Wine 101 With Andrew Lampasone of Wine Watch: Basic Wine Production

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Around the world, millions of people drink wine. While the vast majority probably drink it just for the sake of getting drunk, interest in wine production, tastings, and pairings has seemed to surge. Just take a look at the number of wine events listed in our weekly roundups -- there's one almost every day of the week.

That being said, we've all seen that pompous person seated at the front of the class sipping, swirling, and spouting his mouth off -- yes, it's always a guy -- as if he knows everything about wine.

Here's your chance to figure out if he's legit or just a showoff. We caught up with Andrew Lampasone of Wine Watch to find out how to taste wine like a pro.

As the first part of our series on tastings leading up to the Sixth Annual Pairings on September 26, we're starting off by exploring basic wine production.

See also: How to Choose Champagne and Sparkling Wine, With Andrew Lampasone of Wine Watch

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New Times' Pairings: The Top Five Wine-Snob Quotes From Our Readers

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Wine snob much? You guys are awesome!
Recently we were given a pair of VIP tickets to Pairings, the annual celebration of South Florida food and fine wine at the Broward County Convention Center on Thursday, September 26, from 7 to 10 p.m. We tried to figure out a fun way to get readers' participation -- so we asked you to channel your inner wine snob.

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Be a Wine Snob and Win a Pair of VIP Tickets to New Times' Pairings

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Give us your snobbiest phrase. Win big!
The sixth annual New Times' Pairings event is just a little more than a month away.

The annual celebration of South Florida food and fine wine is coming to the Broward County Convention Center on Thursday, September 26. From 7 to 10 p.m., the best restaurants in South Florida will offer up their best bites for you to enjoy -- with each restaurant paired with a different fine wine.

See also: Pairings 2012 Slideshow

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Hot & Soul's Funky Buddha Beer Pairing Dinner Tonight Is Sold Out, but There's More to Come

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Hot & Soul owners Michael Hampton and Christy Samoy

Did you book your tickets for the Funky Buddha Brewery / Hot & Soul food pairing dinner for tonight? I hope you did, because the event is sold out.

But fear not: The five-course dinner (with items like Hop Gun IPA, paired with Hop Gun-braised pork cheeks with Yukon Gold potato cakes and braised kale and Cucumber Jones, paired with sweet avocado basil empanada and Cucumber Jones Jell-O shot) is just the tip of the iceberg this week for the establishment serving "international food with soul."


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Sixth Annual New Times Pairings: Tickets on Sale Now

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Pairings: Tickets on sale now.
Thankfully, we're in the last stretch of summer, which means we can look forward to the start of school, cool evenings, and the sixth annual <em>New Times Pairings event.

The annual event, which pairs dozens of the best food from Broward and Palm Beach restaurants with fine wine, will be held Thursday, September 26 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center from 7 to 10 p.m.

In addition to the great food and fine wine, guests will be treated to live music, craft beers, and signature cocktails.

Read Also: Pairings 2012 (Slideshow)


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Mother's Day Local Brewery Ideas: Some Afternoon Brews, A Little Dinner, and Beer Truffles

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Show mom the local craft beer culture for Mother's Day.
Mother's Day is an annual event dedicated to your first love--mom. If you're racking your brain trying to come up with something different to do this year, try thinking outside the box.

Perhaps mom would enjoy kicking back with brewski? After all, she might just be as tired of burned homemade brunch and wilted flowers as you are.

Whether you want to show your mom the local craft beer culture and introduce her to some fun craft brews or you've already got an unconventional suds loving mama, the scene has more to offer than ever before.

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- Mother's Day Brunch in Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and West Palm Beach
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- Beer Plus Food at 3rd and 3rd: Friday's Cigar City Tasting Got Academic


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Dada Brings Back Chef-Inspired Wine Pairing Dinners

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Dada Executive Chef Bruce Feingold has announced the return of his restaurant's popular wine pairing dinner series, beginning with the first, dubbed Twelve/Twelve/Twelve because -- you guessed it -- it will be held on December 12. It is the first of such wine pairing dinners to be held at the restaurant in more than five years.

Feingold said he is bringing back the restaurant's wine pairing dinners, which ran monthly and often settled on a specific theme or cuisine, to allow for more creativity in the kitchen. The longtime Delray Beach chef, who opened Dada in 2000 alongside South Florida restaurateurs Scott Frielich and Rodney Mayo, said he is also looking to step outside Dada's regular menu offerings to experiment with different cooking techniques, ingredients and dishes.

"It allows me to be creative, and lets people try more of my cooking outside of the Dada menu," Feingold told Clean Plate Charlie. "These dinners give me the chance to try something new I wouldn't normally have the time to do."


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New Times Pairings 2012: The Winning Dishes

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Christina Mendenhall
The 2012 New Times Pairings was a fine vintage indeed.

See also: Pairings 2012 at Broward County Convention Center photo gallery and Pairings 2012: The Five Best Things I Ate

If the number of slain bottles and shimmying hips was any indication, there were more than a few rough wake-up calls this morning for the 1,500 or so attendees at Thursday night's fifth annual New Times Pairings. The event, held on three levels at the Broward County Convention Center, boasted more than 40 restaurants and food vendors and as many wine and beer pairings. Plus liquor samplings, live music, and giveaways.

It was a lot of eating and drinking, but the five Pairings judges managed to get it done. Those sampling the cuisine in an official capacity were: Laine Doss (New Times food writer), Zach Fagenson (a New Times restaurant critic), Christine Najac (author of the Food Lovers' Guide to Miami & Fort Lauderdale and editor of southfloridafoodandwine.com), Renée Quinn (chair of JA World Uncorked wine and food event), and James Carras (Himmarshee Village Association, head of the Greek Festival in Fort Lauderdale, and longtime judge at New Times Beerfest). Find their official picks after the jump.

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New Times Pairings is Tonight: Check Out the Final Food and Wine Pairing List

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Small bites/bite taste await at Pairings.

See also: New Times Pairings: Wines You'll Be Swirling and Sipping on Thursday Night and New Times Pairings: An Event for Beer Geeks and Novices Alike

Alright, slackers and/or procrastinators. If you've been putting off purchasing tickets to the fifth annual New Times Pairings -- which goes down tonight at the Broward County Convention Center -- consider this the eleventh hour. Advance ticket sales end today at noon; after that, you'll pay an additional $10 at the door (and there's always the chance the event will sell out). Need one last motivating factor to make the leap?

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New Times Pairings: Wines You'll Be Swirling and Sipping on Thursday Night

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Pairings: Killing bottles left and right.

See also: Fifth Annual New Times Pairings: Who's New to the Lineup This Year and Five Reasons You Should Go

On Tuesday, Clean Plate Charlie showed a little love for the craft beer to be offered at Thursday's fifth-annual New Times Pairings. The beer camp makes a very compelling case, but it's not the only cause to consider: Wine, for obvious reasons, is one of the biggest draws for Pairings. So what can oenophiles expect this year?

Andrew Lampasone, proprietor of Fort Lauderdale's Wine Watch (winner of the 2011 New Times Best Wine Shop), is charged with the considerable task of selecting wines for the VIP reception that kicks off at 6 p.m. as well as working with restaurants to develop pairings for the general-admission area.


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