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    October 6, 2014

    This Week's Best Eats and Drinks in Miami: Yardbird Turns 3 and a Whole Lotta Wine-Tasting

    If you don't have plans for eating and drinking this week, that's about to change. There's plenty to do, from a five-course wine-pairing dinner at BLT Prime, featuring vintage wines personally selected from one of the world's 219 master sommeliers, to Yardbird turning 3 years old and celebrating wit ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014
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    May 13, 2014

    DB Bistro Brings Back Its Wine Dinner Series, Miami's Own, Tonight

    If you enjoy wine, and we mean good wine, you'll be excited to hear that DB Bistro Moderne has brought back its wine dinner series, Miami's Own. The event aims to promote awareness of local organizations through its "intimate dinner party" format, where guests and leaders can mingle and discuss th ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    Remembering Barry Alberts, Miami Wine Educator

    If you've ever been to a wine tasting or a pairing dinner in Miami, chances are you've met local wine educator Barry Alberts. Alberts died suddenly this past weekend. His daughter, Lexi, posted the news on Alberts's Facebook page on Saturday, April 5. Alberts also had a son, Chad, who lives in Por ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    SOBEWFF: Sweet Treats and Wines at Confections of a Macaron Maker

    These days it seems as though most everyone knows a little something about wine. You may not be a pro, but you can probably tell the difference between a cabernet sauvignon and a pinot noir, and a port and an ice wine. At the very least, you know white zinfandel is made for people who don't like w ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    New Times' Pairings: Ten Food & Wine Pairings to Look Out For

    New Times' Pairings is tonight, September 26 at the Broward County Convention Center. From 7 - 10 p.m., south Florida's best restaurants will pair with great wines and beers for your eating and drinking enjoyment. If you have tickets, we can't wait to meet you (you can't miss us -- we'll be the one ... More >>

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    September 18, 2013

    Five Great Wines Under $20 at Mas Vino

    At a boxy wine shop in Hallandale Beach called Mas Vino, you can buy bottles that are interesting and affordable. Store manager Charles Ferrin marks his favorites with bright labels, denoting wines that are both great tasting and great deals. Ferrin is one of those cerebral wine guys, the kind who ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Five Wines for Five Occasions from Master Sommelier Larry Stone

    If you're anything like the rest of us in the first world, you've spent many a panic-induced 10 minutes scanning the shelves of a liquor store before heading to a party. Choosing the right booze is one of those etiquette skills most of us never learn, leaving us as the loser who always shows up spor ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    Swine's Snout-to-Tail Riesling Rebellion Dinner: Allegra Angelo Talks Wine

    Swine Southern Table & Bar is going whole-hog this week -- literally -- when it hosts its first Riesling Rebellion Dinner this Tuesday, August 6, at 7 p.m. The four-course dinner is $125 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), and reservations can be made by calling 786-360-6433. In addition to the ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Chappellet Vineyards at Gotham Steak Tonight

    Tonight's installment of Fontainebleau's Cellar 1954 Series features one of the oldest family-run wineries in Napa, Chappelet Vineyards. Iwner Cyril Chappellet will be on hand to discuss his family vineyard while explaining the intricacies of each wine as they are paired with a special menu from Got ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013
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    March 27, 2013

    Five Things You Didn't Know About Wine from Books & Books Wine Instructor Patrick Alexander

    Let's face it: there's probably a lot you don't know about wine. Unless you're a professional sommelier, it's nearly impossible to master the wide world of vino. It spans centuries, continents and even religions. Everyone loves the grape juice. Though we'll likely never know it all, we can certainl ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    SoBeWFF: Master Sommeliers Can Get It Wrong

    If you're reading this blog post, you probably like wine. But however well versed you think you are, we highly doubt you have the knowledge of a master sommelier. There are only 129 in North America. Well, whether you are a wino or a wine connoisseur, Delta's Taste Wine Like a Master Sommelier at th ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    Are You A Wine Snob? Find Out in Time for the Festival

    For more on the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, check out New Times' Taste guide, hitting newsstands Thursday, February 21. Think about the last time you shared a bottle of vino with friends. Unless you're a group of uppity wine connoisseurs or sommeliers, chances are the wine in your glass mean ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    The Vini: Fine Wine, One Glass at a Time

    For commitment-phobes, sticking with anything can be tough -- even if it's just a bottle of wine. After all, that's four glasses to guzzle. Wouldn't it be better if you could switch up it up with every swig? Meet "The Vini," a patented screw-top vial serving up one glass of fine wine at a time. Th ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Taste of Brickell Valentine: Score Cheap VIP Couple's Pass Here

    Come March, memories of the South Beach Wine & Fodd Festival (SOBEWFF) will be fading fast -- and you'll need some new bacchanalia to look forward to. Luckily, the third annual Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival is bringing eats, drinks, and entertainment to the Miami Circle on March 23 an ... More >>

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    October 9, 2012

    David Bernard Talks Tejo Wine Tasting Tomorrow At Smith & Wollensky

    Wine enthusiasts can indulge in an all-you-can-drink wine tasting celebrating the wines of Portugal at Smith & Wollensky tomorrow, Wednesday, October 10. The Tejo Wine Tasting offers 100 distinct wines from Portugal's Tejo region, a hilly place around the River Tagus.Tejo offers quite a variety, ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012
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    July 27, 2012

