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Many scientists say that red wine is good for the heart. On Thursday, Nov. 29, it will also be good for the soul.
Domenico Winery of San Carlos will host its Annual Ladies’ Night Holiday Boutique, Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
In addition to providing a unique shopping experience with more than 25 vendors selling goods and services in the working winery, owners Dominick and Gloria Chirichillo will donate 25 percent of the evening’s wine sales proceeds to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund (https://sandynjrelieffund.org/index.html).
“Many of us in the Bay Area are touched directly or indirectly by the terrible situation on the East Coast,” Gloria Chirichillo said.
“We have family, friends and a wine-making operation in New Jersey, so helping out is a natural imperative for us. We selected the New Jersey Relief Fund because we know donations will stay in our home state and the need is enormous right now.”
The Ladies’ Night Holiday Boutique is in its fourth year – and has doubled in the number of vendors and attendees since its inception in 2008.
More than 200 women – along with a few of their husbands – browsed and shopped last year. The winery provides free hors d'oeuvres, a no-host bar with award- winning red and white varietals, and a relaxed setting that allows for sipping while strolling. Local and regional artisans sell handcrafted arts, crafts, jewelry, accessories, specialty foods, personal care items, services, and more.
“It’s a fun event that takes some of the stress out of holiday shopping and also serves a good purpose,” Chirichillo said.
Domenico Winery has been part of the Bay Area since the San Carlos location opened in 2004. Before that, in 1989, the Chirichillos started the country’s first winemaking school in Toms River, NJ. Like many others, the Chirichillos are working through the storm’s impact on business and family.
“We are grateful every day to be part of both communities,” Chirichillo said, “and we hope the funds we contribute can make a small difference there.”
The public is invited and can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free.