Four days of upscale wine and food wonder with craft beers, fine wines, culinary treats, celebrity chefs, one-of-a-kind auction experiences and spirited bidding.



Wednesday, March 15 SEE PHOTOS!

FINE WINE TASTING

An evening of unparalleled wine and food pairings, showcasing wines from around the globe and culinary treats from South Florida’s top dining spots, in the lush gardens of Shops at Merrick Park.

Shops at Merrick Park



Sunday, March 26 SEE PHOTOS!

AUCTION & BUBBLY BRUNCH

A brunch featuring fan favorites from the 50 Eggs Inc. family of restaurants – Yardbird and Swine – wines, spirits and a lively auction of one-of-a-kind experiences.

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami





Friday, January 27 SEE PHOTOS!

INTERACTIVE DINNER

Jeremy Ford, winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef” season 13, and chef de cuisine at The Miami Beach EDITION'S Matador Room by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, guided 700 guests thru a three-course meal with Johnson & Wales University students serving as sous chefs.

JW Marriott Marquis Miami



Thursday, February 9 SEE PHOTOS!

CRAFT BEER TASTING

One of our most popular events, featured top-notch local, regional and national craft breweries complimented by delicious bites from dozens of South Florida restaurants with the artsy, mural-adorned, Wynwood Walls as the backdrop.

Wynwood Walls

Award-winning wines will be featured at area restaurants and hotels during
Best in Glass Month, March 9 – April 12

MIAMI (February 7, 2014) – On January 26 and 27, VeritageMiami staged its fourth Best in Glass Wine Challenge. This year’s event brought together 15 of South Florida’s top sommeliers at Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami Campus to taste through 300 wines, in search of the bottles that represented quality as well as value - two of the most important elements they look for when choosing wines to serve by the glass at their respective establishments. After 14 hours of concentrated blind tasting over two days, the sommeliers awarded 50 gold medals and 88 silver medals.

 

The panel of sommelier judges from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade who sipped, slurped and spit their way through the Challenge included: Timothy Bubar, Timo; Nicole Ciani, The Cypress Room; Chad Crow, Chill Wine Lounge; Don Derocher, Eau Spa and Resort; Sean Florence, Il Mercato; Sylvie Gervais, Mizner Country Club; Brian Grandison, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink; Kirsta Grauberger, Market 17; Eric Larkee, The Genuine Food Group; Luis Mejia, J&G Grill at the St. Regis Bal Harbour; Laura Romano, Hollywood Prime at the Westin Diplomat; Daniel Toral, Lippi; Andreas Schreiner, Pubbelly Restaurant Group; Michelle Martinez, DBA Café; and independent sommelier and educator Tara O’Leary. Students from Johnson & Wales assisted with the Challenge, pouring throughout the two-day event.

Each sommelier-judge will select at least two gold medal-winning wines to feature at his or her restaurant during Best in Glass Month, March 9 – April 12, 2014. Many will choose more than two wines, including several silver medal winners, and other restaurants will join in the promotion. These award-winning wines will also be poured during the Auction and Wine Dinner on Saturday, April 12, the culminating event of VeritageMiami. In its 19 years, VeritageMiami, and its predecessor the Miami Wine & Food Festival, has raised more than $12 million to support United Way’s work in the community.

“Our sommeliers are skilled at pairing wine and food, so I’m excited to think that over the next few months I’ll have a chance to taste many of these wines as the judges envisioned, with food at favorite restaurants around South Florida…That’s a great wine adventure everyone can share,” said Lyn Farmer, a James Beard award-winning writer and director of VeritageMiami.

In addition to being featured at many restaurants, the medal-winning wines will also be poured at this year’s ZEST™ Awards hosted by Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami Campus on March 19. The ZEST™ Awards showcase and honor leaders in the culinary arts who are transforming the culinary world in South Florida.

About VeritageMiami
The annual VeritageMiami brings together wine, spirits, beer and food lovers for a four-day festival featuring, top sommeliers, notable chefs, prestigious wineries and winemakers, breweries and impressive auction lots, all to benefit the South Florida community. Celebrating its 19th year, VeritageMiami benefits United Way of Miami-Dade, supporting programs in our community that are focused on improving education, financial stability and health – the building blocks for a good life. For more information, visit www.veritagemiami.com, www.facebook.com/VeritageMiami and www.twitter.com/VeritageMiami

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