National Drink Wine Day: Five Florida Wineries to Visit

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Wine -- like anything alcoholic -- has fans that will travel the world in an attempt to test out the best of the best.

From the Chateaus of Bordeaux to Napa's wine country, winos will travel near and far to sip, sample, savor, and get drunk among rows of grapes.

While this trips vary in cost, depending on your proximity to wine growing regions and which wineries you chose to visit, everyone should get a chance to see the process firsthand.

For us Floridians, it's quite a time consuming and pricey prospect; however, we do have some wineries within the confines of the sunshine state.

If you're looking for a fun day trip -- or a perfectly good excuse to day drink -- here are five Florida wineries that won't break the bank for a visit.

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Five Wines You Should Never Drink

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Between hellish commutes, annoying coworkers, manic bosses, managing bills, and just the overall workings of being a mature adult, sometimes you just need a break.

Sometimes you just need to tune it all out with a glass of wine at the end of the day.

While it's not exactly the healthiest way to deal with the stresses of life, there are days when it's a near-necessity to walk in the front door and seek out the nearest bottle of wine.

You tell yourself it's all about the dinner pairing, right?

Hey, that works as long as your not drinking crap.

Luckily for you, we set our inner wine snob free and compiled a list of five wines you should never drink -- ever -- to steer you in the right direction.

Although we might derail your afterwork plans, you'll thank us in the long-run, hopefully.

See Also: Wine 101: How to Taste Wine With Andrew Lampasone of Wine Watch

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Sample the Wines of Victor Vineyards at Chill Wine Lounge's Free Tasting Wednesday

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Wine can be a fun hobby - provided one knows one's limits. There are so many varietals to be explored. Even after you've found your favorite, a Malbec can be a very different wine from one vineyard to the next. A wine is a growing season captured in a bottle, so even one vineyard's wine can vary from one vintage to the next.

And, it's one of the few hobbies that can be enjoyed while lounging in a bubble bath. (Take that racquet ball!)

It can also be kind of intimidating, however, if you have never really done any tasting. Reds especially can be an acquired taste and the prospect of uncorking a bottle only to discover you hate it can put a prospective wine purchaser right off.

This is why free wine tastings are a thing - a glorious, wonderful thing.

Chill Wine Lounge is offering just such a tasting Wednesday, from 7 to 9 p.m.

See also: South Florida Food & Drink Events This Week: Art Meets Wine, Family Fun, Pre-Valentine's Romance and More

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Heads Up: Boca Raton Wine And Food Festival Today and Sunday

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One gastronomical gathering worth attending tonight and tomorrow is the Boca Raton Wine and Food Festival. The three-day culinary affair kicked off Friday night with a fancy four-course sit down dinner. And tonight's grand tasting is a ticket to tastebud journey like no other.

Sunday will wind down with a host of events from demos to food fun surprises.

Now in its fourth year, event organizers Robert Stanfield and Russell Spadaccini claim this fest is the largest outdoor culinary shindig of its kind in South Florida. While that's a high claim, what Clean Plate Charlie can tell you is that this affair is like no other food festival.

Firstly, the organizers intend to not only please attendees palates but also educate everyone on various topics. A bee keeper hailing from North Florida will give an interactive lesson on endangered bees and how honey is made. For those out of the loop, bees serve a vital role in the world's ecosystem.

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Wine 101: How to Taste Wine With Andrew Lampasone of Wine Watch

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You've heard it before: Wine is like a metaphor for life. As cheesy and pompous as it sounds, it's actually kind of true.

Take the same exact grape, grow it in different terroir -- that's wine-speak for growing place -- with different growing methods, fermentation techniques, or bottling procedures and you're going to end up with a completely different wine.

While the average wine drinker might not be able to notice the difference, one definitely exists. In preparation for our upcoming Pairings event on September 26, we figured you'd like to learn how to distinguish among the finer points of wine.

To help teach you how to taste wine properly and pick up on the individual distinctions, we spoke to Andrew Lampasone of Wine Watch about the basics of tastings.

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

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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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Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy Offering Wine Immersion Course Starting Tomorrow

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Wine is a bit of a tricky subject. Most people drink it. Few people really know the intricacies of pairing it well.

However, on those rare occasions in which you just happen to stumble upon an amazing food and wine pairing, the results are phenomenal--like an explosion in your mouth.

Fortunately, for you winos, there are people who are here to help you learn to create those perfect pairings with intent--i.e. not with beginner's luck.

Starting tomorrow Virginia Philip Wine & Academy is offering an eight week immersion course for industry professionals and anyone who wants to learn more about wine.

See also:
- Holiday Wine Buying Tips for the Beginner (Via Master Sommelier Virginia Philip)
- Virginia Philip Talks Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival and How to Saber a Bottle of Champagne Without Hurting Yourself

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3030 Ocean's New "For The Love of Grape" Specials Every Monday

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Let's face it, no one's happy to see Monday roll around. Not only is it the start of another long and grueling work week, but it's also a whole five days away from the next weekend of precious rest and relaxation (or all out partying and binge drinking, if that's what you're in to).

But what if there was something new to look forward to after that long first day back at work? Well, that's where Chef Dean James and 3030 Ocean come in.

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Chill Wine Lounge in Fort Lauderdale: Ultramodern Specialty Wine, Craft Beer Spot

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A good pour at Chill Wine Lounge in Fort Lauderdale.

We're not exactly sure who coined the style of d├ęcor called "deco glam" or whether it should have ever been paired with the word "chill" (or invented), but we do know that Chill Wine Lounge in Fort Lauderdale has a lot more going for it than aesthetics.

Ultramodern chrome accents, over-the-top neon purple lighting, and floral motifs all give off the air of trying a little too hard, but since opening this past December, this specialty wine and craft beer bar and lounge has earned a reputation for providing a trendy and lively atmosphere along with a menu loaded with unique and moderately priced drink offerings, all conveniently located right next door to the Gateway independent movie theater.

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2013 American Fine Wine Competition: Winners Announced

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For many of us, a bottle of your finest two buck Chuck will do the trick. For many others, its just not going to cut it. Luckily for the wine snobs of the world, there are people who painstakingly sip, spit, and evaluate wines to find the ones that are truly the best.

The American Fine Wine Competition has announced the winners for 2013. Details after the jump.

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