Monday, December 28, 2009

Last Week Of 2009 Brings More Wine Tastings!

So, we all know 2009 ends tomorrow.

Do you know what you'll be drinking as you're celebrating the
beginning of 2010?

Regardless of whether you do or don't, here are the last few wine events of 2009:

----------------------------------North Miami Area...
Total Wine In North Miami
Sparkling Wine Tasting
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec 31st
Arena Shops
14750 Biscayne Boulevard

-------------------------------Coral Springs, Here's Some Wine For You...
The Vine Bar
925 N. University Drive
Coral Springs
Happy Hour
Wednesday Night Dec. 30th
Buy one, get one free on three ounce glasses of wine
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

See you in 2010 as iVinoMiami.com goes live!

Please enjoy responsibly, and as always, Salud!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Update Monday

WiningInMiami vino update Monday.

As you all know, the days of 2009 continue to wine down.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

From Coral Springs To Key West, The Wine Tastings Continue!

We're just a few days away from the Christmas Holiday but there are still plenty of tasting events.

South Florida, here's all your wine information in 2 minutes:

-----------------------------Hollywood Tuesdays
Hollywood Vine
2035 Harrison Street
Wine Tasting
Tuesday December 22nd
6:00 p.m. -9:00 pm

When you go, here's what you'll be drinking:

Rombauer Chardonnay 2007 Carneros, California

Rombauer Merlot 2006 Napa Valley, California

Earthquake Zinfandel 2007 Lodi, California

Girard Petite Sirah 2007 Napa Valley, California

Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Sonoma, California

----------------------------Hometown Tasting anyone?
Eno's Wine Bar
Miami's own SUNBOX Eleven Winery
Mention this invitation and provide your business card/contact info and your 1st wine pour is FREE compliments of SUNBOX Eleven Winery.
COMPLIMENTARY hors d'oeuvres
920 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Wednesday, December 23rd
6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.
----------------------------------------------Coral Gables/West Miami area...
The Wine Shoppe
Wednesday December 23rd
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
$10 - Hors d’Ouevres will be served
1706 S Redroad

---------------------------------------------Coral Springs Area...

The Vine Bar
925 N. University Drive
Coral Springs
Happy Hour
Tuesday and Wednesday December 22nd/23rd
Buy one and get one free on all three ounce glasses of wine
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

--------------------------------Heck, We Even Have Key West In Here!

Waterfront Market
201 William Street
Key West
Kerana Organic Wine and Catrala Wine Tasting
Wednesday December 23rd 2009
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Let ALL these great LOCAL venues know you learn about their event thanks to WiningInMiami.com

Please taste responsibly, and as always, Salud!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Lots of Tasting Info Coming This Tuesday!

Stay tuned folks...
Tasting info. for the week coming tomorrow Tuesday.
Hope you're enjoying the holiday season as well as the
great weather.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Weekend Before Christmas Is Here!...Let's Toast With Some Wine And Champagne!

First, I'd like to thank all of you out there for the great feedback and suggestions.
Let's build this South Florida wine community!

If you attended the Bourdeaux MatchMaking event at The Fontainebleau Hotel last night, hope you enjoyed. It was fun and well put together.

Also, we know the holidays approach us and it's time to give back to those less fortunate. Help the Kids Off Streets organization with toy and other donations. Call 305-439-2159 or go to http://kidsoffstreets.org for more information.

Wine Lovers Here's Your Weekend Wine Info.:

-------------------------------------Gables Area Tasting...

TreeHouse Liquors
4708 South Le Jeune Road
Coral Gables
Friday December 18th
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

-------------------------------------In The Heart Of Miracle Mile...
Wolfe's Wine Shoppe
124 Miracle Mile
Friday December 18th
Free Tasting
Big Bold Reds
Here's some of what you'll be tasting if you go:

Montepeloso Eneo 2007
Alvaro Castro Quinta de Pellada, Portugal 2005
Crocker & Star Bridesmaid, Napa Valley 2006
Domaine La Janasse "Terre d' Argil" 2007
And a few others...

