Monday, 17 August 2015

Nonna Paola Alzheimer's Australia The Wog With The Grog Event, Veneto Club, Bulleen

The Wog With The Grog (headed up by Robert Dessanti) hosted a fantastic, successful fundraising dinner, with guest of honour Nonna Paola front and centre, and with money raised going to Alzheimer's Australia VIC, Nonna Paola's charity of choice. Held at Veneto Club, at Bulleen, it was a night of fun and serious stuff, too.

The Wog With The Grog met Nonna Paola earlier this year, and a few months ago she famously coined the term in one of her viral videos, "The Wog With The Frog." As is Nonna P's trademark, even her unintentional slip ups are hilarious. See that viral video below.

There are so, SO many photos and fun stories to post from the wonderful night. Here is a selection of the best, below.

Italio-Australian actor and super-pro (and very funny) James Liotta emceed (follow him here), and new-on-the-scene, very funny duo Sooshi Mango took some fun clips which really made the night a fun one (follow them here), and silent auctions happened, all in front of a very funny, generous, loud and giving crowd of Melbourne-ites who had one thing in common: they love Nonna Paola. Author Josie Gagliano spoke about her experiences with dementia, having been a carer for her mother and written a book about it all (in: 'The Australian Ageing Generation Handbook'), and many in the room had their own very moving stories and experiences with dementia.

A huge, HUGE thank you to our sponsors: 

Unforgotten Aboriginal Arts (personalised artworks, limited edition and signed)
Jet Flight Simulator, Melbourne (two vouchers)
Kaye Bottega jewellery (two sets of beautiful jewellery)
Coffico (coffee, tea, cafetiera hamper)
Pantalica (vouchers for their yummy cheeses)
Flawless by Maryanne (fab makeup vouchers)
Villa By The Beach, Fraser Island (beach accommodation voucher)
Park Lane jewellery (exclusive jewellery, as worn by Nonna Paola!)
Sofitel, Melbourne on Collins (high tea for four)
Dynamic Jessica (kids' party gift vouchers)

Here is how the night kicked off, with the Sooshi Mango guys (click on the links to watch them):

A video posted by Josie Gagliano (@josiegags) on 

The Sooshi Mango camera guy

The Sooshi Mango guys, Joe and Carlo, interviewing Robert Dessanti:

A video posted by Josie Gagliano (@josiegags) on 

And then, Nonna P is action:

A video posted by Josie Gagliano (@josiegags) on 

A video posted by Josie Gagliano (@josiegags) on 

A video posted by Josie Gagliano (@josiegags) on 

A video posted by Josie Gagliano (@josiegags) on 

A video posted by Josie Gagliano (@josiegags) on 

Nonna P loves a selfie, she really does! It's our 'thing' now, see...

We did it all for Alzheimer's Australia VIC

The beautiful Kaye Bottega jewellery

Ah, the boys. So much fun was had.

Greg and Josie, so much planning, so much fun.

And some lovely guests:

Nonna Paola - an absolute natural on the microphone. Some of the chats were about her real life experiences with dementia, losing her beloved best friend of over 45 years to the disease, and still volunteering at nursing homes after a whopping 17 years (hence the serious faces in some of these shots):

Nonna Paola and James Liotta and Greg:

The stunning, personalised artwork made by Monique from Unforgotten Aboriginal Arts, which Mon created by asking what Nonna Paola's fave colours are (blues!) and naming it the 'Nonna Paola'. She then signed the back to authenticate it, and had Nonna Paola sign it also, a first for the artist! Such gorgeous artwork, created just for the event, as the cause means so much to Monique.

Tas, a guest on the night, who was the coolest chick around.

The delicious FOOD!

One of the beautiful guests was happy to show Josie's Juice her tattoo, in memory of her beloved husband Remo. She even showed Nonna P!

Our lovely guests enjoyed lucky door prizes 

Who do you think they were 'papping'? Nonna P, of course! Such genuine love for her:

The love between Greg and son Mitchell is lovely to see:

NO TATTOO! One of our guests, Tas, showed Nonna Paola her tattoo. Her face says it all...

And, you can still donate direct to the cause. Go right here.

The very funny 'The Wog With The Frog' viral video:

Stay tuned for a new post, on night two of the Nonna Paola fundraising dinners for Alzheimer's Australia, also hosted by The Wog With The Grog.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Nonna Paola: Manningham Leader Story, Alzheimer's Australia VIC Fundraising dinner

The Manningham Leader newspaper has run a story on the Nonna Paola dinner The Wog With The Grog is organising at the Veneto Club Melbourne in Bulleen, on Friday July 24.

