Randy Portelli has been chair of the Wine Making Ministry at Epiphany for 19 years.
With deep gratitude, we announce that Randy Portelli, our community winemaker for the past 19 years, is retiring. (He took over this demanding ministry when our first winemaker, Al Tomasetti, retired after a similar term of service.)
Using his father’s winepress, Randy has kept six weeks of his fall schedule free to accept the grapes when they ripened and shipped, called together a group of folks to help with the initial pressing, “babysat” it daily through the first weeks, checked it, bottled it, and brought wine weekly to the worship center for our use at liturgies. And that’s just the highlights… He has shown outstanding commitment, as well as tremendous creativity in addressing the difficulties that have arisen. With great appreciation, we wish Randy countless blessings as he goes forward with greater flexibility to be with his widespread family.