Spuntino Wine Bar’s Director of Operations Regan DeBenedetto Completes Court of Master Sommeliers America’s Introductory Sommelier Course

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Allendale, NJ (PRUnderground) November 14th, 2022

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas announced today that their Director of Operations, Regan DeBenedetto, has successfully completed the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers America’s Introductory Course. The Court of Master Sommeliers was established to encourage improved standards of beverage knowledge and service in hotels and restaurants. DeBenedetto has been a fan of fine wines ever since joining the Spuntino team over a decade ago.

“Completing this course has been an honor and career highlight,” said DeBenedetto. “Best of all, I can take what I have learned at the Court of Master Sommeliers and further enhance the guest experience at both our Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas locations.”

Recently, under DeBenedetto’s direction, both Spuntino restaurants – located in Clifton, NJ and Garden City, NY – have won “Best of Award of Excellence” in the 2022 Wine Spectator Magazine Restaurant Awards. The Best of Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants that excel in offering guests critically acclaimed selections from top producers and regions from around the world.

To celebrate the certification, DeBenedetto has launched an Instagram feed to showcase her latest wine finds and share her latest tips and suggestions.

“We’re very proud of Regan’s achievement. This further reflects our commitment to provide guests with a world-class team of authentic, accredited, hospitality professionals who truly know the wine world,” said Tim Doherty, President and Chief Operating Officer of Doherty Enterprises who own Spuntino. “Our wine bars separate themselves from the rest through the quality of their wine curation and innovations such as our Wine Keeper Preservation System and tasting flight programs featuring high-end and reserve pours.”

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas has made it a goal to introduce its guests to a wonderful breadth of world-class international wine that is paired with an expansive Italian-inspired, small-plate menu. The restaurants focus on fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients with a menu that changes four times a year. To make sure that they are using the best ingredients available, the Spuntino kitchen teams work closely with a number of area farms.

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas Westbury Plaza is located at:

The Gallery at Westbury Plaza

1002 Old Country Road

Garden City, NY 11530

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas Clifton Commons is located at:

Clifton Commons

70 Kingsland Rd

Clifton, NJ 07014

For more information and to make a reservation visit:


About Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas set out with the goal of introducing a wonderful breadth of world-class international wine that is paired with an expansive Italian, small plate menu. Our wine list and food menu are thoughtfully prepared and selected by a team that strives to introduce our guests to new, fresh Italian flavors. With 600 world-class wines available by the bottle, more than 60 wines by the glass, wines on tap, and three wine flights offered daily, Spuntino really does have something for everyone.

About Doherty Enterprises, Inc.

Established in 1985, Doherty Enterprises owns and operates more than 130 restaurants in New Jersey,
New York, Florida and Georgia, including five restaurant concepts: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar,
Panera Bread, Chevys Fresh Mex and its own concepts, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub and Spuntino Wine
Bar & Italian Tapas. In addition, Doherty Enterprises is also a franchisee of Sola Salon Studios with 11
locations in Staten Island and New Jersey. Doherty Enterprises is ranked 23rd in Top 200 Franchisees in
the United States by Restaurant Finance Monitor and is recognized as the 80th largest Foodservice revenue
company in the United States by Nation’s Restaurant News, the 73rd largest privately held business in
the New York Metro area by Crain’s Business, and 24th largest privately held company in New Jersey by
NJBIZ. The Doherty vision is to be the “Best Food Service Company in the Communities We Serve” and
its mission is to “Wow Every Guest Every Time, Wow our People, Wow Our Communities and Wow Our
Suppliers.” Doherty Enterprises has also been lending a helping hand to team members and their
immediate families when financially burdened through the WOW a Friend Foundation. To date, the
foundation has assisted more than 3,900 people and donated over $5.1 million directly back to those in
need. (www.DohertyInc.com).

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