Glenlivet Tasting

Enjoy a special evening exploring six Scotch whiskeys from the Glenlivet Family: The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve The Glenlivet 18yr The Glenlivet 21yr Aberlour Abundah Longmorn 16yr Scapa Glansa Each guest will go home with a bottle of The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve as part of your registration! $49/person Click here for online reservations now. Space is extremely limited. 
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Old Scout Smooth Ambler

Smooth AmblerSmooth Ambler Spirits won two awards at Whiskey Magazine's 2016 World Whiskies Awards in New York held earlier this year. Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon received a Gold Medal for the category, and Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon was awarded "Best Single Barrel Bourbon in the World" by an international panel of judges comprised of leading journalists, whiskey enthusiasts, and world renowned retailers and bartenders. Our team at Michael's Wine Cellar reports that they love the Smooth Ambler because is one of our featured Bourbons which is truly created "grain to glass." Stop in the store to pick-up a bottle, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. One of the fine merchant-bottled spirits Smooth Ambler has brought to market in unique and authentic ways, Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon celebrates the West Virginia distillery's efforts to provide spirits, hailing from their home state, that are worthy of being symbols of high quality all over the world. Truly hand selected, blended in small batches, never chill-filtered, and bottled at a healthy drinking proof of 99 (or higher for the barrel proof Single Barrel) the spirits Smooth Ambler curates are designed to provide maximum drinkability, utmost nuance, and refreshing transparency in labeling; acknowledging the skill and talent of their origin-distillery while reflecting Smooth Ambler's approach to market. Spirits from Smooth Ambler are available in 33 markets throughout the United States, as well as 8 markets overseas, including Japan, the United Kingdom, and France. About Smooth Ambler Founded in 2009, Smooth Ambler Spirits set out to produce fine artisan spirits by combining patient Appalachian know-how with the finest of American ingredients. Located in the rural Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia, Smooth Ambler produces world-class spirits with state-of-the-art distillery equipment in conjunction with the natural resources of the region; high-valley mountain air, crisp, clean water, ideal temperature variations, and friendly folks. Complementing their exceptional line of WV-made Appalachian Spirits is that of their Artisan Merchant Bottled products. From time to time in their travels they come across great spirits – not of their making, but of their liking – that might not otherwise be brought to market. In homage to the centuries-old Scotch & Irish practice of independent bottling, Smooth Ambler takes these exceptional products under their care and once in West Virginia, they are further cultivated and then bottled faithfully and honestly. The finest in Appalachian Whiskey & Spirits, Smooth Ambler is "The Spirit of WV"!
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Limited Release Products

The Michael's Wine Cellar team is pleased to announce two new (very!) limited release products available only while supplies last through the store.
Whiskey “Single Barrel” Michter’s US*1, 10 Year
$199.95 (750 ml) Only three bottles available! 
-Mature in age and truly exceptional in quality, Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon has earned its place as an enduring favorite of the most discerning whiskey connoisseurs. The “Best American Whiskey” according to Food & Wine magazine, our 10 Year Single Barrel Bourbon represents the culmination of over a decade of patient aging in our specially chosen, new charred American white oak barrels.
Limited Release Whiskey and Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon “Beckstoffer Dr Crane Vineyard”, Paul Hobbs,  St. Helena, CA, 2013 
$299.95 Only six bottles available!  Click here to purchase online.
Tasting Notes:
Sourced from hand selected blocks, this muscular cab shows concentrated notes of cassis and espresso with cool herbal aromas of lavender and wet earth. The brooding palate leads with blueberries, dark chocolate, and minerality. Finishing with stunning intensity, the polished tannins are complemented by graphite and hints of cigar box.
Meticulous vineyard management followed by minimally-invasive winemaking techniques allows us to produce wines that express their vineyard origins with finesse, complexity and authenticity. Paul Hobbs wines are fermented with native yeasts, aged in French oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard has a Mission Haut-Brion-on-steroids character, as it seems to be all gravel pit. Loads of wet pebbles, graphite, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a full-bodied opulence, and just a killer, skyscraper-like mouthfeel and stunning finish make for one of the most provocative and fabulous wines in this portfolio. Drink it over the next 25+ years. This is world-class and can stand up against anything made in 2013, as could the following wines as well.”
Wine Advocate (100)
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Featured Whiskies

