Forks & Corks 2016

January 29 - February 01, 2016
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Forks & Corks 2016 in Sarasota, FL

Savor local flavor during the SunCoast’s premier Food and Wine and Festival. Forks & Corks 2016 will showcase the palate-pleasing products of an international cast of visiting winery owners and winemakers alongside the deliciously diverse cuisine of more than 50 members of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group of locally owned restaurants who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community.

This ninth annual, multi-day epicurean event will be held in the spectacular courtyard of The Ringling Museum of Art, the elegant ballroom of Michael’s On East and other exciting venues across the region. The Forks & Corks world-class weekend of food, wine and beer offers a feast for your senses through various vintner events; interactive food and wine seminars; and The Grand Tasting, which features a wide variety of wines, beers, and food sampling from top local restaurants, live entertainment and more.

Sunday, January 31st, 2016 at The Ringling Museum

Tickets on sale Monday November 9th at 7 pm
Tickets are sold only through the Originals website:

General Admission: $125.00 + services fees
Guests will be able to purchase up to four (4) General Admission Tickets.
VIP Admission : $300.00 + service fees
Guests will be able to purchase up to two (2) VIP Tickets
*VIP Admission Includes: Designated Valet Parking, Early entrance and Champagne Reception at The Grand Tasting, $100 Wine Voucher to be used at the Retail Tent at the Grand Tasting, Covered Seating at the event, Private VIP Tour of the Museum, Invites to the Event Kickoff party held on 1-28-16 at Suncoast Motorsports.

The Grand Tasting Event at Forks & CorksThe Grand Tasting is the ultimate destination for the foodie and wine or beer lover! Enjoy fabulous food from over 50 of the area's top restaurants, taste wine from over 80 international wineries and enjoy exciting micro-brews and craft beers. The backdrop for this spectacle is the stunning courtyard of the world-renowned John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
Last year, the Ringling Museum's iconic statue of David gazed upon the crowd as they enjoyed perfect weather and a variety of sweet and savory fare. Originals restaurateurs and chefs outdid themselves with fabulous dishes to guests' delights!
The acclaimed vintages of over 70 wineries from around the world were poured, with winemakers from California, Oregon, Italy, South Africa, France, Spain, New Zealand, South America and many other locales chatting with guests and enjoying the excitement of the afternoon.
The Grand Tasting of 2016 promises to be even more tantalizing with new Originals member restaurants serving their specialties alongside well-known local favorites. We will feature our popular silent auction with special wines donated by our participating wineries. A popular feature again this year, guests will have the opportunity to purchase your favorite wines from the afternoon of sampling.  Our convenient retail tent will allow guests the chance to purchase and take home the wines they loved that day. Many of the unique wines available to taste at the Grand Tasting are not readily available for purchase locally, so we always suggest that people buy that day.

Saturday, January 30th, 2016 Michael's On East Ballroom, Wine Cellar and Restaurant

Full Day Seminar: $95 + Service Fees
Half Day Seminar: $60 + Service Fees
Each session includes a gourmet four course luncheon with wine pairings
*Session Program and Panelists will be announced mid-November 2015

Forks & Corks University 2016Forks & Corks University provides a unique opportunity to taste and learn about rare and inspired wines during seminars led by a panel of celebrated winemakers. These educational seminars, led by recognized wine experts from around the world, will take your wine knowledge to a higher level.

Friday January 29th and Saturday January 30th, 2016
Various Member Restaurants and Local Retailers

Enjoy a variety of events at participating Originals restaurants featuring visiting winemakers paired with area's best chefs.

Winemaker Dinner at Forks & Corks 2016Events range from ultimate upscale dinners to casual tastings and samplings. These events are a great way to rub elbows with wine celebrities and to enjoy a special evening of great food and wine!
**Winemaker Dinners and Events for Forks & Corks 2016 will be announced in December of 2015.

Monday February 1st, 2016 Michael’s On East Ballroom

Members of the hospitality industry across Florida will be invited to the 8th Annual Forks & Corks Trade Tasting.

