at the municipal swim center, as more than 150 people enjoyed the Wine & Cheese Tasting event presented by the town.

The affair was held from 6 to 9 p.m., and was open to Secaucus residents or pool members aged 21 years or older. Each participant was given the opportunity to sample up to five different wines.

Event Sponsors

The event was sponsored by the Chasan Leyner & Lamparello, PC, and the Jersey Flyers Swim Team based at the complex.

The line up

Among the ones available for tasting were Colle Guelfo (Lambrusco-like/red), Colle Belvedere (Merlot/red), Colle Lagello (Pinot Grigio/white), Colle del Duca (Montepulciano d’Abruzzo/red), Colle Augusto (Cabernet Savignon/red), and Porta Sole (Chardonnay/white).


“Everyone loved all these wines,” said Lilli Della Gala of Secaucus, owner of the Merlin-Montgomery wine distribution company onsite.

One attendee echoed Della Gala’s comments, describing the Belvedere as a “delicately dry wine … smooth’; the Lagello as “a very light flavor”; the del Duca as a “nice summer red”; the Augusto: “also a nice red, lighter in flavor than the merlot”; and the Porta Sole as “dry, a deeper flavor than the pinot grigio.”

Food, too

At least a dozen difference appetizers were served, and paired well with the wines, a participant said.

Zinnia Miller of Harmon Cove was there with two friends, and she was trying the Augusto.

“It’s very good,” she said. “It’s very smooth, it’s dry. It’s a little fruity.”

Civic pride

Additionally, the Friends of the Secaucus Library President stressed the importance of being a part of such civic events.

“People should come and support all of the functions of the town,” she said. “We’re getting to go out and socialize.” Miller touted her own group’s upcoming enterprise, the library’s used book sale and mini-fair on Sept. 21 as another endeavor residents should rally behind.

Giving back

For Juan Medina, of the Jersey Flyers Aquatic Club, a server at the event co-sponsored by his organization, it is about giving back to a community which is so giving to his group.

“They asked us if we wanted to help them, and we said yes,” he said. “We swim out here; this is our base. We figured we’d be a part of it. We’re part of the community.”


Entertainment was provided by Rhonda Schuster, who played a mixture of pop, rock, rhythm and blues, and other music on guitar.

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