Forks & Corks Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting guestsPlease join us for one of Michael's best wine tastings each year! Michael's Forks & Corks Retail Wine Tasting will be a casual, walk-about wine tasting hosted by 22 visiting winemakers, winery owners and special guests participating in the 2017 Forks & Corks festivities! Forks & Corks Wine Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar Saturday, January 28, 2017 3-5 pm (Please note time! 3-5 pm) Admission is $10 per person Click here for online reservations in advance, or simply join us at the door. Featured Wineries: Alexander Valley Vineyards Barone Pizzini Castelluccio/Podere Poggio Scalette Chateau d'Issan & Chateau Pedesclaux Chateau D'Or et de Gueules Chateau Fleur Cardinale Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal, Chateau Ferriere, Chateau Durfort Vivens Chateau La Croix St Georges Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Chateau Lagrange Chateau Phelan Segur Coppo Winery Domaine de Chevalier El Enemigo/Catena Klein Constantia/Anwilka Estate L'Ecole º41 La Favorita Michael David Winery Napa Cellars Paul Cluver Wines Saintsbury Vignobles Mayard
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Forks & Corks Wine Tasting

Michael's Forks & Corks Wine Tasting Saturday, January 28, 2017 3-5 pm at Michael’s Wine Cellar Please note the time! 3-5 pm) Hosted by 10+ visiting winemakers and winery owners participating in the Forks & Corks festivities! $10 per person; no reservations required.
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A Night in Bordeaux

A Night in Bordeaux Featuring Seven Chateaux & Visiting Winemakers! Saturday, January 28, 2017 7 pm at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens $95, plus tax and gratuity per person; Advanced reservations are required. This event has SOLD OUT. Call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your complete name and contact information to be added to the wait list. 
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Forks & Corks 2017 Events

Forks and Corks 2017Please join us for multiple wine events offered by the Michael's Wine Cellar and Michael's On East team as part of the 2017 Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival!  Michael's Forks & Corks Retail Wine Tasting Saturday, January 28, 2017 3-5 pm at Michael’s Wine Cellar Hosted by 10+ visiting winemakers and winery owners participating in the Forks & Corks festivities! $10 per person; no reservations required. Robert Kacher Selections Wine Dinner - SOLD OUT Friday, January 27, 2017 7 pm at Michael’s Wine Cellar  Hosted by Diane de Puymorin, Chateau d’Or et de Gueules; Françoise Roumieux, Vignobles Mayard & Robert “Bobby” Kacher $95, plus tax and gratuity per person; Advanced reservations are required. A Night in Bordeaux - SOLD OUT Featuring Seven Chateaux & Visiting Winemakers! Saturday, January 28, 2017 7 pm at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens $95, plus tax and gratuity per person; Advanced reservations are required. Call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your complete name and contact information to be added to the wait list for the Robert Kacher Selections Wine Dinner or A Night in Bordeaux. 
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Forks & Corks Wine Tasting

This Saturday at Michael's Wine Cellar! Forks & Corks "Open House" Wine Tasting Dozens of international winemakers and winery owners will be journeying from their prized properties around the globe to Sarasota for the Sarasota-Manatee Originals' Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival. We hope you'll plan to join us for our retail tasting event hosted by many special guests this Saturday! Alexander Valley Vineyards, Harry Wetzel IV and Max Vater Hess Collection, Kate Ayers Hook & Ladder, Michael & Lori De Loach Pedroncelli, Ed St.John Rombauer, Luke Clayton Willamette Valley Vineyards, Mary Joli Badenhorst, Bartholomew Broadbent Catena Zapata, Pablo Piccolo Marchesi di Gresy, Alberto di Gresy Mas Janeil, Fancine Lurton Monchiero, Carbone Francesco & Lucrezia Carbone Paul Cluver, Liesl Rust Shug Carneros, Axel Schug Zenato, Vittorio Marianecci La Fleur de Boüard, Coralie de Boüard Plus featured wines from Baglioni, RouteStock, Chateau Les Crostes, Domaine Cordier Pere & Fils, Domaine du Tariquet and Raats Family. Michael's Retail Forks & Corks Wine Tasting Saturday, January 30, 2016 3-5 p.m.  All are welcome to attend a casual afternoon tasting at Michael’s Wine Cellar in celebration of Forks & Corks. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet winemakers and winery owners from around the world, plus, of course, taste the wines that are their true pride and joy! Admission is $10 per person. No RSVP is required for this casual Saturday afternoon wine tasting, simply join us at Michael’s Wine Cellar, but please note the time: 3-5 p.m. Click here to make online reservations in advance for this casual tasting event    
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La Fleur de Bouard

LaFleurdeBouardWe’re thrilled to announce that Coralie de Boüard of La Fleur de Boüard in Bordeaux will be joining us again in Sarasota for our Forks & Corks Retail Wine Tasting, 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, January 30. Coralie will join more than a dozen international winery owners and winemakers at this special tasting event. Click here to make reservations online. Haven't had a chance to meet Coralie during past visits to Sarasota and Michael's Wine Cellar? Here's some background about her family's winery, compliments of TheWineCellarInsider.com: La Fleur de Bouard is owned by the de Bouard family. When Hubert de Bouard purchased the property in 1998, it was called La Fleur Saint Georges. Following the age old custom of renaming a wine after a change in ownership, they rechristened their new property, La Fleur de Bouard. The de Bouard family are well known for their Bordeaux wine vineyards in St. Emilion, which include Chateau Angelus and Chateau Bellevue as well as their estate in the Cotes de Francs appellation, Chateau de-Francs. Hubert de Bouard purchased the estate in 1998 from a French insurance company. 1998 marked the debut vintage for La Fleur de Bouard. However, today Chateau La Fleur de Bouard is managed by Coralie de Bouard, the daughter of Hubert de Bouard. Chateau La Fleur de Bouard sits on the plateau of Lalande de Pomerol in Neac, which is not far from Pomerol. The terroir is clay and sandy soil with a base of gravel underneath. The 25 hectare vineyard of La Fleur de Bouard is planted to 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vine density is 6,500 vines per hectare in the oldest vines. However, new plantings take place at 8,500 vines per hectare. The average age of the vines at La Fleur de Bouard is 25 years old. However, they have old vines that are close to 45 years of age in their vineyards as well. In 2011, La Fleur de Bouard completed a multi-year reconstruction of their entire wine making making facilities and the chateau, making this one of the most modern estates in the Right Bank. The most striking new feature is their hanging, reverse, stainless steel, conical vats. To produce the wine of La Fleur de Bouard, the grapes go through a pre-fermentation, cold maceration at 10 degrees Celsius and a 3-4 week maceration in stainless steel tanks. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation is performed in a combination of 75% new oak barrels, 15% one year old barrels and 10% takes place in tank. The wine is aged on its lies in 75%, new French oak barrels for between 18-24 months, depending on the character of the vintage. The blend for Chateau La Fleur de Bouard is usually quite close to the planted acreage. Chateau La Fleur de Bouard produces a special cuvee called La Plus La Fleur de Bouard. The grapes come from a small, 2 hectare parcel of very old Merlot vines planted in their clay soils. This high quality, character filled wine is the perfect ringer for a Pomerol tasting. It is the benchmark for any wine from the Lalande de Pomerol appellation. The blend of La Fleur de Bouard as well as that of Le Plus varies depending on the vintage. It ranges from 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc to almost 100% Merlot. However, for Le Plus, the majority of the time, it’s usually closer to 100% Merlot, while La Fleur de Bouard is closer to the vineyard plantings. There is a second wine, La Fleur Saint Georges. The average annual production for La Fleur de Bouard is close to 7,000 cases per year.
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South African Wine Dinner

