The waiter pours a swallow of Merlot into your glass and motions for you to sniff, swirl, taste, and approve the grape-licious concoction. You oblige, crumpling your wee nose in disgust as the juice hits your throat. Some people would say youre a wine drinker who is savvier than most; your waiter would say youre a freeloading jerk whos using a customer courtesy to get drunk. Either way, youre going to be a perfect judge for this weekends International Wine Challenge at Smith & Wollensky. The drink-off was previously off-limits to regular folks, but for $50 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., youll get to sample the goods from some of the worlds top wineries alongside 20 aficionados, all in the name of deciding which is best in show. You win prizes if your selections match the judges, but when the drinks are flowing, how could you lose?
Last year, a 1995 Blanc de Millenaires from Reims, France, took top prize, but we think it might be that 2008 Irish Roses time to shine. Ticket sales will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami.
Sat., April 25, 6 p.m., 2009