Boca Bacchanal Grand TastingBy Take A Bite Out Of Boca
Each restaurant prepared small portions of one of their specialties, while various wineries brought their best wines. My first bite of the day came from Wave 2700 —barley with pistachios and dried cranberries. This would make the perfect side dish for any chicken or fish dinner. Throughout the day, I noshed on various small dishes such as shrimp on top of guacamole with corn, truffled pasta with roasted Brussel sprouts, calamari salad, orzo with vegetables, lobster, four cheese ravioli, seafood & mango ceviche, and strawberries dipped in dark chocolate. I wish I could remember which dish came from which restaurant, but there were so many that it was hard to keep track (and of course, all that wine wasn't a big help in that area either!). The participating restaurants were Andrew's, Bogart's Bar & Grill, Brooks, The Capital Grille, Chops Lobster Bar, City Fish Market, City Oyster, Ernie's Italian Chophouse, Howard's, Max's, Maggiano's, Nespresso, Oceans 234, Palm Sugar, Phillipe Chow, Publix Apron's Cooking School, Racks, Rocco's Tacos, Sea Level, Texas de Brazil, Truluck's, Uncle Julio's, Vino's of Boca and Wave 2700.
My first stop was a winery I was familiar with: Cupcake Vinyards. I love Cupcake’s Riesling, but I noticed they had a new bottle. A blush wine, Angel Food. It was good, but I wouldn’t say it was my favorite new wine of the day. Of course I couldn’t leave the table without tasting their Riesling and Prosecco, as well. I also am a fan of their Red Velvet, but it has a bolder flavor that my tastebuds weren’t up for just yet. I tried lots of different wines, mostly Riesling and Moscato, since I am a sweet white wine type of girl. I did, however, find a red that I enjoyed, which was produced by a winery in Orlando. Lakeridge Winery’s Southern Red and Southern White were two of my favorite discoveries of the day. I also enjoyed the Biagio Moscato D’Asti and the Brovida Cordara Moscato from the Domaine Napa Wine Company. It was good experience to try wines from all over the world and notice the differences. I went out of my comfort zone a few times and tried drier wines than I normally drink, but that’s what a tasting is all about, isn’t it? My friend, Kristine was there with her husband who is pretty knowledgable when it comes to food and wine. He steered me toward the Domaine Napa Wine Company & Lakeridge, so thanks to him for those suggestions! Here's a picture of the two of us. See what I'm wearing? Everyone was given a wine glass and a strap to wear around their neck to hold the glass so your hands are free to enjoy your food — what a great idea! It was fun to spend the afternoon with my friends, and we planned on doing dinner together soon. I said I’d bring dessert, as long as they provide me with a date!Overall, I think the Grand Tasting event was a success. I’m happy I was able to be a part of it, and now that I know what actually takes place on the day of the tasting, I plan on getting more involved with the committee next year. Maybe one day I’ll even chair it...
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