by Bob McGinn
Jun 24, 2021 -- The past year has been devastating for restaurants, hotels and other hospitality venues, and many continue to struggle. However, some dining establishments have found success banding together in marketing groups such as the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, which recently organized the Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival, and with programs like Visit Sarasota County’s Savor Sarasota. To attract the largest number of potential attendees and minimize expenses, both organizations and many other restaurants and wine bars sent their messages through LocalWineEvents.com. The unique website hosts the largest posting of wine events in the world, with between 5,000 and 6,000 listings each week. Events are posted by the host, and organized by city or region. The website is loaded with info about events, trips and educational opportunities, and blog posts and articles that are all wine-related. It even has a section dedicated to trade events.
The Wine Curmudgeon Podcast
by Jeff Siegel
Jun 07, 2021 -- Jeff Siegel, (aka The Wine Curmudgeon) is known for his honest, straightforward wine writing, but did you know he also has a podcast? He sure does, and Eric V. Orange, CEO of LocalWineEvents.com was his recent guest. In this 17 minute episode, Jeff and Eric discussed how we powered through the last year, online bourbon, ZOOM fatigue, virtual wine education's future, the return of face-to-face tastings, and what we think the post-pandemic world of food and drink has in store for us. They covered a lot in a short time.
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 localwineevents.com.
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.
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.
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 localwineevents.com; that way you won't have to research wineries individually....
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.
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.
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.
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’.