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Women of the Vine and other female oenophiles to host events in South Florida

While women are still seriously underrepresented in the world of wine, you’d never know it from three upcoming South Florida wine events.

The Women of the Vine Alliance, made up of women in the beverage industry, has joined forces with Ruth’s Chris Steak House to bring events to women across the country. From 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, Alliance founder and president Deborah Brenner will host a networking and education event at Ruth’s Chris Coral Gables (2320 Salzedo St., 305-461-8360). These regional events came about after the huge success of the inaugural Women of the Vine Global Symposium in March in Napa. Miami-based Southern Wine & Spirits of America is a lead sponsor of the organization. Tickets cost $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers and include appetizers and wines by the glass from Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Sanctuary Vineyards and Veuve Clicquot. To register, contact Carla Orantes at 305-461-8360 or email

Karen MacNeil comes to West Palm Beach Wednesday, Oct. 14 and Coral Gables, Thursday, Oct. 15 with the revised second edition of her “The Wine Bible.” Starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 14, she’ll host a $50 per person 2012 Quintessa wine release party at Virginia Philip Wine Shop and Academy (101 N. Clematis St., Suite 150, West Palm Beach, The ticket gets you a copy of MacNeil’s new book and a curated tasting of the 2012 Quintessa vintage with MacNeil and the Napa winery’s Michael Iacino. Call or go online to reserve. At 8 p.m. Oct. 15, MacNeil will appear at a free wine talk and tasting at Books and Books (265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305-442-4408,

Kathryn Hall was U.S. Ambassador to Austria under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Upon returning to the United States, she resumed ownership of her family’s winery, which had been producing under the Walt Vineyards label and is now called Hall Wines. She’s hosting a $95 per person dinner starting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21 at BLT Prime at Trump National Doral Miami (4400 NW 87 Ave., 305-591-6066). Chef de cuisine Dustin Ward has created a five-course menu that matches Hall Wines from both the Rutherford and St. Helena vineyards. It starts with an heirloom tomato terrine paired with Sauvignon Blanc, Hall, Napa Valley 2014. Fourth course is a stone-crab-stuffed filet paired with Cabernet Sauvignon, “Kathryn Hall,” Napa Valley, 2012. Call for reservations.

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