Getting me to go to a lecture about wine is pretty tough, unless you tell me that I’m going to be sitting next to Chuck Ferrin and he’ll be explaining everything in his usual knowledgeable, but irreverant way. I may be the only one, but there’s the truth. Once I start drinking the wine, things get better and I get into it (imagine that). But you have to get me there first.
Well, according to a friend, sommelier Charlie Arturaola can make a wine lecture into an entertaining, humorous affair. This weekend he will be talking about the wines of Castilla y La Mancha, which is the largest wine-producing region in the world. Not only that, it’s in Spain, and they know how to live in Spain. While he talks, you get to taste. Not only will you emerge more refined, but also you will also be charmed by Mr. Arturaola. So live a little, and stop by this weekend. You might even see me there…
The seminar is part of the Miami International Wine Fair, which takes place all weekend. The general public is welcome to attend a grand tasting from 4 pm to 7 pm Saturday and Sunday for $75. (It is free for press and trade professionals.) However, the seminar costs only $20.
When: Saturday, September 26 at 4:45 pm.
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, Hall A, Washington Avenue at 19th Street, Miami Beach
How much: $20 for seminar, $75 for grand tasting. Free for press and trade. Buy tickets online here.