    Master Sommelier George Miliotes on The Capital Grille's Generous Pour

    There are fewer concepts more pleasing to the palate of a wine lover than the notion of a generous pour. Hence The Capital Grille's annual celebration by the same name, geared to its vino enthusiast patrons. This summer wine event offers visitors a chance to sample an extensive variety of selection ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    The Federal's Women Who Wine Summer Series With Alejandro Ortiz

    The first Women Who Wine, a new summer series at the Federal Food Drink and Provisions, wasn't just any ol' gender-specific, stuffy winetasting. As the female attendees sipped on complimentary Aperol Spritz, a bitter and refreshing cocktail made from the Italian aperitif topped with Prosecco, the Fe ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Balls in Our Mouths: Mark Oldman and Daniel Holzman Mix 'Em Up

    ​Around 100 folks at Saturday's South Beach Wine & Food Festival seminar with Meatball Shop owner Daniel Holzman and international wine personality Mark Oldman left with more than they probably hoped for: five balls in the mouth and all the alcohol a groupie should swallow by noon. The event w ... More >>

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    February 25, 2012

    SoBeWFF: Does The Wine Glass Matter? Max Riedel Says Yes

    ​There are many factors when it comes to evaluating a wine, that it's hard to separate the glass from the equation, according to wine expert Max Riedel, owner and proprietor of Riedel Crystal. Riedel showcased his line of glassware yesterday at the Perry Hotel for the South Beach Wine and Food Fes ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    SoBeWFF Grand Tasting Village: Where To Find The Good Booze

    Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival/Facebook​The "Winebow Wine Pavilion" requires a powerful lesson in self-directed navigation (okay, the whole "village" is sort of a booze and food maze of confusion, see more for help on that here), but you don't want to miss out on international a ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Real Housewives' Ramona Singer in Miami For Pinot Grigio Signing

    ​Bravo show Real Housewives of New York features a cast of loud, brash women lunching, arguing, and drinking heavily. We love every second of their antics, especially Ramona Singer, the eye-popping, hyper blonde who acts as if she's had one too many Red Bulls at all times.Singer is best known for ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Rollin Soles, Top Oregon Vintner, Dishes On Argyle Wine, Nuthouses, and His Kinky Neighbor

    Rollin Soles, the man some say put Oregon on the winemaking map.​From the time Rollin Soles first laid eyes on Willamette (rhymes with dammit) Valley in 1979, he "fell totally in love with the place." By 1987, "feeling like one lucky cowboy," the Texan-bred Soles started Argyle Winery (joined soon ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Know Your Champagne Before New Year's Eve: An Expert Gives Us the Low-Down on Bubbly

    ​Oh champagne -- just saying it makes us feel fancier already. While bubbly is always a requisite for celebrating the life fantastique, it's the last two weeks of the year that are the most popular for this golden elixir. You might be familiar with names like Dom, Krug, Bollinger, Veuve, and Crist ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    Ten Affordable Thanksgiving Wines

    ​You have the turkey, the stuffing, cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes -- but what about the wine? Consider this a break-down of tasty selections that will please your picky friends and that will satisfy those who only indulge on special occasions, like this Thursday.The BubblyConde de Caralt, Cav ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2011 Is Here

    Photo by Marguerite Gil Beaujolais gets a kiss from Tara Salomon.​There aren't too many wines that come in roaring like a lion each year, but Beaujolais Nouveau fits that description perfectly.According to French law, Beaujolais Nouveau, a red wine made from 100 percent Gamay grapes, i ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Five Tips For Faking Your Way Through A Wine Tasting

    Lee Klein​Attending a wine tasting is supposed to be fun, a social means of sharing sips, spits, and thoughtful conversation. But for those who don't know the difference between a Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio, the experience can be one of self-consciousness and apprehension about coming across as g ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    Wine Dinner Line-Up: DB, The Setai and Meat Market's Last Stand

    db Bistro ModerneChef Verbiak's "pressee" of poultry and foie gras.​There seems to be an abundance of wine pairing dinners happening both on and off the beach, providing a glorious opportunity to do a little high-end boozing. Sure, these prix-fixe gatherings can get a little expensive, but since t ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Yardbird Wine List Dissection: Made In The USA

    ​South Beach newcomer Yardbird has us all thinking of fried chicken, bourbon, and biscuits. We gave you a brief preview of the food and a glimpse inside the opening party madness, but what you may not know is that they also cultivated an extremely user-friendly wine list. Offerings are separated i ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    Meat Market's Sarah Almand Gives Good Wine Advice

    Courtesy of Meat Market​When we hear sommelier we think well-suited-gentleman with a stiff upper lip who looks down his nose at you for ordering anything less than a $100 bottle of wine. Sarah Almand, Meat Market's delightfully spirited sommelier, is different.A Florida native, she was a geography ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    Weekly Wine Tasting at Sonesta Coconut Grove: Killer View Included

