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.

    Event Details

    Location & Time

    More information will be announced in September!


    Tickets for the University Master Classes will be available on Tuesday, November 5th at 7:00pm. Tickets are sold online only. 

    Parking & Arrival

    More information will be announced in September!


    More information will be announced in September!

    Panel Topics

    More information about the 2020 Forks & Corks University Master Classes will be announced in September!

    Guests in 2019 enjoyed the following topics & speakers:

    • Technique & Terroir - A Comparison of Old World & New World Wines
      • Eagle Eye Winery - Bill Wolf, Owner & Winemaker
      • Podere Ciona - Lorenzo Gatteschi, Winemaker
      • Reynolds Family Winery - Steve Reynolds, Owner & Winemaker
      • Z'IVO Wines - John Zelko, Owner & Winemaker
      • Domaine Ambroise - Bertrand Ambroise, Owner & Winemaker
      • Willamette Valley Vineyards - Mary Joli, Key Accounts Specialist
      • Casa Ferreirinha - Wayne Cheeseman, Regional Sales Manager
    • Passion for Pinot Noir
      • Foris Vineyards - Stephanie Pao, Winemaker
      • Paul Cluver Wines - Andrea Erwee, Sales Manager
      • Angela Estate - John Tarleton, Owner
      • Domaine Bertrand Ambroise - Bertrand Ambroise, Owner & Winemaker
      • Z’IVO Wines - John Zelko, Owner & Winemaker
      • Gainey Vineyard - Jeff Lebard, Winemaker
    • The Pioneering Spirit
      • Trinchero Napa Valley - Carlo Trinchero, Owner
      • Martinelli Winery - Julianna Martinelli, Owner
      • Alexander Valley Vineyards - Harry Wetzel IV, Owner
      • Trefethen Family Vineyards - Lorenzo Trefethen, Owner
      • Rombauer Vineyards - Luke Clayton, Winemaker


    How do I purchase tickets to a University Master Class?

    Tickets will be available online on November 5th at 7:00pm.

    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! More information on how to purchase the wine you are sampling will be provided in September.

    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!

    Can I attend more than one panel event?

    Yes! More information will be provided in September.

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