The first really warm spring weekend enticed 600 sippers to the second Highlandtown Wine Festival Sunday afternoon to taste hand-crafted urban wines created in this ungentrified East Baltimore neighborhood.
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. turned up to dance a tarantella, while festival-goers tasted the offerings of about two dozen winemakers.
FOR THE RECORD - Because of erroneous information supplied to The Sun, some of the results of the Highlandtown Wine Festival bocce tournament were incorrectly reported in Tuesday's Today section. Second place went to the Mastellone Deli team: Frank Platania, 66, captain, Frank "Yami" Di Felice, 85, Jim Cucci, 78, and Al Sanders, 81.
In the judging of the homemade wines, a father-son duo, Dominic and Davide Parravano, took first in the white-wine category with a blend of Chenin Blanc and Thompson Seedless grapes. Dominic Petrucci placed second and Lee Goodman third.
Among the reds, first went to a Cabernet Sauvignon by David Savory. Lee Goodman took second and Dante Gizze third.
A boccie tournament was won by a team from Rosedale - Mario D'amico, his brother, Delio, Mario's son, Orante, and Umberto Cannella. Second was a New Castle, Del., team, and third went to Half, a team half men and half women.