UPDATE: Thursday’s tasting with Daniel Cohn of Bellacosa Winery at Tim’s Lake Mary has been cancelled. 

‘Tis the season for winemakers and other visitors from wineries around the world to show off the fruits of their labors to Florida’s wine lovers. Franco Massolino (pictured above) visited from Barolo a couple of weeks ago and presented his lovely wines at Digress in College Park.

Last week, we had three more winery visitors at events around town; this week we’ll have six! And they’ll have competition from a plethora of other wine events on tap too.

Once again, you have some tough decisions to make, so pour yourself a glass of Sunday Champagne (they say it’s good for your brain), put your thinking cap on, and feast your eyes on the smorgasbord that is …


Monday, Tim’s Wine Market hosts John Bookwalter of Washington State’s Bookwalter Vineyards for a pairing dinner at DoveCote.

Tuesday, VINIA offers a malbec and food pairing event.

Wednesday, Cameron Fisher from California’s Fisher Vineyards is at Swirlery … Justin Baldwin from Justin Vineyards in Paso Robles is at Digress … and Laurence Féraud from Domaine du Pegau in Châteauneuf-du-Pape is at Tim’s Orlando.

Thursday, Daniel Cohn of Sonoma’s Bellacosa Winery will be at Tim’s Lake Mary … Shawn Smith from Amici Cellars in Napa is at Regency Wine & Liquor … The Wine Room on Park Ave. holds its third and final Cakebread Winery tasting (the first one I’ve been able to write about before it sold out!) … the latest in the Wine, Cheese & Chocolate series is at Quantum Leap … and Luisa’s Cellar celebrates Girl Scout Cookie time by showing wines that pair with the annual temptations.

Friday, Regency Wine & Liquor holds a Champagne tasting.

Saturday, check out the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes’ new “Sommelier Saturdays” series of free tastings in the Lobby Lounge … more Champagne is on tap at Vintage Vino … and Luisa’s Cellar continues its California series with a focus on Lodi zinfandel.

Check the Calendar Page for all the details on these events, and when you manage to decide which ones you’re attending, let us all know with a comment!

Be sure to look ahead at all the other great wine happenings throughout the month of February too.

Cheers, Orlando!

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