--------------------------------Gables Area by S.W. 57th Ave...
The Wine Shoppe
Spanish Wines Tasting
Friday December 18th
6 to 9 PM
Cost: $10 and Hors d’Ouevres will be served
1706 S Redroad
---------------------------------West Kendall Here's Some For You...
Cork & Bottle
Christmas Wine Tasting
Friday December 18th
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Accredited to any purchase

--------------------------------Homestead/Redlands...Don't Need To Drive Far Tonight
Schnebly Redland's Winery
Friday December 18th
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
30205 SW 217 Ave
$5 Adults / $3 For Kids
Music By Cat Shell

---------------------------------Champagne And Beach Anyone?
W Wine Boutique
1328 Alton Road
Friday December 18th
Battle of the Rose Champagne Tasting
Food sponsor "Vita Restaurant"
7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

----------------------------Pompano Beach Wine And Cheese...What A Great Combination!
Bispo's Cellar Fine Wines
2112 East Atlantic Blvd.
Pompano Beach
Friday December 18th 2009
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Flight of four wines.
Selection of cheeses and cold cuts
-----------------------------------A Little Champagne With Caviar...
Whole Foods Market Plantation
7720 Peters Road
Champagne and Caviar
Friday December 18th
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Champagne to be tasted:
Perrier-Jouet and Roederer Estate along with some Marky’s Caviar.

---------------------------------South Federal Highway Area...
Seventh Street Wine Company
Friday December 18th
Wine Tasting
701 South Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale
---------------------------------Coral Springs Area...
The Wine Shop Of Coral Springs
Riverstone wine shoppe
7391 North State Rd. 7
Friday December 18th
7p.m. to 9p.m.
"Goodbye 2009" wine tasting
$10 per person
$5 Accredited To Purchase Of Any Wine Tasted

-------------------------Lake Worth Area...There's A Tasting Near You
Dolce Vita
Wine Tasting
Friday December 18th
7:30pm to 9:30pm
5 Wine Samplings and Hors D'oeuvres
9 North 'J' Street
Lake Worth

------------------------Total Wine Stores...Plenty Of Tastings This Weekend...
Total Wines (Stores)
FREE Tastings:
Boca Raton, FL
Dec 18th and 19th 12-6pm
Dec 20th 1-5pm
Shops at Boca Center
5050 Town Center Circle
and Boynton Town Center
850 North Congress Ave.
and The Harbor Shops Plaza
1906 Cordova Road
and Legacy Place
11221 Legacy Avenue
and Fountain Square
15980 Pines Blvd.
and Arena Shops
14750 Biscayne Blvd
North Miami

---------------------------------------------Vino DeSantis This Saturday...
Vino DeSantis Wine Store & Bar
2702 North University Drive
Coral Springs
Wine Tasting
Saturday December 19th

-----------------------------Miami Beach Pinot Noir Event...
The Miami Beach Veiled Wine Society's 11th Event:
"Twas The Night Of Pinot Noir:
Saturday December 19th
320 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach
8 p.m.
Teams of 2-3 people must bring 3 bottle of Exact SAME Pinot Noir
For more information
e-mail: mbveiledwinesociety@gmail.com

----------------------------Biscayne Blvd. Folks Here's Your Champagne Tasting...
Imperial Wines
Saturday December 19th
6:30p.m. to 9:00p.m.
7235 Biscayne Blvd.
Champagne Tasting

Please, make sure you tell them you heard about the event via
WiningInMiami and iVinoMiami.

Enjoy Responsibly, and as always, Salud!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mid-Week Wine Events In South Florida

Another week hits its bellybutton, as we evolve into new world wine fantasies.

What? O.k., fine, I have no idea why I wrote any of that.

Here's something you want to know: Where are Wednesday's wine happenings?

I'll provide you with that:

---------------------------------In The Boca Area Tonight?
Wednesday, December 16th 7pm
Ferraro’s Ristorante Wine Dinner
8208 Glades Road
Boca Raton
Cost $75 per person

--------------------------------Delray Beach, Here's Some Wine For You
Wednesday December 16th
Falcon House
116 NE 6th Ave.
Delray Beach
6:30 p.m.
Wne Pairing Dinner
Cost $49.95
-------------------In the mood for some wine and bites? Hit The Mile In The Gables
Wednesdays (and every third Wednesday)
Ortanique on the Mile
278 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables
Wine Tasting With Gourmet Appetizers
Starts at 6 p.m.

------------------------Heading A Little South on U.S. 1?
La Bottega
Coconut Grove
Wine Tasting
Thursday December 17th 7pm
3540 Main Highway
$20 per person
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Presenting The Wines Of Tobacco Road Cellars

----------------------------Going North On Biscayne Boulevard?
Bar Rosso
19004 N.E. 29th Ave
Thursday December 17th
10 p.m.- 2a.m.
Wine And Interact With Others

-------------------Visiting Sunset Place? Might As Well Stop by
Cavas In South Miami
5829 S.W. 73rd St.
(Next To Carraba's and Outback)
Thursday December 17th
$15 .....$10 towards your purchase, if you decide to buy
Taste 6 wines and snacks

And as they say Enjoy Responsibly, and as I always say, Salud!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It's Early In The Week...But We Have Plenty Of Tastings For You

The malls are crowded and the gift wrapping is in full swing.
Take a bit of time out from your busy day and enjoy a glass of wine, or two or three...

