Monday, August 14, 2017

Wine, Travel & Food News from Vino-Sphere: August 14, 2017

A weekly round-up of news, notes and happenings

5th Annual Craft Spirits Celebration September 14

Santa Barbara Vintners Harvest CelebrationFor spirit aficionados, fans, lovers or really thirsty people who enjoy a well-made drink, here's some good news: Craft Spirits Celebration is back! Taking place September 14th in New York City, the 5th annual Craft Spirits Celebration is bringing together distillers and the people who love their spirits, for a day of sampling some mighty fine, quality-crafted hooch.

Flaviar and Caskers are hosting the Craft Spirits Celebration this year, a spirits and food tasting event in NYC on the 14th of September. We’re bringing in over 30 spirits brands, a food and a cigar partner among multiple media partners and influencers. 

The tickets are very limited and on a first come first served basis while they last. Contact Flaviar for ticket information.

Santa Barbara Celebration of Harvest

The Santa Barbara Vintners Celebration of Harvest will be held September 29 – October 2. This is your chance to see the harvest in action! Your Harvest Experience Passport lets you taste wine at up to 12 different participating wineries and tasting rooms for $50 per person.  In the evening there are collaborative winemaker dinners. There are 45 participating wineries, some of them are: ampelos cellars, Au Bon Climat, Babcock Winery, Lumen, Martian Ranch and Vineyard, Melville Winery, Sweetzer Cellars, The Vincent Vineyards and Winery, and Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyard.

In Case You Missed It, 2017 Is The Year of Furmint

Tokaji wine has long enjoyed a high-class reputation (King Louis XIV called it “the wine of kings and the king of wines”). Now dry versions, moderately priced, aromatic, and complex, have positively captured the imagination and palates of American wine drinkers.

“Our goal is to constantly spellbind U.S. wine consumers with specialties from Hungary, the home of the world’s first closed wine appellation on record: Tokaj, 1737. We strongly believe that Hungarian wine – and Furmint in particular – is on track to becoming a key participant in the U.S. wine market,” says László Bálint dip. WSET, director of operations at FurmintUSA.

Over the past two years Hungarian winemakers, under the FurmintUSA marketing initiative, have hosted more than 70 tastings in over nine states. FurmintUSA wines have also consistently achieved high recognition in wine competitions and scoring publications. A new shipment arrived on the West Coast in July 2017, and dry Furmint wines are now widely available in nine U.S. states.

SD Wine + Food Festival Coming

“America's Finest City” welcomes back one of Southern California's most acclaimed epicurean events of the year, November 12-19, 2017. The 14th Annual San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival showcases the world's premier wines and spirits, and the nation's most trendsetting culinary masters for a mouthwatering week! For more information on the festival, one of the largest food and wine events in the nation, check out their site.

August 20 Is National Lemonade Day

With all the fuss about the eclipse, you may have missed this iclip_image002mportant date on your calendar. The producer of Sparkling Ice suggests you try a Sparkling Lemon Mojito with Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade, white rum, a splash of lime and muddled mint leaves. Make enough to enjoy with the eclipse the next day.

Holman Ranch Celebrates Birthday with Fiesta

Holman Ranch, a destination winery and ranch in Carmel Valley, California, will host the Fiesta de los Amigos September 7. The popular Fiesta de los Amigos, which began in 1928, was an annual highlight, often attracting more than 2,000 guests. In the 1960’s – 1980’s the Ranch was known for its rodeos and horse shows, daily trail rides, barbecues, and fiestas filled the calendar. This year, the celebration will be filled with flavorful food, Holman Ranch estate wines to sip, lively entertainment to enjoy and more. Cost is $60 per person

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