Trade Tasting at Forks & Corks 2016Owners and managers of the region's top restaurants, retail stores and hotels will have the opportunity to taste with visiting international winemakers. A selection of international foods will complement this special beverage experience.

Admission is by invitation only and limited only to those who hold liquor licenses. Not open to the general public. Link to register for The Trade Tasting will be available on The Originals website on December 1st 2015.

List of Participating Wineries – Forks & Corks 2016

2880 Wines, Napa Valley, CA
A to Z Wineworks     Willamette Valley, OR
A.A. Badenhorst       Swartland, ZA
Achaval Ferrer          Mendoza, AR
Alexander Valley Vineyards          Alexander Valley, CA
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards         Napa Valley, CA
Aviary Vineyards      Napa Valley, CA
Babylonstoren          Simonsberg-Paarl, ZA
Banfi  Italy
Bell Wine Cellars     Yountville/Napa Valley, CA
Bodega Aleanna "El Enemigo"     Mendoza, AR
Bodega Catena Zapata      Mendoza, AR
Bodega Luigi Bosca            Mendoza, AR
Casa Ferreirinha      Douro, PT
Castello Di Querceto           Tuscany, IT
Cava Blancher         Blancher, SP
Chateau D'Esclans, Cotes de Provence, FR
Chateau de Saint Cosme   Rhone, FR
Chateau Segla         Margaux, Bordeaux, FR
Cockburn's Port       Duoro Valley, PT
Cousino-Macul        Maipo Valley, CH
David Milligan Selections,  France
Davis Bynum Winery          Russian River Valley, CA
De Toren Wines       Stellenbosch, ZA
Domaine de Courteillac      Bordeaux, FR
Dow's Port     Duoro Valley, PT
Dutton-Goldfield Winery     Russian River Valley, CA
Eagle Eye Winery    Napa Valley, CA
Farnese Vini Southern Italy
Ferrari Carano Vineyards & Winery         California
Ferreira          Douro, PT
Folktale Winery & Vineyards         Monterrey, CA
Gamble Family Vineyards  Oakville/Napa Valley, CA
Graham Beck Wines           Robertson, ZA
Grupo Pesquera     
Gruppo Mezzacorona         Trento, IT
Hall and Walt Winery          Napa Valley/Sonoma, CA
HdV Wines    Napa Valley, CA
Hook & Ladder Winery        Russian River Valley, CA
Jaffurs Wine Cellars           Santa Barbara County, CA
Jamieson Ranch Vineyards          Napa Valley, CA
L’Ecole N°41 Walla Walla Valley, WA
LOLA Wines North Coast, CA
Maison Bertrand Ambroise            Burgundy, FR
Marchesi di Gresy    Piedmont, IT
Marques de Grinon Valdepusa, SP
Monchiero Carbone            Piedmont, IT
Oakville East Exposure      Oakville, CA
Paul Cluver Wines  Elgin Valley, ZA
Quady Winery          California
Raats Family Wines            Stellenbosch, ZA
REX HILL Winery    Willamette Valley, OR
Rodney Strong Vineyards  Sonoma County, CA
Rombauer Vineyards          Napa Valley, CA
Schug Carneros Estate Winery    Carneros, CA
Schweiger Vineyards          Spring Mountain, CA
Sean Minor Wines   Napa Valley, CA
Silver Oak Cellars/Twomey Cellars          Napa/Sonoma, CA
Spy Valley     Marlborogh, NZ
Stewart Cellars         Napa Valley, CA
Szigeti            Burgenland, AT
The Hess Collection            Mount Veeder/ Napa Valley, CA
Thienot USA Varies
Trefethen Family Vineyards          Napa Valley, CA
Trinchero Family Estates    St.Helena, CA
Vinicola de Tomelloso        La Mancha SP
W & J Graham's Port           Duoro Valley, PT
Weingut Heinrich    Burgenland, AT
Weingut Loimer        Kamptal, AT
Willamette Valley Vineyards          Willamette Valley, OR
Wilson-Daniels        Varies
Zenato           Veneto, IT

Date: January 29 - February 01, 2016 12:00 PM-10:00 PM

Location: The Ringling Museum of Art, Michael’s On East and other exciting venues | Sarasota, FL

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