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Forks & Corks Festival 2018

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    Savor local flavor during the SunCoast’s premier Food and Wine and Festival. Forks & Corks 2018 will showcase the palate-pleasing products of an international cast of visiting winery owners and winemakers alongside the deliciously diverse cuisine of more than 50 members of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group of locally owned restaurants who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community.

    This 11th annual, multi-day epicurean event will be held in the spectacular courtyard of The Ringling Museum of Art, the elegant ballroom of Michael’s On East and other exciting venues across the region. The Forks & Corks world-class weekend of food, wine and beer offers a feast for your senses through various vintner events; interactive food and wine seminars; and The Grand Tasting, which features a wide variety of wines, beers, and food sampling from top local restaurants, live entertainment and more.

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    Sunday, January 29, 2017

    Location: The Ringling Museum of Art - MAP
    Noon - 4 pm

    Tickets to the Grand Tasting go on Sale November 6, 2017

    General Admission : $ TBD

    Guests will be able to purchase up to four (4) General Admission Tickets


    VIP Admission : $ TBD

    Guests will be able to purchase up to two (2) VIP Tickets

    VIP Admission Includes: Designated Valet Parking, Early entrance and Champagne Reception at The Grand Tasting, Covered Seating at the event, Private VIP Tour of the Museum, Invites to the Event Kickoff party held on 1-25-18 (location TBD).


    The Grand Tasting is the ultimate destination for the foodie and wine or beer lover! Enjoy fabulous food from over 50 of the area's top restaurants, taste wine from over 80 international wineries and enjoy exciting micro-brews and craft beers. The backdrop for this spectacle is the stunning courtyard of the world-renowned John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
    Last year, the Ringling Museum's iconic statue of David gazed upon the crowd as they enjoyed perfect weather and a variety of sweet and savory fare. Originals restaurateurs and chefs outdid themselves with fabulous dishes to guests' delights!

    The acclaimed vintages of over 70 wineries from around the world were poured, with winemakers from California, Oregon, Italy, South Africa, France, Spain, New Zealand, South America and many other locales chatting with guests and enjoying the excitement of the afternoon.

    The Grand Tasting of 2018 promises to be even more tantalizing with new Originals member restaurants serving their specialties alongside well-known local favorites. We will feature our popular silent auction with special wines donated by our participating wineries. A popular feature again this year, guests will have the opportunity to purchase your favorite wines from the afternoon of sampling.  Our convenient retail tent will allow guests the chance to purchase and take home the wines they loved that day. Many of the unique wines available to taste at the Grand Tasting are not readily available for purchase locally, so we always suggest that people buy that day.

    Saturday, January 28, 2017

    Location: Michael's On East Ballrooom and Wine Cellar - MAP

    Forks & Corks University provides a unique opportunity to taste and learn about rare and inspired wines during seminars led by a panel of celebrated winemakers. These educational seminars, led by recognized wine experts from around the world, will take your wine knowledge to a higher level.

    Each session includes a gourmet four course luncheon with wine pairings.


    $ TBD

    Session will be announced in the Fall of 2017
    The 2017 Forks & Corks University featured the following Owners and Winemakers:
    • Alexander Valley Vineyards, Alexander Valley, CA, Harry Wetzel 
    • Firesteed Cellars, Willamette Valley, OR Howard Rossbach
    • L'Ecole º41, Walla Walla Valley, WA, Marty Clubb
    • Michael David Winery, Lodi, CA, Michael Phillips
    • Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, CA, Joe Shirley
    • Saintsbury, Carneros, CA, Tim Colla
    • Schweiger Vineyards, Spring Mountain, CA, Andy Schweiger
    • Château Lagrange, St Julien, France, Matthieu Bordes
    • Château d’Issan, Margaux, France, Emmanuel Cruse
    • Château Pedesclaux, Pauillac, France, Emmanuel Cruse
    • Château Fleur Cardinale, St Emilion, France, Caroline Decoster 
    • Château La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande de Pomerol, France, Coralie de Bouard
    • Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac Leognan, France, Hugo Bernard
    • Château La Croix St Georges, Pomerol, France, Jean Philippe Janoueix



