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FIU SCHOOL OF HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT MASTERY OF WINE PROGRAM- FALL SEMESTER 2006
Starting on September 11 to December 11, 2006, Mondays, 6:00pm to 8:30pm, Florida International University School of Hospitality Management is offering a Mastery of Wine Program taught by Chip Cassidy and Bill Hebrank of FIU School of Hospitality Management and Eric Hemer of Southern Wine & Spirits. The courses objectives: to learn about the wines of the great vineyards of the world, how to taste and evaluate beverages, To learn the economics of buying and selling alcoholic beverages, understanding wine and food pairing, among other classes… Classes will be held In the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center, FIU School of Hospitality Management, FIU Biscayne Bay Campus. Cost, $695.00, includes book, all course materials, food paring/tastings, and parking permit. For registration information contact Claudia Castillo at 305-919-4502 or visit http://ihter.fiu.edu/

GOVERNOR VETOES ZINFANDEL BILL IN CALIFORNIA

Sacramento, California----On August 28 Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed Senator Carole Migden’s SB 1253, which would have designated Zinfandel California’s ‘historic wine.’ Both houses of the state Legislature had passed the bill in a bipartisan effort to recognize Zinfandel as a respected part of California’s history. By highlighting Zinfandel’s unique history, the bill also recognized the history and culture of the California wine community and its acceptance as one of the state’s signature industries. “Although we are disappointed that the bill was not signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger, we feel that all the interest surrounding this bill from its inception to the veto has really drawn attention to Zinfandel and wine in general and its impact on our society. Hopefully, this entire discussion will encourage more people to explore the amazing world of wine and agriculture,” explained Justin Boeger of Boeger Winery, President of the Board of Zinfandel Advocates & Producers. www.zinfandel.org The Governor’s statement about vetoing the bill: http://gov.ca.gov/index.php/press-release/3698/

ANNUAL PALM BEACH WINE & FOOD CLASSIC AT FOUR SEASONS RESORT PALM BEACH
Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach is gearing towards the Annual Palm Beach Wine & Food Classic, October 21-22, 2006. Guests will sample the cuisine of Executive Chef, Hubert Des Marais (named one of "America's Ten Best New Chefs" by Food & Wine magazine and frequently seen on PBS’ "Great Chefs of the Southeast") and his talented team paired with some of the world's most highly-regarded wineries, champagnes and spirits. The weekend’s agenda will include: a wine seminar series, a Chefs’ Challenge & Lunch, a cocktail reception featuring a silent charity wine auction and a gala dinner on Saturday; and a champagne brunch on Sunday. Participation is priced per event and as a package. Individual events range from $50 to $225 per person; the event package is $585 per person. Event participants can also take advantage of a special $195per night room rate. All pricing excludes tax & gratuity.
Palm Beach Wine & Food Classic activities include:
• Saturday Series of wine seminars - $50 per seminar, per person • “Hubert’s Appetizer Challenge” & Lunch - $85 per person Cocktail Reception, Gala Dinner, Dancing & Silent Charity Wine Auction - $225 per person. Monies raised from Saturday’s silent charity wine auction will be donated to the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. • Sunday Chef Brian’s Champagne Brunch - $75 per person For more information or to make reservations for one or more event: (561) 582-2800, (800) 432-2335 or visit: http://www.fourseasons.com/palmbeach/wine_and_food_classic /


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