When is a wine tasting not just a wine tasting? When Ancona’s Wines & Liquors offers a special afternoon tasting to benefit The Wilton Historical Society on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 2 to 5 pm at the Wilton store. The sommelier du jour will be Michael Crystal, also known as DrC (a clever nod to DRC, an estate in Burgundy, France that produces some of the world’s most renowned wines). Five wines with a hint of historical notes will be sampled for the occasion. A portion of each sale will go directly to The Wilton Historical Society.
“We think it’s pretty cool to be partnering with The Wilton Historical Society for this wine tasting,” said Mitch Ancona, owner of all three Ancona’s Wines & Liquors. “We’re hoping to do a number of these benefit wine tastings for more Wilton nonprofits every other month throughout the year. The customer can come in and experience some fun and exciting wines and then decide to purchase. And it benefits the community by supporting Wilton’s great assets like the Historical Society.”
Codey Foster, wine director for Ancona’s, added, “We had fun with this first one. In creating a theme for the afternoon, we chose wines that have a little bit of a historical significance–a slight story behind each wine that we think wine aficionados and history buffs might enjoy.”
The five wines for the sampling are Saint Hilaire Blanc De Blanc, Mueller-Catoir MC Scheurebe Trocken, Lomas De Llahuen Pipeno, Marques De Riscal Rioja Reserva, and Boucard Nom De Zeus!!! (exclamations are part of the brand name).
Nick Foster (no relation to Codey), director of The Wilton Historical Society, commented, “We want to thank Ancona’s Wines & Liquors for its generosity in offering a wine tasting on our (more) behalf. It is an unexpected gift that is most welcomed, and it demonstrates Mitch’s commitment to the community. My hope is that the community will respond in kind and join us at Ancona’s in Wilton on Feb. 24.”