Two Tastings TONIGHT! Three Continents Next Week!

It’s going to be a busy week for Orlando wine lovers, and it all starts with two tastings TONIGHT!

If you’re on the north side of town, you can help Steve Butler and his team celebrate three years of owning Tim’s Wine Market Lake Mary-Sanford with a party featuring wine tastings, snacks, and special deals.

If you’re on the south side, head to Vintage Vino in Kissimmee for “Couples Night,” where two local wine industry couples will tell their stories and share some of their favorite wines.

Next week, Orlando’s wine scene takes on a decidedly international flavor. These events will let you visit three continents without ever leaving Central Florida.

Plus, this week offers chocolate, cheese, and wine at Quantum Leap, seafood and wine at Paddlefish, and even more wine events that I don’t have room for. Check out the Events Page for all the details.

Happy travels!

Riesling, Talley & a Deadline

Orlando wine lovers have some eclectic options this week.

The splashy headliner is the first anniversary celebration of 1921 by Norman Van Aken, featuring a chefs’ collaboration with Osprey Tavern and wine pairings from Talley Vineyards.

The sleeper favorite is a riesling class at Tim’s Orlando, focusing entirely on dry examples of this often misunderstood but well-loved varietal.

Early bird pricing for Women for Winesense’s anniversary event at Luma’s cellar room ends this week too.

Visit our Events Page for details on these and lots more Central Florida wine happenings in August and beyond.


Orlando’s Week in Wine: Do some good, Raise your knowledge

I don’t usually list charity fundraisers on the Events Page … but then, charity fundraisers don’t usually happen at places like Eola Wine Company.

For the next two Wednesdays, the downtown wine bar will host “Wine Wednesdays” as part of Taste Central Florida, a series of events benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.  Not only is the cause worthy, but at a place like Eola, you can bet the wines will be too.

Also next week, Tim’s Wine Market Orlando holds its popular “Educated Consumer” class. It used to be called “Elements of Wine” – and still is at Tim’s Lake Mary, where it’s being offered later in the month.

I took this fascinating class years ago, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It was oe of the first steps in my transition from run-of-the-mill wine consumer to all-out wine geek. If you love wine and want to begin to really understand it, this is the class for you.

Visit the Events Page for details on these and so many more great August wine events happening in Central Florida!

Top Five Experiences on an Italian Journey: The Exciting Conclusion!

In two previous posts, I started counting down the top five wine experiences from my recent trip to Italy. The trip was not focused on wine – I only visited one winery – but it did include a number of unexpected and delightful wine-related encounters that might not have happened on a highly-researched wine-centric itinerary.

The top two experiences on my list sit firmly in that category.

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2 Wine Dinners & a Slew of New Events

August is shaping up to be the kind of month that makes me happy to be a winelover in Orlando.

There are a TON of exciting new entries on the Events Page, many of which went directly onto my personal calendar as I was updating the site! There’s not time to highlight them all, but a few key words include:

  • Jura & Savoie
  • Rosé Blind Contest
  • Raclette
  • Dry Riesling

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves! This week holds great promise too.

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Top Five Wine Experiences on an Italian Journey: Part 2 – Montenidoli

In my last post, I started counting down my top five wine experiences from my recent trip to Italy. The trip was not wine-centered, but in Italy, wine has a way of reaching out and grabbing you, sometimes even when you don’t go looking for it.

I did go looking for Number Three on my list, though. It was an experience that began in Orlando and ended on a remote patch of land in Tuscany.

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Top 5 Wine Experiences on an Italian Journey that Wasn’t about Wine: Part 1

If you follow Orlando Wine Blog on Facebook or  Twitter, you know I’ve been in Italy for a couple of weeks. The focus of the trip was family, not wine, but you can hardly take a breath in Italy without also taking a sip of wine. And while I ached to fully immerse myself in winery visits, I did have some very special wine experiences that were almost entirely unplanned and unexpected.

Over the next several posts, I’ll count down my top 5.

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