Please join us for a South African wine dinner hosted by special guests from this January as part of the popular Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival! South African Wine Dinner Featuring Babylonstoren & Paul Cluver Hosted by Charl Coetzee, Winemaker, Babylonstoren & Liesl Rust, Paul Cluver, Co-Owner & Sister of Paul Cluver himself!  Friday, January 29, 2016 7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar Admission is $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and reservations are required as seating is limited. Click here to make reservations online or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229. Babylonstoren WineryBabylonstoren Babylonstoren is one of the best preserved werfs (farm yards) in the Cape Dutch tradition. The property includes the manor house from 1777 as well as pioneer structures which date back to the founding of the farm in 1690. The Koornhuis (for storing wheat and hay) and the old cellar are exceptional to see. An ornate fowl house, pigeon loft, leaning bell tower and historic gates embellish a traditional courtyard surrounded by a low, whitewashed wall.
Today, Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. The Babylonstoren logo, which consists of the pipe, representing the farm, the flower, representing the garden and the bird, representing nature, combines the very essence of Babylonstoren and that is keeping things simple and as true to the earth as possible.
Paul Cluver WineryPaul Cluver This family-owned, family-run winery is located in the cool-climate Elgin Valley, approximately 70km southeast of Cape Town. The property has been in ownership of the Cluver Family since 1896. Recognized as pioneers of wine in the area, the family continues to focus on producing elegant wines that are expressive of the terroir.
The wine business forms part of larger holistic farming business called De Rust Estate. In addition to the vineyards and cellar, there are apple and pear orchards, a Hereford stud and eco-tourism activities, including amphitheater concerts, on the farm. This estate forms part of the UNESCO world heritage site, the Kogelberg Biosphere. Half of the estate has been set aside for conservation into perpetuity. De Rust is one of the first farms in South Africa to enter into a stewardship contract agreement with Cape Nature. The objective of which is to conserve the pristine habitat on the property in perpetuity by means of provisions attached to the property’s title deeds. The conserved area is in excess of 1000ha, and is now called the Cluver Family Reserve. This reserve includes a game camp for antelope that used to occur in the area.
We are thrilled to host multiple winemaker events at Michael's Wine Cellar, Michael's On East and the Michael's On East Ballroom in January 2016 as part of the annual Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival produced by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals. Click here for more information about other special wine events.  
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Napa Valley Wine Dinner

Please join us for a special Napa Valley wine dinner hosted by special guests from The Hess Collection and Rombauer Vineyards this January! Napa Valley Wine Dinner Featuring The Hess Collection & Rombauer Vineyards Hosted by Kate Ayres, Associate Winemaker, The Hess Collection & Luke Clayton, Winemaker, Rombauer Vineyards Saturday, January 30, 2016 7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar Admission is $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and reservations are required as seating is limited. Click here to make reservations online or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229. The Hess CollectionHess Collection Hess Family Wine Estates is recognized as one of the premier family-owned companies in the world of wine. Each of the family’s wineries – in California, Argentina, and South Africa – produce highly acclaimed wines that stand alongside the very best. The portfolio includes The Hess Collection, Hess Select, Bodega Colomé and Amalaya. Donald Hess established his first Mount Veeder vineyard in 1978, recognizing from the beginning that on these ridges and benchlands, the potential for great wine growing was clear. A deep, rocky mix of ancient seabed and volcanic soils provides a home for vineyard blocks producing small, concentrated fruit that reflects the challenges, and rewards, of farming at higher altitudes in the coolest mountain growing region in Napa. Wine, Elevated.
Today, The Hess Collection focuses on producing exceptional wines from Bordeaux and Chardonnay varieties, farming estate vineyards on Mount Veeder, at the Allomi vineyard in Pope Valley and at the Su’skol vineyard in American Canyon, near San Pablo Bay. The Hess Collection winery continued this pioneering spirit, combining a quest to reach ever higher levels of quality and excellence with an abiding respect for the land, and for Napa history. The Hess Collection winery is a historic site where wine was first produced in the 1860’s, anchored in a native stone building hewn by masons in 1903. After an extensive renovation and restoration, the winery first opening in mid-1989, joined by The Hess Art Collection, displaying world-renowned selections from Donald Hess’s personal contemporary art collection in a beautiful 13,000 sq ft museum. The first vintage release for The Hess Collection was the 1983 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, and over the next 30 years and counting Hess wines have received wide acclaim, ranking among the Top 100 wines in various Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast polls, and as among America’s Most Popular Restaurant Wines in the annual Wine & Spirits Restaurant poll. The Hess 2012 releases mark the winery’s 30th vintage anniversary. The Hess Collection was among the first California wineries to demonstrate, define and certify sustainable practices in both vineyard and winery operations, a long Hess family tradition reflected in the direction Donald Hess first gave in 1978, “Nurture the land, and return what you take.” The Hess Collection is certified under Napa Green for both land and winery standards, and is also certified as part of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. Visitors to the winery home on Mount Veeder find an elevated experience combining wine, art, culinary and historical explorations, now led by the fifth generation of the Hess family.
Rombauer VineyardsRombauer Vineyards Rombauer Vineyards was established in 1980, when the Rombauer family harvested their rst grapes — Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District. Nearly 35 years later, the winery remains family owned and operated with members of the first and second generations involved in the business.
When founders Koerner and Joan Rombauer moved their two children, two horses and ve dogs to Napa Valley in 1972, they had no intention of starting a winery. They chose the area because it reminded them of the small-town, agricultural environment in which they had grown up, and it appeared to be a clean, safe place to raise their children. They purchased 40 acres of beautiful hilltop land on the Silverado Trail near the town of St. Helena. The Rombauers did have a great appreciation for the role of wine in the ne dining experience. Koerner’s great aunt Irma Rombauer was the author of the internationally renowned cookbook the Joy of Cooking, and Koerner’s ancestors were from the winegrowing region of Rheingau, Germany, where wine is considered an essential complement to a meal. It didn’t take long for Koerner and Joan to become fascinated with the growing Napa Valley wine industry. In 1976, the same year as the famed Judgment of Paris, they became partners in Conn Creek Winery. There, Koerner learned the wine business rst in the cellar, working hand in hand with the winemaker and learning all phases of winery operations. In 1980, the Rombauers sold their interest in Conn Creek Winery and decided to invest of a winery of their own. That year, they harvested their rst grapes, marking the beginning of Rombauer Vineyards. The first wines were produced at Shafer Vineyards and in Koerner’s garage, which was bonded as a winery for the purpose. In 1982, the Rombauer family broke ground for construction of a winery on the property adjacent to their home. Today, under the direction of Director of Winemaking and Viticulture Richie Allen, Rombauer Vineyards combines traditional viticultural and winemaking practices with the best available technology to ensure the highest quality wine production. The winery produces critically acclaimed Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc.
We are thrilled to host multiple winemaker events at Michael's Wine Cellar, Michael's On East and the Michael's On East Ballroom in January 2016 as part of the annual Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival produced by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals. Click here for more information about other special wine events.  
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Forks & Corks Events

