Six countries are represented on the Orlando wine events calendar next week – and a busy week it is! From Argentina to Italy, from Napa to Lebanon, you can sample the terroirs of wine regions iconic and under the radar. And that’s not all! Here are some highlights of the week to come.
Looking for something a little different to ring in the new year? Check out this post from 2016 for some Champagne alternatives that will put a sparkle in your celebration!
Not much beats Champagne on New Year’s Eve, but if you’re looking for some out-of-the-box (and easier-on-the wallet) alternatives for the big night, you’re in luck! Champagne doesn’t have a lock on quality sparkling wine anymore. All six of these bottles should delight your palate, satisfy your enological curiosity, and enhance your celebratory mood as you welcome 2017. And only one of them is even from France!
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Now it’s time to plan for next week, from a trip to the Iberian peninsula, to two Napa wine dinners, to wines for gift giving – no worries about wrong sizes there!
Here are a few highlights:
Happy Black Friday!
Whether you’re shopping, watching sports, or sleeping off yesterday’s turkey, I hope you’re having a wonderful, wine-filled weekend of gratitude.
After a slight lull in Orlando’s holiday wine calendar, things take off again next week. There’s a Burgundy tasting, a dinner featuring Spain’s Toro region, and an extraordinarily geeky tannin class, to name just a few. Here are some 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!
After a three-week holiday lull, Orlando’s wine scene will roar back to life in the coming days. There are more than a dozen high quality tastings, classes, and dinners to choose from in the coming week, including several that feature winemakers or winery owners.
Unfortunately, you can’t go to all or even most of these events. That’s because more than a third of them are happening at exactly the same time.
Now, I know nobody needs to go to a dozen wine events in one week, and I know some overlap is unavoidable, and I know the winemaker events have to capitalize on the headliners’ existing schedules. But I do sometimes wish for a bit more coordination.
Central Florida’s wine scene is vibrant and passionate, but we’re not New York or San Francisco. We count our quality wine establishments in tens, not hundreds. Many area wine enthusiasts are eager to support as many of those establishments as our calendars, wallets, and livers will allow. That’s tough to do when schedules collide as often as they do.
Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox now and move on to what you really want to know about – the highlights of this crazy week!