#SouthFlorida Friends Who Love #Wine: There are still a few tickets available for tonights 11th Annual American Fine Wine Competition Charity Gala, benefiting the Autism Society of Florida! Read for more information and link to purchase tickets

The 11th Annual American Fine Wine Competition Charity Gala is tonight, Saturday May 5th, 2018 at 6:30pm at Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A few tickets remain. Proceeds benefit the Autism Society of Florida. Author and Sommelier Fred Bollaci will be there, and has donated several signed copies of “The Restaurant Diet” to be auctioned off at the event.

 

The American Fine Wine Competition (AFWC) is celebrating eleven years of promoting the finest wines produced in the United States. The AFWC will host the 11th annual Charity Wine Gala on May 5, 2018 at Pier Sixty-six Hotel and Marina where we will award the ”Winemaker and Winery of the Year”.
The 11th annual AFWC Charity Wine Gala will be a magnificent celebration. More than 600 award-winning wines will be poured at this spectacular event, accompanied by a dazzling feast, winery tasting rooms hosted by the winemakers, exciting auctions, music and celebrations. A portion of the proceeds from the gala benefit the Autism Society of Florida.
AFWC president Shari Gherman announced its 2018 Wineries and Winemakers of the year, each of whom will accept their awards at the Gala:
Dr. Jan Krupp- Winery of the Year, Founder Stagecoach Vineyards, Co-Founder, Krupp Brothers Winery, Napa
Dave Pramuk- Winery of the Year, Co-Founder, Robert Biale Vineyards, Napa
Robert Rex- Winemaker of the Year, Deerfield Ranch Winery, Kenwood, Sonoma
Ernie Weir- Winemaker of the Year, Hagafen Cellars and Prix Vineyards, Napa
Each of these winemakers is a legend in the industry and we are truly honored to welcome them to South Florida.

2301 Southeast 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Saturday, May 5, 11th annual AFWC Charity Wine Gala
Pier 66 Hotel & Marina, Ft. Lauderdale
6:30-11:00pm
For more information call 561.504.0206

To purchase tickets, click here.

 

ALSO: CHECK OUT THE AMAZING AUCTION ITEMS

PACKAGE # 1

HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT OVER
WINE COUNTY

VALUE- AN EXPERIENCE YOU COULDN’T PUT TOGETHER BY YOURSELF
Bidding starts at $1,500
Know that you will be treated special because you came from the American Fine Wine Competition. This is a once-ever combination of incredible experiences. For (mostly) four people.

INCLUDES:

ABOVE THE VALLEY -HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT FOR 2 – 603 CALIFORNIA BLVD. NAPA CA 94559. ENJOY A VERY EARLY MORNING FLIGHT WITH COFFEE AND SCONES, THEN UPON RETURN, ENJOY A WONDERFUL BRUNCH COMPLETE WITH MIMOSAS!
FLIGHT IS APPROXIMATELY 1 HR.

1-NIGHT STAY – JORDAN VINEYARD – HEALDSBURG. PRIVATE ACCOMMODATIONS AT THIS MAGNIFICENT VINEYARD’S GUEST HOUSE WHICH INCLUDES A PRIVATE WINE TASTING. IMAGINE! THIS IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE – SO EXCLUSIVE WE CAN’T PUT A PRICE ON IT!

2-NIGHT STAY- McCLELLAN-PRIEST HOUSE B & B – PLUSH VICTORIAN-STYLE SUITES OFFERING FIREPLACES AND WHIRLPOOL TUBS –DOWNTOWN NAPA. OWNED BY CELESTE CARDUCCI FROM CARDUCCI WINE AND BRUCE AHNFELDT FROM AHNFELDT WINES. UNCORKED TASTING, too…

WILLIAM HARRISON VINEYARD TASTING
RODNEY STRONG VINEYARD– TOUR AND TASTING
SHADOWBOX CELLARS TASTING AND PAIRING – DOWNTOWN NAPA
DOMAINE CARNEROS WINERY-VINEYARD TOUR, WINEMAKER, BOTTLING AND TASTING
ELEVEN ELEVEN WINERY- TOUR AND TASTING
REYNOLDS FAMILY WINERY –ESTATE TOUR AND TASTING
FULCRUM WINES– TASTING