Wine Dinner Round Table We are thrilled to announce details for the numerous Forks & Corks events hosted at Michael's Wine Cellar, Michael's On East and the Michael's On East Ballroom in January 2016! Some of the most remarkable - and popular - functions include two wine dinner events hosted by visiting winemakers, in town for Forks & Corks! Michael’s Wine Dinners feature extravagant five-course feasts designed to complement a specific winery or portfolio. South African Wine Dinner Featuring Babylonstoren & Paul Cluver  Hosted by Charl Coetzee (Babylonstoren, Winemaker) & Liesl Rust (Paul Cluver, Co-Owner) Friday, January 29, 2016 7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Click here to make reservations online or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229. Napa Valley Wine Dinner Featuring The Hess Collection & Rombauer Vineyards Hosted by Kate Ayers (The Hess Collection, Associate Winemaker) & Luke Clayton (Rombauer Vineyards, Winemaker) Saturday, January 30, 2016 7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Click here to make reservations online or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229. Forks & Corks "Open House" Wine Tasting Also mark your calendar for Michael's Retail Forks & Corks Wine Tasting, 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2016. All are welcome to attend a casual afternoon tasting at Michael’s Wine Cellar in celebration of Forks & Corks. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet winemakers and winery owners from around the world, plus, of course, taste the wines that are their true pride and joy! Admission is $10 per person. No RSVP is required for this casual Saturday afternoon wine tasting, simply join us at Michael’s Wine Cellar, but please note the time: 3-5 p.m. Click here to make online reservations in advance for this casual tasting event. Forks & Corks University The Sarasota-Manatee Originals are also accepting reservations for Forks & Corks University, an educational program scheduled for the morning and afternoon on Saturday, January 30 this year. Full-day and half-day seminars, including a wine luncheon are available with Michael's On East, Michael's Wine Cellar and the Michael's Ballroom hosting various aspects of each event. Click here for details and reservations to Forks & Corks University.   Please note that tickets to the 2016 Forks & Corks Grand Tasting produced by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals sold out in just a few minutes in November 2015. We hope you'll be able to join us for these numerous other opportunities to meet visiting winemakers throughout Forks & Corks weekend including these special events on property at Michael's.     
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Forks & Corks Wine Competition

Best of Show WinesThe Sarasota-Manatee Originals recently announced Two “Best of Show” Wine Winners for the 2015 Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival!

Sixteen wine experts sampled nearly 300 wines from around the world at the third annual Forks & Corks wine judging competition on December 1, 2014. Two wines garnered "Best of Show" status, including one from California and one from Italy. All of the competing wines will be showcased during the 2015 Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival, January 23-26, 2015.

