Miami International Wine Fair: You Can Get in Cheap

The Miami International Wine Fair is coming to the Miami Beach Convention Center September 23 through 25. This event showcases 1,800 wines from 20 countries in more than 80,000 square feet of exhibit space. You won't likely find celebrity chefs, but you will be able to sample generous pours of some truly interesting wines -- and talk to distributors, vintners, and winemakers.

Though the Miami International Wine Fair is entering its tenth year, chances are

you haven't experienced it simply because the event is open only to the trade. To enter the Grand Tasting Village you normally must be a

wine importer, broker, restaurateur, catering company, wine buyer, or a

guest of one.

This year, however, the fair is allowing the public

to participate in a full-day seminar of programs, which also includes

entry into the Grand Tasting Village. Tickets to the Saturday-night

afterparty at the Miami Beach Convention Center ($50) are also

available. The full-day

programs are surprisingly affordable. If you're serious about wine or

just an amateur wino, this is a weekend you won't want to miss.

The full-day program seminars are listed below, and tickets can be purchased here.

Saturday, September 24 (full-day package, $125, includes all seminars and Grand Tasting Village)

The Pride of Argentina: Malbec and Torrontes - 11:30 a.m.

Bubbles: European Stars - 12:45 p.m.

South West: A New Direction for French Wine - 2 p.m.

Barolo Immersion - 3:15 p.m.

Essential Caribbean Luxury: Rum & Cigars - 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 25 (full-day package, $105, includes all seminars and Grand Tasting Village)

Spanish Rock Stars From Rioja To Priorat - 11:30 a.m.

Riesling Renaissance - 12:45 p.m.

Peaks And Valleys: Exploring Chile - 2 p.m.

Piedmonte: Nebbiolo's Land And So Much More - 3:15 p.m.

Sake: Exploring Diversity And Elegance - 4:30 p.m.

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