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Let’s get physical with wine at a science center tasting

Posted on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 3:09 pm

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By Peter Covino
A&E Editor
If you really like wine you should go to The Science of Wine at the Orlando Science Center Saturday, May 10.
This is more than just another wine tasting event.
This special event fundraiser, now in its fourth year at the center, is more like a wine odyssey, exploring all you need to know about wine growing, unless you plan on starting up your own winery.
And if all you really want to do is drink wine, The Science of Wine is still the place to go. The event features the opportunity to sample 150 fine wines from the world’s most important wine regions.
The Science of Wine is hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits; Luis Torres of the Constellation Academy of Wine and Tim’s Wine Market.
The wine has been selected from the large portfolio of Southern Wines & Spirits, which covers every major wine region of the world.
You won’t go hungry at the event either. Food Partners for The Science of Wine  include Talk of the Town restaurants Charley’s Steak House, Vito’s Chop House, MoonFish, FishBones and Johnnie’s Hideaway; Publix Aprons; Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion; Shari Sushi; Hawkers Asian Street Fare and Orlando World Center Marriott.
In addition, the science center will offer a wine knowledge-building seminar rarely available in the United States. Led by Luis Torres, renowned wine educator from the Constellation Academy of Wine, this ‘Meritage’ seminar is presented by Napa Valley’s Franciscan Wine Estates which has arranged for a limited amount of Magnificat 2010 Napa to be flown in from Napa Valley for the seminar.
Tickets for the science center fundraiser are $85, $70 for science center members. Tickets and additional details are available on line at
To register for the Meritage Seminar, you need to have purchased your ticket for Science of Wine or be a confirmed guest of a Science of Wine sponsor. For reservations to the seminar, call the reservations office  at 407-514-2112. A $10 registration fee applies.
Jazz and wine
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards has another one of their popular wine events this weekend, Jazz on the Vineyard Green.
Always easy on the pocketbook, admission is just a $2 donation and that goes to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. And parking is free.
The two-day event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The musical lineup features two smooth jazz bands each day. Today’s guest artists are Airtight  from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Tory Wynter  from 2 o 5 p.m.  The Sunday musical guests are  The Groovemasters from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Robert Harris: Solo in Hospitality Cella
Sunday, May 4 
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: The Groovemasters 
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Robert Harris: solo in Hospitality Cella, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Seating is limited on festival grounds, so guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. There will be food and beverage vendors available for food purchases. And Lakeridge wines  will be available by the glass as well as a selection of domestic and imported beers. There will also be a Lakeridge Winery booth on the festival grounds where guests can sign up for a chance to win a gift basket valued at $150. 
(No purchase necessary)
During their visit, guests are invited to attend a complimentary tour and tasting and to take advantage of the countless specials the Wine Shop has to offer. The tours run approximately every 20 minutes until 4 p.m. and the wine tasting will be held continuously until 5 p.m.
Tijuana Flats
One of my favorite lunch hour spots, Tijuana Flats, has a newly redesigned menu (all I ever have is the Taco Tuesday special, $5.49  for two tacos, chips and drink) with some new yet untried items, but they certainly sound tasty.
The new menu items include: Atom Bombs, lightly fried tortillas, cream cheese, fresh jalapenos and the restaurant’s Smack Sweet sauce; Mega Dip, refried or black beans, queso, lettuce, sour cream, cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, green onion, served in a fried tortilla with chips; Banana Empanadas, two empanadas stuffed with bananas, cinnamon sugar and topped with powdered sugar, served with a side of caramel sauce; and Kids’ Mac ‘n Queso, a cheesy twist on the classic, for younger restaurant guests.
Chuy’s donation
As part of the grand opening celebration of its newest Orlando location (8123 International) Chuy’s has donated more than $3,800 to its local charity partner, Give Kids The World (GKTW), a nonprofit organization that provides weeklong, cost-free Orlando dream vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world.
Mascots Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry, joined the leadership team from Chuy’s Orlando to celebrate their check presentation while visiting with families at the Kissimmee Village, the l 70-acre “storybook” resort where families stay during their once-in-a-lifetime trip.
“We’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the employees and guests of Chuy’s for their donation to Give Kids The World,” said GKTW President Pamela Landwirth, in a press releae from Chuy’s. “Chuy’s continued support helps our mission of providing magical moments that inspire hope for children who need it the most.”
Chuy’s Orlando Supervisor Jack Baum and his staff hosted several events during the restaurant grand opening celebration to introduce themselves to the International Drive area. Donations from Chuy’s alcohol sales at special training nights were collected for the local restaurant’s donation to GKTW.
In 2013, Chuy’s Kissimmee location donated more than $3,900 to the village.
Pub Crawl
Kissimmee Main Street hosted the third annual Sculpture Pub Crawl in downtown Kissimmee last Saturday.
The special event began at Toho Square, where some 100 participants were given a map, a scavanger hunt sheet and a beer.
Along with beer drinking, the crawl participants had an opportunity to bid in a silent auction. Items for the auction were were donated by 3 Lil Birds Tattoo Gallery, Vintage Vino, Orlando City Soccer, Wild Florida, Orlando Improv Comedy Club, Galley One Artists, Osceola Center for the Arts, Kissimmee Golf Club, It Works!, Photos by Carolyn, Shutterfly, Orlando Magic, Publix and Yuengling.
After the auction, the pub crawlers were on their way visit the downtown restaurants, bars, galleries and sculptures. At each of the 25 stops they answered questions related to that sculpture or business. It was also a great occasion to have a beer,  glass of wine or sample some food at the participating businesses:Buchito, the Wicked Stepsister, Three Sisters Speakeasy, Vintage Vino, Red Shoe Martini, Savion’s Place, Broadway Pizza Bar and Gallery
One Artists.
The crawl ended on Dakin Avenue where participants could turn in their scavenger hunt questions for a chance to win two free tickets for next year’s pub crawl. They also had a chance to vote for their favorite sculpture and receive a free gift courtesy of Yuengling. The winner of the 50/50 raffle drawing also was announced at the end of the night.
The crawl is over, but you can still view the Scupture Experience. Stop by the Kissimmee Main Street office and pick up a map. The event features artists from around the country who display their works downtown.
Kissimmee and look for our pub crawl next April when we highlight a new set of beautiful sculptures.

This event would not have been possible without our sponsors; the City of Kissimmee, Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency, Experience Kissimmee, Osceola News Gazette, Jammer’s Music Center, H&R Block and Yuengling.

For more information and to apply for the Kissimmee Sculpture Experience visit or call 407-846-4643.