It is one of two dinners we are organising to raise funds for Alzheimer's Australia Victoria.

For more, call us on 1300 104 060.

The second dinner will be held at the Mandalay at Northcote, on Saturday July 25.

Both dinners are four courses with matching wines, and the opportunity to meet and greet the woman herself, Nonna Paola.

Adults, $80. Kids aged 12 and under, $25.

Here is the story online:

And here are the two event invitations - both still open for bookings:

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Nude women promo for wines of the Friuli region: VIDEO

A cheeky new campaign has been released as a promotion for wines of the Friuli region… in Russia.

Four women. Nude. In vineyards.

Controversial, or simply artistic expression? You decide.

Says the YouTube description:

La Simple importante distributore di vini friulani in Russia ha commissionato un video per la promozione dei vini frilani alquanto "originale".

Read more here.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Good Food and Wine Show 2015: The Wog With The Grog Wrap Up - PHOTOS

Did you come along to the Good Food and Wine Show in Melbourne recently?

What did you think?

The Wog With The Grog was there, and we loved meeting all the serious wine and grappa and bubbles lovers who came along to our stand for a drink and a chat, and snapped up some good drops, exclusive to The Wog With The Grog, and Euro Concepts. We also had some fantastic foodie products, exclusive to us. You can check them all out right here.

Here are some of our fave Instagram snaps from the show (from the show, and from our food sampling in Melbourne - we LOVE the food there!)

Next, we are at the Sydney show in August, then the Brisbane show in October. See details below.

For more on the upcoming show dates, click here

To find out more about the Sydney event, click here.

To find out more about the Brisbane event, click here.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The Wog With The Grog at Good Food and Wine Show Melbourne, 2015

The Melbourne leg of the 'Good Food and Wine Show' kicks off in June - on June 5 to June 8 - and it's set to be a fantastic event.

Oh, and The Wog With The Grog is set to be there for the first time.

Come see us at stand E21!

The Wog With The Grog has exhibited at other GFAW shows in Sydney.

Says Robert Dessanti from The Wog With The Grog about his excitement in joining the renowned expo in the city of Melbourne: "Melbourne is the most European of the Australian cities. It's somewhat like Italy in that its focus is on good food, art, and fashion. It is an innovative and creative city, engaged with the world, and is home to more than four million people speaking around 180 different languages."

We are launching the Nardini Acqua di Cedro 350ml versions of the hugely popular Italian drink.

It's a drink that has to be trialed to be believed - come by and we'll give you a sample to savour.

You can also win TWO DOUBLE PASSES to the Melbourne show!

Go to our Instagram page here, and see the competition here to enter.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Nonna Paola Says Thanks To The Wog With The Grog: VIDEO

Nonna Paola is the very funny, completely unique Italo-Australian viral sensation taking over the internet right now.

The thing is, Nonna Paola IS unique, but because so many people can relate to her, she feels incredibly familiar to us all, whether we have a Nonna like her, or not. Whether we're Italian, Australian, or another nationality.

Here, she gives The Wog With The Grog founder Robert Dessanti a big shout out, to thank Rob sending across some exceptional wines for her and her son Greg (he's the man behind the camera, recording his mother for all the world to see) to enjoy. It was a pleasure, and drinking them with castagne (chestnuts) - even better!

Best bit: Nonna Paola attempting to say 'The Wog With The Grog', but saying "The Wog With The Frog". We love you, Nonna. Hope you enjoyed the drop, many times over!

Here is the video:

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Nardini: Exclusive To The Wog With The Grog

The Nardini drop is something to behold and savour. And it's rare - but readily available - gem imported by... guess who?

Yes, it's available through the brand behind this site, The Wog With The Grog.

Some history behind the brand:

The Nardini family is a symbol of Grappa’s history in Italy. From Bassano del grappa (in the heart of Veneto) the tradition of finest grappa making takes place in 1779. Their rigorous quality control - from local vine to bottle - ensures Nardini grappas are not only excellent, but also completely consistent year after year.

The range includes:

Grappa Bianca
Grappa Riserva 3 yrs
Grappa Riserva 15 yrs
Grappa di Ruta

Imported by Euro Concepts and also sold through parent consumer company The Wog With The Grog, you can call:

T: 1300 104 060 or email or see:

Call or email us to order.

Here is a look at the range:

And some more beautiful images of the bottles in the range:

And the absolutely delicious, must try to believe it Acqua Di Cedro: 

In the next blog post, we will talk about the distillation process of this highly coveted brand.