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 …
It may be Spring Break for some, but not for Orlando’s wine community! We have another busy and fun-filled week coming up, so let’s get right to …
ORLANDO’S WEEK IN WINE!
Two Orlando wine institutions are turning four years old, and they want you to help them celebrate!
- Wednesday is the last day to register for the fourth anniversary party for Central Florida’s Women for Winesense chapter. The event is August 6 at Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster and includes a twelve-wine tasting and raffle.
- Next Saturday (August 4), Tim’s Wine Market in Sanford/Lake Mary celebrates four years since Steve Butler, formerly of Tim’s Orlando, took over the location. “STim’s,” as Steve’s fans have dubbed the place, is hosting a free evening of wine, food, and merriment.
In the “Other Cool Stuff” category …
- The rescheduled PINKnic rosé fest at Tim’s Windermere is this coming Thursday. More than two dozen rosés will be on offer, with discounts for folks wearing pink!
- The rescheduled Italian Wine & Cheese Festival at The Wine Room on Park Ave. is next Sunday (Aug. 5), with dozens of wines, along with cheeses chosen by a certified cheese expert.
There are many more events coming up, so check out the Events Page for all the details. Happy celebrating, Orlando!
If you ask me, it’s always rosé season, especially in Florida, but for those of you who concentrate your rosé consumption around a certain time of year – that time is now!
Tomorrow (Saturday, June 9) is National Rosé Day, and there are a couple ways to celebrate – IF you act quickly. As of this morning, there were a few seats left for both these events:
- Wine Bar George’s Saturday afternoon tasting of six rosés
- Tim’s Orlando’s Rosé Open House on Wednesday, offering two dozen different rosés.
But these aren’t only the days of wine and rosés. Next week is full of events that don’t center on the pink stuff.
- Tuesday, Tim’s Avalon hosts a wine & cheese pairing.
- Wednesday, winemaker Dave Petterson of Oregon’s Vista Hills Winery leads a tasting for 16 people in The Vineyard Orlando’s wine cellar.
- Thursday is “Flying Winemaker Night” at Vintage Vino, with a tasting of Mas Janeil wines from southern France’s Rousillon region.
Top off the week with cabernet with Saturday’s pre-Fathers Day Big Daddy Blind Cabernet Tasting at Tim’s Windermere.
Details for all these events, plus more later in June, are on the Events Page.
Whether or not you drink pink this weekend, have fun, be safe, and happy sipping, Orlando!
Whether you’re pinching pennies to save up for a big summer vacation or in the mood to splash out, you’re in luck with this week’s wine events.
For the savers, there are two free tastings on offer:
Tomorrow, Swirlery is offering complimentary tastes of Napa cab and sauvignon blanc.
Thursday, it’s a free rosé tasting at Tim’s Lake Mary.
For the big spenders, check out Norman’s five course Bordeaux dinner next Saturday, hosted by Master Sommelier Laura DePasquale.
Check the Events Page for details on these events and many more tastings, dinners, and classes.
Orlando has been buzzing about New York’s Finger Lakes wine country lately.
Central Florida Women for Winesense sent a hefty delegation there in July for the national organization’s “Grand Event”; fellow Central Florida blogger Melissa Radley-McConnell of Time to Unwine-d visited the area this summer too.
So when I ended up there last week, I felt a little late to the party. But it was definitely better late than never – especially since I was there during harvest!
I had just one day to hit the highlights of this beautiful and prolific wine region, so I chose four wineries to visit: Dr. Konstantin Frank, Ravines, Hermann J. Wiemer, and Standing Stone.
My itinerary spanned two lakes, with stunning vistas and early fall colors around every turn, and a wide array of grape varietals and winemaking styles.
The Finger Lakes have won national and international acclaim for rieslings, and the varietal remains the regional specialty. But the area has diversified into many other varietals too; and while I’m a huge riesling fan – I even hosted a riesling tasting at my house recently – I was even more captivated by some of those other grapes.
Weekends are when I usually tell you about the plethora of wine events in the coming week … but next week is looking a little slow, what with the holiday and all.
So what better time to discover a new favorite wine place?
If you haven’t checked out the Wine Venues Guide in awhile, you’ll notice a few new spots on the list, including a couple I hadn’t visited in several years, simply because they’d fallen out of my usual rotation.
One of those is Quantum Leap Winery in the Mills-50 district, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. On a recent visit, I found a friendly space and passionate people who are taking risks, breaking rules, and making some pretty cool wines.