WhiskeyFollowing the popular Whiskey Obsession Festival, Michael's Wine Cellar is thrilled to host a special Whiskey Tasting - featuring the BEST OF The Whiskey Obsession Festival - at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. Here are the select spirits offered at this special tasting, recognized as just a few of the "best of!" Scotch, Aberlour A’Bunadh Bourbon “Ocean”, Jefferson’s Whiskey "Pecan", William Wolf Whiskey "Diamond Peak", Stranahan, Colorado Whiskey "Straight Rye", Michter's US*1, 750ml Bourbon "Double Oaked", Woodford Reserve Click here to register for the "Best of" the Whiskey Obsession Festival Whiskey Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar. Admission is $25 per person and reservations are required.
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Best of Whiskey

WhiskeyOur team looks forward to hosting the Grand Tasting of the Fourth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival on Friday, April 1 in the Ballroom. Click here for details and tickets to the Whiskey Obsession Festival, and prepare to explore hundreds of fine spirits from Japan, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, France, and the US! Following the popular Whiskey Obsession Festival, Michael's Wine Cellar will host a special Whiskey Tasting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. The intimate tasting will feature select spirits recognized as the "Best of" the Whiskey Obsession Festival's Grand Tasting set for Friday, April 1. Click here to register for the "Best of" the Whiskey Obsession Festival Whiskey Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar. Admission is $25 per person and reservations are required.
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April Events

ChardonnayEnjoy a Bordeaux Wine Tasting, casual Saturday afternoon Wine Tasting or the "Best of" the Whiskey Obsession Festival this April at Michael's Wine Cellar. The Michael's On East culinary team is challenged to design five-course menus inspired by exquisite wines each month for its popular wine dinner events. This month, lovers of French wines will rejoice as Michael Klauber himself hosts a Bordeaux Wine Dinner at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 at Michael's Wine Cellar. Admission is $125, plus tax and gratuity, per person and reservations are required as space is limited. Click here to register. It's also almost time for another Open House Wine Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar. But regulars, need to pay attention to the calendar this April. Michael's April Open House Wine Tasting will be held on the SECOND Saturday of the month, 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. Admission is $10 per person. Click here to register. Following the popular Whiskey Obsession Festival, Michael's Wine Cellar will host a special Whiskey Tasting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. The intimate tasting will feature select spirits recognized as the "Best of" the Whiskey Obsession Festival's Grand Tasting set for Friday, April 1. Admission is $25 per person and reservations are required. Click here to register.
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Limited Release Whiskey

OrphanBarrel-TheGiftedHorseLimited Release Whiskey: The Gifted Horse from Orphan Barrel The Store has obtained another limited release whiskey from Orphan Barrel! Call or stop in the Wine Cellar ASAP to purchase one of six bottles available of “The Gifted Horse.” (Available for $99.95/bottle.) Here's how this exclusive bottle came to be, from our friends at Orphan Barrel: As we were preparing our next Orphan Barrel release, the unthinkable happened, we made a whopper of a mistake, emptying barrels of much younger whiskey into a batch of beautiful 17-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. With bated breath, we tasted this monumental blunder… and quickly agreed this was one gift horse we shouldn’t look in the mouth. With a final balance of roughly 39% 17-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey ad 61% 4-year-old Corn Whiskey and Indiana Bourbon Whiskey, this unusual blend has aromas of apple skins, almond and toffee, and tasty hints of cream caramel, oak resin and bosc pear. Our gaffe is your gift. We hope you’ll agree that this happy mistake created something surprisingly special.
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1/12 Whiskey Tasting

Jan2016-WhiskeyTastingEach month, Michael's Wine Cellar hosts a casual "Whiskey Club Tasting" offering spirit aficionados and novices alike the opportunity to taste a themed line-up of brown spirits - from Scotch, Bourbon to Rye. We'll be starting off the 2016 calendar with a Whiskey Club Tasting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12 in the Store. This month's featured spirits will include: Builleit Bourbon Knob Creek Bourbon Whistle Pig Rye Wild Turkey 101 Rye Admission is $10/person. Click here to pre-register online, or simply join us this Tuesday evening!
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2016 Calendar of Events

