Sam Benrubi takes The Grape Nation on the road for CRUSH

Sam Benrubi took The Grape Nation show on the road to join Norwalk Now for their Global Wine Dinner, a part of CRUSH week. The dinner took place on Friday, October 19th in the Private Wine Room at Washington Prime, an American eatery situated on the east bank of the Norwalk River.

The meal was a four course dinner paired with wines selected by Tony Gagliardo of Northeast Wine Brokers. Rob Moss, the proprietor of Washington Prime discussed each course, while wine writer Doug Paulding discussed each wine selection. It was attended by local wine lovers, local notables, and press.


Sam took the opportunity to sit down with Rob, Doug, and Tony to record these special episodes of “The Grape Nation On Tour” for Heritage Radio Network On Tour:

  • Rob Moss is the proprietor of Washington Prime in the SoNo district of Norwalk, CT. Rob hosted the CRUSH Norwalk Now Global Wine Dinner, presenting a four course meal paired with wines. Rob is a local Connecticut boy, and he’s been in the business for over 15 years. He opened Washington Prime in 2014, offering prime meats and seafood with an extensive wine list.
  • Doug Paulding has been a figure on the Southern Connecticut wine scene for many years. He contributes regularly to WAG, an online lifestyle magazine in the NY State and Conn. metro area. He is a wine blogger and the author of the “Wine Tasting Journal,” a wine logbook to help you keep track of your favorite wines.
  • Tony Gagliardo is the proprietor of Northeast Wine Brokers, a wholesale wine business in Connecticut. Northeast Wine Brokers strives to bring small boutique and family owned wineries that have a story to tell to the Southern Connecticut area. Tony curated and provided the wines for the Crush Norwalk Now Global Wine Dinner at Washington Prime.