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Wine Brawl Wrecks Wedding

October 16, 1990

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A dispute over three cases of leftover wine at a wedding reception erupted into a brawl, which ended with the arrest of the bride’s father and of members of the wedding party.

Michael Calise, whose daughter was married Sunday, had paid for the wine and wanted to take it home when the reception ended. But Rolando Trovini, owner of the reception hall, said state liquor law prohibits removing liquor from the hall.

That’s when the fighting started.

″We ended up being assaulted,″ Calise said. ″Physically and psychologically battered. They descended on us so quickly - it was the most astounding thing that’s ever happened to me.″

Trovini called police, who arrested Calise, 50, on charges of interfering with police, breach of peace and refusing to be fingerprinted. His daughter, Maria, 27, a bridesmaid, and his son, Frank, 23, also were arrested for interfering with police.

Two other people also were arrested.

″One can’t imagine what it’s like to have a wonderful wedding, marry off a daughter, expend large sums of money and have something this astounding happen,″ Calise said.

Trovini, owner of Sante’s Manor, told police the wedding party caused $6,000 worth of damage.

″They pay for six hours of wedding - it doesn’t mean they can take the place with them,″ he said. ″There was a lot of chaos here.″

Calise said he had purchased the wine himself from a winery rather than use the wine supplied by Sante’s.

However, state liquor law prohibits removing alcohol from an establishment, even if it is brought by a group renting a hall, said Jerry Langlais, a spokesman for the state Department of Liquor Control.

The bride, Sandra Calise, and the groom, Carmine Cenatiempo, left for their honeymoon Monday - a day late.

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