Florida WineFest 2016

March 17-20, 2016

You are invited to sip and sample some of the world’s best wine on the shore of Sarasota Bay, dine and dance in the streets of downtown, savor the flavors of local chefs and raise your bid paddle for some of the best auction lots in the wine business.

Welcome to the 26th Annual Florida Winefest & Auction

Mar 17-20, 2016

These events provide funding to qualified charitable organizations for programs assisting disadvantaged children, youth and families in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

For more information: https://floridawinefest.org/

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Whiskey Obsession Festival 2015

   Whiskey Obsession Spirits Festival

 

     Third Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival One Week Away

Dozens of distillers and brand ambassadors are headed to Sarasota, Florida for the Third Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival to serve over 225 whiskies from around the world.  Held at Michael’s on East, Whiskey Obsession is one of the largest whisk(e)y festivals in the Southeast. The two-day festival on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27, 2015 features three events including the grand tasting, a panel discussion, and seven classes.

Noted industry professionals include Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett; Angel’s Envy Chief Innovation Officer Wes Henderson; Corsair’s Head Distiller Andrea Clodfelter; Jewish Whisky Company’s President Joshua Hatton; Templeton Rye’s President Scott Bush; C&C Cigar Founder Joe Chiusano; Long Island Spirits’ Owner Rich Stabile; Jefferson’s Bourbon President Trey Zoeller; Gordon & MacPhail Senior Vice President Gary Keimach; and many others.

Twenty five super-premium and rare whiskies will be served as VIP pours, including Glenfiddich 26 Year single malt; Glenmorangie 25 Year single malt; Tullabardine 25 Year single malt; Macallan Rare Cask single malt; Angel’s Envy Rye; High West Bourye; Compass Box Lost Blend Limited Release Scotch whisky; Orphan Barrel Forged Oak Bourbon; Corsair Buck Yeah American Whiskey; Mortlach Rare Old single malt; the Balvenie Tun 1509 single malt, and several dozen more.

         Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 26, 2015

11:00 am to 1:00 pm

The Sensory World of Wine and Whisk(e)y: A Masterclass on Intelligent Smelling

with Kim Lahiri Aroma Nosing Academy, Inverness, Scotland

Cost $15 per person

A journey on discovering the sense of smell, attendees will learn how to re-construct the key aromas in wine and whiskey that influence one’s palate.

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Panel of Whiskey Experts Interactive Tasting and Discussion Cost $45 per person

 

Eight master distillers and professional brand ambassadors present their favorites whiskies in an in-depth, interactive tasting and conversation.  Panelists are:

Jeff Arnett, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller

Wes Henderson, Angel’s Envy Master Ambassador

Josh Hatton, Co-Founder of the Jewish Whisky Company

Gary Keimach, SVP with Gordon & MacPhail

Daniel Khan, WhistlePig Rye Ambassador

Rachel Ewing, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Ambassador

Philip Pepperdine, Bowmore Ambassador

Todd Richman, Diageo Master of Whisky

Friday, March 27, 2015

                                           The Whiskey Obsession Grand Tasting

 

Over 225 whiskies from nearly 80 brands will be available at the grand tasting.  Guests receive a commemorative Glencairn glass upon entry to sample spirits from the 40 exhibitors filling the ballroom at Michael’s on East.

6:30 VIP Admission

7:30 General Admission

8:00 pm Masterclass Session I

Class 1: Jack Daniel’s Academy with Jeff Arnett, Master Distiller,

Class 2: Single Malt Scotch Whiskies with Philip Pepperdine, Bowmore Ambassador.

Class 3: Double Wood Maturation with Todd Richman, Diageo Master of Whisky.

9:15 pm Masterclass Session II

Class 4: Wine & Whiskey Nosing with Kim Lahiri, Aroma Academy, Scotland.

Class 5: Angel’s Envy with Wes Henderson, Master Ambassador

Class 6: Cigar & Whisky Pairing with Glenfiddich Ambassador Struan Grant Ralph

and C&C Dram Club Cigars Founder Joe Chiusano.

10:30 pm Last Pour

10:45 pm After-Party at Made Restaurant

Three ticket levels are available, VIP at $195; General Admission at $95; and Companion at $45.  Complete information and tickets are available at www.whiskeyobsessionfestival.com.

For press and information, contact Turner C. Moore

Turner@WhiskeyObsessionFestival.com

941-400-9889

The Florida Winefest & Auction turns food, wine and entertainment into funding for charities serving disadvantaged children in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. You are invited to sip and sample some of the world’s best wine on the shore of Sarasota Bay, dine and dance in the streets of downtown, savor the flavors of local chefs and raise your bid paddle for some of the best auction lots in the wine business. Welcome to the 25th Annual Florida Winefest & Auction.