(Yes, that's this weekend!! While tickets for the Grand Tasting sold out through the Sarasota-Manatee Originals back in November, no reservations are required to attend a casual walk-about tasting on Saturday, January 24 at Michael's Wine Cellar. Admission is only $10 per person for this 3-5 p.m. tasting in the Store. Click here for details.) Now, back to this year's Forks & Corks Wine Competition... The judges, each of whom sampled about 60 wines apiece, spent nearly eight hours evaluating the wines before coming up with the top winners. The two "Best of Show" wines selected are the 2012 Presqu'ile Winery Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, CA; and the 2007 Zenato Cresasso from Veneto, Italy. Twenty-three white wines garnered gold, silver and bronze awards; 44 red wines were recognized with gold, silver and bronze awards; two sparkling wines received gold and silver recognition; and five dessert wines were given gold, silver and bronze awards. A complete list of the other award-winning wines is available below.  Steve Harner, proprietor of The Crow’s Nest and president of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals, chaired the wine judging competition. "The results heighten anticipation about which wines people are going to want to taste and purchase at The Grand Tasting," says Harner, adding that the winning wines will be among the over 400 wines showcased and for sale at the sold-out Grand Tasting event in the courtyard of the Ringling Museum of Art on January 25. “The buzz among winemakers and wineries from around the country and world is that Forks & Corks, in eight short years, has become one of the most popular wine and food events in the United States," says Harner. "This year, more than 70 winemakers will converge on Sarasota and show off their favorite vintages. That's something to raise a glass to!" The Presqu’ile Winery, family-owned and operated, is located in the Santa Maria Valley on California’s Central Coast. Two generations of Murphys form the heart of Presqu'ile: Matt, Amanda, Jonathan, Lindsey, Anna, Madison and Suzanne, together with winemaker Dieter Cronje and vineyard manager Jim Stollberg. "Our wines reflect a relentless pursuit of quality," says Matt Murphy. "We strive for elegance, balance and authentic expression and share a minimalist philosophy of interference. Except for intensive-shoot and cluster thinning, hand-harvesting and hand-sorting, we let the exquisite fruit convey the essence of its respective variety, vineyard and vintage." Murphy adds that grapes are hand-harvested earlier than most, resulting in "brilliant wines" that are relatively low in alcohol. The winning 2012 Chardonnay received 93 points from Wine Enthusiast and is acclaimed for flavors that are "light and fresh, with peach and slight guava. That tropicality emerges even more throughout the long, lingering finish." (Matt Kettmann, November 2014.) The 2007 Zenato Cresasso comes from the Costalunga estate in Sant’Ambrogio, a hilly area in Valpolicella in Italy. Cresasso is named for the pebbly soil in which it is grown: "sasso" translates as stone, and "cre" is the prefix of cretaceous. Cresasso is the product of extensive study and patience on the part of the Zenato family who sought to craft a wine that truly encapsulates the uniqueness of this special terroir. This wine has a rich garnet color with flavors that evoke tart black cherries, plums, and tobacco—all characteristic of the Corvina grape. On the palate the wine is soft and elegant, with Zenato's trademark balance. "After years experimenting on 100-percent Corvina, Alberto Zenato and Silvano, the on-site winemaker, under the scrupulous direction of Sergio Zenato, were able to produce one of the most impressive 100-percent Corvina wines from the Veneto," says Vittorio Marianecci, brand manager for Zenato. "This is a wine that is very complex, powerful and elegant." We are thrilled to offer both "Best of Show" wines available for purchase at Michael's Wine Cellar. Stop in the store soon or shop online anytime. Click here to shop online now.   FORKS & CORKS 2015 MEDAL WINNERS White Wines Best of Show 2012 Chardonnay, Presqu'ile Winery, Santa Maria Valley, CA   Gold 2013 Chardonnay, LOLA Wines, Sonoma Coast, CA 2012 Chardonnay, Schweiger Vineryards, Napa Valley, CA 2012 Chardonnay "Logan", Talbott Vineyards, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA 2013 Chardonnay "Dutton Ranch", Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Russian River, CA 2012 Chardonnay, Babylonstoren, Simonsberg-Paarl, ZA 2012 Chardonnay "Sleepy Hollow", Talbott Vineyards, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Dog Point Vineyard, Marlborough, NZ 2013 Lugana di San Benedetto, Zenato, Lugana DOC, IT   Silver 2013 Pinot Grigio, Duca di Saragnano, Umbria, IT 2013 Gruner Veltliner "Lois", Weingut Loimer,  Kamptal, AT 2013 Greco-Fiano "Pipoli" , Vigneti del Vulture, Basilicata IGT, IT 2012 Muller Thurgau, Kettmier, Alto Adige, AT 2013 Sauvignon Blanc "Four Bears", Sean Minor Wines, CA 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Bell Wine Cellars, Lake County, CA 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Schweiger Vineryards, Sonoma Valley, CA 2012 Moscato "Allegro", Martin & Weyrich, San Joaquin, CA   Bronze 2012 Chardonnay "Rued Vineyard", Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Green Valley/Russian River, CA 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Line 39, Cecchetti Wine Company, Lake County, CA 2012 Torrontes, Recuerdo, La Rioja, Mendoza, AR 2012 Chardonnay, Saintsbury, Carneros, CA 2012 Sauvignon Blanc "Estate", Silverado Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA 2014 Chenin Blanc, Babylonstoren, Simonsberg-Paarl, ZA 2013 Vin Gris Rosé "Four Bears", Sean Minor Wines, Carneros, CA     Red Wines Best of Show 2007 Cresasso, Zenato , Veneto, IT   Gold 2009 Amarone Classico, Zenato, Valpolicella, IT 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon "Earthquake", Michael David Winery, Lodi, CA 2008 Brunello di Montalcino "Montesoli", Altesino, Montalcino, IT 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon "Double Lariat", Jamieson Ranch Vineyards , Napa Valley, CA 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon "Estate", Hook and Ladder Winery, Russian River Valley, CA 2011 Edizione Cinque Autoctoni, Fantini Farnese, Abruzzi/Puglia, IT 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Schweiger Vineryards, Napa Valley, CA 2012 Syrah, Jaffurs Wine Cellars, Santa Barbara County, CA 2009 Sangiovese "Estate", Silverado Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA   Silver 2012 Primitivo "Alchimia", Duca di Saragnano, Puglia, IT 2011 Primitivo di Manduria "II Matane", Matane, Puglia, IT 2009 Aglianico del Vulture "Piano del Cerro", Vignetti del Vulture, Basilicata, IT 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Martin Ray Vineyards, Sonoma County, CA 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon "Light Horse", Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, CA 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon "Freakshow", Michael David Winery, Lodi, CA 2011 Meritage "Illustration", Blackbird Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA 2011 Pinot Noir, Sean Minor Wines, Carneros, CA 2010 Meritage "Cyrus Estate", Alexander Valley Vineyards, Alexander Valley, CA 2010 Red Wine "Heritage Sites", Gamble Family Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon "Estate", Silverado Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA 2012 Pinot Noir, Butternut, CA 2012 Red Wine, DYN 2880, Calistoga, Napa Valley, CA 2010 Red Wine "19 Block Mountain Cuvée", Hess Collection, Mount Veeder, CA   Bronze 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sean Minor Wines, Napa Valley, CA 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon "Antiguas Reservas" Cousino-Macul, Maipo, ARG 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Shypoke Cellars, Calistoga, Napa Valley, CA 2012 Pinot Noir "Light Horse", Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, CA 2011 Pinot Noir, Presqu'ile Winery, Santa Maria Valley, CA NV Petite Sirah/Syrah "Que Sirah Syrah", Silkwood Wines, CA 2012 Shiraz "Jester", Mitolo, McClaren Vale, AUST 2008 Vecciano Super Tuscan, Duca di Saragnano, Tuscany, IT 2011 Meritage "Paramour", Blackbird Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA 2012 Pinot Noir, Dutton Goldfield Winery, Green Valley of Russian River, CA 2009 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG "Vendemmia", Altesino, Montalcino, IT 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Humble Pie, Central Coast, CA 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon "Route 29", Routestock Cellars, Napa Valley, CA 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon "Synthesis", Martin Ray Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon "Estate", Trefethen Family Vineyards, Oak Knoll, Napa Valley, CA 2012 Pinot Noir "Kali Hart", Talbott Vineyards, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA 2013 Pinot Noir "Reserve", Angeline Vineyards & Winery, CA 2011 Syrah, Silkwood Wines,  CA 2012 Shiraz, Babylonstoren, Simonsberg-Paarl, ZA 2012 Petite Sirah, Shypoke, Calistoga, Napa Valley, CA 2011 Malbec, Bodega Colomé, Upper Calchaqui Valley, AR     Sparkling Wines Gold NV Brut "Blanc de Blancs", Ferrari, Trento DOC, IT   Silver NV Brut Rosé, Ferrari, Trento DOC, IT     Dessert Wines Gold 1983 Don Pedro Ximenez Gran Reserva Sherry "Toro d'Albala", Montilla de Morales, SP 2013 Muscat "Red Electra", Quady Winery, CA   Silver 2013 Muscat "Orange Electra", Quady Winery, CA 2013 Moscato d'Asti "LaSerra",  Marchesi di Gresy, Asti, IT   Bronze NV Sweet Vermouth "Vya", Quady Winery, CA   For more information about the 8th Annual Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival, visit www.dineoriginal.com/forksandcorks, or call 941-365-2800. For more information about The Sarasota-Manatee Originals, visit www.dineoriginal.com.    
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Winemakers at Tasting

