By Peg San Felippo
City & Shore Magazine
If you’re up for a new wine adventure, here’s one you won’t want to miss, Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour Florida. The evening of incredible wines from 220 wineries from 16 regions around the world will make a stop June 18 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Not only will you have an opportunity to talk with many of the winemakers, all the wines at the tasting are also rated 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator’s editors. The event includes a food buffet, and each attendee receives a souvenir Riedel tasting glass.
“What makes this tasting different from the Best of the Best at South Beach Wine & Food Festival is each winery will pour one wine only — a top selection — and many of the winemakers will be on hand to interact with attendees,” says Bruce Sanderson, Senior Editor at Wine Spectator. “There will also be some older vintages, giving wine lovers an opportunity to taste bottles with limited availability.”
Here’s some of the wines I’m looking forward to tasting:
Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 2019.
Château Pape Clement Pessac-Léognan 2016.
Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Pritchard Hill 2017.
Bodegas Muga Rioja Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2011.
Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2016.
IF YOU GO
Wine Spectator Grand Tour Florida, 7-10 p.m. June 18 (VIP hour 6-7 p.m.) at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. General admission tickets are available online for $275; VIP are $375. For more information go to grandtour.winespectator.com.
Peg San Felippo is a certified sommelier who served as a judge at the recent Los Angeles Invitational Wine & Spirit Challenge, the annual American Fine Wine Competition, South Florida’s homegrown wine event; and THE Rosé Competition.