Being a Miami native but a Fort Lauderdale resident can be tough. For a long time I found myself traveling down to the 305 every chance I got to hang out, attend cultural events, and most importantly, eat. After a while I started to discover that while not quite the cultural hot pot that is Miami, Broward county does have its fair share of cool places, especially authentic Asian restaurants. What Fort Lauderdale seems to have been lacking until recently is the “cool” factor that Miami has been swimming in for as long as I can remember, although that seems to be changing, especially in the restaurant scene. Face it: for as awesome as Miami is, if you don’t live there it can be a hassle driving down (or up) every single weekend...take it from someone with experience. In the case of Fort Lauderdale, it seems as if the 954’s sophisticated gourmands are wanting to stay a little close to home, and restaurant’s like d.b.a./cafe are catering to that crowd - as well as the curious visitor - with a chic ambiance, a passion for great food, and unique events like a brown bag wine tasting where diners bring their favorite bottle of wine for a blind tasting with other diners’ favorites and picks from sommelier Michael Lynch.
Each participant is expected to bring a bottle of wine in a concealed bag, which they leave at the bar for the staff to pour. The event is free and there is no corkage fee, with the bottle of wine serving as each guest’s “cover charge” to the tasting. The larger and more diverse the crowd, the more interesting the selection goes, and it’s a sure fire way to get an exciting and eclectic selection of wines rather than just have a single sommelier curate a tasting. For foodies, perhaps the best part of d.b.a./cafe’s brown bag wine tasting is the opportunity to savor Chef Steve Zobel’s globally-inspired menu showcasing his classical French background. Dishes reflect Chef Zobel’s diverse culinary imagination with dishes like an small plate of oyster stew with vermouth cream and bacon, fresh pastas, and a unique take on chicken and waffles that replaces the waffle with a funnel cake.
The brown bag wine tasting begins tonight, January 9th, at 6:30 PM and will occur every Wednesday evening promising to make this a Fort Lauderdale tradition for wine lovers and foodies, alike.
2364 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
Wine events can be overly stuffy, intimidating, and can make those of us unfamiliar with wine regions and grape horticulture techniques feel very out of place. The wide world of wines can seem really booshie but Wine Riot NYC is changing the way people approach wine. The two-day wine tasting festival, held September 21–22, at the 69th Regiment Armory showcases what fine wines have to offer in a relaxed and accessible way. Similar to how microbreweries have marketed their products through fun, interactive festivals, Wine Riot is a great way for amateur sommeliers, or the seldom wine drinker, to enjoy the many facets of the wine industry. Wine Riot NYC, organized by SecondGlass.com, is dedicated to helping people learn more about wine without the conservative nature associated with traditional wine tastings.
When you stop in your local wine boutique you see wines from around the United States, France, Italy, Austria, Spain, South America, even Africa, but when was the last time you saw a bottle of Greek wine on a shelf? It’s been there all along, it was just kept as a “secret stash” for sommeliers and other wine connoisseurs who favor more “underground” varieties. In the wine department, Greece has got it goin’ on. There are over 300 indigenous grape varieties, a unique and distinctive landscape, and they’ve been winemaking for the last 4,000 years. So like the foundations of modern civilization, it is safe to say the Greek’s have got it covered.
Newly opened Maslow 6 Wine Bar is hosting a free wine tasting tonight from 6:30-9pm. Francesco Ripaccioli, proprietor of Canalicchio di Sopra, one of the classic estates of Montalcino, will be in attendance and pouring a number of vintage Brunello di Montalcino.
The event begins at 6:30pm with a tasting of Rosso and a brief presentation by Fancisco at 7pm; followed by the Brunello tasting. Those who miss the beginning, fret not, you will still be able to taste the wines later, up until 9pm.
The event is free to attend but RSVPs are recommended and can be made here. Happy sipping, New York!
Spring is here, and the best way to celebrate is to glug down tons of beer, learn (and taste) different wines, and of course, watch sexy burlesque dancers do their thing! Okay, maybe the beer drinking is the only thing you normally do, but everything else is sure to be a good addition to your springtime traditions!
The Naked Truth: A game/burlesque show unlike any other. The show features burlesque star Julie Atlas Muz, and is hosted by Jonny Porkpie at The Triad. It will also feature Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey, Peekaboo Pointe, Bunny Buxom and Satira Sin. Audience members will be hypnotized by the moves of these performers as they take the stage. Lucky attendees can also partake of the action when they come on stage to take part in an interactive game show that has them attempting to expose (and guess) the performers' most intimate secrets (let's hope you don't have too many of your own!). All your hard detective work won't go unrewarded--awesome prizes will be given away! The show starts April 21st, with performances happening the third Saturday of each month until June. Tickets are $35 (general admission) and $45 (premium seating), and can be purchased here. It's time to uncover...The Naked Truth!
This Saturday the 25th, from 3-6pm, The Tangled Vine Wine Bar & Kitchen is hosting Wine Tasting for a Cause, a fundraiser that will support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Partake in an afternoon tour of more than 20 organic, sustainable, and biodynamic European wines, along with passed Mediterranean bites such as crab croquetas, arancini rice balls and chickpea fritters. There will also be a cheese and charcuterie station. This walking tasting event features tables dedicated to French, Italian, and Spanish wines (tres magnifique). Gift certificates to The Tangled Vine and other NYC restaurants, as well as wine glass sets and other items will also be auctioned off during the event. Tickets are a minimum donation of $50 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Reservations can be made by calling 646-863-3896.
Head over to Maslow 6, located in Tribeca, for that after work perk that you most definitely need. From 6-9pm, the wine store will be having a free tasting of over two dozen wines, along with cheese and charcuteries. 10% of proceeds from all purchases will support The Harmony Program, a non-profit organization that provides musical education for economically disadvantaged youth around the city.
There's no better way to do your holiday shopping!
Enjoy live music along with your snacks and vino and leave your work day woes behind! Register for the event here.
The bimonthly dinner series, Tasting Brooklyn Dining Club, is having its Italian Classics with a Modern Reinterpretation tonight at Fornino Park Slope at 7pm. Diners will be welcomed with a housemade blueberry limoncello (who doesn't like limoncello?), accompanied by appetizers. Following this happy hour will be a five course sit-down dinner featuring duck rollatini paired with Insolia 2010 Cusumano, Sicily, among other delicious items. Dinner will be led by co-owners Chris Walsh and Dave Kearns, along with Executive Chef Kurt Eggers, who will be discussing the seasonal approach to modern Italian cuisine.
Get ready, NYC: One of America’s most anticipated wine-and-food events is coming to our great city.
This year, Wine Enthusiast’s annual event series is making stops in San Francisco, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Miami. On Thursday, May 5th, 2011 from 6pm-10pm, NYC’s Toast of the Town event will be at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center.
Dishes from over 30 top local restaurants and over 500 wines from around the world will be available for attendees to sample while the sounds of live jazz play, matching the swanky setting. This gala event is sure to be a top-notch wine tasting...and even more, an amazing experience.
Soyka introduces "Take A Walk on the Wine Side -- A Journey Through Sokya's Wine By the Bottle List". The wine and food tasting will feature dishes prepared by executive chef Paul Suriel paired with 12 different wines. The event takes place on Monday, October 25th from 7-9 pm. The cover, only $39 per person.