March 19th – 22, 2015. Here are the Auction items up for bid.  Remember it’s all for the Children!

Following are auction lots which will be available Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Charity Auction. Sealed bids will be accepted. We hope to have on-line bidding available also.
Check back weekly as new lots will be added as we receive them. Donations of lots are gladly accepted and tax receipts will be issued for all lots accepted/approved by the auction committee. Please contact us for further information.

Auction will be conducted by: David Elswood, Guest Auctioneer, Director of Wine, Christie’s International.

Auction Wine Lots to Date: (The Fair Market Values are Listed)

One 2001 Harlan Magnum $2,000
One Bottle of 1982 Chateau Lynch-Bages, Pauillac $350
Three Bottles of 2003 Marcassin Estate Pinot Noir $1,500
Three Bottles of 2005 Armand Rousseau Chambertin $7,800
Three Bottles of 1999 Roederer Cristal Rose $2,000
Three Bottles Each (Six Bottles Total) of 2004 Araujo Eisele and 2004 Bryant $2,600
One Bottle Each (Four Total) ­ 1996 Lafite Rothschild ($1,700), 1996 Chateau Latour ($1,200), 1998 Lafite Rothschild ($1,400), 1998 Mouton Rothschild ($700) = $5,000
One Bottle Each (Three Total) 1996 Dom Perignon, 1996 Krug Brut, 1996 Salon Le Mesnil $1,200
Ten Bottle Vertical (1990-2010) Chateau Pavie Macquin – Grand Cru – St. Emilion $1750
One Magnum of 1995 Clos du Marquis, St. Julien Bordeaux, Grand Cru Classe $250
One Bottle Each (Three Total) 2009 Schrader ­ CCS, RBS, To-Kalon $1,000
One Bottle Each (Three Total) 1996, 1998 and 2001 Chris Ringland OWB $3,000
Eighteen Bottle Vertical (1994-2012) Pahlmeyer Merlot – Napa $2750
Four 2005 Bond Magnums ­ Vecina, St. Eden, E Pluribus, Melbury $3,200
One Magnum Each of Vega Sicilia ­ 1990 Unico, 1994 Unico $2,500
One 2000 Dal Forno Amarone Three Liter $3,800
One 2004 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano Three Liter $1,500
One 2004 Torbreck Run Rig Three Liter $1,200
One 2000 Giacosa Asili Riserva Barbaresco Three Liter $1,800
Six Pack of 2001 Penfolds Grange OWB $3,600
Six Pack 2001 Gaja Sperss OWB $1,800
Six Pack 2004 Chapoutier L¹Oree OWB $1,200
Six Pack 2004 Chapoutier Le Meal Blanc OWB $1,400
Six Pack 2004 Chapoutier L¹Ermite Blanc OWB $1,800
Six Pack 1998 Vega Sicilia Unico OWB $3,000
Six Pack 2003 Clarendon Hills Astralis OWB $2,200
Six Pack 2005 Beaucastel Hommage a Jacques Perrin Chateauneuf du Pape OWB $3,600
Six Pack 1999 Roederer Cristal Magnums $7,000
Six Pack 2000 Conterno Monfortino Barolo $4,200
Six Pack 2007 Verite La Joie $3,000
Twelve Bottle Vertical (1991-2002) Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa $2250
Six Pack 2002 Shafer Hillside Select OWB $3,000
Six Pack 2005 Mommessin Clos Tart Magnums OWB $4,200
One Magnum Each (Eight Total) of Flowers Pinot Noir ­ 2006 Francis Thompson, 2004 Camp Meeting Ridge, 2004 Seaview, 2004 Grand Bouquet, 2004 Moon Select, 2005 Francis Thompson, 2005 Camp Meeting Ridge, 2005 Seaview $1,500
One Magnum Each (Eight Total) of DuMol Pinot Noir ­ 2004 Finn, 2004 Aidan, 2005 Finn, 2005 Aidan, 2005 Ryan, 2006 Finn, 2006 Aidan, 2006 Ryan $1,700
One Case (Twelve Bottles) of 2005 Pape Clement OWB $3,600
Mixed case (Twelve Bottles Total) of 2000 Bordeaux ­ Leoville Las Cases, Pichon Lalande, Pontet Canet, Leoville Poyferre, Pavie Decesse, Bellevue, Peby Faugeres (2), Gruaud Larose (2), and Leoville Barton (2) $3,200
Nine Bottle Vertical (1998-2006) d’Arenberg – Dead Arm Shiraz – Australia $700
Mixed Case (Twelve Bottles Total) of California Cult Cabernets ­ 2001 Philip Togni, 2002 Arietta H-Block, 2002 Hourglass, 2002 Merus, 2003 Blankiet, 2003 Bond Vecina, 2003 Bryant Family, 2003 Verite Desir, 2004 Sloan, 2004 Verite La Muse, 2006 Kapcsandy Roberta¹s, 2006 Maybach Materium $3,300
Mixed Case (Twelve Bottles Total) of Sine Qua Non ­ 1999 Vin de Paille, 2001 The Strawman (2), 2003 The Iceman, 2004 Into The Dark, 2006 The Nobleman, 2007 Body and Soul, 2007 Labels, 2008 Kolibri (2), 2008 B-20, 2009 On The Lam $3,100
Mixed Case (Twelve Bottles Total) of Kistler ­ 2007 Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen (2), 2008 Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen (2), 2003 Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2003 Elizabeth Pinot Noir, 2004 Catherine Pinot Noir (2), 2005 Catherine Pinot Noir (2), 2006 Natalie (2) $3,500