Here are this Tuesday's (December 15th) wine happenings:

--------------------------Coral Springs...here's some wine for you!
The Vine Bar
925 N. University Drive
Coral Springs, Fl.
Happy Hour
5:30 - 7:30 PM.
Free 3 ounce glass of wine is of equal of lesser value.

-----------------We know the Harrison street folks love wine...Here's one tasting:
Vino Hollywood
Wine Tasting
7 p.m.
1910 Harrison Street Hollywood, Fl.
$10 per person

-----------------------Harrison Street folks...Here's another tasting:
Hollywood Vine
2035 Harrison Street
Hollywood, Fl.
Wine Tasting
6:00 p.m. -9:00 pm

Here's what you'll be drinking, when you go:

Nino Franco “Rustico” Prosecco Brut NV Valdobbiadene, Italy
Juve y Camps “Reserve de la Familia” Cava Brut 2005 Penedes, Spain
Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’ Alsace Rose NV Alsace, France
Argyle Brut 2005 Willamette Valley, Oregon
Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne, France

Enjoy responsibly, and as always, Salud!

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Weekend Arrives...South Florida's Wine Tastings at its best!

Thanks to all for the informative and eloquent feedback.
Keep the messages coming. Let's build this South Florida wine community.

So, here we are, at Friday again. Plenty of happenings and tastings.
Hope you enjoy:

----------------------------In the Coral Gables are this Friday night?
Free Italian Wine Tasting
Gusto Fino Italian Deli
Friday December 11th
Starts at 6 p.m.
2103 S. LeJeune Road.
Free parking is available next door at the Marriott Courtyard

-----------------------------Schnebly's in Homestead...delicious fruit wines
"Friday Night at the Winery"
Live music
Schnebly Redland’s Winery
30205 S.W. 217 Ave

Homestead, Fl.
Friday December 11th

------------------Lake Worth Area...No, I didn't forget about you.
Friday Night Wine Tasting
Wine and hors d'oeuvres
5:30 p.m.
Dolce Vita Wine Shop
9 North 'J' Street
Lake Worth, Florida 33460

---------------------------North Miami/Biscayne Blvd. Area...Italian style tasting
Imperial Wines
7235 Biscayne Blvd
Italian Wine Tasting
Saturday December 12th
6:30 p.m. to 8:30pm

-----------------------------------West Miami Saturday Pizza and Wine
The Wine Shoppe
Saturday December 12th
2 p.m.
Pizza and Wine Tasting
Paired The White, Rosé and Red Wines from the Regions of Côtes de Provence and Languedoc
1706 SW 57th Avenue
$25 per person includes tasting all the wines and pizzas

--------------------------------West Palm Beach...Here's a tasting for you
The Rustic Cellar
Tour of Italy Wine Tasting
Presented by Chandler Pettit
Saturday December 12th
7p.m. to 9 p.m.

Have a safe weekend, and as always, enjoy responsibly.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

We Hit The Humpday On The Bottle Of Wine

First, before any tastings information, please go to this link:
Support a great cause for the children of South Florida done by
the Kids Off Streets non-profit organization.
Fundraising event Thursday December 10th (tomorrow)
Epic River Lounge 7-9:30 p.m.

Here We are. We made it through the middle of the week. The lights and trees keep lighting and amazing us as we drive through South Florida.
Anywhere you live in South Florida you'll find wine events on here for you.
Thanks to all for the great feedback. Let's keep building this wine community.
Here are some more wine happenings for your tasting pleasures:

------------------In for some wine and cigars?
Doral Holiday Wine Tasting and Cigar Smoker
December 9th 2009 (Tonight)
ABC Fine Wine and Spirits
9721 NW 41st St
Miami, FL 33178
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

------------------------Coral Springs Area?
Happy Hour at The Vine Bar
December 9th 2009 (Tonight)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Vine Bar in Coral Springs
925 N. University Drive
Coral Springs

---------------------------West Palm Beach area you ask? Here's some info...
Jade Kitchen Restaurant
$15 per person
Wine and food tasting
RSVP- Recommended
Wednesday December 9th
6:30pm - 8:00pm
422 Northwood Rd # A
West Palm Beach, FL 33407-5826

---------------------------------------Pembroke Pines area
The Grape Merchant
Educational Wine Tasting Series
Pembroke Pines
Wednesday December 9th 2009 7:00 PM
This will be going on every Wednesday until Dec. 23rd.
The Shops at Pembroke Gardens
416 145th Terrace, Pembroke Pines

--------------------------------Happy Hour Wine in Ft. Lauderdale
iL Lugano Wine Bar with food from da Campo Osteria
Thursday, December 10th 2009
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Includes Special Appetizer and 1 drink
$10 in advance
$20 at door if available
3333 Northeast 32nd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale

------------------------In the Grove Thursday night?
Spanish Wine Tasting
La Bottega Enoteca Sociale
Thursday December 10th 2009
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Here's some of what they'll be drinking:
2008 Becquer Blanco
2008 Essencia Divina Albarino
2007 Prima, red wine from Torro
2004 Pujanza
2004 Genium Ecologic
2007 Luna Beberide Mencia
Cheeses, Meats and Breads will be offered with your fee.
$20.00 per person.