CalendarWe know how busy your social calendar can be, so we wanted to be sure and share an entire year of fabulous wine tastings and special events at Michael's Wine Cellar! Mark your calendar and join us throughout the year to enjoy some of Sarasota's most popular events. Open House Wine Tastings Michael’s Open House Wine Tastings are offered on the first Saturday of most months year-round, offer a relaxing afternoon and opportunity to discover new favorite vintages among more than 60 fabulous wines! Admission is $10 per persona and advanced reservations are NOT required for these casual, walk-about wine tastings. 2016 Open House Wine Tasting Events Saturday, January 30 - 3-5 pm (NOTE TIME for this Forks & Corks Wine Tasting) Saturday, February 6  - 2 to 4 pm Saturday March 5 - 2 to 4 pm Saturday, April 9 - 2 to 4 pm (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE!) Saturday, May 14 - 2 to 4 pm Saturday, June 4 -  2 to 4 pm Saturday, July 9 - 2 to 4 pm Saturday, August 6 - 2 to 4 pm Saturday, September 10 - 2 to 4 pm Saturday, October 1 - 2 to 4 pm Saturday, Nov 19 - 2 to 4 pm (Holiday Open House & Toy Drive) Saturday, December 10 - 2 to 4 pm (Holiday Open House & Toy Drive) Wine Dinners Michael’s Wine Dinners are extravagant, multi-course feasts paired with fine wines from around the world and visiting wine personalities. Our wine specialists select each wine, and our culinary staff creates a menu to complement the intricate layers of the wines. $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Reservations are required and space is limited for our wine dinner events.  Friday, January 29 – Babylonstoren & Paul Cluver "Forks & Corks" Wine Dinner Saturday, January 30 – Hess Collection & Rombauer "Forks & Corks" Wine Dinner Saturday March 5 – 7 pm Saturday, April 2 – 7 pm Saturday, May 14 – 7 pm Saturday, June 4 – 7 pm Saturday, July 9 – 7 pm Saturday, August 6 – 7 pm Saturday, September 10 – 7 pm Saturday, October 1 – 7 pm (Plus our annual Holiday Champagne Tasting set for 6-8 pm on Wednesday, December 14, 2016!) Whiskey Club Tastings Michael’s Wine Cellar is also pleased to offer Whiskey Club tastings in the Store on at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of most months. Admission is $10 per person and reservations are strongly encouraged. All of the products tasted will be available for purchase or special order the night of the event.  
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Tasting Events

Season has arrived in Sarasota and we know your social calendar is filling up quickly, so be sure to mark your calendar for this fall's tasting events at Michael's Wine Cellar: South African Open House Wine Tasting Saturday, November 7, 2015 2-4 pm at Michael’s Wine Cellar $10/person Join us for a casual, walk-about tasting with winemakers from South Africa’s top wine farms! Our special guests will be traveling to Sarasota to share their prized wines at Michael’s Wine Cellar. Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Wine Tasting Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts a walk-about tasting in the local wine and spirits shop on a monthly basis. However, each November, the Michael’s team hosts an extra-fashionable tasting hosted by winemakers and properties participating in the annual Wine, Women & Shoes, Sarasota Signature Luncheon which sells out each year! Guests will have an opportunity to taste dozens of international wines at this year’s Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Wine Tasting set for 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Michael’s Wine Cellar. This casual tasting is open to the public and event admission is $10 per person. Join us in support of Forty Carrots Family Center! Holiday Open House Wine Tastings Discover over 50+ wines from around the world at this season's Holiday Open Houses: Saturday, November 21, 2015, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, December 12, 2015, 2-4 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Plus, each year during Michael’s November and December Holiday Open House events, all guests are also asked to bring an unwrapped toy as a donation. Get into the spirit of giving by bringing an unwrapped child’s gift for local children in need this season. (No exceptions, don’t be a scrooge!) Toy donations will be collected for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Whiskey Club Tastings Michael’s Wine Cellar is pleased to offer Whiskey Club tastings in the Store at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month: (No October Tasting) Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Tuesday, December 8, 2015 $10/person Reservations are strongly encouraged. All of the products tasted will be available for purchase or special order the night of the event.  
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Scotch Tasting