Auction Items to date: Check the website for updates. Full details will
be published in our Auction Catalog. Please call 941-952-1109 if you would
like to purchase tickets to attend the auction Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Trips:

*All trips are for 2 lucky bidders unless otherwise stated
* Included airfare is r/t in contiguous continental US unless otherwise stated
*Trips & Excursions are available for use for one year if dates are not specified

Grand Cayman – 4 nights – all meals -r/t airfare from Tampa, FL

Churchill Downs VIP Package – 3 nights – includes airfare

Wrigley Field Roof Top Experience – 3 nights – includes airfare

Lake Tahoe Ski package – 3 nights – includes airfare

Boston & Sam Adams Brewery Tour – 3 nights – includes airfare

San Francisco & Sonoma – 3 nights – includes airfare

New York – 3 nights – includes airfare

New Orleans Jazz & Dining – 3 nights – includes airfare

California Wine Country – 5 nights – airfare not included

Indy 500 – May 23, 2016 – 5 nights – meals & tickets – airfare not included

NASCAR July 22-25, 2016 -4 nights – most meals & tickets – airfare not included

Quechee, VT -Balloon Festival – June 17-20, 2016 – 4 nights – most meals – airfare not included

Tuscany for 2 – 6 nights – breakfast & dinners with Estate Wines – airfare not included

Memorable Experiences:

Exotic Supercar Driving Experience – Las Vegas – 1 Driver, 1 Passenger – 3 nights -airfare included

Monterey Golf for 2 – 3 nights – airfare included

Air Combat USA Fighter Pilot for a Day for 1 person – trip for 2 people – 3 nights – over 20 locations in the United States – airfare included

Ultimate Pro Sports Fan Get-A-Way for 2 – 2 nights/ weekend – airfare included Lower Level Tickets to Choice of a Select Regular Season MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL or PGA Event

Florida Winefest & Auction

March 19- 22, 2015

Events & Tickets

MARCH 19TH
PATRON TICKET PACKAGE
One ticket (1) to Friday’s Bayfront Showcase Lunch-Tasting, Friday night’s Banquet on the Block, Saturday’s Grand Tasting, Brunch & Charity Auction and Sunday’s Wine on the Water. Recognition as Patron in Primary Invitation and in Saturday’s Charity Auction Catalog, recognition on Sponsor Page of FWA website, and complimentary valet parking for Friday’s Consumer Tasting and Saturday’s Grand Tasting, Brunch & Charity Auction and reserved/priority seating at Charity Auction.
$450
WINE & WINEMAKER DINNERS
Ticket On Sale Now!
March 20th
BAYFRONT SHOWCASE LUNCH TASTING
11:00 AM TO 2:00 PM
Bayfront grounds of Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Enter a wine-and-food paradise under the elegant Winefest tent adjacent to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Excite your palate tasting fine wines from our participating wineries and experience taste sensations provided by some of the best food purveyors in Florida. Meet and mingle with winemakers and winery representatives showcasing their most sought-after wines.
$50 per person
BANQUET ON THE BLOCK
6:30 PM –
Lemon Avenue in front of Mattison’s City Grille, Downtown, Sarasota
Back by popular demand, Winefest is steppin’ out and bringing the party downtown. Join us as we shut down Lemon Avenue for a sassy, sophisticated street party. Sample a stellar selection of wines before taking your place at the longest table in Sarasota. Area chefs will create dishes from locally harvested seafood, meats and produce, and wine will flow throughout the multiple courses. Finish off your delectable evening dancing in the Street.
$200 per person – Seating is reserved
March 21
GRAND TASTING, BRUNCH & CHARITY AUCTION
Brunch is from 11:00 am – 1:15 pm
Auction starts at 1:30 –
Bayfront grounds of Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
The Grand Tasting will feature wines from more than 50 wineries. Rub elbows with host vintners and knowledgeable winery representatives as they pour their best vintages and most sought-after wines. Select appetizer portions of signature dishes from favorite local restaurants during brunch from 11:00 am – 1:15 pm. Following brunch, the afternoon continues with the charity auction. Bid on wines, lavish dinners, adventure travel, jewelry and more. Auctioneer David  Elswood, Christie’s International Head of Wine Sales/London, returns for his 20th year.
$150 per person
March 22
WINE ON THE WATER
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Bayfront grounds of Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Sunday afternoon is the perfect time for a casual, alfresco wine tasting on the waterfront. Don’t miss this last opportunity to taste a huge selection of wines and make note of the ones you’ll be heading to the wine shop to purchase. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon while listening to the sounds of musician Ben Hammond, one of Sarasota’s favorites! $25 per person for 6 tastes of wine. Food available for purchase from select food vendors.
$25 per person
For more information call: (941) 952-1109 / https://floridawinefest.org.

