Thursday February 22 , 2018
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Our 300th Wine Club Member!


Deborah Morino is Nello Olivo Wine Club's 300th member. She joined the club during a visit to the wine tasting room on May 28, 2011. Like others who visit the tasting room, Deborah was impressed with the wines, but her reason for joining the club goes deeper.

Deborah's son, Army Specialist Benjamin Morino, is currently on active duty in Afghanistan. Recently, through El Dorado County Association of Realtor's "Honor our Troops" program, Sequoia sent a personalized invitation for her son to enjoy a free steak dinner when he returns home, which Deborah thought was a wonderful thing to do." (Sequoia is Nello Olivo's restaurant, located above the tasting room.)


"I'm a business owner, myself," she says (Ink It Promotions, El Dorado Hills), "and I hear a lot of businesses mention honoring our troops. Mostly it's just talk. But Sequoia is actually doing something real and, I think, very special."

Prior to her visit, Deborah didn't know the wine tasting room existed. But when she learned it was Nello Olivo himself, Sequoia's owner, who was pouring her wine, she decided to join his wine club as a way of saying thank you. "I've never joined a wine club," she says, "but I wanted to give something back because of how the Olivos and their restaurant are honoring my son and all the troops in our community returning from Afghanistan and Iraq by offering each one a free steak dinner."

Perhaps emotion kept Deborah Morino that evening from mentioning her reason for joining the wine club. If she had, Nello would surely have given proof that "honoring our troops" is more than a slogan for his restaurant and winery. The Olivo's own son, Petty Officer 2nd Class Austin Olivo, currently serves with the 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan, aboard the USS Mustin. Also, the son of Sequoia's chef and general manager David Bagley, Private 1st Class Michael Bagley, served 17 months in Iraq and is currently training in Fort Carson, CO, for upcoming duty in Afghanistan.

As for Deborah's son? Spc. Benjamin Morino is due home from Afghanistan on June 19th. Says Deborah, "I just can't wait to get my arms around him!"


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Thursday: 11-5
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