It’s that time of year when the thermometer starts to inch up, but Orlando’s wine calendar shows no sign of cooling down. This week, hang with a winemaker from Santa Barbara, sample wines from Mount Vesuvius, sip some classic Napa cab, and much more. Here are some highlights of …
Spring has most definitely sprung in Central Florida! The weather is getting steadily warmer, and so is the Orlando wine events calendar. The week ahead offers a splash of rosé, an evening of wine trivia, a bubbly brunch, and much more. Read on for all you need to know about …
ORLANDO’S WEEK IN WINE!
It’s a great time to be a wine lover in the City Beautiful!
The number of wine-focused and wine-aware establishments just keeps growing (details on two brand new ones are below), as does the number of wine events popping up on the calendar. Because of this embarrassment of riches, you may notice a slight change in the level of detail on these regular posts. From now on, I’ll highlight a maximum of two events per day – but I’ll always let you know when there are more, and you can always find the full listing on the Wine Events page.
Without further ado, let’s get right to the highlights of …
ORLANDO’S WEEK IN WINE
I’ll admit I’ve always felt a twinge of sticker shock at the prices for the events and tastings at Wine Bar George. I know, I know, it’s at Disney Springs, and it’s helmed by a Master Sommelier. But still, it’s tough to part with $70-100+ for a tasting (plus a hefty Lyft fare), when standard tastings at most local wine establishments cost half that amount.
Earlier this month, however, Master Somm George Miliotes and his team invited me to attend an event as their guest, and I can tell you, this was no standard tasting.
Cristom Vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills region of Oregon’s Willamette Valley is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The festivities include a road show featuring an exclusive tasting with owner and winegrower Tom Gerrie comparing multiple vintages of the winery’s single vineyard pinot noirs.
When I say “multiple,” I mean we sampled nine pinot noirs from four single vineyards and six vintages.
When I say “exclusive,” I mean Cristom is presenting this tasting in only six cities around the country, including New York and San Francisco. Orlando was the only city in Florida to make the list.
This coming Thursday, I’ll host what I hope will be the first of many Orlando Wine Blog events – a unique opportunity to taste and learn about the wines of Missouri. That state played a major role in America’s early winemaking history and is home to the country’s first AVA. We’ll compare some of Missouri’s current wines with more familiar grapes and wine regions. I hope you’ll join me at Digress Wine for a geeky good time! (Seating is very limited, so get your tickets now.)
That tasting is in great company, coming during a very full week of exciting wine events around the region! Here are a few highlights.
It’s interesting how often a week’s wine events seem to fall into patterns. Sometimes they happen because a winemaker or importer is in town making the rounds … other times, they’re purely coincidental and quite random. The coming week falls into the latter category, with two events each focused on Oregon … and cheese!
- Tonight (Friday), K’s monthly Wine Flight Friday focuses on Oregon wines, with two whites and two reds.
- Tuesday, Central Florida Women for Winesense hosts a virtual tasting at Digress Wine. Multiple WWS chapters across the country will come together via Facebook live to hear from three women winemakers, from Oregon producers Sokol-Blosser, Brooks, and A to Z. Of course, you’ll taste their wines as well!
Tim’s Wine Market is saying cheese on Thursday.
- Tim’s Lake Mary holds a cheese and wine class that promises “cool and unusual” pairings. Only a few seats left, I hear.
- Tim’s Windermere holds a wine and cheese pairing featuring Cambria wines and cheeses from Cambria’s “Culinary Center.”
But wait, there’s more!
Not everybody got the Oregon & Cheese memo, but these additional events next week are no less enticing:
- Tim’s Orlando shares new arrivals from Tuscany on Tuesday.
- Swirlery celebrates the summer solstice on Thursday with Spanish wines and light bites.
And hey, Tim’s classes always include cheese, and I’m fairly confident cheese will be involved in Swirlery’s Spanish “light bites.” So you can stick with the theme all week!
Check the Events Page for details on these events and and other happenings in the month to come.
Have a cheesy week, Orlando!
I love when the oenophilic (that’s really a word!) stars align and allow us Central Floridians to travel the globe through the magic portal of a wine glass — or rather, many wine glasses. Next week is one of those times.
- On Tuesday, explore romantic Spain at Cavanaugh’s.
- Get sparkly with a trip to Champagne on Wednesday, courtesy of Tim’s Orlando.
- Thursday, come back down to earth at Swirlery with organic wines from Oregon.
- Finally, end your week in South Africa (otherwise known as the K Restaurant garden) on Friday.
Check the Events Calendar for details on these events and many more in the weeks ahead.
Cheers and happy travels, Orlando!