SAVOR the Story Wine Gala Set for Friday, March 18 at Providence Public Library


Event will feature acclaimed Italian winemaker and Ciacci-Piccolomini D'Aragona wines

Providence Public Library’s 2016 Gala offers anextraordinary wine & fine dining experience with winemaker Paolo Bianchini of the acclaimed Ciacci–Piccolomini D’Aragona winery on Friday, March 18.  The event will be held at the Library (150 Empire Street, Providence) beginning with a 5:00 p.m. reception with the winemaker. A five-course dinner featuring Ciacci-Piccolomini D’Aragona wine pairings will follow at 7:15 pm.

Tickets are available for the reception alone ($100) or both reception and dinner ($275).  Additional sponsorships are available, including $1,000 Tribute Sponsorship (2 tickets).  For more information, please contact PPL Development Director Brynn Bruno at (401) 455-8073 or For details, visit:

Funds raised will support the Library’s free programs and services for all ages.

The evening will not only feature the acclaimed wines of the Ciacci–Piccolomini D’Aragona estate of the beautiful region of Montalcino, Italy, but will also be punctuated by the estate’s rich history as shared by Paolo Bianchini. With a family lineage tied to Pope Pius II and dating back to the 17th century, the Ciacci – Piccolomini D’Aragana estate possesses a story as captivating as its famed Brunello.

Like all great stories, this one has an unusual twist. In 1985, for the first time ever, the Ciacci – Piccolomini D’Aragana estate was left to someone outside of the family — Guiseppe Bianchini — the long-time caretaker who loved the estate and vineyards as his own. For almost 20 years, Guiseppe devoted his life to the continued excellence and legacy of the estate. Sadly, in 2004, Guiseppe passed away, leaving his children Paolo and Lucia to continue their dedication and care of the beloved estate that is now as much of their family's legacy as the estate’s predecessors.

The 2016 SAVOR the Story Host Committee includes:

Stephen and Hazel Ashworth

Joseph A. Chazan, M.D. and Victoria Veh

Joe and Laurie DiBattista

Dr. Ed and Diane Iannuccilli

Mr. Barry and Dr. Kathleen C. Hittner

Dr. Charles and Maureen McDonald

Dr. Victor Pricolo and Ms. Heide Abelli

Jerry and Christine Visconti

2016 SAVOR the Story Sponsors include:

Bank of America

U.S. Trust

Indigenous Selections

MS Walker

Amica Insurance

Parsons Capital Management

Bottles Fine Wine

Joseph A. Chazan, M.D. and Victoria Veh

Mr. Barry and Dr. Kathleen C. Hittner


Mr. Guy Lombardo

Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Edwards, Jr.

Honorable Robert G. Flanders

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

Karen DelPonte, Esq. and Mr. Tony Allison

Kahn, Litwin, Renza, & Co., Ltd