|Fabulous Flight of Syrah|
|2007 Mithra Cabernet Sauvignon|
The press judging was held at Jet Runway Café in Ft. Lauderdale and involved a presentation of four flights of wine including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The setting was impressive, featuring a lineup of private jets lined up on the tarmac directly outside the expansive windows that surrounded our tables - appropriate ambiance for the presentation of the "flights!" We swirled and sipped our way though the four wines in each flight, assigning them rankings and an ultimate "medal" designation during the interactive judging process. Of the sixteen wines, standouts included those from Phelps Creek Vineyards, Russian Hill Estate, Mithra Winery, Brochelle Vineyards and Papapietro Perry Winery.
|Pan Seared Salmon = Perfect for Pinot!|
The 4th Annual American Fine Wine Competition takes place on January 16 & 17, 2011 at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The competition, featuring more than 600 wines and judged by some of South Florida's most respected wine professionals, is closed to the public, but don't fret! All of the wines can be tasted, accompanied by a wine-inspired four course dinner, at the American Fine Wine Competition Gala on February 12, 2011. In addition to the food and wine, highlights include Guest emcee, Alan Kalter (announcer for the Late Show with David Letterman), performing artist Michael Israel and internationally acclaimed Saxophonist Dayve Stewart & The Vibe. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Diabetes Research Institute and the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund. Hope to see you there for an evening of food, wine and fun all for a very good cause!