BRIX RESTAURANT & GARDEN – $150 GIFT CARD – 7377 ST. HELENA HWY. NAPA, CA 94558
AN ENTIRELY NEW INCARNATION OF THE WINE COUNTY CLASSIC, WITH A RENEWED FOCUS ON FARM-TO-TABLE DINING. BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF THE GARDEN FROM THE PATIO. 707-944-2749

PACKAGE # 2

FT. LAUDERDALE STAY-CATION

BIDDING STARTS AT $1,000

INCLUDES:

THE DIPLOMAT BEACH RESORT – 2 NIGHTS STAY-WATER VIEW DELUXE ROOM. THIS HOTEL HAS BEACH ACCESS
3555 SOUTH OCEAN DRIVE HOLLYWOOD FL 33019 CALL ED WALLS – 954-602-6000

RITZ CARLTON FT. LAUDERDALE – DINNER FOR 2 AT THE FINE DINING RESTAURANT (AFWC WILL SUPPLY WINE) BURLOCK COAST SEAFARE & SPIRITS. ALCOHOL NOT INCLUDED, BUT GRATUITIES AND TAXES ARE. CANNOT USE ON HOLIDAYS.
LOCATED AT 1 N. FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH BLVD. FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. 33304 – PH. 954-302-6460

SEA EXPERIENCE – GLASSBOTTOM BOAT AND SNORKLE TRIP FOR 4 PEOPLE (invite friends!) – VENTURE OUT TO SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE DIVE SITES AND SNORKLE AROUND OR STAY ON THE BOAT AND JUST ENJOY THE VIEW THROUGH THE GLASS BOTTOM. 801 SEABREEZE BLVD. FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. 33316

JUNGLE QUEEN RIVERBOAT CRUISE ON FT. LAUDERDALE RIVER, INCLUDES DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR 2.
801 SEABREEZE BLVD, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. 33316
954-462-5596 – 9AM TO 7PM – BOAT LEAVES OUT OF BAHIA MAR

33rd STREET WINE BAR – AMERICAN FINE WINE COMPETITION JUDGE AND OWNER CANDACE PROCTOR WILL HOST A FABULOUS TASTING AT HER INTIMATE BAR – SHARI COULD MAKE A SURPRISE VISIT IF YOU LET HER KNOW WHEN YOU’LL BE THERE!

WINNING BIDDER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR GRATUITY

PACKAGE # 3

WINEMAKER AND WINERY OF THE YEAR
WORLD EXCLUSIVE!!!
VALUE- you couldn’t buy this lot… this has been specially put together by the Wineries and Winemakers of the Year.
They will be there to greet you
(or at least MEET you)
BIDDING STARTS AT $2,500

INCLUDES: (hotel and airfare is for two, but each tasting is for up to six). IF YOU TIME THIS RIGHT, SHARI, MONTY & SARA PREISER WILL ESCORT YOU!

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES – 2 ROUND TRIP TICKETS

2 NIGHTS STAY AT THE MOUNT VIEW HOTEL & SPA. ENJOY SMALL TOWN TRANQUILITY, REJUVENATING SPA CULTURE AND THE NOSTALGIA OF THE 1920’S – THE MOUNT VIEW HOTEL IMMERSES YOU IN NAPA VALLEY LIFE WITHIN A HISTORIC SETTING ALONGSIDE MODERN COMFORT AND AMENITIES.

