SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020

    About Forks & Corks University

    Forks & Corks University is the ultimate way to meet the brightest and the best of the wine world! These unique wine seminars are led by world-renowned wine industry professionals and winemakers. Guests will swirl, sip and savor as the passionate and accomplished panel leads them on a guided tour of wine from around the globe – no passport required! Save the date for the 2020 events which will be held on Saturday, January 25th.

    Tickets are available online only at the link below.

    Event Details

    Location & Time

    The 2020 Forks & Corks Master Classes will be held at the Michael's On East Ballroom and Michael's Wine Cellar. 

    Women in the Global Wine Industry
    10:00AM-11:30AM
    Michael's On East Ballroom
    1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

     

    Vines of Italy
    10:00AM-11:30AM
    Michael's Wine Cellar
    1283 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239

     

    A California Perspective
    12:30PM-2:00PM
    Michael's On East Ballroom
    1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239
    Tickets

    Tickets are available online at the link below.

    Tickets for each event are $55.00 per person (plus service fees). Each ticket will include a welcome glass of sparkling wine, all wine tastings, and a pairing plate of bites curated specifically to enhance the varietals presented by the panelists. 

    Your tickets will be e-mailed to you immediately after you complete your purchase. No printed tickets will be distributed, they will only be transmitted via e-mail. Please print your tickets at home or prepare to present them at check-in via your mobile device.

    There is no limit on the number of tickets you may purchase for the Forks & Corks University Master Classes.

    Parking & Arrival

    Parking for all events will be in the Mid-Town plaza located at 1283 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239. Volunteers will be onsite to assist guests.

    The panel events are open seating. If you are attending the event with other guests and would like to be seated together we suggest a timely arrival.  

    Guests that arrive more than 15 minutes after the start of the panel will not be guaranteed admission to the event. Due to the nature of the tasting experience, late arrivals create disruptions for our guests, panelists and moderators. We appreciate your understanding and consideration for all of our guests!

    Directions

    Parking for the University Master Classes is located in the Mid-Town Plaza at 1283 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239

    Upon arrival check in for all University Master Classes will take place outside of the Michael's Wine Cellar. Our volunteers will then direct you to the location of your panel.

    Panel Topics

    Women in the Global Wine Industry

    Join us as we take a tour throughout the world of wine. We'll hear from some of the wine world's leading women winemakers and estate owners and be inspired by discussions on collective contributions and experiences from pioneers of the wine industry. 

    Panelists:
    Veronique Dausse, Directeur Général
    Château Phélan Ségur, Saint-Estèphe, France

    Elizabeth Cooper, Eastern Sales Director
    Fess Parker Winery and Vineyards, Santa Barbara, California

    Kim Bolander, Director of Sales
    L'Ecole N° 41, Walla Walla, Washington

    Joan Szkutak, Proprietor
    SAMsARA Wine Company, Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California

    Susie Selby, Proprietor & Winemaker
    Selby Winery, Russian River Valley, California

    Julie Johnson, Proprietor & Winemaker
    Tres Sabores, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California

    Mary Joli, National Brand Manager
    Willamette Valley Vineyards, Willamette Valley, Oregon

    Time: 10:00AM to 11:30AM
    Location: Michael's On East Ballroom

    Vines of Italy

    This tasting seminar is devoted to native Italian grape varieties and the wines made from them. Led by some of Italy’s top producers, our panel takes you on a journey through Italia, tasting various whites and reds from some of the country’s most prestigious regions.

    Panelists:
    Mauro Celli, Proprietor
    Fattoria La Torre, Montecarlo, Italy

    Valentina Abbona, Proprietor
    Marchesi di Barolo, Barolo, Italy

    Marta Magnabosco, Proprietor
    Monte Tondo, Soave and Valpolicella, Italy

    Sara Maule, Brand Ambassador
    Nino Negri, Valtellina DOCG, Italy

    Lorenzo Gatteschi, Proprietor & Winemaker
    Podere Ciona, Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany, Italy

    Francesco Zaganelli, Export Manager
    Lungarotti, Tuscany, Italy

    Time: 10:00AM to 11:30AM
    Location: Michael's On East Wine Cellar
    Moderator: Shaun Wright

    A California Perspective

    The seminar will give wine lovers a chance to taste California’s diverse wines and learn the winemakers’ philosophies on California terroir and the direction California wine is heading. You'll be cruisin' through California...Buckle up!

    Panelists:
    Luke Clayton, Winemaker
    Rombauer Vineyards, Napa Valley/Sierra Foothills, California

    Tom Gamble, Proprietor & Winemaker
    Gamble Family Vineyards, Napa Valley, California

    Barry Collier, Proprietor
    Collier Falls, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California

    Drew Nenow, Winemaker
    ONX Wines, Paso Robles, California

    Steve Rogstad, Winemaker
    Cuvaison Winery, Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

    Time: 12:30PM to 2:00PM
    Location: Michael's On East Ballroom
    Moderator: Steve Harner

    FAQs

    How do I purchase tickets to a University Master Class?

    Tickets are available online at the link below.

    Tickets for each event are $55.00 per person (plus service fees). Each ticket will include a welcome glass of sparkling wine, all wine tastings, and a pairing plate of bites curated specifically to enhance the varietals presented by the panelists. 

    Your tickets will be e-mailed to you immediately after you complete your purchase. No printed tickets will be distributed, they will only be transmitted via e-mail. Please print your tickets at home or prepare to present them at check-in via your mobile device.

    There is no limit on the number of tickets you may purchase for the Forks & Corks University Master Classes.

    What is the Ticket Sales Policy?

    You should treat your tickets like cash. All tickets to the Forks & Corks Grand Tasting and 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 Vendini ticket 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.) Thank you for understanding!

    Can I purchase the wine I am tasting during the event?

    Yes! The wine you are sampling will be available for purchase through Michael's Wine Cellar.

    Can I reserve my seats ahead of time?

    No seats may be reserved in advance. Seats will be filled on a first come first service basis. If you are attending in a large party, we suggest timely arrival in order to be seated together. We cannot guarantee that groups larger than 2+ will have side by side seating arrangements.

    What is the Late Arrival Policy?

    Guests that arrive more than 15 minutes after the start of the panel will not be guaranteed admission to the event. Due to the nature of the tasting experience, late arrivals create disruptions for our guests, panelists and moderators. We appreciate your understanding and consideration for all of our guests!

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