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South Florida's Top Somms Judge United Way's "Best in Glass" Competition

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Miami Wine Festival Director, Lyn Farmer, tapped 20 of South Florida's top sommeliers to put their palates and purple tongues to work for a good cause by participating in the "Best in Glass" competition, which was dedicated to judging some of the "best of the best" by-the-glass wine selections and a ramp up for United Way's Miami Wine and Food Festival.

A panel of ten judged 235 wines in Miami-Dade College's new Culinary Institute, a state-of-the-art facility due to launch later this year. Thirty-four of them won gold medals and everyone in town will have the chance to taste the medal-winning wines at a local eatery between March 15 and April 15, the official "Best in Glass Month."

Of the 20 sommeliers originally selected, 10 ended up being the final panel. The were:

Plus, Grace Abel, the Wine Director of The Grateful Palate in Fort Lauderdale, and Jaime Futscher, of Sunset Corners, joined the team as well.

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wine writer and educator himself, Lyn Farmer could have selected from a slew of food and wine writers and other personalities, but instead, he chose sommeliers.Why?

"We wanted a competition that actually means something 'on the street' rather than ratings that may reflect absolutes about wine quality but don't take into account other factors that impact a wines potential for success."

"We also wanted people evaluating these wines who have a broad tasting experience as well as a sound understanding of the market, and we wanted to preserve some "wow factor" - the chance to occasionally surprise a sommelier with a wine she or he didn't previously know. Based on feedback from the sommeliers involved, I think we succeeded."

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