Wine Industry Icon Attends Symphony of the Americas Benefit

Wine Industry Icon Attends Symphony of the Americas Benefit

On Friday, November 18th, 2016, wine aficionados will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with one of the most influential winemakers in the world at Wines of the World, a gala benefitting Symphony of the Americas. The event begins at 6:00pm at the Bahia Mar in Fort Lauderdale.

Michel Rolland, who owns and manages several fine wine estates and consults for more than 100 vintners worldwide, will travel from France to attend this year’s gala. “This is an event that focuses on the enjoyment of fine wines from all over the world,” says sommelier Steven Bachenheimer. “And this year, we’re bringing in one of the world’s premier winemakers.”

The gala is in its 21st year, and Andrew Lampasone, owner of Wine Watch, a wine boutique in Fort Lauderdale, has been supporting it since its beginnings. “Michel Rolland is the biggest name we’ve ever had attend the event,” he says. “He’s one of the leading wine consultants in the world, and we’ll have an exclusive selection of his wines.”

A VIP reception will feature Rolland’s wines, along with French Champagne and hors d’oeuvres. A Vintners Tasting Tour at the main event will offer more than 75 wines, ranging from affordable pours to collectible vintages. Top chefs will pair them with hors d’oeuvres, and a competition will provide student chefs from the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with an opportunity to showcase their skills.

Following the reception, guests will sit down to a five-course gourmet dinner, and each course will be prepared by a different chef from one of South Florida’s best restaurants. French Chef Laurent Tasic of South Florida’s acclaimed Sage French Café and Wine Bar, is this year’s 2016 Chef Honoree. This year’s additional participants include Wes Bonner, Publix Aprons Cooking School; Chris Nealon, Aruba Café; Toni Lampasone, Wine Watch Catering; Philippe Boutinet, Bahia Mar; Oliver Saucy, Darryl & Oliver’s Café Maxx; Leone Padula, Gran Forno Italian Bakery; and Marco Pindo, Ristorante Sapori. Symphony of the Americas is funded in part by Broward Cultural Division.

For more information call 954.644.9049, 954.335.7002 or visit


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