Summer wine events & a little learnin’

It feels like the summer doldrums have officially kicked into full swing in Central Florida. It’s so hot and humid that even the wine glasses are sweating … and next week isn’t exactly buzzing with wine events.

But Tim’s Wine Market in Lake Mary-Sanford is doing its part to keep us all cool, with a free tasting of light wines from the pinot family (hint: not just reds) and another featuring that classic poolside favorite, sangria.

If you’re looking to deepen your wine knowledge in a significant way, Orlando’s resident Master of Wine, Jean K. Reilly, is kicking off her latest WSET Level 2 course at Tim’s Wine Market Orlando on Tuesday.

This would also be a great week to check out one or two of Central Florida’s regular weekly wine events, like Swirlery’s Blind Tasting Tuesday or WineStyles’ Tasty Saturdays. You never know, you might get hooked!

Be sure to check out our Events Page for details of these and many other Central Florida wine happenings. There are lots of new listings this week!


Orlando’s Wine Scene is in a French Mood!

Today is Bastille Day, and if you’re a regular reader, you already know about the wine-centered celebrations going on today and tomorrow from last week’s post.

But the French fun doesn’t end there!

Santiago’s Bodega – Altamonte is highlighting the South of France at its monthly wine dinner Wednesday.

And Thursday, Swirlery takes a deep dive into one of the newest darlings of the wine geek world, France’s fun and funky Jura region.

Visit our Events Page for details on these and many other area wine events.

Happy sipping, Central Florida, and enjoy one more week of “Vive la France!”

Celebrate Bastille Day with WINE!

No longer does France have a monopoly on quality wine – that ship sailed with the “Judgement of Paris” over four decades ago. But in my humble opinion, French wine will never lose its place as the gold standard and sentimental home of the world’s best wines, from great value bottles to luxury cult selections.

Next week, France celebrates 228 years since the storming of the Bastille, a turning point in the French Revolution. What better way to celebrate than with France’s favorite libation?

You can toast the occasion on Bastille Day itself at Swirlery’s daylong celebration next Friday with French wines and food.

Saturday, indulge in another French favorite – cheese! – at Audubon Park Garden District’s 6th annual wine and cheese pairing, hosted by East End Market’s La Femme du Fromage.

Get details for these and lots more Central Florida wine events on our Events Page.

À votre santé!

July 4th Week Brings New Orlando Wine Events

Tuesday may be a holiday, but there’s no rest for the weary wine lover in Central Florida next week!

Tim’s Wine Market Lake Mary will help you survive the long summer yet to come with a free tasting of “Porch, Patio, & Pool Pounders” on Thursday.

On Friday, Swirlery is heading east with a three-course Thai pop-up dinner with wine pairings.

Check out our Events Page for details of these and many other upcoming wine events in Central Florida.

Happy summer sipping, Central Florida!


Exotic Week of Wine in Central Florida

Next week, you can travel to the Canary Islands, Andalusia and back again … without ever leaving Orlando.

On Monday, The Strand is hosting a remarkably well-priced dinner paired with wines from the Canary Islands. The Spanish archipelago lies just off the Moroccan coast, and its wines have been gaining in popularity in recent years.

Thursday, Swirlery offers a chance to taste several versions of a beverage that’s been around for centuries but is often overlooked – sherry. Hailing from the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, sherry is much more than the sickly sweet stuff your British grandmother used to drink.

Here’s a sampling of other offerings from next week’s smorgasbord of wine events:

  • Wine & cheese pairing at Boca Winter Park
  • Syrah tasting at Tim’s Lake Mary
  • Racy Reds tasting at The Occasional Grape
  • WSET Level 1 class at Tim’s Orlando

Get all the details for these and many more summer wine happenings at our Events Page!


Orlando Chef-Winemaker Jamie McFadden Releases Snowbirds Rosé

If you’re like most Central Floridians, you know Chef Jamie McFadden because he catered your wedding, or your company’s holiday party, or your favorite charity’s fundraiser.

Jamie’s Cuisiniers Catering company has been a mainstay in Orlando for almost two decades, and Jamie himself is well known as a top-notch local chef.

But I know him in a different context – as an oenophile.

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Flurry of Orlando Wine Events!

It’s been a quieter couple of weeks on the Orlando wine scene, as we all slowed down for the Memorial Day holiday (I was chilling at the beach last weekend with the lineup in that photo up there).  All the rain we’ve been having has made things feel a little sluggish too. But today the sun is out, and next week kicks off an active June for Central Florida wine lovers!

You could tasting-hop tomorrow, from BevFly’s “June for Juice” to WineStyles’ Viviza sampling.

Wednesday, travel to Provence – beyond just rosés – with a class at Tim’s Orlando.

And on Thursday, you’ll wish you could clone yourself rather than having to choose between these three events:

  • Italian wine tasting with Augustan’s Brian Kerney at Swirlery
  • Zin tasting at Tim’s Lake Mary
  • Natural wine tasting at the Wine Barn.

Details for these and many more events are on our Events Page.

Your summer break is over – time to start sipping!