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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Naples Originals

Naples Originals is a consortium of approximately 40 restaurants in Naples, FL


Quarterly, they run specials where you can get gift certificates to member restaurants for 30% off (e.g., $50.00 gift certificate for $35.00). The next date is May 9th. This is a really good way of trying perhaps new, member restaurants at a discount and of course, supporting local businesses. Get online early in the morning as the number of certificates are limited and go quickly!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Third Street South Farmers Market

There has been a renaissance of small, independent growers providing fresh produce nationwide. Naples, Florida is no exception. Among the many farmer's markets in the area, the Third Street South Farmers Market is the place to be every Saturday morning for locally grown produce. Fresh local seafood, artisanal baked goods, local crafts and many other items are also available. In the winter months, it’s best to get there early before the vendors start selling out!

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Naples Sunset Chapter of the American Wine Society

The American Wine Society was founded almost 50 years ago as a "non-profit, educational, consumer-oriented organization for those interested in learning more about all aspects of wine".


Recently, a number of  fellow oenophiles decided to form the first Naples chapter of the American Wine Society, the Sunset Chapter. Aptly named, as this area is well known for it's beautiful sunsets.

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They have a small and very diverse membership. As far as small goes, this maximizes their educational experience. And, if for no other reason, there are approximately seventeen 1 and 1/2 oz. pours (i.e, 17*45 ml. =  765 ml.) in a bottle of wine. This, not coincidentally, is about what the membership is limited to now (17). Regarding diversity, they are made up of a cast of characters that includes a Master Sommelier which in my book is a real plus for a wine group.


They meet the first Friday of every month and these are events not to be missed. For the upcoming meeting, it will be pinot night. Without boring you with vintners and years, they will learn more about pinot gris, pinot blanc, pinot grigio, pinotage and their progenitor grape, pinot noir. More on this in a later post.

When you join the American Wine Society, they send you a number of introductory materials including a pocket vintage chart. It takes a bit to figure it out. Using this chart, I was introduced to some very nice bottles of White Bordeaux. Without this guide I would have been unaware of them which according to the chart, were at the top of their game in 2009. The chart was spot on.

American Wine Society Vintage Chart

According to the chart 2012 will be a very good year for most any wine from North America, and I cannot wait to try some of them.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Introduction

I have started this blog, Southwest Florida Forks, as I want to share my dining and food experiences with you both textually and pictorially. I love food and photography and it is my hope that through my dining/food/traveling combined with photos I can bring to you an accurate log of my experiences.  A fork can be an eating implement that accumulates things, as well as being a point where something disperses, perfect for a blog. You can choose to use these postings as a guide, and if not, perhaps just see life through my lens. Pictorially, I have nothing to show right now except a few photographs I took while on a "mini-tour" of Sarasota, FL. Hope y'all enjoy till next time...


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