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SONOMA COUNTY NAME PROTECTION BILL A VICTORY FOR WINE CONSUMERS
On Saturday, Sept. 30, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill that protects the integrity of the Sonoma name for consumers, the county’s wines, and its winegrowers. This legislation is a victory for consumers, ensuring accuracy on labels by restricting the use of “Sonoma” on wine labels to only those wines with at least 75% Sonoma County grapes. “Sonoma County is one of the world’s premier winegrowing regions, and consumers have a right to expect Sonoma County quality wine in the bottle if it says Sonoma on the label,” said Sonoma County Winegrape Commission President Nick Frey.

Honore Comfort, Executive Director of SCV, commented, “Sonoma County is known for its distinctiveness and diversity, producing a uniquely wide range of varietals and wine styles. SB 1380 protects that reputation and reinforces consumer confidence about the Sonoma County name.”

With almost 65,000 acres of premium wine grapes and more than 250 wineries, Sonoma County is the birthplace of California wine and considered one of the world’s premier winegrowing regions. The county’s 13 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), each with distinctive climate, soils, and characteristics, are home to unparalleled winegrowing diversity, including world-class Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Syrah. For more information on the wines and wineries of Sonoma County, visit www.sonomawine.com and www.sonomawinegrape.org.

12th ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST FROM OCTOBER 5 TO 15, AT FRITZ AND FRANTZ BIERHAUS SQUARE, IN CORAL GABLES
One of the most popular street fairs in Miami, Oktoberfest has grown from a little block party to a ten day festivity, thanks to the efforts of Austrian-born Harald Neuweg who is also the owner of Fritz and Frantz Bierhaus in Coral Gables. From 11 am to 11 p.m. daily there will be street foods, music, prizes and good fun for the entire family at 60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, in front of Fritz and Frantz Bierhaus. 305-774-1883. www.bierhaus.cc

JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY OFFERS FREE LUNCH SERIES
To celebrate the grand opening of the Robert M. Nograd Center for Bachelor’s Degree Studies, Johnson & Wales University’s College of Culinary Arts is inviting the community to enjoy free meals prepared and served by their upperclassmen.
Space is limited and reservations are required. RSVP to (305) 892-7556
All lunches will begin promptly at 11 a.m. and will end at noon. Please arrive a few minutes early to ensure proper seating.
Tue., Oct. 17: Caribbean
Wed., Oct. 18: South America
Thu., Oct. 12: Africa
Fri., Oct. 13: Middle East
Mon., Oct. 16: Mexico/Central America

The Nograd Center for Bachelor’s Degree Studies, J&W;’s University Center, 1701 NE 127th Street, North Miami. Directions: www.jwu.edu/fl orida/dir.htm. www.jwu.edu/florida • (305) 892-7000

CALL FOR GREAT BOWLS OF FIRE CHILI COOK OFF CONTEST

The Arts at St Johns is seeking submissions of art - Visual and Culinary - relating to the ubiquitous chili pepper and the Art of Chili. Visual art and Chili recipes are needed to enhance the pages of a new Great Bowls of Fire Chili Fusion Cook Book. The art and cookbook are part of a fundraising initiative, Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cook-Off to be held on Sunday, January 28, 2007 from 2-6 at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens.
Cooks will be required to prepare a large quantity of their outstanding chili dishes to sell as part of the fundraising. HOW TO ENTER: Send your favorite chili recipes for the chili fusion cook-off and cookbook to greatbowls@hotmail.com by October 25, 2006. A Non-refundable Entry Fee of $25.00, payable to Arts at St. Johns, is required for Recipes to be considered for inclusion. email your submissions to greatbowls@hotmail.com, and payment can be made by clicking the Pay Pal button on that page. Or snail mail with your check to: Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cook-off
915 NW 1st Avenue, H-705, Miami FL 33136. For questions, or more information, contact Jean Villamizar at downtowndiva9@hotmail.com .

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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