    All photos by Laine DossBarry Alberts and Maribel Mazariegos toast to one of the longest running wine tastings.​Every Friday evening for almost 20 years, wine educator Barry Alberts has been hosting a weekly wine tasting series, making it one of the longest ongoing wine tastings in the country. Is ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Play Sommelier With Summer BBQ Wines Under $20

    Alisdair/Flickr​The words "barbecue" and "beer" seem permanently wedded; a hot day is well matched with a cold one, and it's easy to pair with burgers, ribs, and grilled what-have-you. However, with backyard fiestas growing ever more gourmet, we champion summer appropriate wines that enhance the o ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Capital Grille's Generous Pour Offers Custom Wine Tasting Experience

    It's wine time at Capital Grille​The Capital Grille's Generous Pour promotion, which runs through September 4th, offers patrons the opportunity to sample up to nine wines picked by master sommelier, George Miliotes, especially for the event They include the Tarima Hill Monastrell, which is o ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011
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    June 24, 2011

    Michael's Genuine Celebrates Summer Wines

    Michael's Genuine Food & Drink​Owner and Executive Chef Michael Schwartz and his hard-working sommelier Eric Larkee (who has been with Design District pioneer Michael's Genuine since 2009), are hosting a wine pairing dinner built completely around what they term "summer's most versatile gra ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Allegra Angelo From Michy's: Top 5 Summer Wines Under $15

    Erich FerdinandSummer salads call for a lighter touch when it comes to wine selection.​Miami is about to get uncomfortably sticky. Suddenly, the breezes die and it's hot as hell. Summer, unfortunately, officially arrives on the calendar next week; and with it our dietary wants shift from heavy men ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Dom Perignon Winemaker Vincent Chaperon Guarded Cork in the Military

    Laine Doss Vincent Chaperon, wine maker for Dom Perignon.​Even though Vincent Chaperon is only 34, he has about a dozen years of experience in the world of Champagne. He's also the winemaker for iconic brand Dom Perignon, which is located in the heart of France's Champagne region. The hands ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011
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    February 3, 2011

    Thursday is Vino Italiano Day

    ​Today, Miami plays host to some of Italy's finest treasures -- wine treasures that is. JW Marriott Marquis serves as the stage for Simply Italian and the Italian Wine Masters Series.. One of the largest wine expositions in South Florida, Simply Italian will feature products from re ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011
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    December 31, 2010

    Sparkling Wine on a Budget

    A.G. Ferrari Foods​New Year's Eve is T-Minus a few hours away. Whether the party is at your buddy's crib or at a club on the beach, one thing is for sure -- Champagne! Popping bottles is a celebratory ritual practiced all over the world on December 31. But what do you do when you can't ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    California Wine Lover's Cookbook

    ​Sometimes cookbooks can do more than tell us how to prepare food. For example, a glance at the 1983 publication of California Wine Lover's Cookbook, by Malcolm Hébert and the Wine Institute and Wine Appreciation Guild, shows us just how much things have changed in the food world over the past 27 ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Thanksgiving Wines Under $25

    Photo by Randy Larcombe The wine press at Torbreck Winery.​If you have no desire to spend Thanksgiving gulping beer like a Pilgrim and would prefer to swirl and sip some vino, here are some great suggestions we discovered while out tasting with fellow oenophiles. All of the choices are unde ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Frank Reider is Passionate About South American Wine

    John ZurFrank Reider​Frank Reider says, "People shouldn't be intimidated by wine. They should come out and try and learn." His knowledge of the Chilean and Argentinean wines in his book, Wines of Passion: The Best of South America, is remarkable. The writing is reminiscent of a tour guide, whose z ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010

    The Capital Grille Offers Tableside Wine Tour

    ​Phase One of The Capital Grille's summertime Master Wine Tasting Event, which runs through September 5, includes Napa Valley wines such as Bancroft Ranch Merlot from Beringer Vineyards; a Cabernet Sauvignon from Sella & Mosca Marchese di Villamarina; and Pinot Noir along with other varietals ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    Sunbox Eleven Winemaker Dinner at Meat Market

    Photos by Jacquelynn D. PowersSmoked, pan-seared scallop with coconut "caviar," griddled corn cake and hazelnut pesto. ​Last night, Meat Market hosted a winemaker dinner with Sunbox Eleven, a local winery. While Sunbox Eleven is based in Miami, the boutique company creates small-batch artisan wine ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Plato Royale: Battle of White Wine Sangria, Jaguar vs. Por Fin

    Photo by Danielle AlvarezWhite wine sangria at Jaguar​Plato Royale usually compares and critiques food. But in this edition, it's all about sangria. The punch-like concoction is traditionally made with Spanish red wine from the Rioja region. But white wine sangria, sangria blanca, is a cool and c ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    A Virtual Chilean Wine Tasting -- Without the Virtual

    Lee Klein​A virtual tasting of 8 Sauvignon Blancs from Chile (five of which were D.O.'s) took place last Wednesday evening. The promoters of the evening, Wines of Chile, invited me to participate along with 50 other wine enthusiasts, bloggers, writers, etc. We had all received our bottles in advan ... More >>

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