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Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group will be hosting its 35th semi-annual Wine Week from September 20th to 24th. During this week, you can lunch and sample 10 wines from an All-American wine list for only $10. All of the 17 Smith & Wollensky locations, nationally from South Beach, Florida and New York City, to Columbus, Ohio, and Dallas, Texas are hosting this event to celebrate Wine Week . With over 700 U.S. vintners attending, the wine selection promises to have something for every palate, from undiscovered gems to older favorites. ""Our All-American wine list has really expanded over the past year and Wine Week allows our customers to get a sampling of the incredible variety of American wines that we have to offer," commented Sommelier and author of wine books Kevin Zraly. Now in its 19th year, over 18,000 bottles will be poured during the event and over $10,000 will be donated to Citymeals-on-Wheels by the week's end. 1 Washington Avenue (At South Pointe Park), Miami Beach, . Reservations: (305) 673-2800. For additional information: or

WINE AND CHEESES TASTINGS AT GARDNER'S MARKETS Every 2nd Thursday of the month. 6 - 8 p.m. Wine and Cheese of The World, Tastings at Gardner's Markets (all locations), in benefit of CHARLEE Homes for Children. Enjoy a $10 gift certificate towards purchase of wine with a $20 donation to CHARLEE. Gardner's Markets are located at: 3117 Bird Ave., Coconut Grove; 7301 SW 57th Ave., South Miami; 8287 SW 124 Street, Pinecrest

and some restaurants, like North 110, are even extending their Miami Spice program to Saturdays. In its third consecutive year, the fine dining program MiamiSpice offers specially-priced lunches at $20.04 and dinners for $30.04, excluding tax and gratuities, at more than 50 top restaurants in town. Miami Spice gives diners a chance to sample chic culinary hotspots. For an updated list on participating restaurants and their menu, go to:

2004 Miami International Wine Fair, from October 2 to October 4, 2004,
For tickets and information: - 877-577-WINE.
Consumer Program:
Trade Program for Restaurateurs, Wine Retailers, Importers and Distributors:

  • Friday, October 1, 8 p.m. Welcoming Reception & Dinner Outdoors by the Miami River, with exhibitors from North America, Europe, South America, Australia and South Africa.400 SE 2nd Avenue, Miami. Cost: $60 ($70 after Sep 15).
  • Sunday, October 3, 11 a.m. - 2: 30 p.m., B.B.B. - Bubbly Brunch on the Beach Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Cost: $50 ($60 after Sep 15).
  • Sunday, October 3, 8 p.m. Grand Wine Dinner, multi-course menu prepared by executive Chef Rolando E. Cruz-Taura to match some of the best wines showcased at the 2004 Miami International Wine Fair. Miami City Club, 200 South Biscayne Blvd, 55th Floor, Miami. Cost: $80 ($90 after Sep 15).
  • Sunday, October 3, Trade & VIP Tasting. from 2 to 7 p.m. at the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE 2nd Avenue, Miami.
  • Monday, October 4, Trade & VIP Tasting. from 2 to 7 p.m. at the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE 2nd Avenue, Miami. Over 400 producers and 1,500 wines from 18 countries paired with culinary delights prepared by South Florida's finest restaurants, Comprehensive program of industry seminars and wine tastings. Miami's Collectors' Club: VIP section showcasing over 100 exclusive luxury wines Cost: Trade and Press: free, $40 General Admission, $75 VIP Consumer Tickets
  • Monday, October 4, 8 p.m., Awards Ceremony & Dinner, Join the Miami International Wine Fair Tasting Board as we taste the best wines showcased at this year's Fair and recognize them collectively on behalf of South Florida's wine professionals and aficionados. The evening will commence with a wine reception for our guests to taste all the wines that reached the Awards Program final round. A four-course, sit-down dinner matched with our sponsors' wines will follow. The winners of our 2004 Awards of Excellence will be announced throughout the course of the dinner. Address:TBA. Cost: $125 ($150 after Sep 15)

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