    $ TBD

    Session will be announced in the Fall of 2017
    The 2017 Forks & Corks University featured the following Owners and Winemakers:
    • Babylonstoren, Simonsberg-Paarl, South Africa, Charl Choetzee
    • Barone Pizzini, Lombary, Italy,  Silvano Brescianini
    • Castellucio & Podere Poggio Scalette, Chianti, Italy, Alessandro Fiore
    • Coppo Winery, Piedmont, Italy, Luigi Coppo
    • El Enemigo/Catena, Mendoza, Argentina, Costanza Hartung
    • Klein Costantia, Constantia, South Africa, Jacqueline Harris
    • Maison Ambroise, Nuits Saint Georges, Burgundy, France, Bertrand Amboise
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    Enjoy a variety of events at participating Originals restaurants featuring visiting winemakers paired with area's best chefs.

    Events range from ultimate upscale dinners to casual tastings and samplings. These events are a great way to rub elbows with wine celebrities and to enjoy a special evening of great food and wine!


  • Monday, January 29th, 2018 | 11:00am - 2:00pm   

    Location: TBD

    Online registration for the 2018 Forks & Corks Trade Tasting will open in the Fall of 2017.

    Winery Name
    A to Z Wineworks
    Willamette Valley OR
    Alexander Valley
    Willamette Valley OR
    Arinzano   SP
    Stellenbosch ZA
    Simonsberg-Paarl ZA
    Banfi Vinters   IT
    Barone Pizzini Lombardy IT
    Yountville/Napa Valley
    Mendoza AR
    Burch Family Wines   AU
    Castello Di Querceto Tuscany IT
    Castelluccio  Emilia-Romagna IT
    Chateau Cailleteau Bergeron Cotes de Blaye FR
    Chateau D'Esclans Cotes de Provence FR
    Chateau d'Issan Margaux FR
    Chateau D'Or et De Gueules Nimes, Rhone Valley FR
    Santenay, Burgundy
    Chateau Durfort-Vivens Margaux FR
    Margaux FR
    Saint Emilion FR
    Chateau La Croix St. Georges
    Lalande de Pomerol FR
    Saint-Julien FR
    Ribera del Duero
    Conundrum Wines   CA
    Copper Cane Wines & Provision   CA & OR
    De Toren Wines Stellenbosch ZA
    Pessac Leognan
    Domaine Serene Willamette Valley OR
    Napa Valley
    Russian River Valley
    Eagel Eye Winery
    Napa Valley
    Emmolo Wines Napa Valley CA
    Farnese Vini   IT
    Faust Coombsville Napa CA
    Firesteed Cellars Willamette Valley OR
    Flower's Vineyard and Winery Sonoma Coast CA
    Santa Barbara
    Graham Beck Wines Robertson ZA
    Grande Vinos de San Pedro Cachaporal Andes CL
    Ribera del Duero SP
    Russian River Valley CA
    Jim Berry Wines Clare Valley AU
    Justin Vineyards and Winery Paso Robles CA
    Klein Constantia  Constantia  ZA
    Walla Walla Valley WA
    La Favorita Tokaji HU
    Landmark Vineyards Sonoma  CA
    North Coast CA
    Nuits Saint Georges, Burgundy
    Eagle Peak Mendocino County  CA
    Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
    Santa Lucia Highlands CA
    Montes Wines Colchagua Valley CL
    Napa Cellars Napa Valley CA
    Paso Robles
    Elgin Valley
    Napa Valley CA
    Podere Poggio Scalette
    Quady Winery   CA
    Ramey Wine Cellars Sonoma CA
    RedPuro Organic Vineyards Mendoza AR
    REX HILL Winery Willamette Valley OR
    Rombauer Vineyards Napa Valley CA
    Saintsbury Carneros CA
    Schweiger Vineyards Spring Mountain  CA
    Sean Minor Wines Napa Valley CA
    Seghesio Family Vineyards Sonoma County CA
    Silkwood Wines Modesto CA
    Trefethen Family Vineyards Napa Valley CA
    Vignobles Mayard Chateauneuf du Pape FR
    Willamette Valley Vineyards Willamette Valley OR
    Yalumba  Barossa Valley AU
    Z'IVO Wines Willamette Valley OR

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