Master Sommelier Virginia Philip Hosting Exclusive Champagne Dinner August 22

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Virginia Philip has been named the official wine consultant for NYY Steak at the Seminole Casino.
If you like wine with your filet mignon, the menu at NYY Steak at the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek could be a new venue to treat your taste buds.

Wine expert Virginia Philip, the 11th woman in the world to become a master sommelier, has been named the official wine consultant for the hotel's steakhouse.

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Coastal Wine & Spirits and Stache Partner for an Evening of Wine and Jazz

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This summer has not been short on great date and dining deals. It really has been a great couple of months for trying new things in Broward and Palm Beach without breaking the bank. Drinking wine and following the commands of Bacchus are a great way to enjoy life, and when paired with food and music, life and the bacchanalia improve tenfold.

That has been a tautology since time immemorial.

Why fight facts proven by the passage of time? we ask. You'd be shooting yourself in the foot. The fine folks at Stache have paired with Coastal Wine & Spirits and are launching a new wine and jazz series that has all the elements of fun you'd expect in such a pairing. And that they are charging only a miserable $40 per person is cause enough to not ignore this deal.

See also: Stache 1920's Drinking Den Now Offering Mixology Team-Building Seminars

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Del Frisco's Grille, Halter Ranch Vineyards Pair Up for First Vintner's Dinner of the Summer

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It is a shame that some real boors have taken the pleasure out of food and wine pairing by elevating it into the strata of the upper class elite. What a goddamned shame because one of life's little joys is the simple pleasure of experiencing a well balanced meal regardless of social standing. It is true that some restaurants offer pairing dinners that are packaged in confusing exclusivity, but every-now-and-then one comes along that is as right for the taste buds as it is easy on the wallet.

That California's Central Coast Wine Country stalwart Halter Ranch Vineyards happens to be involved is an ethical plus.

Renowned for the organic products and sustainable practices, Halter Ranch is also one of the more even-keeled wineries in California. Slowly gaining a reputation for consistent varietals, Del Frisco's Grille and its sommelier, Elissa Pablo, have wisely chosen from their flagship lines in an inspired five-course pairing customized by the restaurant's executive chef Michael McLaurin.

But before we reveal the intended courses and their liquid dates, here's something to keep in mind: the experience can be had for a paltry $85 per person, and that's a steal on wine alone.

See also: Del Frisco's Grille Palm Beach Opening This Weekend

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Get Ready, World: Game of Thrones Wine is Coming Soon

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Fans of HBO's Game of Thrones are just now starting to dry the end-of-season tears -- and many are already counting down the months until the hot-nerd-fantasy is on the boob tube again.

Unfortunately, season five is still a long way off. But there's even more reason to celebrate next year.

The TV show is getting its own series of wines -- in addition to its already existing board games, figurines, cookbooks, and, our favorite so far, beer.

See Also: Newest Game of Thrones Beer "Fire and Blood" Now Available

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Blue Nun Wines Lift their Habits for Summertime Cocktail Fun

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One might think that Germany and the strictness of nuns can have nothing in common with booze and fun. Well, that's not true. That's taking the opening literally and ignoring the proud brewing traditions of Deutschland and that one nun who was always kind albeit a little loopy. No, what we mean here are German wines which are delicious and oftentimes ignored due to the popularity of their European cousins and the rigidness of many a Franconian label. Established in 1857 by Hermann Sichel, Blue Nun Wines has redefined itself with the changing times and as such has proven a popular wine choice outside of Germany.

Currently undertaking another salvo of reinvention, Blue Nun joined recently with Miami-based Bar Culture consultant Chris Hudnall to apply the current line of wines (Riesling, Authentic White and Sweet Red) to summer-themed cocktails in a Think Magazine sponsored tasting at C&I Studios in Ft. Lauderdale. Now owned by the Langguth family, themselves involved in Germany's wine production since 1789, current International Managing Director Patrick Langguth was present to provide a little history on the company and to illustrate their new directions of "finding new ways of drinking wine" that are "fun and a little crazy."

See also: Lester's Offers New Menu and Cocktails That Are Totally Affordable

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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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Wine and dine yourself this weekend.
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.

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