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MEL DICK OF SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS, MIAMI, WINE ENTHUSIAST 's WINE PERSON OF THE YEAR.
The Wine Enthusiast will honor the winners of the Fifth Annual Wine Star Awards For 2004 in recognition of excellence in the fields of wine, spirits, and fine dining, at a gala black-tie dinner in New York on January 24th, 2005, in Astor Hall and the Celeste Bartos Forum of the New York Public Library, with Kevin Zraly serving as Master of Ceremonies. These winners will be featured in the magazine's Special Awards issue, which hits the newsstands on November 22nd . The winners of Winery of the Year-America: Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, WA; Winery of the Year-New World: Concha y Toro, Santiago, Chile; and Winery of the Year-Europe: Masi Agricola, Verona, Italy.

TASTINGS OF GREAT BURGUNDIES FROM MAISON LOUIS JADOT Wednesday, October 27, 5:30 p.m. Tastings of Great Burgundies from Maison Louis Jadot, a journey of exploration of some of the most complex and rewarding wines from Burgundy: Meursault, Puligny Montrachet; Pommard; Nuits St. George, Gevrey Chambertin and more..., The event, hosted by Kobrand, will include blind tasting with the new special Riedel "Blind Tasting"glass. Guests will receive a complimentary Riedel Glass. The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. ($45 all inclusive.) RSVP 866-Kobrand or www.kobrandwines.com

BOCA BACCHANAL WINEFEST & AUCTION KICK-OFF FALL TASTING PARTY: "TASTE BUD TUNE-UP"
Thursday, November 4, 6:00 to 7:30 PM, "Taste Bud Tune-up" a Boca Bacchanal Winefest & Auction Kick-off Fall Tasting Party, a food and wine event held in anticipation of the third annual Boca Bacchanal Winefest & Auction, its third annual winefest and auction which will take place March 18-19, 2005, presented by Boca Raton Historical Society. Chefs from the BRR&C; will create a lavish display of domestic and imported artisanal cheeses and many other specialties, which will be paired with wines selected specifically to compliment the individual characteristics of each dish. Chef James Reaux will be the 'top toque' at this delectable introduction. Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton. For tickets, contact: Boca Raton Historical Society at 561.395.6766, or visit http://www.bocabacchanal.com/. $ 50.00/per person

LUXURY WHISKY WEEKEND" AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, KEY BISCAYNE, NOVEMBER 5-7,
The celebration begins Friday with a twilight poolside welcome reception to introduce guests to traditional Scottish fare and whiskey. Saturday brings a choice of eight master classes including "The Hidden Treasures of Islay," "Silent Stills," and a "Glenrothes Vertical Tasting," followed by a VIP Dom Perignon tasting and private yacht soirée on a Camper & Nicholsons vessel. On Saturday, November 6, 6 p.m., Grand Tasting, ($30) features the "best of the best" whiskies and the newest Ferrari, Maserati, Lotus, Aston Martin, Porsche, Jaguar and Audi models from The Collection. Whiskey Weekend accommodations from $259 per night based on double occupancy (includes welcome reception, private yacht soirée, full American breakfast for two days and traditional Scottish amenities personally delivered to each guestroom to enhance the experience). Each event is individually priced. For more information or reservations, please contact the resort The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne at (305) 365-4500.

SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS OF AMERICA, INC., ACQUIRES PREMIER WINE & SPIRITS OF NEW YORK
and their western New York state distribution arm, Letchworth Wine & Spirits. Southern Wine & Spirits now operates wine and spirits distributorships in 12 states (New York, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina) including four of the nation's five largest beverage markets.

WHAT'S COOKING @ YOUR LIBRARY SERIES PRESENTED BY BROWARD COUNTY COMMISSION LIBRARIES DIVISION.
Events will include presentations by cookbook authors and food editors, "tasteful" film showings, workshops on writing about food, cooking demonstrations and nutrition discussions. For a full schedule, see Hot Events: October and November at the Florida Center for the Book: http://www.southfloridagourmet.com/newsite/hotevents.html


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