American Fine Wine Competition Gala Celebrates 2016 Winners, While Dinner With Winemakers To Benefit Dolphin Cancer Challenge
The wine event of the year—the ninth annual American Fine Wine Competition Gala—will be held on Friday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Pier 66, 2301 SE 17th St. in Fort Lauderdale.
The charity gala, benefiting the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, will feature the winners of the American Fine Wine Competition, the premier competition for American wines selected from more than 750 entries, and also honor six Wineries of the Year, chosen for their contributions to the industry and consistent excellence in winemaking. Several of these winemakers will be pouring their own wines at the gala:
- Todd Graff, winemaker and general manager for Frank Family
- Herta Peju and Lisa Peju, owners of Peju Napa Valley
- Suzanne Pride Bryan and Stuart Bryan, owners of Pride Mountain
- Steve Reynolds, owner and winemaker of Reynolds Family
- Mary Rocca, owner of Rocca Family
Kim Bokamper, former Miami Dolphins all-star linebacker, television personality and restaurateur, will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening, as well as guest auctioneer for the exciting live auctioned.
Guests will enjoy a multiple-course gourmet dinner, sparkling wine reception, tasting room to sample the over 700 entries, live entertainment and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $300 per person at AmericanFineWineCompetition.org.
“Not only is the gala an opportunity to celebrate the best of American wines,” said Shari Gherman, co-founder and president, “it’s an opportunity to make a difference in the local community by supporting Dolphins Cancer Challenge. It will be a night to remember."