START WITH AMAZING EDUCATIONAL TOUR AND TASTING with none other than the co-founder and bon vivant DAVE PRAMUK at
ROBERT BIALE – This is SPECIAL!!! You will get “THE FULL BIALE”: FOUNDERS TOUR- will include a stop at the BLACK CHICKEN COOP- A FULL TOUR OF THE WINERY… with Education and Barrel tasting. POURING THE MOST SPECIAL ZINFANDEL AND PETITE SIRAHS
4038 BIG RANCH ROAD NAPA, CA. 94558 PHONE 707-257-7555

DEERFIELD RANCH – ROBERT REX – PLEASE JOIN WINERY FOUNDER, WINEMAKER AND CHEF, ROBERT REX AND HIS WIFE PJ. THEY WILL PREPARE A GOURMET LUNCH TO SHARE ON THEIR VERANDA SPECIAL FOR YOU AND YOUR GUESTS. AFTER LUNCH YOU’LL ENJOY A PRIVATE TOUR OF THEIR VINEYARD. 10200 HIGHWAY 12 KENWOOD CA 95452 PH: 707-833-5215

KRUPP BROTHERS – DR. JAN KRUPP – TOUR & TASTING – A STUNNING WINERY AND ESTATE. THIS IS A TUSCAN-STYLE WINERY AND BARREL CHAIS THAT IS SET AMID LAKE CYNTHIA AND ROLLING VINEYARDS – 1094 HARMAN AVE. NAPA, CA. 707-225-2276 AND THE WINES ARE INSANE!!!

HAGAFEN CELLARS– ERNIE WEIR- 4160 SILVERADO TRAIL, NAPA CA 94558
PHONE- 707-252-0781 ASK ERNIE! SPECIAL TOUR OF ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE WINERIES IN THE WORLD. ERNIE HAS FIGURED OUT HOW TO MAKE WORLD-CLASS KOSHER WINES- THIS IS FASCINATING TO SEE AND EXPERIENCE- AND HIS WINES ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!

ASHTON VINEYARDS – STEPHEN ASHTON – PREPARE FOR A BEAUTIFUL “WINE EXPERIENCE” AS YOU SIT DOWN TO AN AMAZING DINNER PAIRED WITH WINES FROM 2001- 2012 IMAGINE! 12000 HENNO ROAD GLENN ELLEN, CA 95442 PHONE 707-996-2536

PACKAGE # 4

MIAMI STAY-CATION

BID STARTS AT $ 1,500

INCLUDES:

THE SAGAMORE HOTEL – 2 NIGHTS STAY (goodies upon arrival)–plus other hotel goodies. Located at 16th and Collins on Miami Beach, this art-filled all-suite hotel offers modern quarters, plus beach access, a spa & chic eatery. If you’ve never been, we’re here to tell you it’s fabulous!

JOE’S STONE CRAB – DINNER FOR TWO ($200)– Famous for Stone Crabs with Joe’s mustard sauce, grilled tomatoes, garlic spinach, hash browns, fried sweet potatoes, key lime pie and coffee. That’s what the locals order…
Trust us, you won’t believe how amazing it is!

CRANDON GOLF PACKAGE THAT INCLUDES A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 4 PEOPLE, A GOLF CART AND A CADDY.

MIAMI SEAQUARIUM – SPEND THE DAY ON KEY BISCAYNE AT THE MIAMI SEAQUARIUM. TICKETS ARE FOR 4 PEOPLE.

VIP EDUCATIONAL TASTING AND DINNER PAIRING WITH AFWC WINE JUDGE PATRICK SULLIVAN- at Mark Soyka’s newest restaurant, Café Roval in Miami. Light years ahead in style and execution.

WINNING BIDDER RESPONSIBLE FOR GRATUITIES

PACKAGE # 5

PURE PAPER ART
BY ROBERT BECERRA
A YOUNG MAN WITH AUTISM
SIZE – 40 X 40
TAUPE, BLACK AND WHITE

AN ABSOLUTE ORIGINAL
BID STARTS AT $350

ABOUT THE ARTIST

ROBERT WAS BORN IN MIAMI, FLORIDA IN 1996. AT AGE TWO HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM. HE’S NON-VERBAL AND HIS ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IS LIMITED. HOWEVER, THANKS TO THE IPAD AND STEVE JOBS HE IS ABEL TO EXPRESS HIS WANTS AND NEEDS.