Winemakers from many of the world's finest wineries are beginning to converge in Sarasota for one of our community's most anticipated events! This weekend, the Forks & Corks Foods & Wine Festival will offer a variety of winemaker events throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. We have the distinct honor of hosting representatives - winemakers and winery owners! - from 15 properties at a special retail wine tasting in the Store this Saturday. Please join us from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015 to taste dozens of wines from the following wineries! Admission is just $10 per person and reservations are NOT required for this event. (If you wish, online pre-registration is available by clicking here.) Altesino: Altesino is a leader in various, important innovations in the production of Sangiovese from Montalcino, causing it to stand out and become a reference point for the entire territory. Some of the positive contributions putting Montalcino on the world map are: the introduction of the "Cru" (Montosoli) concept in 1975, the first experiments with barriques in '79, the production in '77 of the first Grappa from a winery and the first Futures (purchasing wine before its release) for Brunello 1985. Over the last forty years an intense relationship has been developed with the land full of history, with its almost sensual beauty that is physically perceived and its subtle charm that reaches the body and soul. This is the philosophy that inspires Altesino to produce wine and maintain its culture. Marchesi di Gresy: Marchesi di GresyIn the 1960’s, Alberto di Grésy spent much of his time supervising the agricultural operations of the family estates where he concluded early on that he didn’t want to limit himself to selling the grapes from his vineyards to the finest wine producers in the area, as was the tradition in the Langhe. In 1973 Alberto di Grésy began vinifying his own wine: the objective to produce wine with the best available technology while respecting tradition, and to transfer as much as possible of the character and personality of the terrain, vineyard site and varietal into the bottle. Famous in ancient Roman times when the estate was known as “Villa Martis”, today Martinenga’s 29.5 acres of Nebbiolo vineyards are considered to be one of the greatest single vineyards dedicated to the production of Barbaresco d.o.c.g. Ideal southern exposure and a particular composition of the soil (blue marl), produces fruit that is transformed into a Barbaresco of extraordinary class and finesse. The winery, recently expanded, provides the means to produce products of the highest quality, with respect to the oenological tradition.   Zenato: The Zenato winery possesses a strong link to the richness of its local history and culture, and continues to develop this connection today. The estate is based in a territory that surrounds Lake Garda, with an extraordinary microclimate that allows for an optimal growing season. Cherishing a ‘frank and simple’ approach to life, Zenato is committed to producing affordable wine of exceptional quality. With a passion for the land and a dedication to vigorous research, innovation and quality improvement, Sergio Zenato strived to eclipse past results. He crafted wines that are known for their quality and consistency. Founded in 1960 by Sergio and Carla Zenato, the Zenato winery was originally based on the production of quality wines from an indigenous varietal, Trebbiano di Lugana. Over time, the winery has been passed to Sergio and Carla’s children, who have maintained and expanded upon this vision. Their daughter Nadia currently handles the marketing and promotional activity for the company, while their son Alberto oversees all aspects of production, from the growing of the vines to the completion of the bottling process. Zenato has also explored another important area of Italian wine production — Valpolicella. It is here that they have dedicated endless efforts to the improvement and success of Amarone production, a wine of noble attributes and prestige. Zenato has entered into international markets and received the highest accolades from the wine industry’s leading experts, praise that reflects the way in which the company operates on a daily basis. Today, Zenato continues to look to the future and invest in development projects based in the areas of Valpolicella and Lugana. Alexander Valley Vineyards: A family-owned and operated winery located in the heart of Sonoma’s Alexander Valley. The historic property was originally settled in the 19th century by Cyrus Alexander, the valley’s namesake. Since 1975 the Wetzel Family has been producing an array of estate wines that reflect the unique character of the property. AVV’s vineyard practices were initially recognized by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance in March 2006 and again in 2010 when named a Sonoma Green Business. CYRUS® is a  registered trademark of Alexander Valley Vineyards. Willamette Valley Vineyards: Founder, Jim Bernau, purchased the Estate site in 1983 and cleared away the old pioneer plum orchard hidden in scotch broom and blackberry vines. He planted Pinot Noir (Pommard and Wadenswil clones), Chardonnay (Dijon and Espiguette) and Pinot Gris. In the beginning he hand watered the vines with thousands of feet of hose. Numerous classes at UC Davis, and seminars from here to France, sharpened Jim’s viticultural skills and in 1989 he was ready to build his dream--a world class winery in the Willamette Valley—and make cool-climate varietals, especially Pinot Noir, in sufficient quantities to be served and sold in the best restaurants and bottle shops in the world. A combination of determination and extraordinary people has brought Willamette Valley Vineyards from an idea to one of the region's leading wineries, earning the title "One of America's Great Pinot Noir Producers," from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The estate's approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit using careful canopy management, and to achieve wines that are truly expressive of the varietal and the place where they are grown. Since they ferment and barrel each vineyard lot separately (sometimes as small as two barrels), the winery can save the best barrels for single vineyard bottlings and Signature Cuvée. A stylistic emphasis is on pure varietal fruit characters, with attention to depth, richness of mouthfeel, and balance. The wines are truly a collaborative effort of the entire vineyard and winemaking staff. The winery and underground cellar are carved into the top of an ancient volcanic flow, the soil red from its oxidized iron content and well-drained. This unique terroir is similar to the red clay soil found in the Grand Cru Pinot Noir vineyards of Romaneé-st-Vivant in Burgundy, where the "soil gives France's most perfumed, satiny, expensive wine" (Hugh Johnson, World Atlas of Wine). Saintsbury: Saintsbury was founded in 1981 by winemakers Richard Ward and David Graves. The winery was named in honor of George Saintsbury, an English man of letters best known for his Notes on a Cellar Book. The winery established its reputation early on for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and has long been a champion of these varieties. Silverado: Silverado's winemaking is rooted in the vineyards. The property is dedicated to expressing the delicious quality and character of grapes grown on each of six vineyards in the Napa Valley. Since its founding in 1981, the winery has grown to nearly 400 acres which is farmed organically and sustainably. From them, Silverado produces Estate and Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Chardonnay. Hook & Ladder: In the midst of a 16-year career as a San Francisco Firefighter, Cecil De Loach discovered the Russian River Valley and grape growing. In 1970 he and wife Christine purchased Louis Barbieri’s Zinfandel Ranch planted in 1905. With that purchase, the De Loach family legacy in the Russian River Valley began. After selling the De Loach brand in 2003, Cecil founded Hook & Ladder Winery, a smaller project allowing the family to showcase the best of their 250 acres of fruit. Now in the third generation, Cecil’s grandson, Jason De Loach is hand-crafting wines showcasing the quality and character of a region that only four decades of experience and a family’s commitment can deliver. All Hook & Ladder wines are hand-made in small batches to craft the finest products possible. The wines have garnered hundreds of awards and 90+ ratings since their first vintage in 2003. The winemaking exhibits a consistent style emphasizing bright, bold flavors and aromas, along with elegant structure focused on the vineyards from which the wines are produced. With it’s great-tasting, and best-selling Chardonnay, Cabernet blend, and Zinfandel blend at by-the-glass pricing, it is arguable that Hook & Ladder wines are the best value in the Russian River Valley. Presqu’ile: Presqu'ile winery is a venture with deep roots. For over a century, four generations have partnered in farming, forestry, oil and gas and conservation. Today, two generations of Murphys form the heart of Presqu'ile: Matt, Amanda, Jonathan, Lindsey, Anna, Madison and Suzanne, together with winemaker Dieter Cronje and vineyard manager Jim Stollberg. The Presqu'ile Winery team brings together their heritage, pursuit of excellence, affinity for the land and the motto: If we aren't having fun, why bother? Presqu'ile arose from our penchant for fine wines, an inclination for adventure, and the discovery of Santa Maria Valley's ideal terroir. The property includes 73 acres of certified sustainably farmed vineyards on our 200 acre property where we craft Santa Maria Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. To complement the estate production, we partner with top growers to source additional outstanding fruit. Jaffurs Wine Cellars: Jaffurs Wine Cellars is dedicated to producing great Rhone varietal wines with a new-world independence. Their wines – Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Viognier, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc – are among the best in the county. Owner/winemaker Craig Jaffurs, produced his first professional wines during the 1994 harvest. All the Jaffurs wines are carefully made in small lots. Only about 5000 cases are produced each year – production is limited. All our wines are crushed, pressed, cellared and bottled in their Santa Barbara facility. O’Neill: O'Neill Vintners was founded in 2004 by Jeff O'Neill, former CEO of Golden State Vintners and third generation member of a California winemaking family with roots dating back to 1934. From grape supply through wine processing to bottling services, O'Neill is recognized as the preferred outsourcing partner for many of the world's leading beverage alcohol companies and brand owners. Today, O'Neill Vintners has grown to become the 8th largest U.S. winery and has earned a reputation as one of the premier custom wine producers in California. Gamble Family Vineyards: My (ad)venture in wine seems to me to be a natural progression of history. As a third generation Napa farmer, I have been influenced all my life by my forebears' lives in agriculture. They have left, as part of their legacy, their deep and abiding affinity for the land from which came not only their livelihood, but also a life full of purpose. I am hopeful I can transfer that way of life to yet another generation. Given this legacy, one does not continue farming for dispassionate reasons alone—there are easier ways to make a living. And thus, taking the next step and putting one’s name on a bottle of wine does not come lightly. All our wines are produced in small quantities, with the careful attention to farming my forebears would expect. I hope you will try one or more of my wines and let me know if you agree. - TOM GAMBLE OWNER / Farmer Ferrari Spumante: Established in northern Italy’s Trentino region over a century ago, Ferrari has earned a worldwide reputation as the premier source of luxury metodo classico sparkling wines from Italy. All Ferrari wines are produced according to the regulations of the metodo classico Trento D.O.C, a process akin to that used by the finest Champagne houses. Ferrari’s best-known wines – Ferrari Brut, Perlé and Giulio Ferrari – are blanc de blancs, meaning they are made from 100% Chardonnay, apparent in their remarkable delicacy and finesse. Ferrari was founded in 1902 by Giulio Ferrari. After studying in France, Giulio returned to Trentino convinced that his native region’s terroir was ideal for growing Chardonnay grapes suitable for the production of world-class sparkling wines. A pioneer in Italian viticulture, Ferrari was the first Italian winemaker and viticulturalist to dedicate his vineyards almost entirely to Chardonnay – and by 1906 the awards had begun to roll in. Ferrari was well on its way to producing what would soon become the most famous sparkling wine in all of Italy. In fact, Ferrari is a perennial 22-time winner of the Tre Bicchieri award, Italy’s highest wine accolade, often with Giulio Ferrari and with the most recent honor going to the 2005 Ferrari Perlé Nero bottling in 2012. In 1952, Giulio Ferrari, not having any children, chose friend and local merchant Bruno Lunelli as successor for his beloved business. Today, the third generation of the Lunelli family is at the helm, overseeing 300 acres of prime estate vineyards in Trentino. Production is in the hands of a capable team of eight winemakers, led by chief winemaker Marcello Lunelli, and four agronomists. The pursuit of excellence in all areas of Ferrari production and management is an enduring family legacy with several cousins involved from the new generation: Marcello’s cousin, Matteo Lunelli, is the Chairman of Ferrari F.lli Lunelli SpA, Camilla Lunelli heads up global communications, and Alessandro Lunelli, an engineer by training, is responsible for planning and technical oversight. Plus Castello di Querceto and Dow's Port!  
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Forks & Corks Wine Tasting

