The Grateful Palate in Fort Lauderdale is a hidden dining gem for both locals and tourists alike. I was recently invited by a friend to the restaurant’s Passport Wine Series on May 27. The event was set up with food and wine stations offering wines from Washington State and California.
Event goers were able to sample five courses which included roasted quail legs, scallops, grilled wild salmon, elk chops and lemon verbena panna cotta for dessert.
Joel Gott Willamette Valley Pinot Fris, Erath Estate Oregon Pinot Gris, Eroica Columbia Valley Riesling, Chateau St. Michelle Cold Creek Riesling, Erath Willamette Valley Estate Pinot Noir, Joel Gott Willamette Valley Estate Pinot Noir, Chateau S. Michelle Canoe Ridge Merlot, Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot, Watchdog Rock Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Hogue Genesis Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon were among the wines up for grabs.
Several distributors from Southern Wine and Spirits of Florida were on hand to answer questions about the various wines and pairings.
“We have this wine pairing event the last Friday of every month,” said Director of Operations for Grateful Palate and Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale Peter Lopez. “This month, we thought it would be great to pair off wines from Oregon and Washington State. It’s a really great event and it’s a nice way to meet other people who are interested in wine. We also have the wine available for sale at excellent prices to take home by the bottle.”
With tapas and drinks right on the Intracoastal, you seriously cannot beat the vibe or the view. It’s the perfect idea for a date night, a girls’ night out or a great place to take friends or family who come to town looking for that Fort Lauderdale ocean view usually found on postcards.
The Napa vs. Sonoma wine pairing event is happening June 24 at The Grateful Palate in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $75 per person. Visit Eventbrite.com to get tickets. Grateful Palate is located at 3033 N.E. 32nd Ave., in Fort Lauderdale.