Forks and Corks is a much-loved, well-attended, annual event, celebrating its 9th year. The multi-day event takes place in the spectacular courtyard of The Ringling Museum of Art, the elegant ballroom of Michael’s on East restaurant, and other venues across the Sarasota-Manatee region. featured the palate-pleasing products of an international cast of visiting winery owners and winemakers alongside the deliciously diverse cuisine of more than 50 members of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants, many of whom are Fred Bollaci Enterprises Golden Palate Partners® or Preferred Destinations. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group of locally owned restaurants who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community.
Forks & Corks is known as a world-class weekend of food, wine and beer offering a feast for the senses through various vintner events; interactive food and wine seminars; and The Grand Tasting, which takes place on Sunday, featuring a wide variety of wines, beers, and food sampling from top local restaurants, live entertainment and more in the courtyard of The Ringling Museum. A “Grand” time was had by all attendees, who got to sample excellent wines from all over the world, and enjoy abundant delicious cuisine from many of the area’s best restaurants!
Above: Sausage and Peppers from Primo! Italian Restaurant, near the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport.
Carving by Pacific Rim, a Japanese/Sushi/Asian Bistro on Hillview St., near Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
Short Ribs by Andrea’s (Above)
Above: tour of the rooftop of the museum
Top Winemakers Announced!
- In the White Wine category, Willamette Valley Vineyards won Best in Show with their wine white wine called, Willamette Valley, OR, Vintage 2014, a Riesling variety of wine.
- For the Red Wine category, Buglioni won Best in Show with Valpolicella, IT, Vintage 2011, a Il Bugiardo Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC Varietal.
The Wine Judging Event started in 2013 in order to enhance retail sales experience and increase wine knowledge of event attendees. Winemakers were able to enter up to six different wines. Once all the wines had been submitted, they were grouped into categories and arranged for a blind taste by the judges. There were twenty wine judges who are experienced tasters, including four judges in each of the five groups.
Each judge group tasted an average of sixty wines during the event. Scores were tabulated with a 20-point scale and the ten highest scoring reds and ten highest scoring whites were announced, including the Best in Show, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.
For more information about this great event, visit dineoriginal.com