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. 

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

    Panelists:

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

    Wines Presented:
    Château Phélan Ségur, Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France, 2012
    Château Phélan Ségur, Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France, 2015

    2

    While she has kept a love of the land and of terroirs from her Piedmontese and Gascon origins,  Véronique Dausse has enjoyed a global wine career. With an MBA under her belt, she started her career at Clos du Val in Napa Valley. Here, she established the four pillars of her wine know-how: knowledge of the product, a commercial spirit, an Anglo-Saxon approach to marketing refined through contact with distributors and consumers around the world, and insatiable curiosity. In becoming Managing Director of Château Phélan Ségur in 2010,she brought her energy, her determination and her obsession with quality to one of St Estèphe’s most brilliant wine estates. In 2018, Château Phélan Ségur came under the ownership of the Flemish Van de Vyvere family. In love with the property and its terroir, Véronique accompanies Philippe Van de Vyvere in realizing his dream, for which he puts his entrepreneurial values to work in search of aesthetic and technical excellence, with respect for environmental and social balance. The mother of 3 children, she divides her time between her family, her oenological and culinary travels, and opera.


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

    Wines Presented:
    Fess Parker Winery & Vineyards, Riesling, Santa Barbara, CA, 2017
    Fess Parker Winery & Vineyards, Red Blend "The Big Easy," Santa Barbara, CA, 2017

    Elizabeth Cooper

    With over 30 years in the food and beverage industry, Liz hasWith over 30 years in the food and beverage industry, Liz hasworked in just about every facet of the business. She receivedthe Advanced Sommelier certification from the Court of MasterSommeliers in 2008 and sat for the Master exam in 2010, 2011and 2012. Liz now enjoys traveling the country sharing Fess ParkerWinery and Vineyards’ wines and story. Liz’s tenure with the Parkershas been divided over 7+ years. Fess Parker Winery and Vineyardsis a small, family owned and operated winery, farm, ranch, restaurantand brewery that has been evolving into an incredible, sustainable, food and beverage“ecosystem” over the last 30 years.


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

    Wines Presented
    L'Ecole N° 41, Chenin Blanc "Old Vines," Yakima Valley, WA, 2018 
    L'Ecole N° 41, Merlot, Columbia Valley, WA, 2016

    1

    Kim oversees the L’Ecole N° 41’s day-to-day business relationships with over 60 distributors – covering 48 states and more than 20 countries across the globe. Kim was hired in 1998 when the winery produced just a few thousand cases. As L’Ecole has grown, she has played an integral role in building the winery’s brand and managing growth and sales. Kim is a graduate of Whitman College and began  her career in the wine industry in 1996 working for the Chalone Wine Group. Kim currently sits on the marketing committee for the Washington Wine Commission and, when not pursuing her interest in food and wine, enjoys golf and spending time with her family.

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

    Wines Presented
    SAMsARA Wine Co., Chardonnay "Santa Rita Hills,"SAMsARA Wine Co., Chardonnay "Santa Rita Hills,"Santa Barbara, CA, 2018
    SAMsARA Wine Co., Pinot Noir "Rancho La Viña Vineyard,”SAMsARA Wine Co., Pinot Noir "Rancho La Viña Vineyard,”Santa Barbara, CA, 2014

    3

    Joan owns SAMsARA with her husband, Dave. She developed a fundamental love of all things enological during her career at Procter & Gamble, which involved extensive international travel. Having had the good fortune of visiting some of the world’s greatest winegrowing regions, she found herself returning time and again to Santa Barbara, where a combination of diverse, site-specific wines, friendly people and a close proximity to the Pacific, sparked her imagination. Today, Joan and her husband help guide SAMsARA as vintners working closely with Winemaker Matt Brady, supporting his creative decisions in both the vineyard and the cellar. SAMsARA produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Grenache from carefully selected micro-sites within Santa Rita Hill’s most distinctive vineyards. The resulting wines are built on balance, harmony with nature and listening to the needs of both our vineyards and wines in the cellar; a commitment to making “vineyard-driven wines.” SAMsARA’s old-world wine making techniques produce winesthat are distinctive, with a powerful finish and rich mid-palate texture. When Joan is notpalate texture. When Joan is not at the winery she resides in St. Augustine, Florida.

