• Stay tuned for a complete listing of the 2019 Participating Wineries. The following Wineries were showcased during the 2018 event.
    Winery Name Appellation State/Country
    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 CA
    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
    Piedmont IT
    De Toren Wines Stellenbosch ZA
    Pessac Leognan
    Domaine Serene Willamette Valley OR
    Napa Valley
    Russian River Valley
    Eagel Eye Winery Napa Valley CA
    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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  • The 2019 Medal Winners will be announced in early December. The following Wineries received medals at the 2019 Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival.

  • How much does registration to participate cost?

    There are no registration fees associated with Forks & Corks. We do ask that all product for The Grand Tasting and The Trade Tasting are donated. In addition, if your winery participates in Forks & Corks University, that product is also donated. Should your winery participate in Winemaker Events/Dinners and Retail Tastings, your local representative will work with host restaurant/retailer to supply appropriate product. All travel and lodging is the financial responsibility of the participating Winemaker or Vineyard.

    How do I register?

    Registration is an easy online form through The Sarasota-Manatee Original’s Forks & Corks website Once you register you will receive confirmation that your registration was received and approved.

    What are the events occurring over the weekend?

    • Friday and Saturday - Winemaker events and dinners at various Originals member restaurants
    • Friday and Saturday - Retail Tastings at local wine retailers
    • Saturday morning and afternoon - Forks & Corks University and Luncheon
    • Sunday - The Grand Tasting at the Ringling Museum
    • Monday - The Trade Tasting at Michaels on the Bay at Selby Gardens

    How will I know which events I will be expected to participate?

    Once all of the wineries have registered, we work on programming with our wine committee (made up of representatives from each distributor). When planning the University sessions, we look for trends in wineries registered (ex. If we have 6 Italian Winemakers attending the festival, it is likely that we would opt to have an Italian themed master class session). When planning Winemaker dinners, we often pair up Winemakers to co-host dinners at the best local restaurants. Please note, only wineries providing a Winemaker or Principal will be eligible to participate in winemaker events/dinners and as panelists for sessions at Forks & Corks University. We do our best to accommodate all requests. However, we do not guarantee placement. When you register to participate you will be asked to indicate the events that you would like to participate.

    Explain the Wine Judging Event

    We started the Wine Judging Event in 2013 in order to boost retail sales and increase wine knowledge of event attendees. We found that the judging increased retail sales by 50% at the Grand Tasting. Only wines showcased at the Grand Tasting and Trade Tasting are eligible to be entered into the blind judging. Each winemaker can enter up to 6 different wines. We do ask that you provide 2 bottles of each wine entered into the judging. Once we have received all the submissions, we group the wines in like categories and arrange the flight order for the judges to blind taste. There are 16 wine judges who are experienced tasters that we group into 4 groups of 4 judges each. Each judge group tastes an average of 60 wines during the event. Scores are tabulated (we use a 20-point scale). Once the judging is complete, we take the 10 highest scoring reds and 10 highest scoring whites. All judges taste these to award the Best in Show designation. Based on numerical scores, wines are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. Medalists and Best in Show winning wines are announced prior to the event and designated in our event program wine guide. Judging event occurs in early December. Judging forms will be sent to the participating wineries in early November with instruction on entering wine.

    What am I expected to donate for the silent auction? What is the benefitting Charity

    Every year, we have a silent auction at the Grand Tasting that benefits a local charity. Last year over $18,000 was raised for All Faith’s Food Bank Children’s Hunger Campaigns. Each participating winery is asked to donate an auction item valued at $250. Popular auction items are large format bottles or a collection of wine from participating wineries. You will receive an auction form in the fall. We ask that the auction items are shipped in December prior to the event so we have time to compile the auction catalog.

    What details do I need to know about retail sales and how much wine I can expect to sell?

    Your Florida distributor will work to advise you on this. Best in Show, medal winners, and aggressively priced wine does tend to sell out. To adequately stock the wine shop we suggest 3 cases of each wine from your distributor. Included with each purchased VIP ticket is $150 wine voucher to use a the retail tent during the Grand Tasting. Note, when deciding what wines to enter into the judging, please keep in mind that you will want the wine to be available for purchase in the state of Florida at the time of the event.

    How much product is needed over the weekend?

    Product Needed
    Winemaker Events and Dinners
    Various types of events from winemaker dinners to special tasting events
    Friday Jan 25th - Jan 26th
    Various Originals member restaurants
     TBD – your Florida distributor will coordinate this with you
    University Master Classes
    A day of wine education that includes a gourmet 4-course luncheon
    Saturday Jan 26th
    Michael’s On East Ballroom,
    Wine Cellar and Restaurant
    2 Different selections of Varieties / Styles / Vintages. 6 bottles of each
    Retail Wine Tastings
    Tasting events are open to the public at various
    local retailers
    Friday Jan 25th and Saturday Jan 26th
    Various wine retailers in
    Sarasota and Manatee Counties
    3 bottles of each variety shown. Each winery is allowed to show/retail sale (6) different wines.
    The Grand Tasting Our anchor event. A day of tasting, each winemaker will have a station serving samples to event (1800) participants
    Sunday Jan 27th
    The Courtyard of the Ringling
    Museum of Art
    12 bottles of each variety shown. Each winery is allowed to show/retail sale (6) different wines
    The Trade Tasting Open to all retailers, restaurants and hoteliers. Invites are sent
    out to industry within 200 mile radius
    Monday Jan 28th
    Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens 4 bottles of each variety shown. Each winery is allowed to show/retail sale (6) different wines

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