Sip, Swirl & Score: Wine Judge for a Day

Starting on May 01, 2021 3:30 pm
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Saturday, May 1
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Ticket Price: $75
Location: Grove Restaurant Patio Ballroom in Lakewood Ranch 

Put your palate to the test and see if you have

what it takes to be a Wine Judge for a Day!  

Wine Expert, Julie Pepi, will lead you through a sensory experience where you will have the opportunity to blind judge and score six wines that are guaranteed to send your tactile sensations soaring. Whether you're new to the world of wine or a seasoned pro, during this interactive event you will sip, savor, and swirl like a certified Wine Judge. Julie will guide you through the process while providing tips & tricks of the wine trade to help develop your tasting skills. As the wines are unveiled, you will be able to compare your scores to the group's average, giving you insight about your unique palate and perspective.

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All Forks & Corks University Master Class Events will follow the CDC Guidance for social distancing. Tickets and capacity are very limited for these events. Guests will be asked to wear masks until seated (at pre-arranged socially distant tables.) No assigned seats may be reserved in advance. Tables are pre-set for 2 guests each and tables will be filled on a first come first service basis. You should treat your tickets like cash. All tickets to the Forks & Corks University Master Classes are non-refundable and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. All events, prices, performances, venues, dates and times are subject to change without notice. All sales are final. Your tickets will not be replaced, refunded or exchanged for any reason whatsoever. To have 100% confidence in the validity of your ticket purchase, you should only purchase your tickets through our ticketing system. The validity of tickets purchased through other websites or resellers cannot be verified by The Sarasota-Manatee Originals prior to event day. Guests must be 21+ to purchase tickets to this event. No children will be admitted (even infants.)

Tickets will be sold in quantities of 2.

If you plan to attend with a friend, please purchase your 2 tickets in the same transaction. If you plan to attend with 4 or 6 guests, please initiate an additional transaction to purchase more tickets, but know that you will not be seated at the same table. You can be seated in the same vicinity. Thank you for understanding!

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About Julie Pepi: 

Julie Pepi's passion for wine began in 1991. While pursuing a degree in interpersonal communication, she walked into what she thought would be a means to pay tuition and discovered a perfect mate for her first passion, which is working with people who truly love to experience life. The perfect match was, and still is wine. She has studied it's history, romance, viniculture, viticulture, mystery and growth for over twenty-seven years and continues to pursue and marvel at its evolution. She is a second level sommelier with the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers, Certified Specialist of Wine and Certified Sake Professional and is currently working towards her Spanish Wine Scholar through the Wine Scholar Guild. She began her career by working with wine programs in highly profiled Inns and Restaurants such as Glissandi in Lake Tahoe, The White Barn in Kennebunkport, Topper's at the Wauwinet and the Straight Wharf on Nantucket, Chez Le Bear on Sanibel Island and Michaels On East in Sarasota. As her career blossomed she became a Cellar Master for private collections with over 4 million dollars of inventory and became a wine buyer and consultant for Michael's on East, CJH Cellars & Cuisine and Ark Catering and eventually the Director of Fine Wine for Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits of North Florida. Today, she is the Director of the Heritage Collection for Trinchero Family Estates. The Heritage Collection is comprised of family owned, small batch, artisanal wineries from all over the globe. Growing and building this diverse collection of wineries allows her passion to come full circle on a global scale.


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