----------------------------Are you a marketer looking for some wine and networking?
South Florida Interactive Marketing Association: Wine Social and Guru Bar
Thursday December 10th
6:30pm – 10:00pm
7th Street Wine Company
701 S Federal Hwy.
Fort Lauderdale

-------------------------------Oakland Park/ Ft. Lauderdale area
Wine Warehouse of Ft. Lauderdale
Ellman Family Wine Tasting
Thursday December 10th
6:00pm to 8:00pm
1301 E. Oakland Park Blvd
Oakland Park, fl 33334

-------------------------Sunrise...we got some wine for you too!
ABC Fine Wine and Spirits Sunrise
Wine Tasting
December 10th 2009 (Tomorrow night)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2611 NW 124th Ave
Next to the Sawgrass Mills Mall

Please, as always, enjoy wine responsibly.

WiningInMiami.com- advocating and promoting the South Florida wine community.

Monday, December 7, 2009

New week of delicious wine tastings across South Florida!

Hope your weekend went well and you're not coming off a hangover. The days of Christmas shortly approach us and tastings continue to spring up.

---------Start your week with a blind wine treat:

The Wine Shoppe Hosts a Monday Night Blind Tasting today Monday December 7th at 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Can't make it Monday? Come and do the Blind tasting on Tuesday December 8th at
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
1706 S Redroad
Miami FL 33155

------ How about meeting a winemaker?
1910 Harrison St.
Hollywood, Florida33020
Featuring Susie Selby, owner and winemaker of Selby Winery Based in Healdsburg, California.
Monday, December 7th 7:00 p.m.
For more info: 954-929-8686

------Some Great Sparkling Wine...

Hollywood Vine Wine Tasting
2035 Harrison Street
Hollywood, FL 33020
Tuesday December 8th 2009
6:00-9:00 pm

Here's what they'll be drinking:

Toad Hollow “Amplexus” NV Limoux, France

Gruet Brut NV New Mexico

Gruet Brut Rose NV New Mexico

Domaine Carneros Brut 2005 Carneros, CA

Piper Heidsieck Brut NV Champagne, France

-------- Eat and enjoy wine...
Da Vittorio Restaurant
Tuesday December 8 th 2009
6:00pm - 8:00pm
270 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, Fl.
Receive one glass of wine and a selection of complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
$10 in advance, $15 at the door
Ticket info: http://southflorida.dinemag.net/events/join-us-at-da-vittorio-for-wine-hors-doeuvres/

------------ An event for all...

Here's an non-wine event which seeks to help those kids in trouble.

Thursday Dec. 10th 7:30-9:30 p.m.
$25 Donation (Any unwrapped gift is welcomed)
Epic River Lounge
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way Miami, Fl.
For more information: http://kidsoffstreets.org/epromotion/giveaholiday/giveaholiday_invitation.html

As always, be safe and enjoy. Salud!

Friday, December 4, 2009

A couple of more tastings for this start to your weekend!

So, as usual, I'll sort through my e-mails and realize I missed a tasting or two.
In case you don't want to go to Navarro's (Yes, I'm writing about the pharmacy here) tasting tonight, here are some other options:

Cosette Boutique Grand Opening
Friday, December 4th 2009
6 p.m.-9pm

Complimentary Wine, Select Vodka Cocktails & Hors d' Oeuvres

RSVP to: RSVP@Megacityevents.com


Tasting event
Wine & Spirits Cellar Aventura
Friday, December 4th
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Releases from new and old world.
Wine & Spirits Cellar $20

21055 Biscayne Blvd.



Thursday, December 3, 2009

1st Weekend of December Brings Delicious Wines!

So, here we are approaching the holiday season and what a better way to get into the mood than by toasting to some Champagne. And don't worry if you couldn't make it to the Holiday Wine Tasting at La Bottega Enoteca Sociale in Coconut Grove this Thursday night (Dec. 3rd), there are plenty of great tastings coming up this weekend.

