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2016 Catania Committee IL Giro di Phoenix



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Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:02

Catania-Grenoble Wine Tasting Event


Vive la France or Viva l'Italia? In the end, it was a tie! 

Everyone had a great time at the recent wine-tasting event organized by the Catania and Grenoble committees. It was held on Saturday evening, September 12, 2015, at the Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown.

Eight excellent wines from both countries competed by pair in a blind-tasting exquisitely led by Tom Rustwick and Lorenzo Mattoni of Alliance Beverage Distributing Company.

The winners of each comparison were:

1. Domaine de Pouy, IGP Cotes de Gascogne (France)

2. Villa Ponciago Fleurie, Beaujolais Burgundy (France)

3. Firriato Branciforti, Nero D’Avola Sicily (Italy)

4. La Maialina Gertrude, Super Tuscan Blend (Italy)


In between tasting delightful wines and voting for their favorites, the guests enjoyed delicious French and Italian cheeses, olives and bread; they networked with each other; and they admired the beautiful paintings of Italian artist Giorgio Satta. Two rich baskets -- one with French wine and food, the other with Italian liqueur, music and books -- were raffled at the end of the evening, benefiting the programs of Phoenix Sister Cities. The basket winners were very excited!


It was a wonderful night of great enjoyment for all, just as the organizers from the two committees had hoped. Cheers to Italia and France! 

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 14:27

Delegation Visit to Catania and Rome



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On the Skydeck at sunset

The Phoenix Sister Cities Catania Committee offered a “Sunset Voyage to Italy” on Saturday, April 20, 2013, on the Skydeck of the Clarendon Hotel in central Phoenix. Over eighty people were in attendance at this third annual event, which included tastings of eight different wines, as well as a selection of Italian cheeses and appetizers from Gallo Blanco Café. Tom Rustwick, Vice-President of Fine Wine at Alliance Beverage, and Lorenzo Mattoni, owner of Terre de Trinci Winery, which distributes its wines through Alliance Beverage, personally presented guests with the opportunity to experience wines from many regions throughout Italy: Piemonte, Le Marche, Sicilia, Puglia, Alto Adige, Friuli, Umbria, and Emilia Romagna.


The event sponsors from
Alliance Beverage and Terre de Trinci Winery

 Catania Committee members Art di Tommaso, Patti Syverson, Mike and Peggy Widener, Gianna Giorgio, Wendy Rozov, Cindy McDonald, and Mary Anne Desmond welcomed guests and poured wines. They also organized a raffle to benefit committee activities. The Phoenix Sister Cities Catania Committee is grateful for the generous contributions, including use of the Skydeck, and to our sponsors: Alliance Beverage Distributing Company; Gregory Ring, Mercedes-Benz, Phoenix Motor Company; FIAT of Scottsdale; Radio Italia with Ciro Giorgio (; Phoenix FC (the soccer club); Gallo Blanco Café; Otro Café; and US Airways Center.


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Sunday, 01 July 2012 10:04

Catania 10th Anniversary Delegation

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Phoenix-Catania relationship, members of the Catania Committee and Phoenix Children's Chorus traveled to Italy in June 2012. The group arrived in Rome on June 12th to visit the sites of the "Eternal City" and sing at afternoon mass in St. Peter's Basilica. An overnight train carried the group south along the Mediterranean coast to Catania.

Once there, the Associazione Culturale Catania, Phoenix Sister Cities, and Chorus directors, Ron Carpenter and Jacque Marum, arranged a day by the pool for the chorus members to meet local youth. 

On the 15th, the group attended the inauguration of a photography exhibit by local photographer Riccardo Lombardo. The group then went to Catania City Hall, housed in the 17th century Palazzo degli Elfanti. Out front, they gathered around the city's most important landmark, the elephant obelisk, and sang Arizona, a piece specifically commissioned to honor Arizona's centennial celebration. After a welcome by Mayor Stancanelli, Catania Committee members read a message and presented a gift from Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. 

During their stay, the group visited Mt. Etna, Europe's highest active volano, the seaside town of Taormina, and the Children's Cancer Ward at the Policlinico Hospital, where they brought gifts to the patients.

The chorus performed at the Teatro Sangiorgi Catani's historic city center and at the Sigonella U.S. Naval Base, where they sang the U.S. national anthem. Their final concert was held on June 18th at the Palazzo della Cultura, where the Chorus performed with two local groups. Against the backdrop of a medieval wall, "ST Singers" took the stage, followed by children from "Gravina Arte," who performed Sicilian folk songs and dances. The Phoenix Children's Chorus performed a Native American folk song and Arizona. The grand finale brought all three groups on stage to perform Ciuri Cirui, a Sicilian folk song, Nel Blue Sipinto di Blu, and Why We Sing

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