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April 17 and April 30 at 7 pm at AF Miami

April 17 at 7 pm: INITIATION à la DEGUSTATION - I
Classe en français avec Alexandre Barrellier, from Wine and Cellar Concept
Members $30 / Non-Members $35 Reservations mandatory: 305.859.8760

Dégustation de vin français: Bourgogne, Bordeaux, Vallée de la Loire, Vallée du Rhône.

You can read all the books (and there are plenty) written on wine to become more knowledgeable on the subject, but the best way to truly enhance your understanding of wine is to taste as many wines as possible. Reading covers the more academic side of wine, while tasting is more enjoyable and practical. A little of each will bring you the most good. Wine Tasting can be broken down into four basics steps: Color, Swirl, Smell, Taste.

April 30 at 7 pm: INITIATION à la DEGUSTATION - II
Classe en français avec Alexandre Barrellier , from Wine and Cellar Concept
Members $30 / Non-Members $35 Reservations mandatory: 305.859.8760

Wine and Cellar Concept is first and foremost a personal sommelier service customized to provide all the advice and support you require to create and maintain a wine collection that will suit your needs. A collection, customized to your taste , to enjoy with your daily repast , wines for entertaining , and very special wines for very special occasions.

More information at www.wineandcellarconcept.com



 

 March 27, Domaine Carneros featuring winemaker Eileen Crane
June 26, Grgich Hills   hosted by the winery vice-president Violette Grgich
August 20, ZD Wines   hosted by winemaker Chris Pisani

Art and Wine Lecture Series At Wine 69 7:00 to 8:30 PM The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Miami , Wine69 and art historian Armando Droulers present the Art and Wine Café Concert Lecture Series. Enjoy a flight of wine while you listen to each lecture. Wine 69, 6909 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami , RSVP (305) 759-0122

Tuesday, February 26th, The Hand in Art: The Buhl Collection. In 1993, Henry M. Buhl purchased a photograph by Alfred Stieglitz of Georgia O'Keeffe's hands. This photograph would come to be a cornerstone of a private collection that now includes more than one thousand images.

Wednesday, March 26th,  Alexander Calder: Wire Sculpture and Jewelry. While not as well known as his mobiles, Calder gave as much attention and importance to these as he did to his other work.

Wednesday, April 30th, Bacchanalia: A Cult Following.The Bacchanalia were wild and mystic festivals for Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. These mystic festivals, combined with Greek mythology, have provided great dramatic themes for artists to depict.

Wednesday, May 21st, Claude Monet: An Impressionist at Heart,  lived half of his life at Giverny. After he moved to Giverny, his work finally achieved world-wide recognition.

Wednesday, June 11th, Gustav Klimt: The Austrian Avant-garde.   Mixed symbolism and art nouveau to create a visual language that would help free Austrian Art from the conservative grip of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Cost : Attend 1 ----- $25.69; Attend 2 ----- $45.69; Attend 3 ----- $65.69; Attend 4 ----- $87.69; Attend 5 ----- $110.69; Price at the door ----- $30.69 (Walk-ins subject to availability)


MONTHLY GIFTED RUMS TASTING EVENTS,  Hoja Nueva Restaurant at the Colonnade Hotel, 180 Aragon, at 7pm. $15.  This event is limited to the first 40 persons to register online. RSVP: http://www.giftedrums.com/rsvp.html

Some of the world's best premium rums are tasted at a special interactive event led by Robert Burr. Gifted Rums Guide, 314 Romano Avenue Coral Gables. email: rob@giftedrums.com

 

THE WINE CLUB / WINE INSTITUTE By Rocio Escudero, Wine Educator.    Wine Basics    

5 week course   includes handouts, wines and some food pairing . To register:  info@elclubdevinos.com  or call (305) 460-2254. $ 150 per person or $ 35 per individual class.

 

Every Tuesday starting February 12 from 6:30 to 8 pm Diego's Restaurant, 65 Alhambra Plaza * Coral Gables.  

Class 1 How wine is made; climate, soils and fermentation process.

Class 2. The service of wine: Proper temperatures, glasses, storage and more

Class 3. Classic White grapes and food pairing

Class 4 Classic Red grapes and food pairing

Class 5 Champagnes and fortified wines. Discover the difference in Champagnes and sparkling wines, methods and several type of "dessert" wines.

 

 

Every Thursday, starting February 21 from 6:30 to 8 pm,  Zeitoun Restaurant, 2600 NW 87th Ave # 26

(Corner of 25th st & 87 Ave), Doral, Miami

Class 1, Basic viticulture, fermentation process on white and red wines, cellaring, etc.

Class 2 Service of the wines, Ideal temperatures, glassware, accessories and how to start your own cellar.

Class 3 Classic white grape varieties and food pairing

Class 4 Classic red grape varieties and food pairing

Class 5 Champagnes, sparkling and dessert wines. Discover the different methods to produce these wines and get great ideas on how to serve them!

 

“THIRSTY THURSDAYS” AT JAGUAR CEVICHE SPOON BAR & LATAM GRILL, 3067 Grand Avenue, (Next to Cocowalk), Coconut Grove. 305 444-0216.  www.jaguarspot.com    The cost: $15, no reservations required. Call for details

Every Thursday , from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. "Thirsty Thursdays:  Fresh Ceviches & Chilled Wines” will be held at Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & LatAm Grill, Coconut Grove, co-hosted by  Lalo Durazo, owner of Jaguar, and wine educator Barry Alberts of Berries to Wine,Inc..    Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & LatAm Grill will offer a sampling of Sushi Latin American style: a selection of six freshly-made ceviches (from classic ceviche Peruano to ceviche verde) paired with the wine selections of the evening.  A special discount will be applied to diners who’ve stayed at the tasting.   


 FRIDAY NIGHT WINE TASTING SERIES AT THE RITZ-CARLTON COCONUT GROVE 305 644-4680. For upcoming tastings or more information, please phone Barry Alberts at 305 793-3120. Cost $10


 THE WINE CLUB AT THE NATIONAL HOTEL, National Hotel, 1677 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, 305-423-7274 wineclub@nationalhotel.com$35 per person.

Every last Friday of the month , 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, The Wine Club at the National Hotel offers Friday of the Month with wine and artists   And, after the Tasting, join the hottest new party on South Beach - Zee Fridays at Zee Pool Lounge.Please contact Jean 305-423-7274 for more details.  


 SUNSET CORNERS FINE WINES & SPIRITS, 8701 Sunset Drive Miami, ph: 305 271 8492, fax: 305 271 5390
Saturdays, between 12:00 and 4:00pm, tasting of wines from around the world. Call for details on other tastings.  


  COPAS Y TAPAS SPANISH GOURMET, 98 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables , Tel. 305-774-0927 Fax. 305-443-2408

A taste of Spain on Fridays: sample a large variety of gourmet Spanish products and wines including a "Bocata" with serrano ham, a wide variety of "Tapas," seafood paella. 

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