Mike Green of Stacole Fine Wines will host our regular Whiskey Club Tasting this month at Michael's Wine Cellar. Please join us! Tuesday, August 11, 2015 6:30 pm at Michael's Wine Cellar Admission is $10 per person which includes light hors d'oeuvres and tastes of each featured whiskey: Scotch "Blended", Bank Note, 5 Year Scotch "Soverign", Tullibardine, Highland Scotch "Cask Strength", Springbank, Campbeltown, 12 Year Scotch "Peated", Longrow, Campbeltown Click here to register online for this special event.
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Rhetoric Arrives!

RhetoricBourbonHot off the delivery truck! We're thrilled to announce a new arrival of this special limited production Bourbon. Michael's Wine Cellar has just received six bottles of Bourbon "Rhetoric", Orphan Barrel, 21 Year, 750ml. This special find is priced aggressively at $119.95 per bottle, and yes, only six bottles are available. These won't last long! Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year Old Bourbon Comes To Retail By Nino Marchetti, The Whiskey Wash Diageo’s Orphan Barrel project, love it or hate it, has stirred up quite the discussion since it debuted last year around strong consumer desires focused on anything whiskey with an older age statement. While some of the bottlings are one-off releases others, such as Rhetoric, aim to be more once a year shots into retail markets. Last year we saw Rhetoric as a 20 year old bourbon, and though there’s no official word from Diageo yet, I’ve noticed a whole bunch of 21 year old has started trickling over the last few weeks into liquor stores. The Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year Old, with an average retail price of $129 as of this post, looks as if it will be the second of six planned under this particular name from what I can tell over at its website (the oldest listed there is a 25 year old scheduled for a 2019 release). What Diageo is doing here with Rhetoric by staggering its stock over the years is, according to them, "an experiment in how barrel maturation imparts a lasting impression year after year. Each new year results in an older and wiser limited release from remaining maturing stock." Click here to read the full article on The Whiskey Wash.
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June Events

No sleepy summer here! Michael’s Wine Cellar continues our monthly tasting events throughout the summer. Open House Wine Tasting  Saturday, June 6, 2015, 2-4 pm $10/person Click here to register online. Whiskey Club Tasting PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 6:30 pm $10/person Click here to register online. Please also join us for a Maduro's Cigar Dinner on June 11 at Michael's Wine Cellar. Click here for event details. Click here to browse all upcoming events.
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Summer Whiskey Tastings

The Michael’s Wine Cellar team is pleased to continue offering our popular Whiskey Club tastings in the Store each month throughout this summer. All members of the public are invited to attend these popular "Whiskey Club" tastings. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made in advance of each event online through www.michaelswinecellar.com. All of the products tasted will be available for purchase or special order the night of the event. Admission to each event is $10 per person. Upcoming Whiskey Club Tasting Events Tuesday, June 16, 2015 (Please note date change!) Click here to register now for the June 16th Whiskey Club Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar. Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Tuesday, August 11, 2015 Tuesday, September 8, 2015  
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Date Change!

Michael’s Wine Cellar is pleased to offer Whiskey Club tastings in the Store each month. Please mark your calendar with an important date change for June! June 2015 Whiskey Club Tasting Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Click here to register now for the June 16th Whiskey Club Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar. Admission is $10 per person. All members of the public are invited to attend these popular "Whiskey Club" tastings. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made in advance of each event online through www.michaelswinecellar.com. All of the products tasted will be available for purchase or special order the night of the event.
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Special Whiskies Available

We are pleased to offer these special products as standout spirits - "the best!?" which received rave reviews during the 2015 Whiskey Obsession Festival. Contact the Michael's Wine Cellar team via phone 941-955-CORK (2675) or stop in the retail store, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., to pick-up select products or place a special order for your favorite whiskey(s). Angel's Envy Bourbon Brenne French Single Malt Compass Box Lost Blend Jack Daniel's Rested Rye Michter's Straight Rye Reservoir Wheat Tullabardine 500 Sherry WhistlePig 10 Year Rye Angels-Envy-BourbonCompassBoxWhiskeyLostBlend JackDaniels-Rested_RyeReservoir-wheat-200 Whistlepig10yearMichters-Straight-Ryetullibardine-500 BrenneFrenchSingleMaltWhiskey
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"The Best" Whiskies

