Are You A Wine Snob? Find Out in Time for the Festival
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Think about the last time you shared a bottle of vino with friends. Unless you're a group of uppity wine connoisseurs or sommeliers, chances are the wine in your glass means nothing more to you than a good buzz after a long day. The people behind the wine events at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival can certainly school you in all things wine at events like, Taste Wine Like A Master Sommelier and Best of the Best. But first, find out if you already know your stuff -- are you a wine snob?
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I am a wine snob: There's no stopping you. You hold the knowledge of a great oenophile and can even find the perfect pairing for a charred steak au poivre and a Riesling. You can appreciate a vertical tasting of six vintages. Hell, you're no fool. You can detect the lychee bouquets in a Gewürztraminer and the notes of plum in a full-bodied Sangiovese.
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I am not a wine snob: You like wine. You like the pretty colors, and the floral fragrances. You like how fancy you look holding a wine glass versus a beer bottle or can. It doesn't really matter whether your friend brought over a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc - white wine is white wine, as far as you can tell. You don't care if the wine in your glass came out of a box. Those nifty handles make them so much easier to carry than breakable wine bottles, anyway.
Check out this weekend's events for the perfect dose of wine snobbery -- Brought to you by Emily Codik
House of Mandela Wine Dinner
February 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, 9703 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has two family members that know how to get their wine on. Join his daughter Makaziwe and granddaughter Tukwini, creators of House of Mandela Wines, in an intimate dinner crafted by South African chef, Micah Edelstein of Nemesis Urban Bistro. The menu will bring out the best qualities of several varietals from the House of Mandela wine collection.
Wine Spectator Wine Seminar The Essence of Far Niente
February 22, 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the James Royal Palm Hotel, 1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Are you a fan of Napa Valley's Far Niente vineyards? This seminar includes a tasting for six Cabernet Sauvignon vintages that span across fifteen years of Far Niente winemaking -- led by Director of Winemakeing Dirk Hampson. That's a whole lot of cab.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach Presents Wine Spectator's Best of the Best Sponsored by Bank of America
February 22, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Picture this: an extensive group of talented chefs pair their dishes with wines rated 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator's scale. The location is set at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. So just saunter from station to station, throwing back wines poured by proprietors and wine-makers, and nibble on some good eats.
Wine Spectator Wine Seminar Series A, B & C
February 23, 10 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.; 1 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.; 2:45 p.m. to 5:25 p.m. at the James Royal Palm Hotel, 1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
A member of Wine Spectator's editorial team will introduce these sessions, which are led by experts, vintners and principal's from many estates. Participants include Champagne Lanson; Robert Mondavi Winery; Champagne Perrier-Jouët; Col Solare, Northstar and Erath; and Vintage Amarones from the Bertani Estate.