Make plans to attend one of the best Wine Festivals in Florida. Check it out at
https://floridawinefest.org/f/. GourmetTrek will attend, so stay tune to find out which events and please join us!

Florida Winefest & Auction
March 19-22, 2015

Events & Tickets

March 19

WINE & WINEMAKER DINNERS
Ticket Sales TBA

In and around Sarasota
Venues to be announced – stay tuned!
$125-$250

BAYFRONT SHOWCASE LUNCH TASTING
March 20, 2015
Ticket Sales TBA

11:00 AM TO 2:00 PM
Bayfront grounds of Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
$50 per person

Enter a wine-and-food paradise under the elegant Winefest tent adjacent to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Excite your palate tasting fine wines from our participating wineries and experience taste sensations provided by some of the best food purveyors in Florida. Meet and mingle with winemakers and winery representatives showcasing their most sought-after wines.

BANQUET ON THE BLOCK
March 19, 2015
Ticket Sales TBA

6:30 PM –
Lemon Avenue in front of Mattison’s City Grille, Downtown, Sarasota
$200 per person

Back by popular demand, Winefest is steppin’ out and bringing the party downtown. Join us as we shut down Lemon Avenue for a sassy, sophisticated street party. Sample a stellar selection of wines before taking your place at the longest table in Sarasota. Area chefs will create dishes from locally harvested seafood, meats and produce, and wine will flow throughout the multiple courses. Finish off your delectable evening dancing in the St

GRAND TASTING, BRUNCH & CHARITY AUCTION
March 21, 2015
Ticket Sales TBA

11:00 AM TO 3:30 PM
Bayfront grounds of Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
$125 per person

The Grand Tasting will feature wines from more than 50 wineries. Rub elbows with host vintners and knowledgeable winery representatives as they pour their best vintages and most sought-after wines. Select appetizer portions of signature dishes from favorite local restaurants during brunch from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm. Following brunch, the afternoon continues with the charity auction. Bid on wines, lavish dinners, adventure travel, jewelry and more. Auctioneer David Elswood, Christie’s International Head of Wine Sales/London, returns for his 20th year.

WINE ON THE WATER
March 22, 2015
Ticket Sales TBA

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Bayfront grounds of Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
$25 per person

Sunday afternoon is the perfect time for a casual, alfresco wine tasting on the waterfront. Don’t miss this last opportunity to taste a huge selection of wines and make note of the ones you’ll be heading to the wine shop to purchase. Cooking demonstrations by a few our local chefs will make the afternoon fly by. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon while listening to the sounds of musician Ben Hammond, one of Sarasota’s favorites! $25 per person for 6 tastes of wine. Food available for purchase from select food vendors.

For more information call (941) 952-1109.

Boat TourGourmet Trek offers culinary tours of several Bay area neighborhoods, from downtown Dunedin to Ybor. Buy a surprisingly inexpensive ticket ($45 for most of the tours) and a local guide will take you on a long walk through the area, with a little history of the area, a little info on the current dining scene, and stops at five or six local restaurants to sample their fare.In Dunedin, the current tour will take you to Bon Appetit, Sea Sea Riders, Cappucinos, Casa tina, Cafe al Fresco and Pan Y Vino. Tours take between 3 and 1/2 to 4 hours.

The tours were started by Anita Gary,

a PR and marketing professional who decided to change her course after some health issues. “I needed to reevaluate my life and try to incorporate things I love and never had a chance to do,” says Gary. “I love eating out and love wine and smapling wine, and thought ‘what a great thing to do to offer something like this.'”

Centro YborAs of now, Gourmet Trek offers tours in downtown Dunedin, Soho, Ybor, Channelside/Harbor Island and downtown Sarasota. Gary plans to extend the repertoire to other areas, as well as offer culinary trips to places like Italy, special dinners at newly opened restaurants, and tours that concentrate more on drinks than food.