Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship Wines and Dines at Heritage of Sherborn
By Carl Gomes and Steve Jones-D’Agostino
On January 19, District 7910’s Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship held our second wine-dinner event and the first of the new year at Heritage of Sherborn. A total of 16 Rotarians and two guests attended the festive celebration of Rotarian fellowship, which was hosted by Jen and Josh Ziskin, the dynamic wife-husband duo that owns and operates the restaurant and inn, which includes a provisions shop. We thank them and their staff for their truly hospitable service.
(Shown, left, are the attendees of the January 19 event at Heritage of Sherborn. Click here for all event photos.)
We also extend a warm appreciation to our two non-Rotarian guests, Bradford and Milza Clay. And, we give a special shout-out to Richard and Fatima Simon (shown, left to right, in photo on right) of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley for inviting the Clays. Hopefully, each us will introduce fine people such as the Clays to our Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship and share with them the great work that Rotary does and wonderful fellowship that it provides. Who knows: They just might consider becoming Rotarians!
The exclusive “Raise A Glass” menu, created by Heritage of Sherborn for our January 19 wine-dinner, consisted of these four delicious courses and four magnifico Italian wine pairings:
  • Arugula salad with shaved fennel, crimini mushrooms and parmigiano reggiano, paired with Argiolis “Costamolino” Vermentino 2014.
  • Steelhead salmon with fried Brussel sprouts, celery-root puree and crispy bacon, paired with Marchesi di Barolo Ruvei Barbera d’Alba 2014.
  • Grilled hanger steak with potato gratin and broccoli rabe, paired with Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Riserva 2012.
  • Chocolate cheesecake with chocolate glaze and Oreo crust, paired with Ferrerua Porto Dona Antonio Reserva Blanco.
Our Rotarian fellowship has begun planning for the next wine-dinner, which will be held in March on a date and at a place to be determined. As with all of our wine-dinners, this one will be an open event, including both members and non-members of our Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship. We encourage you to bring family, friends and co-workers who may be future Rotarians.
District Governor Jim Fusco (shown, seated far left, in photo at top-left) and his wife, Karen Fusco (shown, on left, in photo at right, posing with Pamela Anastasi of the Rotary Club of Billerica) of the Rotary Club of Fitchburg, attended our January 19 wine-dinner. Jim has asked our fellowship to participate in the 2016 District Conference on May 20 to 22 in Plymouth. We ask that you share with us the creative ways in which other Rotarian fellowships have participated in district conferences to make them special events.
Past District Governor Rich Dietz (shown, standing fourth from left, in photo at top-left) of the Rotary Club of Southborough has recommended that our fellowship assist our district to obtain donated wine for the conference. Please also share with us any information you may have on how other Rotary fellowships have obtained wine donations.
(Shown, left to right, in photo at right are: Les and Marcia Davis of the Rotary Club of Auburn, and Laura and Chris Spear of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley. Click here for all event photos.)
For more information on the Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship, including membership types and fees, click here. If you would like a short presentation on our fellowship at your club meeting, please contact either one of us at the e-mail addresses, below.
Until we next wine and dine together in Rotarian fellowship, remember, “Don’t Worry. Be Happy.”
Carl Gomes (shown in photo on left, standing, seventh from left) a member of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, may be reached at, and Co-Chair Steve Jones-D’Agostino (shown in same photo, standing, far right), president-elect of the Rotary Club of Auburn, may be reached at