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WASHINGTON STATE, SECOND LARGEST PRODUCER OF WINE IN THE US, GEARS FOR OPTIMAL FALL HARVEST

Vineyard workers throughout Washington State have begun picking select white grape varietals, with harvest activity ramping up in the coming weeks. The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers (WAWGG) estimates the state’s 2006 wine grape crop will weigh in at more than 123,564 tons. Washington State is the second-largest producer of wine in the nation, with more than 400 wineries, 350 wine grape growers and 30,000 vineyard acres.
“A warm summer like we’ve had means we’ll have a fantastic crop this fall,” said Jeff Gordon, chairman of the Washington Wine Commission and owner of Gordon Brothers Family Vineyards in Pasco, Wash. Vineyard managers across the state report that favorable weather has been an essential component to the development of this year’s high quality, well-balanced crops. A mild, wet spring gave way to a consistently dry, hot summer, producing balanced canopies and smaller berries.
The Washington wine industry supports 14,000 jobs and contributes $3 billion to the state economy annually. For more information about Washington wines, touring, and tasting opportunities, visit www.washingtonwine.org

WINES OF ARGENTINA FALL TASTING THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1 - 6 P.M.

A unique opportunity to taste the best of Argentina’s wines will be offered to members of the Press and Trade only at an event held at The Granada Room, Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, on Thursday, September 28, between 1 and 6 p.m. Over 25 different wine producers from Argentina’s major wine growing regions include Valentin Bianchi, Felix Lavaque, Finca Flichman, Luigi Bosca, Terrazas de los Andes, Pulenta Estate, Trapiche, Michel Torino Wines...and more ... To register: http://208.113.137.51/reg/arg_MIA_2006/index.htm

WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE 2006 WINE STAR AWARD NOMINEES
Among the 2006 Wine Enthusiast Magazine annual Wine Star industry 50 nominees in the following categories: Wine Person of the Year: Bill Harlan (Owner, Harlan Wine Estates); three Wineries of the Year—American: Quilceda Creek (Washington State) and Clos du Bois (California); European: Planeta (Italy), Torres (Spain); and New World: Bodega Norton (Argentina), Clarendon Hills (Australia); Winemaker of the Year: Bill Harlan; Wine Region of the Year - The Douro (Portugal), The Medoc (France), Mendoza (Argentina); Distiller of the Year - Remy Martin (France), Germain-Robin (USA); Retailer of the Year - Crown Wine & Spirits (Florida); Importer of the Year - Moet Hennessy USA; and Special Lifetime Achievement Award (TBA). The nominees will appear in the October issue of the magazine, and the winners in each category will be announced in the December 15 issue, which will feature profiles of all the winners.
A gala black tie awards ceremony, honoring the ten recipients and open to the trade, will take place in New York City on January 29, 2007, at the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue.

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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