My husband and I attended a fun event this past weekend. The Orlando Science Center and their sponsors provided over one hundred different wines, one of the largest selections for any Orlando event, at The Science of Wine. The Orlando Science Center is an ideal setting for this unique event, where we sampled wines amongst skeletons of dinosaurs and prehistoric sea creatures.
A few of the many wineries represented were Justin, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Provenance, Penfold’s and De Lille. My favorites of the night included the 2009 Stag’s Leap Winery Merlot, the 2007 Pio Cesare Barolo and the 2007 Chateau De Pez from St. Estephe.
Some wines were obviously more popular than others, as many ran out less than half way through the event. I was glad that we arrived right on time. As far as the people pouring the tastes go, some of them were very knowledgeable and obviously in the wine business, while others knew very little if anything about the wines that they were representing. I couldn’t help but wonder if it was the brother or cousin of someone from the distributor, and they just needed bodies to pour. All proceeds went to charity, though, so it was still a worthwhile event to attend.
Tasty food pairings were also available. I especially enjoyed the SoNapa Grill Chalk Hill Flatbread (with baked Brie cheese, tomatoes, spinach and a balsamic glaze) and a truffle bruschetta from Timpano Italian Chophouse. My husband loved the salmon with cous cous from Stonewood Grill & Tavern.
In addition to the food and wine, classes and seminars were offered to expand one’s wine knowledge. There were demonstrations on how wine is made, how wine is affected by weather and the impact of oak and barrel aging on wine.
The $75 admission proceeds went to help the Orlando Science Center accomplish some of their important goals including securing new exhibits and providing scholarships to worthy candidates.
They also held a silent auction with some great items, including fun dinners at local restaurants, travel and golfing excursions and lots of fun wines. My husband and I were happy to place the winning bid on a magnum of 2009 Caymus Special Selection.
This was only the second year this event was held. Let’s all hope next year we are fortunate enough to attend the THIRD annual Science of Wine. Cheers to the Orlando Science Center!