While the rest of the country is freezing (I know, I was in New York City last week), we will be enjoying our flip-flop wearing and wine drinking on the beach. Next Wednesday begins the annual Key West Food and Wine Festival, and it will be spectacular. Now in its eighth year, the well-planned events are upscale and unique.
WINEMAKER DINNER SERIES
There have been winemaker dinners in the past, and this year brings an entire series. Each dinner is $150/person inclusive of tax and gratuity and features a different winemaker. Wednesday, January 25, the series kicks off at Southernmost Beach Cafe with a dinner featuring Justin wines from Paso Robles, California, paired with a unique, five-course menu.
Thursday night’s dinner features Sara Brewer from Niven Family Estates at the Southernmost House featuring a five-course seafood menu, each paired with a different wine. Friday night, Luciano Castiello, Brand Ambassador for Castello Banfi, brings a Key West-inspired Italian menu to the Reach Resort. Luciano’s stories always inspire me, and perhaps they will inspire your next trip to Italy. (Don’t worry, I can help you plan that!)
The final dinner on Saturday, January 28, will be held at Banana Cafe and features Domaine Bousquet wines. The menu focuses on cheeses and fish, so if you are not a meat-eater, this is the menu for you.
There are limited tickets left for each dinner, so get yours today!
Saturday afternoon, wine drinkers swarm Duval Street for a mile-long tasting. I’ve said it before, and it bears repeating: it is the most fun you can have on Duval Street. Don’t fret if you don’t have tickets yet, simply follow this link and use code FKG-UNCORKED to save 15%.
Whatever events you choose, make sure to swing by and say hello. I’ll be pouring Champagne at the Grand Tasting at the Celebrity Cruises table, and will be at the hospitality suite all week. I’ll be out and about during some of the other events. Kick off your flip flops and enjoy the perfect winter weather, wine in hand.