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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 means nothing more to you than a good buzz after a long day. The people behind the wine events at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival can certainly school you in all things wine at events like, Taste Wine Like A Master Sommelier and Best of the Best. But first, find out if you already know your stuff -- are you a wine snob?
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I am a wine snob: There's no stopping you. You hold the knowledge of a great oenophile and can even find the perfect pairing for a charred steak au poivre and a Riesling. You can appreciate a vertical tasting of six vintages. Hell, you're no fool. You can detect the lychee bouquets in a Gewürztraminer and the notes of plum in a full-bodied Sangiovese.
I am not a wine snob: You like wine. You like the pretty colors, and the floral fragrances. You like how fancy you look holding a wine glass versus a beer bottle or can. It doesn't really matter whether your friend brought over a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc - white wine is white wine, as far as you can tell. You don't care if the wine in your glass came out of a box. Those nifty handles make them so much easier to carry than breakable wine bottles, anyway.
Check out this weekend's events for the perfect dose of wine snobbery -- Brought to you by Emily Codik
House of Mandela Wine Dinner
February 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, 9703 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has two family members that know how to get their wine on. Join his daughter Makaziwe and granddaughter Tukwini, creators of House of Mandela Wines, in an intimate dinner crafted by South African chef, Micah Edelstein of Nemesis Urban Bistro. The menu will bring out the best qualities of several varietals from the House of Mandela wine collection.
Wine Spectator Wine Seminar The Essence of Far Niente
February 22, 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the James Royal Palm Hotel, 1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Are you a fan of Napa Valley's Far Niente vineyards? This seminar includes a tasting for six Cabernet Sauvignon vintages that span across fifteen years of Far Niente winemaking -- led by Director of Winemakeing Dirk Hampson. That's a whole lot of cab.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach Presents Wine Spectator's Best of the Best Sponsored by Bank of America
February 22, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Picture this: an extensive group of talented chefs pair their dishes with wines rated 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator's scale. The location is set at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. So just saunter from station to station, throwing back wines poured by proprietors and wine-makers, and nibble on some good eats.
Wine Spectator Wine Seminar Series A, B & C
February 23, 10 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.; 1 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.; 2:45 p.m. to 5:25 p.m. at the James Royal Palm Hotel, 1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
A member of Wine Spectator's editorial team will introduce these sessions, which are led by experts, vintners and principal's from many estates. Participants include Champagne Lanson; Robert Mondavi Winery; Champagne Perrier-Jouët; Col Solare, Northstar and Erath; and Vintage Amarones from the Bertani Estate.
Wine Spectator Wine Seminar Kosta Browne
February 23, 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the James Royal Palm Hotel, 1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Founders of California vineyard Kosta Brown -- Dan Kosta, Michael Browne and Chris Costello - produce sought-after, new world Pinot Noirs. At this event, Kosta will lead tasters through a comparative tasting of five Pinot Noirs from their library.
Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village
February 23 and February 24, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Grand Tasting Village, 13th Street & Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Culinary demonstrations by Food Network and Cooking Channel chefs? Check. Unlimited access (well, unless you get held up on those long lines) to bold cuisine, stylish dishes, and creative spirits? Sure. A chance to participate in the first annual Miami New Times' "Short Order's Best Bite on the Beach" award? You betcha. The Grand Tasting Village is all about celebrating everything the SoBe Fest has to offer - in one gigantic space.
Delta's Taste Wine Like A Master Sommelier: Top Taster For Top Fliers, Hosted By Master Sommeliers Andrea Robinson and Eric Hemer
February 24, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the James Royal Palm Hotel, 1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
If you have enough wine skills to pass a blind tasting challenge, then you should probably head over to this tasting, where you can win first class tickets to anywhere in the lower 48 states via Delta Airlines. Sommeliers Andrea Robinson, Eric Hemer, and others will lead this world-class wine country taste tour.
Bank of America Lifestyle Seminar Italian Wines and Cheese Hosted by Laura Werlin and Andrea Robinson
February 24, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Shelborne South Beach, 1801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
James Beard award-winning author and cheese expert Laura Werlin hosts this wine-and-cheese pairing event alongside sommelier Andrea Robinson. The tasting includes eight cheeses and six wines.
Goya Foods' Swine & Wine Hosted by Michelle Bernstein Presented by Pat Lafreida Meats
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February 24, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables
Think pig roasting, the kind that goes beyond a caja china. Miami's award-winning toque Michelle Bernstein hosts a slew of notable cooks who will be showcasing their talents at this Biltmore Hotel event. There will lots of wine to go with all that swine.