The Wine Shoppe 1706 S Redroad
$10 tasting
Friday December 4th from 6 to 9 PM

Maria Molina Verdejo
Designation of Origin: Rueda

Calderona : Joven Crianza
Designation of Origin: Cigales

Conde de Siruela: Roble Crianza
Designation of Origin: Ribera del Duero


Feel like you need some more delicious Spanish reds?
Come to the Vergara Wine Group's tasting at
La Estancia Argentina in Aventura
17870 Biscayne Blvd Saturday December 5th
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Here's what they'll be tasting:

Faristol tinti 2005 100% Garnacha( Grenache)

Vina Santurnia - Crianza 2001 Rioja

Trias Battle ( Penedes) 2007

Mas Codina ( penedes) 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon 100% Estate Grown

Gladium ( La Mancha ) 2006

Torredores- Ribera del duero
Joven '07

Finca de la Estacada - Tierra De Castilla
2005 and 2006
You can taste for free this Saturday at Sunset Corners (S.W. 72nd St. & 87 Ave.) from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Here's what you'll find when you go:

Pol Roger Brut (France)
Lamberti Prosecco (Italy)
Lamberti Rosado Spumante (Italy)
Bisol Prosecco Crede (Italy)
Lucien Albrecht Brut (France)
Lucien Albrecht Rose (France)
J Winery Cuvee Brut (California)
J Winery Cuvee Rose (California)
Argyle Brut 2005 (Oregon)
Gosset Brut (France)
Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut (France)
Mumm Rene Lalou 1998 (France)
Mumm de Cramant Brut (France)
Mumm Napa Brut Prestige (California)
Mumm Napa Brut Rose (California)
Laurent Perrier Brut (France)
Laurent Perrier Brut Rose (France)
Laurent Perrier Brut 1999 (France)
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut (France)
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose (France)
Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or 1998 (France)
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Brut (France)
Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose (France)
Veuve Clicquot Brut 1999 (France)
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1999 (France)
Krug Grand Cuvee (France)
Dom Perignon 2000 (France)
Louis Roederer Brut (France)
Louis Roederer Brut Rose (France)
Louis Roederer Carte Blanche (France)
Louis Roederer Cristal 2002 (France)
Louis Roederer Estate Brut (California)
Deutz Brut (France)

Some of the big names are back like usual but there are other options for the out-of-the box consumer.

Staying in the Gables area for some Champagne?
Wolfe's on the Mile will be waiting for you
Friday December 4th 7:00-9:00pm and
Saturday December 5th 1:00-3:00pm
Holiday Sparklers and Pinot to the People
Both events are FREE at Wolfe's
124 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables


Enjoy safely, and as always, Salud!

Monday, November 30, 2009

November Ends...But Holiday Wine Season Begins

As we countdown the last hours of November, and of Atlantic hurricane season, we must spice up our December.

Lots of tastings this week...

The Wine Shoppe

The Wine Shoppe (Sommeliers Tim Knapp and Scott Carter) Host Monday Night Blind Tastings (TODAY!) November 30th @ 6:30 PM and a Blind Tasting Tuesday Afternoon December 1st at 11:30.
The Wine Shoppe
1706 S Redroad
Miami FL 33155
Tel: 305-267-9921


A new Meetup for Miami and Ft Lauderdale Social, Dining & Fine Wine Connoisseur
Meet up Group.

Wine Tasting at Vino de Santis

Thursday December 3, 2009 7:00 PM

$15.00 per person

Vino de Santis
2702 N University Dr
Coral Springs, FL 33065

Here's more info:


Tuesday December 1st, 2009
6:00-9:00 pm

Here's what they'll be drinking:

Conundrum White Blend 2008 California

Mer Soleil “Silver” Chardonnay 2007 Santa Lucia Highlands, CA

Mer Soleil “Silver” Chardonnay 2007 Santa Lucia Highlands, CA

Belle Glos "Meiomi" Pinot Noir 2007 Santa Lucia Highlands, CA

Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Napa Valley, CA

Hollywood Vine
2035 Harrison Street
Hollywood, FL 33020

Salud Miami Winers!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Free Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting Today!

So I know you're trying to get rid of the leftover Turkey and want to indulge in some delicious champagne.

Here's an event that will get you out of eating what's left of that turkey.