Our team joins more than 50 independent restaurants throughout Sarasota and Manatee County in welcoming dozens of winemakers from around the world to the Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival again this January! We look forward to hosting multiple events at Michael's Wine Cellar, Michael's On East and our Ballroom. Join us for Michael’s Retail Forks & Corks Wine Tasting, 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015. All are welcome to attend a casual afternoon tasting at Michael’s Wine Cellar in celebration of Forks & Corks. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet winemakers and winery owners from around the world, plus, of course, taste the wines that are their true pride and joy! $10 per person No RSVP is required for this Saturday afternoon wine tasting, simply join us at Michael’s Wine Cellar, but please note the time of this tasting: 3-5 p.m.
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Italian Wine Dinner Menu

Italy 2009-2 - Version 3Michael’s Wine Dinners are spectacular events featuring visiting winemakers as host to extravagant five-course feasts designed to complement a specific winery or portfolio. On Friday, January 23 - over Forks & Corks weekend! - our Italian Wine Dinner will feature superstar wineries Altesino (with winemaker/manager Guido Oralesi) from Montalcino (Brunello di Montalcino!) and Vittorio Marianecci from Zenato, Valpolicella – famous Amarone producers! $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Please Note: This wine dinner has sold out. Please call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 if you would like to add your name to the waiting list. 

Italian Wine Dinner Menu Forks and Corks Friday, January 23, 2015

Passed Hors d'Oeuvres 

Lobster Arancini with Basil Tomato Puree & Toasted Goat Cheese

Dolce Bleu Cheese-Stuffed Dried Fig Wrapped with Apple-Wood Bacon

Scampi Escargot, Crispy Fingerling Potato Cup Hackleback Caviar & Micro Greens

First Course

Pan-Seared Branzino Chanterelle, Basil Brown Butter, Anise Butternut Squash Purée & Salmon Caviar

Second Course

Pistachio-Crusted Veal Loin Roasted Root Vegetables, Chive Parmesan Gnocchi, & Sweet Onion Demi-Glace

Third Course

Black Pepper Wood-Smoked Rack of Lamb Oven-Dried Plum Tomatoes, Braised Shallots, Roasted Garlic-Scented Baby Kale & Brunello Demi-Reduction

Dessert

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle & Hazelnut Tart Pistachio, Apricot, Fig & Orange Chocolate Petal

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Presqu’ile Wine Dinner Menu

Presqu’ile Wine DinnerWe've just announced the specially-designed menu for Michael's Presqu’ile Wine Dinner set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 24 in Michael's Wine Cellar. Taste the "Best of Show" 2012 Presqu'ile Winery Chardonnay* and seven additional wines from this prized California property!

Enjoy a special opportunity to meet owner & winemaker Matt Murphy from Presqu’ile Winery, Santa Maria Valley, CA. Created by two transverse mountain ranges on the Pacific Coast, Santa Maria Valley provides a unique west-to-east flow of cool marine breezes ideal for producing exceptional Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Wines from this true family-owned and operated boutique property have just recently become available in Florida. Please join us to welcome these fantastic California wines to Florida! $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Click here to make reservations online or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229.

