Back to school week always seems too early, especially when there’s a heat advisory underway. But it is indeed that time again in Central Florida, and next week brings plenty of opportunities to toast the new academic year. Whether it’s dinner with a Master Sommelier, a milestone anniversary celebration, or a blind comparison tasting, there’s lots to choose from in …


Tonight (Saturday), celebrate the 5th anniversary of “Stim’s” – that’s what fans of Tim’s Lake Mary have called the franchise since owner Steve Butler took the helm; or join Winebow’s Billy Hendricksen for a tasting at Vintage Vino in Kissimmee.

Tomorrow is The Wine Room’s Italian Wine & Cheese Festival – as of this writing, there were still tickets available.

Tuesday, Luma on Park hosts Master Somm John Blazon for a seven-course dinner paired with “wines from around the world.”

Wednesday, Tim’s Orlando offers a blind tasting comparing wines from France, Italy, and Spain.

Thursday, it’s back to Tim’s Lake Mary for a free tasting of reds, whites, and rosés from the pinot family.

Even if it still feels a whole lot like summer, a new school year can be a fresh start for all of us, and that’s something worth toasting.

Cheers, Orlando!


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