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Wine Warehouse

Thursday Night Wine Tasting

From 6:00 – 8:00PM


Wine Warehouse of Fort Lauderdale invites you to a free wine tasting tonight to sample six new wines:

* Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, 2007 (a bottle retail for $14.99, on sale at the Warehouse for $11.99)

*Villa Maria Unoaked Chardardonnay from New Zealand 2007 (bottle retail$14.99, on sale at the Warehouse for$9.99)

*Hill of Content Pinot Noir from Australia 2006 (retail$21.99, Wine Warhouse price $16.99)

*Veramonte “Primus” Carmenére/Cab/Merlot Chile 2005 ($19.99/WW$16.99)

*Rockbare RSV Shiraz Barossa 2001 (Retail$34.99/WW$19.99 Wine Advocate 91 points)

*Vieux Telegraphe CDP 2004 (Retail$44.99/WW$34.99 Wine Spectator 94 points, Top 100, #20)

Sounds like we're coming dangerously close to our $15 and under category here -- definitely worth a taste, eh?

2554 North Federal Hwy

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33305

Phone: (954)-376-3697

Also, this sounds like it's worth checking out, a soiree featuring "spoon tastings" and a new cocktail every week:


Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is highlighting Soirée Thursdays, a chic new weekly party on the resort’s sixth floor Sunrise Terrace. The new event began September 4th and features music, signature cocktails and complimentary tapas. Adjacent to the resort’s Mediterranean eatery ilios, the panoramic ocean views make the Sunrise Terrace the perfect spot for resort guests and Southern Floridians alike to enjoy an evening of cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres.

Executive Chef Sean Mcdonald will provide the Soirée menu featuring salads, tasting spoons, tapas and brochettes. The menu includes a Five Tasting Spoon option ($13) allowing diners to select a custom combination of delicious spoons and verrines such as the Snapper Ceviche with avocado granite; the Filet Steak Tartare, whole grain mustard, quail egg  and the Blue Point Oysters, mignonette.  Guests can also individually select their favorites for $2-$4 per spoon.

The Soirée menu includes both cold and hot tapas items such as the Seared Diver Scallop, osso bucco ravioli, crunchy hazels ($11); the Spiced Ahi Tuna Piperade, red peppers, onions, opal basil, capers ($7); and the Baby Crab Cake, saffron aioli, black olive crisp. Brochettes choices include the Key West Pink Shrimp, preserved lemon ($9); the Herb Marinated Chicken, sweet chili ($7); and the Beef Tenderloin, Latin five spices ($11).

Each week the resort will feature a new signature drink under the stars for Soirée guests. Attendees can also order from the full bar inside ilios or opt for bottle service in VIP poolside cabanas. DJ Fabian G, who performs regularly at South Beach’s hottest nightspots, brings his pleasure inducing tracks to Fort Lauderdale’s North Beach.

And this news comes courtesy of John Linn, tonight's Fiesta de Tapas at the Boca Museum:

There’s nothing like the hard work of strolling through an art museum to work up the appetite. Fortunately, the folks at the Boca Raton Museum of Art (501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton) know this well. It is why for seven years now they’ve hosted a September food and booze night in the Museum Sculpture Garden (the sculptures are now quite well fed). The Fiesta de Tapas, aside from being a wonderful excuse to serve a host of Latin-inspired small plates, coincides this year with the BRMOA’s two newest exhibits, “Visiones” and “José Clemente Orozco: The Graphic Work.” “Visiones” is a collection of mid-20th century works from Latin America and the Caribbean, but its locus is the social and political ideas at play in its 37 pieces rather than any geographical identity. On the flip side, “Orozco” is the penultimate anthology of the great, Mexican muralist, gathering each of his 47 professional works spanning the 1920s and ΄30s. One might question whether Orozco, an outspoken critic of Spanish colonialism, would appreciate the serving of tapas at an exhibition of his paintings. Hopefully, he was also of the opinion that good food has no boundaries. Tonight’s 7 p.m. fiesta costs $35 for non-members, and includes two drinks courtesy of Bacardi; the exhibits are on view until December 7. Visit www.bocamuseum.org.

-- Gail Shepherd

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