Presqu’ile Wine Dinner Menu Passed Hors d'Oeuvres Crab Imperial Gratin with Corn, Potatoes, Tarragon Crème Fraiche and Lemon Zest

Moroccan Pork Belly Slider

Grilled Diver Scallop Apple Endive Salad & Crayfish Vinaigrette

First Course

Pan-Seared Yellow Tail Snapper

Green Lip Mussels Skewer, Tomato & Onion Jam with Mussel Bisque

Second Course

Asian BBQ Duck Breast

Yukon Potato Cake, Roasted Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Buttered Salsify & Black Truffle Demi-Reduction

Third Course

Spiced Venison Saddle

White and Brown Beech Mushrooms, Ginger-Sweet Potato Purée,

Pinot Noir & Xocopili Demi Reduction

Dessert

Caramelized Apple Crepe Soufflé with Quince Compote

*On December 1, 2014, The Sarasota-Manatee Originals hosted “Top of the Class," a wine competition for the 2015 Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival. A panel of 16 area-based wine experts tasted nearly 300 wine entries from Forks & Corks’ participating wineries from around the world. The judges, each of whom sampled about 60 wines apiece, spent nearly eight hours evaluating the wines before coming up with the top winners. The two "Best of Show" wines selected are the 2012 Presqu'ile Winery Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, CA; and the 2007 Zenato Cresasso from Veneto, Italy. 

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Forks & Corks Wine Dinners

We are thrilled to announce the details for the Forks & Corks scheduled to be hosted at Michael's Wine Cellar, Michael's On East and the Michael's On East Ballroom this January! Although tickets to the Forks & Corks Grand Tasting sold out in just three minutes last month, there are many opportunities to meet visiting winemakers throughout the weekend including these special events on property at Michael's: Italian Wine Dinner Friday, January 23, 2015 7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar Michael’s Wine Dinners are spectacular events featuring visiting winemakers as host to extravagant five-course feasts designed to complement a specific winery or portfolio. On Friday, Jan. 23, our Italian Wine Dinner will feature superstar wineries Altesino (with winemaker/manager Guido Oralesi) from Montalcino (Brunello di Montalcino!) and Vittorio Marianecci from Zenato, Valpolicella - famous Amarone producers! $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Click here to make reservations online or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229. Presqu'ile Wine Dinner Saturday, January 24, 2015 7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar Enjoy a special opportunity to meet owner & winemaker Matt Murphy from Presqu’ile Winery, Santa Maria Valley, CA. Created by two transverse mountain ranges on the Pacific Coast, Santa Maria Valley provides a unique west-to-east flow of cool marine breezes ideal for producing exceptional Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Wines from this true family-owned and operated boutique property have just recently become available in Florida! Please join us to welcome these fantastic California wines to Florida! $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Click here to make reservations online or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 Also mark your calendar for Michael's Retail Forks & Corks Wine Tasting, 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015. All are welcome to attend a casual afternoon tasting at Michael’s Wine Cellar in celebration of Forks & Corks. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet winemakers and winery owners from around the world, plus, of course, taste the wines that are their true pride and joy! $10 per person No RSVP required for this Saturday afternoon wine tasting, simply join us at Michael’s Wine Cellar, but please note the time: 3-5 p.m. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals are also accepting reservations for Forks & Corks University, an educational program scheduled for the morning and afternoon on Saturday, January 24 this year. Click here for details and reservations
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Saturday Tasting, 3-5 p.m.

Wine Tasting Guests With so many sold-out Forks & Corks events around town, we are thrilled to offer one opportunity that is still open to all to attend! All are welcome to attend a casual afternoon tasting at Michael’s Wine Cellar in celebration of Forks & Corks as we welcome more than a dozen winemakers and showcase the "fruits" of their labor, 3-5 p.m. this Saturday, January 25! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet winemakers and winery owners from around the world, plus, of course, taste the wines that are their true pride and joy. Michael's Forks & Corks Retail Tasting is free for Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members, or $10 per person for first-time attendees. We look forward to showcasing wines from:  Alexander Valley Vineyards, Alexander Valley, California Domaine Laroche, Chablis, France Rombauer Vineyard, Napa Valley, California Hook & Ladder Winery, Russian River Valley, California Pascual Y Toso Winery, Mendoza, Argentina Pedroncelli Winery, Dry Creek Valley, California Domaine Ehrhart, Alsace, France Domaine du Tariquet, Armagnac, France Maison Ambroise, Burgundy, France Castello Banfi, Tuscany, France Vina Santa Rita, Chile Aviary, Napa Valley, California Le Mistral, Monterey, California Trinchero, Napa Valley, California Bodega Catena Zapata, Mendoza, Argentina Weingut Loimer, Langenlois, Austria Bonny Doon Vineyard, San Luis Obispo County, California   No RSVP required for this Saturday afternoon wine tasting, simply join us at Michael’s Wine Cellar, but please note the time: 3-5 p.m.
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French Wine Dinner Menu

Robert Kacher French Wine Dinner Hosts Your Hosts from Left to Right: Michael Klauber, Bobby Kacher, Phillipe Ehrhart, Kelly Moore, Corrine Ehrhart, Domaine Ehrhart, Bertrand Ambroise
Friday, January 24, 2014 Domaine Ehrhart & Maison Ambroise – French Wine Dinner, 7 p.m. Michael’s Wine Dinners are spectacular events featuring visiting winemakers as host to extravagant five-course feasts designed to complement a specific winery or portfolio. On Friday, Jan. 24, Robert “Bobby” Kacher, a close friend of Michael Klauber, will bring winemakers and owners from two of his top wineries to the series of Forks & Corks events. Kacher will be joined by Corrine and Phillipe Ehrhart of Domaine Ehrhart and Bertrand Ambroise from Domaine Bertrand Ambroise during the elegant exploration of two of France’s most famous wine regions, Alsace and Burgundy. $95, plus tax and gratuity Reservations required: 941-366-0007, ext. 224 Domaine Ehrhart is a small estate of almost 52 acres located in the village of Wettolsheim, about five kilometers from Colmar. Looking out the back door of Philippe and Corinne Ehrhart’s winery, guests enjoy a view of Alsace’s noble vineyards of Steingrubler, Rosenberg, Brand and Hengst. The Ehrhart family has been making wine in this region since 1725. Two generations ago Philippe Ehrhart’s grandfather Eugene began employing organic farming methods, which he believed would help him produce better wines. Philippe and Corinne continue to farm their vineyards with the same strong commitment, and today all of the wines of the domaine are certified organic by the French government. The domaine of Bertrand Ambroise was established in the late 18th century in the village of Prémeaux-Prissey, just south of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Today the estate has expanded to 42 acres which are worked diligently by Bertrand and his family. Bertrand produces some of the finest examples of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. His genuine passion and his detail work in the vineyards and the cellar have created a worldwide demand for his wines. Michael's On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda has just released his carefully-crafted courses for this Friday's French Wine dinner:

Passed Hors D’Oeuvres

Tempura Frog Legs Lollipop with Spicy Strawberry Jam

Cured Salmon Roll with Chive-Cream Cheese and Caviar

Braised Pork Belly Slider Caramelized Vidalia Onion, Grain Mustard on Gruyere Gougères Cremant, Domaine Ehrhart

First Course

Pan-Seared Branzino

Crayfish Bisque, Corn & Fava Bean Risotto, Baby Zucchini, Fennel & Micro Greens Riesling, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Ehrhart, 2012

Pinot Gris, Im Berg, Domaine Ehrhart, 2011

 

Second Course

Roasted Thyme Poussin

Pearl Onions, French Peas, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Potato Pavé,