The results are in! Turner C. Moore will return to guest host one of our monthly Whiskey Club Tastings at Michael's Wine Cellar. The creator and producer of the Whiskey Obsession Festival will be showcasing select whiskies which received the "best" reviews during the 3rd annual festival held just a few weeks ago on property at the Michael's On East Ballroom and Wine Cellar.Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 to taste the “Best of” the 2015 Whiskey Obsession Festival! Angel's Envy Bourbon Brenne French Single Malt Compass Box Lost Blend Jack Daniel's Rested Rye Michter's Straight Rye Reservoir Wheat Tullabardine 500 Sherry WhistlePig 10 Year Rye 
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April 14 Whiskey Tasting

Please join the Michael's Wine Cellar team on Tuesday, April 14 to taste the "Best of" the recent Whiskey Obsession Festival! This month's monthly Whiskey Club Tasting will be led by guest host - and founder/producer of the Whiskey Obsession Festival - Turner Moore. Click here to register now to taste standout spirits from the popular festival. This month's tasting is $25 per person.
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Whiskey & Wine Nosing Class

It's a "class," so it's completely acceptable to drink wine and whiskey this Thursday morning! Register now for The Sensory World of Wine and Whisk(e)y: A Masterclass on Intelligent Smelling The class will be lead by Kim Lahiri, Global Head of Training for the Aroma Nosing Academy based in the UK, and features their Whisky and Wine Aroma Nosing Kits. Three wines and three whiskies will be presented. Join us on a journey discovering your sense of smell. The world of aromas is a fascinating arena for enjoyable experiences that educate your nose. We will learn how not to deconstruct a whisky or wine aroma profile but rather how to re-construct the key aromas in well-known brands to create the complex aroma profile that influences your palate. Step by step we lead you through myriad aromas, help you to recognise the smell, and then to put a name to the smell. The talk will awaken your whole perception to nosing a whisky or your favourite wine, why you prefer certain whiskies/ wines to others, and how we can help you to select the profile of whisky/wine that you will truly enjoy in flavour terms. Remember 95% of all flavour comes from your sense of smell! The kits and accompanying guide booklets make wine or whisk(e)y nosing and tasting an even more pleasurable experience and dramatically increase your nosing and tasting knowledge! Let us guide you as we:
  • Introduce a series of key reference whisky aromas!
  • Educate you regarding nosing terminology/vocabulary!
  • Explain the whisky nosing and tasting process!
  • Identify the key aromas to be found in your favourite single malts! with the unique Whisky Aroma Kit Nose Training Systems
The Whisky Aroma Nosing Kits contain aroma nosing samples carefully selected by the leading specialist aroma scientist, Dr George Dodd, in conjunction with ScotchWhisky.net. Each of the Whiskey Obsession Festival events are selling out fast, but space remains available for this newest program addition! This Wine and Whiskey Nosing Class with Kim Lahiri of the UK’s Aroma Academy set for Thursday March 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m at Michael's Wine Cellar. This special event is designed to benefit both the wine and spirits industry reps and bartenders/mixologists as well as the general public. Please join us!
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Whiskey Festival Schedule

Dozens of distillers and professional brand ambassadors will travel to Sarasota, Florida for the Third Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival to serve over 200 whiskies from Scotland, England, Ireland, France, Japan, Canada, and the United States, including many small craft distillers.  We are pleased to host "Whiskey Obsession" - one of the largest whisk(e)y festivals in the Southeast on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27, 2015, on property at Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar in Sarasota.  Schedule of Events: Thursday March 26, 2015   The Sensory World of Wine and Whisk(e)y 11:00 am to 1:00 pm with Kim Lahiri Aroma Nosing Academy, Inverness, Scotland Cost $15 per person The Panel of Whiskey Experts Interactive Tasting and Discussion 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Cost $45 per person Join eight master distillers and professional brand ambassadors: 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 Randy Adams, Macallan 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 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.   Click here for full details and tickets to this popular festival: Whiskey Obsession Festival.
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Michael's Wine Cellar
1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239