We had a very tiring first day of the 2010 South Beach Wine & Food Festival, perhaps from too many spirits during the Trade Tasting. Its difficult to say no to premium rum, vodka, and VEEV acai - not even mentioning the abundant still and sparkling wines. We saved those for Best of the Best and for Day 2. And speaking of the Best of the Best - the food and wine was unbelievable. I spent the evening tasting Burgundy and Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Monica, she stuck to the sparkling wine. Even though the event was dominated by big name Napa wineries, there is defiantly an abundance of excellent Pinot Noir. Pali Wine Company, A. P. Vin, Hanzell Vineyards, and Roessler Cellars; top flight wineries making excellent wines. A couple other mentionable wines we tasted was Sicily Nero d'Avola from Planeta and Petite Syrah from Chiarello Family Vineyards.
Today we will be spending a lot of time with the students of the Florida International University's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, and then, plan on discussing bio-dynamic wines with Paul Dolan. In the evening, we will be attending the Seven Daughters SOBE Soundcheck.