& Burgundy Demi-Reduction

Hautes Cotes de Nuits Blanc, Maison Ambroise, 2011

Bourgogne Rouge, Vieilles Vignes, Maison Ambroise, 2009

Third Course

Porcini-Crusted Rack of Colorado Lamb

Yellow Foot Mushrooms, Truffle-Scented Fingerling Potatoes, Haricot Verts Satchel, Roasted Shallots & Cotes de Nuits Jus Cotes de Nuits Villages, Maison Ambroise, 2011

Nuits Saint Georges, Maison Ambroise,  2011

Dessert

Tarte au Fromage Blanc, Caramelized Apples Aspic & Blueberry Compote

Domaine Tariquet Armagnac Classique
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Argentine Wine Dinner Menu

Wine Dinner Round Table Saturday, January 25, 2014 Bodega Catena Zapata Wine Dinner, 7 p.m.   Michael’s Wine Dinners are spectacular events featuring visiting winemakers as host to extravagant five-course feasts designed to complement a specific winery or portfolio. In January 2014, Michael’s On East and Michael’s Wine Cellar Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber will feature several special wine dinners in conjunction with the popular Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival.   On Saturday, Jan. 25, Michael is thrilled to be joined by Pablo Piccolo from Bodega Catena Zapata. Together, they will host a wine dinner featuring these ground-breaking Argentine wines from the Catena family.   $95, plus tax and gratuity   Reservations required: 941-366-0007, ext. 224 Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda has just released his carefully-crafted courses for this Saturday's Argentine Wine Dinner:

Forks & Corks Argentine Wine Dinner Menu 2014

Passed Hors D’Oeuvres

Scallop Mango Ceviche Shooter

Pork Pecadillo Empanada with Chili Sauce

Spiced Beef Tips on a Crispy Tostone Topped with Chimichurri Onion Relish Alma Negra Sparkling Rose

First Course

Pan-Seared Chilean Seabass

Escargot Scampi Butter, Purple Potato & Corn Hash, Roasted Sunburst Squash,

 Carrot Allumettes & Beet Micro Greens Catena Classic Chardonnay

Catena Alta Chardonnay

Second Course

Fennel Pollen-Dusted Muscovy Duck Breast Ricotta Gnocchi, Yellow Teardrop Tomatoes, Peas, Pearl Onions & Malbec Velvet Demi-Reduction Catena Classic Malbec

Catena Classic Cabernet

Third Course Thyme-Braised Wagyu Boneless Short Ribs

Roasted Cipollini Onions, Spiced Butternut Squash Purée, Buttered Salsify, Grilled Trumpet Mushrooms & Natural Jus

Catena Alta Cab

Catena Alta Malbec

Dessert Napoleon of Sweet Potato Jam, Dulce de Leche Panna Cotta & Figs in Syrup Nicolas Catena Zapata Red Blend

 
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Forks & Corks Wine Events

Although tickets to the Forks & Corks Grand Tasting sold out in just eight minutes months before the festival, there are many opportunities to meet visiting winemakers throughout the weekend including these special events on property at Michael's Wine Cellar and Michael's On East: Friday, January 24, 2014 Domaine Ehrhart & Maison Ambroise - French Wine Dinner, 7 p.m. Michael’s Wine Dinners are spectacular events featuring visiting winemakers as host to extravagant five-course feasts designed to complement a specific winery or portfolio. On Friday, Jan. 24, Robert “Bobby” Kacher, a close friend of Michael Klauber, will bring winemakers and owners from two of his top wineries to the series of Forks & Corks events. Kacher will be joined by Corrine and Phillipe Ehrhart of Domaine Ehrhart and Bertrand Ambroise from Domaine Bertrand Ambroise during the elegant exploration of two of France’s most famous wine regions, Alsace and Burgundy. $95, plus tax and gratuity Reservations required: 941-366-0007, ext. 224 Domaine Ehrhart is a small estate of almost 52 acres located in the village of Wettolsheim, about five kilometers from Colmar. Looking out the back door of Philippe and Corinne Ehrhart’s winery, guests enjoy a view of Alsace’s noble vineyards of Steingrubler, Rosenberg, Brand and Hengst. The Ehrhart family has been making wine in this region since 1725. Two generations ago Philippe Ehrhart’s grandfather Eugene began employing organic farming methods, which he believed would help him produce better wines. Philippe and Corinne continue to farm their vineyards with the same strong commitment, and today all of the wines of the domaine are certified organic by the French government. The domaine of Bertrand Ambroise was established in the late 18th century in the village of Prémeaux-Prissey, just south of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Today the estate has expanded to 42 acres which are worked diligently by Bertrand and his family. Bertrand produces some of the finest examples of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. His genuine passion and his detail work in the vineyards and the cellar have created a worldwide demand for his wines.   Saturday, January 25, 2014 Forks & Corks University, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Forks & Corks University provides a unique opportunity to taste and learn about rare and inspired wines during seminars led by a panel of celebrated winemakers. Each session includes a gourmet four course luncheon with wine pairings, where you are able to learn how to match wines with food. These educational seminars, led by recognized wine experts from around the world, will take your wine knowledge to a higher level. Click here for half-day and full-day programs, including a special wine luncheon at Michael's On East, and to purchase tickets online. (All reservations for Forks & Corks University most be processed through the festival website.)   Saturday, January 25, 2014 Retail Wine Tasting, 3-5 p.m. All are welcome to attend a casual afternoon tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar in celebration of Forks & Corks. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet winemakers and winery owners from around the world, plus, of course, taste the wines that are their true pride and joy! Free for Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members, or $10 per person for first-time attendees. No RSVP required for this Saturday afternoon wine tasting, simply join us at Michael's Wine Cellar, but please note the time: 3-5 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2014 Bodega Catena Zapata Wine Dinner, 7 p.m. Michael’s Wine Dinners are spectacular events featuring visiting winemakers as host to extravagant five-course feasts designed to complement a specific winery or portfolio. In January 2014, Michael’s On East and Michael’s Wine Cellar Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber will feature several special wine dinners in conjunction with the popular Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival. On Saturday, Jan. 25, Michael is thrilled to be joined by Pablo Piccolo from Bodega Catena Zapata. Together, they will host a wine dinner featuring these ground-breaking Argentine wines from the Catena family. $95, plus tax and gratuity Reservations required: 941-366-0007, ext. 224
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Forks & Corks Program Tickets

Wine Glasses at Michael's Wine Cellar As many of the wine lovers in our community are already fully aware, Forks & Corks 2014 Grand Tasting tickets went on sale at 5 p.m. Monday, November 11 and sold out in a record-breaking eight minutes! However, there are still many opportunities for you to enjoy tastings and intimate wine dinners with winemakers and owners in conjunction with the Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival this January. Click here for details and tickets for Forks & Corks University on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Phone reservations are also being accepted for Michael's two winemaker dinners set for 7 p.m. on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26, 2014. Please call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 for reservations to the wine dinners at Michael's Wine Cellar.
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Michael's Wine Cellar
1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239