ROBERT RIPS PAPER EVERYDAY AND HE CREATES PAPER SCULPTURES THROUGH A PROCESS OF TEARING, SOFTENING AND THEN ROLLING VARIOUS KINDS OF CARDBOARD. HE PRODUCES THREE DIFFERENT STYLES OF ART AND HE WORKS ON EACH PIECE UNITIL IT FEELS JUST RIGHT TO HIM!

IN THIS CREATION HE HAS RIPPED A PIECE OF PAPER FROM A SCHOOL FOLDER. HIS FATHER THEN PHOTOGRAPHS HIS WORK AND MOUNTS IT ON CANVAS. EVERY PIECE IS AN ORIGINAL BECAUSE HE CAN’T DUPLICATE THEM.

FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT APPRECIATE FINE ART CONSIDER ADDING THIS UNIQUE PIECE TO YOUR COLLECTION.

PACKAGE # 6

THE ULTIMATE WINE EXPERIENCE WITH PRESIDENT OF THE AFWC, AN ALL-GIRLS TRIP (UNLESS A GUY WANTS TO COME- YOU’LL NEED TO GET YOUR OWN PLACE!)
SHARI GHERMAN, Sommelier
VISIT NAPA/SONOMA/ST. HELENA/HEALDSBURG/GLEN ELLEN
A PRIVATE TRIP
FOR 5 VERY LUCKY PEOPLE
BIDDING STARTS $1,200 per person

YOU WILL VISIT 14 VINEYARDS WITH YOUR HOST, SHARI, WHO WILL SHARE HER EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF WINE WITH YOU AT EVERY STOP AND INTRODUCE YOU TO THE WINEMAKERS AND VINEYARD OWNERS. A TRIP OF A LIFETIME!

THREE NIGHT STAY AT WILSON FAMILY WINERIES. Woo hoo!!! We will share this fabulous winery guest house…

MODUS OPERANDI CELLARS- TASTING WITH THE WINEMAKER – JASON MOORE
BALDACCI FAMILY VINEYARDS -TASTING
VON STRASSER WINERY- WINE TASTING AND CHEESE PAIRING With Rudy von Strasser
B-CELLARS – CHEF’S GARDEN LUNCH PARTY – TOUR CAVES TOO!
MEDLOCK AMES- RANCH, WINERY AND VINEYARD TOUR PLUS TASTING
J. CAGE CELLARS – PRIVATE LUNCH & TASTING ATOP SONOMA MOUNTAIN -VAN DER KAMP
BANNISTER WINES– TASTING ON THE HILLSIDE, PAIRED WITH CHARCUTERIE
ACORN WINERY – TASTING WITH THE OWNER, BETSY – SMALL, BOUTIQUE VINEYARD
KEENAN WINERY- TOUR & TASTING- PLUS TASTING FROM THE BARREL
PRAGER WINERY- TASTING
CAROL SHELTON WINES- TASTING AND INCLUDES 2 BOTTLES TO TAKE FOR LATER
BEE HUNTER – SUNSET DINNER ON LAKE SONOMA AND TASTING
ANABA WINES –TOUR AND TASTING
ALQUIMISTA CELLARS- PRIVATE TASTING FROM THE BARRELS WITH GREG LAFOLLETTE

SURPISE!
THIS PACKAGE COMES WITH A PRE-TRIP PRIVATE TASTING PARTY (ORIENTATION) WITH SHARI COMPLIMENTS OF DOMAINE CARNEROS, MEDLOCK AMES AND CAROL SHELTON VINEYARDS WHO HAVE ALL SENT AHEAD A BOTTLE OF THEIR BEST FOR YOU TO ENJOY!

PACKAGE # 7

FT. LAUDERDALE STAY-CATION

BID STARTS AT $1,200

INCLUDES:

PIER SIXTY-SIX HOTEL & MARINA – 2 NIGHTS STAY AT THIS BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOTEL WITH POOLS, HAMMOCKS, CABANAS, TWO LIT HAR-TRU CLAY TENNIS COURTS AND MORE!