Sunset Corners (S.W.87 Ave. and 72 St. )

Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting

12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Here's the list, folks:

Segura Viudas Rose (Spain)
Segura Viudas Heredad Reserva (Spain)
Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut (California)
Gloris Ferrer Private Cuvee (California)
Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs (California)
Henri Abele Brut (France)
Nino Franco Prosecco Rustico (Italy)
Canella Prosecco (Italy)
Bellavista Cuvee Brut (Italy)
Zardetto Prosecco (Italy)
Juve y Camps Reserva La Familia (Spain)
Juve y Camps Rosado (Spain)
Rotari Brut Talento (Italy)
Rotari Brut Rose (Italy)
Ferrari Brut (Italy)
Gosset Brut (France)
Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut (France)
Bollinger Rose (Italy)
Henriot Brut Souverain (France)
Henriot Brut Rose (France)
Perrier Jouet Grand Brut (France)
Perrier Jouet Fleur de Champagne Brut (France)
Perrier Jouet Blanc de Blanc Brut (France)
Perrier Jouet Fleur de Champagne Rose (France)
Domaine Chandon Napa Brut (California)
Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noir (California)
Moet & Chandon Imperial (France)
Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial (France)
Ruinart Brut (France)
Ruinart Brut Rose (France)

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Now, I know this is a wine blog, but I have to give a shout to these guys.
From what I've read and researched, these guys have gone through a lot of hard work to put this together.
Check out their press release:


Miami, Florida – The Borscht Film Festival has grown. With the support of the Miami World Cinema Center it has become one of the strongest community film events in South Florida. The festival will take place Saturday November 28th at the Olympia Theater at Gusman Center in Downtown Miami (174 East Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33131). Doors will open at 7:00 PM, films will begin promptly at 8:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public.
Following past years format, the festival will feature the Borscht Select Short Films program consisting of short films submitted by Miami filmmakers under the age of thirty.
In an effort to support local creative talent, the festival will present the “CCCV Stories” a series of five short films commissioned by the Borscht Film Festival, and co-financed by the Miami World Cinema Center, from over 100 submissions. Based out of the MWCC, the Borscht Film Festival selected each film because it tells a different distinctly Miami story that takes place in a specific Miami neighborhood and was created entirely by emerging South Florida artists.
Following the Gusman Event will be the opening of the Oolite Visual Art Showcase, an art gallery located at 22 East Flagler St. Miami, FL 33131 that will showcase the best of Miami-based visual artists under the age of 30, and will feature live performances by local bands. The Oolite Visual Art Showcase will run through Art Basel.
The Borscht Film Festival will also host world-premiere screenings, lectures in partnership with the University of Wynwood (including a Michael Bay Symposium), and other events from November 28th through December 1st, however tickets to these events will only be announced and distributed on November 28th at the Gusman Center.
Together these events showcase Miami’s burgeoning local independent film scene, and is the place to see new works by emerging Miami filmmakers in a wholly original environment that will transform downtown Miami.
The Borscht Film Festival is possible due to generous support from the Miami World Cinema Center, DWNTWN, Downtown Development Authority, Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs, and many others.
To find out more, visit www.borscht.info or email contact@borscht.info or call 305-433-5848

And, as always, Salud!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Holiday weekend

Here are some happenings in the world of wine in South Florida:

Sunset Corners
S.W. 72nd St. and 87 Ave.
Saturday, November 28th
Sunset Corners Annual Champagne and Sparking Wine Tasting: Part One
A FREE tasting of 32 different Champagnes and Sparkling Wines!
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

And get started on that post-Thanksgiving wine drink:

With a Holiday Champagne Tasting
Saturday December 5th 2009
7: 30 pm until 10: 30 pm
Over 100 Champagnes will be served along with Sparkling and Still Wines
$ 40.00 Advanced $ 50.00 at the door
And an Open Buffet
At Laurenzo's
16385 W Dixie Hwy

And remember be safe and enjoy the time with family and friends!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Forgot to mention another tasting

Check out wine guru Matt Horbound's tasting:


Event will be held at Himmarshee Bar & Grille
A pre-Thanksgiving meet-and-eat featuring 3 special wines matched with appetizers specially selected to enhance. All original creations from Himmarshee's culinary team! $15 per person

Saturday, November 21 from 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Himmarshee Bar & Grille
210 SW 2nd Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


Lots of reviews coming this weekend and upcoming week

I am happy to say that within the past week I've had the chance to experience some great, and some not so great, wine spots across Miami.
Look forward to sharing those with you.

As for this weekend, don't miss

"The Wine Shoppe and Antares Wines Invite You to Taste
The Wines of PASQUA from Italy this Friday November 20th from 6 to 9 PM "

$10 Tasting fee

The Wine Shoppe location:

1706 S Redroad

Miami FL 33155

Tel: 305-267-9921


Wolfe's Wine Shop
Friday November 20th
Wines for the Perfect Bird
Free Tasting at Wolfe's Wine Shoppe on the Mile

124 Miracle Mile

Coral Gables, FL 33134


Salud folks!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Back in Sunny and humid Miami...passing by Sunset Place

So all of you know that there are plenty of wine tasting spots these days across South Florida. From wine distributor centers (turned wine tasting rooms) to wine bars and wine shops, we all enjoy going to these different places to have some great wine.
I had heard about the place I'm going to mention to you on here but I honestly had not gone because word-of-mouth was that it was expensive. See, although I believe wine bars have to make money, I'm very much against people being ripped off. However, one can't always trust word-of-mouth.