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

    Wines Presented:
    Selby Winery, Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley, CA, 2018
    Selby Winery, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA, 2018

    FCUMC Women Program 2020 F 011020

    Selby Winery was founded by Susie Selby, Winemaker, and her father, David K. Selby, M.D. After receiving her BA in Economics from Vanderbilt and her MBA from George Washington University, Susie learned to make wine in a hands-on apprenticeship environment, starting as a Tasting Room Manager, Cellar Master and eventually becoming the Assistant Winemaker at a large winery, while still making Selby wines. After Dr. Selby passed away suddenly in 1997, Susie decided to continue the dream of Selby Winery and managed to do it on her own through a lot of hard work and challenges. Today she still has no partners or investors. Selby Winery produces over sixteen different varietals and has won numerous awards and accolades. “Enjoy wine; enjoy life,” will continue to be Susie’s approach to being a winemaker. That expression, like the wines, is a reflection of the passion and the enjoyment she shared with her father and co-founder.


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

    Wines Presented:
    Tres Sabores, Sauvignon Blanc "Farina Vineyard,"Tres Sabores, Sauvignon Blanc "Farina Vineyard,"Sonoma Mountain, CA, 2018
    Tres Sabores, Red Blend "¿Por Qué No?," Napa Valley, CA, 2015

    4

    Julie Johnson is the Winemaker and Owner of Tres Sabores, a winery nestled into the western Rutherford bench land of the Napa Valley. Passionate about food, wine, and the land, for the last 33 years Julie has lived on Napa’s first certified organic farm, growing winegrapes (Cabernet, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah) pomegranates, lemons andolives while raising her children (not to mention Golden Retrievers, Guinea Hens, and sheep.) A native of California, Julie graduated from Columbia as a P.H.N. after receiving a B.A. from Bowdoin College. Relocating to the Napa Valley in 1980, she practiced nursing even as she founded Frog’s Leap Winery (with her first husband, John Williams and partner, Larry Turley) in 1981. In 1990 she joined with Michaela Rodeno, past CEO at St. Supery Winery, and founded “Women for Wine Sense, a vital national organization whose “vision is to support theappreciation for and responsible consumption of wine.” Julie started Tres Sabores in 1999 as a single vineyard estate and soon began making her own wine.


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

    Wines Presented:
    Willamette Valley Vineyards, Chardonnay "Estate,"Willamette Valley Vineyards, Chardonnay "Estate,"Willamette Valley, OR, 2017
    Willamette Valley Vineyards, Pinot Noir "Estate,"Willamette Valley Vineyards, Pinot Noir "Estate,"Willamette Valley, OR, 2017

    5

    Mary Joli is the South East Regional Sales Manager with Willamette Valley Vineyards in Oregon’s verdant Willamette Valley. Mary brings with her a wealth of wine knowledge and experience from 20 years in the Oregon wine industry, starting in wine shops specializing in Oregon Pinots, and later with several small production Oregon wineries. Mary has managed tasting rooms, formed and structured wine clubs, hosted special events and vineyard weddings, and has even worked in harvest and wine production. As a TWA international flight attendant Mary traveled extensively throughout Europe where she first discovered the joy of drinking elegant old world wines. Working with Willamette Valley Vineyards has enabled her to live her dreams. At home in Oregon, Mary enjoys hiking, organic gardening and kayaking on the Willamette River. She actively enjoys Oregon’s endless forests, snowy mountains, rugged coastline and, of course, its elegant wines!

    Vines of Italy - SOLD OUT

    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, Umbria, Italy

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

    A California Perspective - SOLD OUT

    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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