All About Wine


We’re all about wines today, specifically the award-winning wines chosen recently by the American Fine Wine Competition, a national event always held in South Florida. Here are upcoming venues and events that feature these amazing wines.

The Main Event: The American Fine Wine Competition Charity Wine Gala – On April 8, at Fort Lauderdale’s Hyatt Pier 66 (2301 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale), from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., meet the winemakers in the Tasting Room, where they will pour wines prior to dinner. The dinner highlights all of the competition’s awarded wineries (more than 700), and awards are given to six “Best of the Year” winemakers that night. For more about the AFWC, click here. The cost is $300 (advance tickets only).

Leading up to the gala, Strategic Importers has worked with restaurants in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties to highlight some of the award-winning wines in tastings and wine dinners. Here are some of the events featuring Veedercrest Wines and owner/winemaker Ron Fenolio, of Napa, Calif. The winery is a leader in Napa Valley, and is known for its chardonnay winning over French chards at the infamous 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting.

April 3: At the Bianca at Delano restaurant (1685 Collins Ave., Miami, 305/674-5752) – Featuring the winery’s 2012 chardonnay, 2012 sauvignon blanc, the 2007 zinfandel, the 2009 cabernet sauvignon and the 2005 cabernet sauvignon, this is a wine dinner to drool over. This is the first in a series of winemaker/chef wine dinners. Tickets are $500 per couple, and are available online.

April 5: At La Ferme (9101 Lakeridge Blvd., Boca Raton, 561/654-6600) – A five-course dinner includes pouring the 2005 Library cabernet, and a special 2007 Pym Rae cabernet sauvignon will be raffled that evening. The cost is $110 per person, including tax and gratuity.

April 6: At The Rusty Hook Tavern (125 N. Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, 954/941-2499) – The reception starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by a four-course dinner at 6:45 p.m. Wines include the 2012 sauvignon blanc, the 2012 chardonnay, the 2009 merlot and the 2007 zinfandel. The cost is $82 per person, including tax and gratuity. Reservations are necessary.