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.