The American Fine Wine Competition (AFWC), one of the nation’s most prominent top quality American-made wine events will be held  on January 17 and 18, 2010 at the Florida Culinary Institute at I-95 and 45th Street  in Palm Beach, with a panel of 20 judges including Virginia Philip (Master Sommelier, The Breakers), Chip Cassidy (Professor FIU & Wine Buyer, Crown Wine & Spirits) and Jennifer Jaco (Sommelier, Eleven Madison Park)among others.

The public is invited to join the judges and to receive two tickets to the Gala Dinner on March 13, 2010 at the Florida Culinary Institute featuring the winning wines and a five-star, five-course dinner prepared by some of South Florida’s top chefs: Johnny V, Cindy Hutson, Michael Wagner, Oliver Saucy and Master Pastry Chef Chris Northmore, in  addition to live entertainment by jazz singer Nicole Henry and performance artist Michael Israel.

For more information about the American Fine Wine Competition, contact Shari Gherman at 561-504-VINE (8463) or via email at