I decided to stroll into Cavas wine tasting located right around the corner from Sunset Place and Bougainvillea's in South Miami.
When I came in, I was automatically greeted by one of the Cavas employees who gave me a full rundown of how the wine tasting works. This is a quite friendly and open staff who I could tell enjoy what they do.
Staff greeter held my credit card and swapped it with a Cavas card. I walked around the wine bar and used my Cavas card almost like a debit card as I poured small portions into my tasting glass (You can also enjoy a mid-size or a large pour for a higher price).

Prepare that wallet though. Prices do vary per wine and some small wine pour prices are in the $5 range and higher.
Seating is comfortable and very casual. There are couches right by the entrance where you can sip that tasty red while people watching the South Miami crowd.

Overall, a pleasant experience that I will enjoy again.
Recommend you try it out just watch that Cavas card doesn't run too high.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ah, the wonderful California wine...

I recently came back from what has to be one of the best trips I've ever taken.

It's true that the lifestyle of Sonoma and Napa winegrowers and wine lovers is much different than our fast pace Miami life. Moreover, at least most of the folks I spoke to seem to take a stance at life like no other group I met in the past.

They are concerned that their business must grow and prosper, since we're still in the midst of a financial crisis. But they are also hopeful that newer generations will learn about the viticulture and experience California's delicious wines.

The belief is widely spread about the importance of wine in people's lives. They are of a strong belief that wine should no longer be looked upon as a drink of the rich or elite. It's now also a blend of many hard at work along with many who work hard and love to consume.

Come join me on this ongoing post series where I will share with you my vacation exploration of Sonoma and Napa counties along with their surrounding valleys.

Over the next few days/weeks I will be posting on the smaller, less-known wineries which provide exceptional wine as good or at times better than some of the most powerful of Sonoma and Napa.

For now, here are some pictures of my stroll (not stop) along the side of some of Sonoma and Napa's bigger wineries.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Coming Soon!

Coming soon a lot of posts on my wine touring travel of the
Sonoma and Napa Valleys of California.

Don't miss amazing pictures of vines, grapes, the valleys and the final product: Wine.

Don't miss this weekend's 8th annual Miami Wine Fair at the Miami Beach Convention Center.


Friday, August 21, 2009

New Post...Same Great Old Wine at Recession Prices

As the days of summer begin to "wine" down, we must raise our glasses for a tasty fall season.

Let's start out in the valleys of the Alexander, or better known as the Alexander Valley Sonoma County, where we find the Chateau Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005.

It's rich and powerful with touches of dark cherry and plum. Drink while enjoying a tasty medium rare steak. Can't go wrong with it.

Price: $12-$16 range.

We now travel South to the land of Argentina, where wine and meat are never understated.

This is where we find Finca El Portillo Malbec 2005. It's deep and pure with toasty notes and oakiness.
Full of body and dark notes. Tasty!
Price range: $12-$14

Our final destination today takes us back to California for Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel located in Alameda. It's described by many as "Zinfandel lover's paradise," due to its abundant production of Zinfandels.
This wine is not extravagant and/or bold. Rather a strawberry and fruity bouquet with a round finish.
Some blends of Petite Syrah and Carignane.
Price range: $15-$19

Feedback is always welcomed:

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Delicious Recession-Proof Wines

I know. I know. This is the type of title that gets people excited but skeptical.
It's not uncommon to hear about recession-proof items. But what is uncommon is to hear about items that are bargain priced and don't have a catch.

My first one today is the Doña Paula 2006 Malbec. If you like flavourful and earthy reds, you'll certainly enjoy this one. With plenty of tannins and toasty notes, this Malbec has an intense body for you. The best part of it all: The cost. Find it in stores for $13-$17.

Castillo De Molina 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrates that Chile has plenty of great wines.
Although we most often hear about the Colchagua Valley wines, or the Don Melchores of the world, this Curico Valley Cabernet has plenty of oakiness and class to go around.
Look for those chocolate and raspeberry notes. All for $14-$18.

My third red review today is the Sebastiani 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Dark blackberries and oakiness. Some nutmeg, and dry notes. Delicious!
Yes, it's affordable. $19-$23.

