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Wine Tastings Are Back

Sarasota Magazine

by Bob McGinn

Sep 10, 2020 -- Yes, wine tastings are back, but not the crowded, elbow-to-elbow, stretch-your-arm-for-a-miniscule-sample wine tastings. No, I refer to the innovative, consumer-oriented, structured tastings now being offered at some of our favorite wine and food destinations. For similar events in St. Pete and Tampa, check out

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After 20 Years, A Wine Events Business Owner Has To Almost Start Over


by Thomas Pellechia

May 07, 2020 -- Eric V. Orange was hanging commercial sheetrock in Wichita, Kansas, when a friend enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York offered him a place to stay and look for work. The work Orange found was at Millbrook Vineyards, a Hudson Valley winery, which had been started by John S. Dyson, who as Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets was instrumental in the New York Farm Winery Act of 1976.

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Want To Join A Wine Club? Here’s What You Need To Know

Sarasota Magazine

by Bob Mcginn

Sep 12, 2019 -- I’ve worked in the wine world for decades, so I’ve been a member of numerous wine social clubs and actually formed a few. Why join a club? Wine is a social beverage, and enjoying it with others enhances the experience. The premise behind these gatherings—whether they’re in a home or in a store—is to arrange a wine tasting for people with various levels of wine experience and aid everyone in becoming more knowledgeable. Wine clubs can be loosely structured, where a speaker describes a certain wine and the group discusses it, or they can be more structured, where rating sheets are issued and members analyze and critique various aspects of the wine. You might find yourself in a debate in the latter type of club, but both groups encourage harmony, and attendees get to know each other quickly. Many become friends. Many wine tasting groups start with retail store tastings. Like-minded individuals meet at a store, then start meeting in someone’s home or restaurant to taste and discuss wine. Local wine shops such as Michael’s Wine Cellar, Total Wine and ABC still offer these tastings and they are well attended. Now there are sites like Meetup or Local Wine Events to allow organized tastings even more accessibility. Meetup listings in Sarasota include Social Lovers Wine Group, Bacchus Meetup Group, and Gulf Gate Village Socialites.

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6 Things To Know About Having A Picnic At A Winery

Wine With Our Family

by Marla Durben Hirsch

Aug 19, 2019 -- ....A great website to find out whether a winery is hosting an event in an area is; that way you won't have to research wineries individually....

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Top 10 Apps For Wine Lovers

The Drinks Business

by Lauren Eads

Apr 02, 2019 -- Local Wine Events This global app aims to bring the world of wine to your doorstep, connecting you with local wine events happening in your area, whether its in the US, UK, or elsewhere. Its service currently extends to hundreds of destinations, from Malta and Moldova to the Caribbean and Russia. Whenever there is a wine event happening near you, the app will inform you and offer information on attending and tickets. It also periodically offers exclusive ticket access and offers, and also allows you to share event information easily with friends via social media. Available on the App Store and Google Play.

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Top 10 Best Wine Apps For 2019

Social Vignerons.

by Julian Misquel

Jan 09, 2019 -- 7. Localwineevents Whenever there is a wine exhibition around you, this app will inform about the event. This app offers information on both large and small wine events. Possibly the most complete app for wine events. The Wine Events App allows you to: 1 Easily find wine & food events taking place near you 2 Explore events in other cities while on-the-go 3 Discover exclusive wine & food getaways 4 Find upcoming events just on the weekend 5 Save money with exclusive ticket deal offers 6 Add events to your calendar 7 Easily share events via email, text message, Facebook & Twitter.

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It Is Possible To Start A Wine Collection On A Budget. Here's How


by Lorie Konish

Dec 02, 2018 -- There are classes around the country that will help you learn to taste. The benefit of those lessons is they typically let you sample wines from around the world and have an expert there to guide you, Paris said. If you have more time and money available, you way want to consider attending larger events, such as Vinexpo or the New York Wine Experience. The website LocalWineEvents also lists wine events that are happening in your area.

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Find The Perfect Wine Match With These Apps


by Rob Buckhaven

Nov 20, 2018 -- What is it? The most complete app for wine events: just plug in your city/location and it will list upcoming wine tastings, festivals and experiences. Launched in 2000, the app claims to have the world’s largest calendar of food, wine, beer and spirits events. It houses a ‘wine vacation’ area, giving details of wine and food holidays such as ‘Spring in Tuscany’ or ‘Barging in Burgundy’.

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How To Buy Wine For A Dinner Party


by Carolyn Stine

Sep 13, 2018 -- What’s the best way to learn about and taste new wine? Take advantage of your local wine merchant! They are there to help. As you start to build your foundation of wine knowledge, categorize the wines you do like with a few helpful descriptors (or sometimes just as helpful, categorize wines you didn’t like and be able to articulate why with a few descriptors). When you visit your wine shop, tell them what you’ve been drinking and why you liked or didn’t like a wine, then ask if they have any suggestions for something new you should try. Don’t be afraid to share price-point constraints, no one needs to feel pressured into spending more than they’re willing, and it will help the associate narrow down their suggestions. I’d also recommend seeking out wine tastings in your area. The Juice is a free weekly newsletter that lists wine tastings and events, some are even free! The more you expose yourself to, the more you will expand your knowledge and palate.

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Which Wine App Is Worth Downloading?

The Takeout

by Gwen Ihnat

Sep 04, 2018 -- I often take a picture of the label on a wine bottle I really like, whether at a restaurant or a friend’s house. How often I actually search that particular image collection when wine shopping later is another thing—honestly, I usually forget. So I may be just the kind of person who’s looking to extend their wine enjoyment by using an app of some sort. But which one? After all, a plethora of wine apps exist, focusing on everything from food to types of grapes to your cellar inventory (ha, I can barely keep nine wine bottles in my dining-room holder). I overloaded my phone by downloading a bunch, then waded through which ones we all might find the most useful. You can even track wine events and other places to drink wine with Wine Events (by

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