BOATYARD RESTAURANT – DINNER FOR TWO – LOCATED VERY CLOSE TO PIER SIXTY-SIX, YOU’LL ENJOY WATERFRONT DINING IN THIS UPSCALE, NAUTICA-CHIC VIBE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT. FRESH DAILY CATCHES!

TROPICAL SAILING- GOOD FOR 2 GUESTS TO BOARD THE SAIL & SPLASH, ISLAND ADVENTURE OR A SUNSET SAIL CRUISE OUT OF BAHIA MAR

WATER TAXI- ALL DAY PASSES FOR 4 PEOPLE. NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT AN UBER, GET AROUND BY BOAT WHILE YOU’RE STAYING AT THE HOTEL!

33rd STREET WINE BAR – AMERICAN FINE WINE COMPETITION JUDGE AND OWNER CANDACE PROCTOR WILL HOST A FABULOUS TASTING AT HER INTIMATE BAR – SHARI COULD POSSIBLY MAKE A SURPRISE VISIT IF YOU LET HER KNOW WHEN YOU’LL BE THERE!

AVANTI LIMO SERVICE – TAKE A LIMO ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO GO FOR 4 HOURS. IT’S A $400 VALUE. PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO TIP YOUR DRIVER ACCORDINGLY.
CALL DANNY IZZI AT 561-241-9955 FOR ARRANGEMENTS.

WINNING BIDDER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR GRATUITIES

PACKAGE # 8

BOCA STAY-CATION

BIDDING STARTS AT $ 1,800

INCLUDES:

THE BOCA RATON RESORT – 2 NIGHTS STAY
A WALDORF ASTORIA RESORT THAT REDEFINES LUXURY AND FUN IN SOUTH FLORIDA. AS GUESTS, YOU’LL HAVE ACCESS TO THE BOCA BEACH CLUB, 11 AWARD WINING RESTAURANTS AND THE INCREDIBLE RESORT SPA. PETS ALLOWED!
501 EAST CAMINO REAL, BOCA RATON, FL. 33432

THE BLUE RESTAURANT – DONATED BY AFWC JUDGE ROBERTO COLOMBI. LOCATED INSIDE THE BOCA RATON RESORT – UPSCALE RESTAURANT WITH NEW AMERICAN CUISINE & RAW BAR $200 GIFT CARD

JANUARY 17TH, 2018 ARTURO’S RISTORANTE & WICK THEATER, Boca Raton- 5:30 DINNER FOR TWO AT THIS MAGNIFICENT OLD WORLD ITALIAN RESTAURANT. HOSTS VINCE & ROSARIA WILL GREET YOU AND TREAT YOU TO AN INCREDIBLE MEAL ACCOMPANIED BY SHADOWBOX CELLARS DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL WINNING CHARDONNAY. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!
FOLLOWING DINNER, YOU WILL RECIEVE TWO TICKETS FOR THE 7:30 PRODUCTION OF FUNNY GIRL AT THE WICK, JUST FIVE MINUTES AWAY!

REBEL HOUSE RESTAURANT –DINNER AND EDUCATIONAL WINE PAIRING FOR 6 PEOPLE WITH VINTNER GREG MISEYKO, AMERICAN FINE WINE COMPETITION CHIEF JUDGE AND JUDGING COORDINATOR
297 E PALMETTO PARK ROAD, BOCA RATON.
IF YOU LIKE, SHARI WILL POP IN WITH A SURPRISE!

AVANTI LIMO SERVICE – TAKE A LIMO ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO GO FOR 4 HOURS.
CALL DANNY IZZI AT 561-241-9955 FOR ARRANGEMENTS.

WINNING BIDDER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL GRATUITIES

About Fred Bollaci

I'm CEO and President of Fred Bollaci Enterprises. I lost more than 100 pounds while living "La Dolce Vita" and I'm now known as "The Healthy Gourmet." Sample the good life with me through fitness, fine food, and good wine. Meet chefs who cater to a healthy gourmet lifestyle through my Golden Palate blog.
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