by Janet Grella
Love continues to ferment at the Poverty Bay Wine Festival this year, in at least two separate instances:
1. Three years to the day that Sales Rep Dominic Calandri (pictured, left) met his wife-to-be Debbie at the festival, they’re getting married.
Dominic’s winery, Five Star Cellars, is in Walla Walla. He claims that it was Five Star’s extraordinary premium wine that brought Debbie to his table, but also reveals that “it was me who had to close the deal on the romance.”
2. If you read The Waterland Blog during our coming out party at last year’s wine fest, you may recall our first “Love Ferments” story about Burien residents Emma Wagner and Al Halvorson, who met two years ago at the fest when Al asked Emma to salsa dance.
We met the two lovebirds last year, who told us their story. They got married last March 14th, and of course dropped by our booth Sunday to let us know they were still happy, still together, and were back again to celebrate. And dance.
Photographer Michael Brunk took some pics of the two dancing at the exact same spot where they first danced in 2008:
A big congratulations to both Al and Emma, as well as Dominic and Debbie from all the folks at The Poverty Bay Wine Festival and your friends at The Waterland Blog – we’ll see you next year, where we’re certain there will be more romantic success stories to share!