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The 2019 Medal Winners will be announced in late April.
All wines shown during the Grand Tasting will be available for same-day purchase in the Retail Tent on Sunday, May 5th, 2019.
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 https://www.eatlikealocal.com/winemaker-registration-2019. 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?EventDetailsDate(s)LocationProduct NeededWinemaker Events and DinnersVarious types of events from winemaker dinners to special tasting eventsFriday Jan 25th - Jan 26thVarious Originals member restaurantsTBD – your Florida distributor will coordinate this with youUniversity Master ClassesA day of wine education that includes a gourmet 4-course luncheonSaturday Jan 26thMichael’s On East Ballroom,Wine Cellar and Restaurant2 Different selections of Varieties / Styles / Vintages. 6 bottles of eachRetail Wine Tastings
Tasting events are open to the public at various
local retailersFriday Jan 25th and Saturday Jan 26thVarious 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) participantsSunday Jan 27thThe Courtyard of the Ringling
Museum of Art12 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 radiusMonday 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