Now, I know I seldomnly write about whites. It doesn't mean I have something against them. It's simply that I don't enjoy them as much as reds.
However, I tasted a couple a few weeks back that made me think twice about not enjoying some more whites during this sizzling summer.
One from the West and one from the land of Australia:
King Estate Oregon Pinot Grigio - A bit dry and full of sparks. Hints of apple and cedar.
Brancott Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc- Rich and crisp. Some butter, apple and watermelon. Both are priced in the moderate range of $15-$22.

The world financial crisis continues, unfortunately. However, that doesn't mean we shouldn't enjoy delicious, well-priced wines.

Continue the tradition. Salud!

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tasty Wines For A Good Price

We all know we are in tough times. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't enjoy a good wine to get us away from our daily stress. Besides, not to be cliche, but life is short. Drink some red wine!

After trying a Balduzzi Cabernet Reserve from Maule Valley Chile, I must say I felt a bit relieved from my daily routine.
At a very affordable price, what Balduzzi brings to the table is more than your average vino. A bit of a dry cherry and firm taste along with some tannins and a mild aroma.
You should enjoy this tasty bottle with some mixed cheeses. Price range is $12-$25.

Another flavorsome red I tried recently is the Casa de La Ermita Petit Verdot. It comes from the wine-making municipality of Jumilla in what we call in spanish "La Madre Patria" (Spain).
Although Jumilla is very well known for its Monastrell varietal, this Petit Verdot touches several parts of the tongue that will make you wanting more. Its aroma is intense but its taste is even better. Look for spices and tannins as well as some dry tastes.
The best part of all: It's affordable. Look for it in the $18-$35 range.

If you think I'm a red Cab type of guy, you're correct.
One last one for now:
The Montes Alpha Cabernet 2006 from Colchagua Valley in Chile is one of those reds you grow to like. The first time I tried it I must say I was not too pleased with it. However, after giving it a second shot, I felt much better about it. It's a mild aroma and light tannins blended very well. I enjoyed that it wasn't overbearing and extravagant, but rather mild and classic.
Very affordable. Price range $12-$20.

Unfortunately, the financial crisis has hit all sectors of the economy. But you can still enjoy delicious wine at a low price.


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Iron Horse Vineyards 2005

We all love intense, full-bodied red wine. Well, at least some of us.
I tasted the 2005 Iron Horse Vineyards blend of Cabernet, Merlot and
Petit Verdot and I must say it was amazing. Its richness and quality mixed
very well with its dry cherry taste.
There was definite some oakiness and plum to it. Overall, a delicious well-flavored

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Here come the Cabs

I know this weekend is the South Beach Wine and Food Festival and thousands will be enjoying different wine selections from all over the world. Of course, I'm sure they are a bit more apprehensive in regards to how they spend their money these days due to the global financial crisis.
But, regardless, people will be enjoying wine. In fact, an article came out this week in The Miami Herald which stated that despite the financial turmoil people are still buying wine but simply at lower prices.
So, of course, here I am again with some delicious Cabs.
This is a favorite of many and one I'd not tried until recently: The 2006 Silver Oak Cabernet from Alexander Valley.
It's quite intense, full of tannins and with plenty of body. Delicious from top to bottom. Hints of black cherry and cedar linger your mouth after this one.

Of course, to top that one off it takes a lot. However, at a much lower price there is the Conn Creek Cabernet 2004 from Napa Valley. It's still powerful and full with a blackberry, toasty feeling to it. A definite try!

Finally, for now, another Cabernet but from down in Valle Rapel, Chile.
The Walnut Crest 2007 Cabernet. It's silky and full of aroma. Not quite as powerful and intense, but with a lot of richness in taste and flavorful. Pair it up with some Ribeye tonight.

More updates to come very soon. But for now I hope you enjoy. Salud!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I apologize about the hiatus...but I'm back (Again)

Well, it has been a long time. I must say I miss writing this.
The past few months have been an adventure. My most recent taste
is the Chateau St. Jean (2005) Merlot from Sonoma County, California.
It had a great aroma and start. The pour from the bottle to the glass was
breathtaking. There were lots of black cherry, dark chocolate and definitely
dark cherries in its end. Great nose and palate, overall.

During the holidays, I also had a chance to encounter a couple of other wines:
I must say for its value ($15-$25) range the Veramonte Primus (2004)from Chile was delicious.
Its complex dark cherry notes, cocoa and cassis gives this wine a complex, yet refined taste.
Its smokiness and fleshness gives your accompaniment (meat, poultry or pork) a great end.

Finally, I must say the California Lotus Merlot (2006) had a pleasant touch to it. A mid-palate taste with some hints of mineral, berry and plum set the mood for a mild tone.
A definite second try will be forthcoming by me in the near future.