South Beach Food and Wine Festival Tickets

There are LIMITED tickets still available for the events listed below.  There are three (3) ways that you can purchase tickets:


  1. (up until the day before the event)
  2. 877.762.3933 (up until the day before the event)
  3. BOX OFFICE AT 13th & Ocean Drive (can buy tickets prior or the day OF the event) – Open Wednesday thru Friday (10 AM – 4 PM) and Saturday and Sunday (10 AM – 5 PM)


If you decide Sunday morning that you want to go the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village on Sunday, the only way to get tickets is on-site at the box office at 13th & Ocean.


Friday, February 20, 2009-

  • Taste Wine Like a Master Sommelier
  • Culinary Conversations: The Relationship between Chefs and Scientists hosted by the Biltmore Culinary Academy
  • Perrier-Jouet Bubble Q hosted by Tom Colicchio & Friends


Saturday, February 21, 2009-

  • Wine Spectator Wine Seminar Series A
  • South Beach Diet presents Fun and Fit as a Family featuring Kellogg’s Kidz Kitchen
  • Beyond Chicken Nuggets: How to Raise a Healthy Eater
  • A Stylistic Comparison of Northstar Merlot
  • Wine Spectator Wine Seminar Series “B


Sunday, February 22, 2009-

  • Wine Spectator Wine Seminar Series “C
  • South Beach Diet presents Fun and Fit as a Family featuring Kellogg’s Kidz Kitchen
  • Sherry and Cheese Pairing hosted by Steve Olson and John Cuevas
  • Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village
  • Interactive Lunch with Ilan Hall & Hung Huynh with Special Guest Gail Simmons
  • Wine and Comfort Food Pairing Seminar hosted by Andrea Robinson and Art Smith
  • Sizzle and Swirl: Barbeque and Wine Pairing Seminar hosted by Alpana Singh and Howie Kleinberg
  • Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Vertical Tasting
  • Vega Sicilia Wine Seminar
  • “Pick-Me-Up’s, Eye Openers or A Little Hair of the Dog” hosted by Tony Abou-Ganim
  • Oscar Night® America Sobe Style hosted by Bobby Flay and Stephanie March

Fred Tasker’s Great Wine Buys

Miami Herald Wine Columnist, Fred Tasker gives his wine bargain wine suggestions:


Economic times are hard, but that doesn’t keep wine fans from wanting their favorite beverage. In fact, as I said last week, the latest studies say Americans are drinking more wine, but cheaper wine.

Still, cheaper doesn’t have to mean bad. Here are some nice ones I’ve come across recently:



   * First, there’s the 2006 Marqués de Cáceres, a white wine from Spain‘s Rioja region. The fruit just explodes out of this wine; it tastes like a bottle of ripe peaches, and it’s only $6. A real bargain.


* For a red wine, there’s the 2003 Hoya de Cadenas Reserva from Valencia, in Spain, the region between Madrid and the Mediterranean where they grow the oranges. This wine is made from tempranillo, the grape that makes rioja, and a local grape called bobal. It’s deep vermillion in color, with flavors of oak, spice and minerals; it’s soft and ripe and only $7.

* From California there’s the 2006 Kendall-Jackson Estates Grown Syrah, a big, juicy red wine that’s 87 percent syrah, 9 percent zinfanfel, 4 percent Grenache. It tastes like spicy black cherries and licorice. This is also opulent and ripe, for $12.


* If you want a bubbly, you can get the Domaine Ste. Michelle Blanc de Noir Sparkling Wine, from Chateau Ste. Michelle in Washington State. This has big, sturdy bubbles and tart melon flavors. It’s $13. Not bad.


* Finally, if you want a big, sturdy grilled steak wine, there’s one from Sicily called Fuedo Arancio. It’s from a native grape called nero d’avola, with flavors of black cherries and espresso and firm tannins to go with that steak. It’s $9.

You’ll find some of these wines in supermarkets, but for others you’ll have to go to big wine shops like ABC or Crown. So even now, don’t stop sipping.


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