Thursday, March 8, 2012

Get Ready to Revel! It's Time for the 10th Annual Boca Bacchanal AND a Grand Tasting Ticket Giveaway!

Revelers at the 2011 Bacchus Bash!
Get ready to revel, my fellow wine and food lovers!  

The 10th Annual Boca Bacchanal commences on Friday, March 23rd and kicks off a weekend of fabulous food and wine fun! As General Chairs of this year's event, Steve and I have been hard at work along with committee members and volunteers making the tenth anniversary an exceptional year. I am also happy to announce I'll be giving away 2 tickets to this year's Grand Tasting! For instruction on how to enter the drawing please keep reading. But first, a little about the weekend:

Succulent Scallops!

General & Honorary Chairs
The Boca Bacchanal weekend kicks off Friday night with Vintner Dinners hosted in beautiful private residences that are each paired with a featured Chef and Vintner. Steve and I are pleased to be co-hosting a dinner again this year at the Seagate Beach Club featuring the wines of Maison Joseph Drouhin and the cuisine of Chef Ken Frank of Napa Valley's La Toque restaurant. For more information on the Vintner Dinners or to purchase tickets, please click here.

Joyce & Thom Devita
Saturday night is the Bacchus Bash, an extravaganza of food and wine Chaired by Joyce and Thom DeVita. Here you will join our six fabulous Chefs and Vintners as they prepare and pour selections for your enjoyment during a lively and festive reception followed by a multi-course feast prepared by Boca Raton Resort & Club Executive Chef Andrew Roenbeck. The evening's not-to-be-missed silent and live auctions will feature amazing wine, travel, dining and lifestyle lots including: "Swanson Vineyards Sensational Savor and Stay," "Masi Agricola: Veneto Beckons," and a very special lot from Silver Oak Cellars just to name a few. Also, be sure to bring your dancing shoes for the posh, postprandial "Rock your Bacchus" after party. For more information on the Auction items or to purchase tickets to the Bacchus Bash, please click here.

Grand Tasting Chairs!
The weekend concludes with Sunday's Grand Tasting at Mizner Park Amphitheatre Chaired by the Dream Team of Jay and Melissa Whelchel, Morgan and Oliver Green and Kelli Bloechinger and Brandon MacLeod. At this event you can stroll and sample delicious dishes from 30 local chefs and enjoy over 140 wines including those from our six featured vintners. You can also shop for culinary delights including herbs, produce, oils and gourmet specialty foods at "The Marketplace." For more information on the Grand Tasting or to purchase tickets, please click here.

Now for the giveaway! This year I'll be giving away 2 tickets to Sunday's Grand Tasting on Sunday, March 25th at Mizner Amphitheater - a $200 value! Entering is easy and I only ask two things: 1) please leave a comment below and share with me your favorite everyday wine - that bottle you like to open when you get home from work or enjoy on a relaxing weekend and 2) stop by The Glamorous Gourmet Facebook page and give it a "Like" which will keep you up to date on upcoming events and the latest blog updates (click here to go immediately). The winner for the giveaway will be drawn at random and announced on Sunday, March 18th - one week prior to the event. I appreciate your participation and best of luck!

I hope to see you at any of our amazing events this year where you can sip, savor and bid for a good cause. Proceeds from Boca Bacchanal benefit the Heritage Education and Historic Preservation Programs of the Boca Raton Historical Society. These programs provide innovative, diverse and rapidly growing programs for Boca Raton area residents and visitors. Thank you in advance for your support!



  1. Can I list two - as my favorite everyday wine - that I like to open after work is different then what I like to enjoy on a relaxing weekend. I tend to open Concannon wines after work (e.g. Central Coast Merlot) but the wine I like to drink on a relaxing weekend is my go to Cremant - Louis Bouillot Cremant De Bourgogne

  2. Hi Stephanie,

    Our favorite everyday wine is Beringer Knight's Valley Cabernet Savignon. We consider it one of the best mid-priced Cabernets that can compete with those that are 3X the price. It is always very drinkable and well balanced with good fruit expression and good tannins.

    Thanks and see you soon.

    Yasmin and Chad

  3. Hmmmmmm? A everyday white's a toss up between La Crema and Merryville chardonnay.
    Thank you for all your hardwork putting such a nice event together!

  4. Hi Stephanie, A nice wine that I love...
    HANNA Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
    Russian River Valley 2010
    Light and crisp, perfect way to unwind!
    Thanks! Diane Scully

  5. Hi Stephanie!

    My husband and I have two wines that we consider to be our “house wine”. Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva and LAN Rioja Gran Reserva, both from Spain’s Rioja Region. We visited the region in 2006 and they have been our go-to wines ever since.

    According to Snooth, no other region can compare when it comes to value, aging potential and diversity in style. "Rioja has proven that it ages as well as any other wine made, and can age even better than many more famous and costly examples," says Snooth editor-in-chief Gregory dal Piaz.

    If you like deep cherry-red wines with intense berry flavors and aromas, you will fall in love with Rioja! Where else can you find a ten year old wine for under $25?

    Thanks for letting us share!
    Mary Coleman

  6. I like a Banfi Barolo - My husband knows the wines - I like to taste them also one of my other fav's is a Puligny Montrachet (hope I spelled them correct) - Love to try new wines all the time. Thanks Stephanie! Salute!''email g annacarto at comcast dot net

  7. Any wine shared with the ones I love - family and friends - is my favorite!

    Shanna St John

  8. It has to be a Bandol Rose! But most Provencal Roses will do. The runner up, Kim Crawford Sav Blanc.


  9. A Bandol Rose is the wine of choice but, any Provencal Rose will do. Then we have Kim Crawford Sav Blanc and for red, Tres Picos Borsao, delish!


  10. One of my favs is a Cabernet Sauvignon called Souverain from the Alexander Valley in Sonoma...

  11. I am a red wine lover and enjoy drinking so much more with friends. I am always up for a great cabernet, but lately I have been reverting back to my Italian heritage and indulging in super tuscans, namely Antinori Toscana.

  12. I discovered a great label in Alexander Valley last year and am bummed that I am down to the last bottle! I need to reorder! I'm not sure if I can pick just one type from them. Unti Wines. They have a fabulous Grenache (which is really a GSM mix with Syrah and Mourvedre). Their Red Zinfandel is wonderful as well. Most surprising to me though is their Grenache Rose. Very dry and light without a hint of sweetness. I LOVE these wines! If I have to choose a quick and easy wine I can grab at Publix though, probably Franciscan Cabernet!

  13. For a quick grab at Publix I really like a Franciscan Cabernet. But if I have more than a few on-hand, I love all the Unti wines. (I need to reorder!) Unti is in Alexander Valley and it's hard to pick my favorite. Their Grenache (really a GSM with Syrah and Mourvedre)probably tops my list. But they also have a Grenache Rose that has changed my mind about Roses. Very light and dry without a hint of sweetness! Love these wines!
    Thanks for all your great info Stephanie!
    Gina D

  14. Clos Du Val Napa Cabernet!! For the price, a delicious wine that is so drinkable...alone or with food! :)

  15. Phanie, Cricket likes La Crema and Kim Crawford Sav. Love you doll! XO, Caroline

  16. I' love Italian reds. So I would have to say my go to red is Il Toro


  17. I love a nice chardonnay and the Joseph Drouhin chardonnay makes a special occasion out of any night!
    Lorie D

  18. I like a nice Cabernet Sauvignon. There are many California ones I like. Rodney Strong, Franciscan, J Lohr.

  19. Our favorite bottle of wine is Pouilly Fuisse.


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