Before next Friday's open-air tasting along Las Olas Boulevard, the namesake wine and food festival kicks off this Sunday, April 14, with a preview at the Las Olas Wine Cafe, and more events will follow through the week.
From noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, guests can purchase $20 cards from the Cafe, which will serve wines from the street festival's selection. Bottles of the wines sampled will be available for purchase, and live music will play from 2 to 6 p.m.
The Cheese Culture joins the festival from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, when the lactose bar will pair cheese and wines from the Crimson Wine Group. The event site lists seven wine choices. I recommend the Pine Ridge chenin blanc, especially for sauvignon blanc drinkers. Tickets cost $50, and there are only 30 spots.
For a heartier pairing, head to the Riverside Hotel's Preston's Wine and Martini Bar from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The five-course tapas menu will be complemented by various wines and a Shellback rum cocktail. Dinner seats cost $50 and there are 35 spots.
On Thursday, the Tuscan Grill will bring out the big guns: Guests can pay $65 to dance out on the patio and drink unlimited wine, or $85 for a full open bar. The music starts at 7 p.m.
The street festival, between SE 11th and Sixth avenues, starts at 7:30 p.m. the next day, with food from roughly 70 local restaurants and more than 45 tables serving wines and microbrews.
The $100 tickets grant you access to the Naked Grape's entire line of wines up for sample; the Bombay Sapphire Lounge, offering gin cocktails; and the Shellback Caribbean Rum Hut, featuring a photo booth and the new rum's cocktails.
Although the street fair ends at 10 p.m., Vibe will host an after-party starting at that time. Dress code is strictly enforced, but all ticketholders are welcome.
Visit LasOlasWFF.com for more info.