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17th Annual Las Olas Wine & Food Festival, April 16-21, Unveils 2012 Event Lineup Featuring Several Exciting New Additions, Pre- and Post-Events With Wine and Food Pairings, Bourbon Dinners and Popular Street Festival

March 16, 2012 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Recognized as a one of the most anticipated wine and culinary events of the year, the 17th Annual Las Olas Wine & Food Festival, presented by Bombay Sapphire® Gin, Martin Codax, elit™ by STOLICHNAYA® Vodka, Las Rocas Milagro Tequila, and Premier Beverage Company, returns April 16-21, 2012 on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. This year's event features exciting new additions and a variety of pre- and post-events that are sure to elevate the Festival experience. All proceeds from the Festival benefit the American Lung Association in Florida. Tickets to the festival can be purchased at

"Premier Beverage is proud to continue their Title Sponsorship commitment of the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival," said Bob Drinon, president & CEO, Premier Beverage. "Each year the festival continues to grow, and this year we will raise the bar with a wide variety of exceptional wines, the return of the Bombay Sapphire Lounge, and the addition of multiple ancillary wine and spirits events. We are excited to announce our title sponsors for the festival, which include Bombay Sapphire, Stoli Vodka, Milagro Tequila, Las Rocas and Martin Codax. One of the perks of attending the Las Olas Wine & Food Festival is the opportunity to place an order for the wines that are being sampled on the street and we're pleased to say that ABC Fine Wine & Spirits will be our exclusive festival retailer."

The Festival kicks off on Monday, April 16th at 7:00 p.m. with "Bourbon & Burgers" at Tap 42. The new gastro-pub will showcase a selection of distinct bourbons including Angel's Envy, Old Forester, Woodford Reserve and Hudson and pair them up with specialty menu items which include Deep Fried Chicken Paprika Pierogies and Florida Rock Shrimp Mac & Cheese.

On Wednesday, April 18th at 6:00 p.m. the Festival continues with "Wine Down Wednesday" at Preston's Wine & Martini Bar inside of the classic Riverside Hotel. Revered Chef Toby Joseph will prepare a five-course pairing menu, featuring gourmet Spanish-inspired tapas paired perfectly with a selection of Spanish wine for attendees to savor. This event will feature presenting sponsors Las Rocas Garnacha and Martin Codax Albarino.

Also on Wednesday, April 18th, Rocco's Tacos and Milagro Tequila will partner together for a Tequila dinner hosted by Milagro National Brand Ambassador Jaime Salas and none other than Rocco himself. Jaime will create signature Milagro cocktails to be paired with each course, including Milagro Reposado, Milagro Anejo and Milagro Single Barrel Reserve Anejo. Milagro Unico will also be tasted, providing a unique experience, as it is only available at Rocco's Tacos in the state of Florida.

Banfi Vintners, America's preeminent name in fine imported wines, and Tuscan Grill join together on Thursday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m., to present the Banfi Italian Festival. Guests will relish in an "all you can eat" menu of authentic Italian favorites, such as grilled hot and sweet Italian sausage sandwiches, Tuscan's famous meatballs, wood & coal baked pizzas, Mozzarella en Carrozza, Arancini, and Zeppole with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce. Featured wines include Banfi Brut, Principessa Gavi, San Angelo Pinot Grigio, Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva, Banfi Brunello, & Rosa Regale. A DJ will entertain the crowd and Rino Balzano, the "opera-singing troubadour of the Italian kitchen," will make a special live appearance. Select tickets also include an open liquor bar featuring Premier Beverage spirits.

Cheese Culture, one of the newest locales on the Boulevard, will be hosting "Around the Wheel," which will be held on Thursday, April 19th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Join the Cheesemongers as they take you through a tasting adventure of (6) different styles of cheese. As you taste your way through they will be sharing informative information on each cheese such as where it comes from and how it's made. Rik Steere, Market Manager for Wilson Daniel's, will also be hosting the event and will taste you through Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc, Ponzi Pinot Gris, Gainey Merlot and Royal Tokaji Mad Cuvee as they are paired with each cheese. Join us for this intimate evening in this charming European shop right on Las Olas! Tickets are $45 per person and seating is limited to 30 persons.

The much-anticipated Street Festival, which draws more than 2,600 attendees from all over the world each year, will be held on Friday April 20th from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. on Las Olas Boulevard, between S.E. 6th Avenue and S.E. 11th Avenue, encompassing four city blocks of food, wine and fun! This year, the Festival will feature more than 70 of South Florida's finest restaurants and more than 40 wine tables and micro brews. Back by popular demand are Bombay Sapphire® Gin lounge for the ultimate cocktail experience, the Culinary Couture Fashion Show by the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and the New Times Cupcake Battle, where local bakeries compete in the ultimate cupcake smack down and attendees have the chance to vote on the "Fan Favorite" award. Popular South Florida acts, including The Weedline Band and the legendary Pan Vibes, will perform live.

Guests attending the street festival will be able to sample the newest Stolichnaya Vodka flavors, as well as a selection of signature Milagro tequila drinks. Also taking place for the first time this year, a variety of wines and spirits will be available to order at a discount on the street courtesy of ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, the exclusive festival retailer. Las Olas Boulevard will be closed to traffic and guests have the opportunity to visit restaurants, retailers, art galleries and sidewalk bistros.

For those who still have the energy to party, there will be two sensational after-parties. Guests can make their way West down Las Olas Boulevard after the street festival to continue the party at Vibe & O Lounge, both located in the Yolo courtyard. Bombay

Sapphire will be hosting a party at O Lounge and will feature the festival's official cocktail, the Sapphire Raspberry Collins. Stoli Elit will be hosting an after party next door at VIBE equipped with an ice luge and dancers. Both parties begin at 10:00 p.m. and are open to the public. Please note that both VIBE and O Lounge have strict dress codes (no shorts, hats or tennis shoes).

To wrap up the festival, Cheese Culture will be hosting a "Rise & Shine" brunch on Saturday, April 21st from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Menu items include Porchetta on toasted Rustic White bread, topped with shaved Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, arugula and drizzled with truffle oil and French Ham and double crème brie with cornichons and stone ground mustard. The featured drink will be the "Cultured Sunday" made with Villa Sandi Prosecco and lemonade.

As of press time Title Sponsors include: Bombay Sapphire® Gin, Martin Codax, elit™ by STOLICHNAYA® Vodka, Las Rocas, Milagro Tequila, & Premier Beverage Company. The Exclusive Festival Retailer is ABC Fine Wine & Spirits. Privé Host: Stranahan House Museum & JM Lexus. Additional sponsors include: Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Blackstone Media Group, Las Olas Association, LIFESTYLE PUBLICATIONS, Ocean Drive Magazine, The Las Olas Company, BB&T Wealth, Broward Health, Memorial Healthcare System, United States Sommelier Association, BKR Media Consultants, CMA // digital agency, Hampton Inn - Downtown Fort Lauderdale, BeanoVision Productions - Bonomotion Pictures, Merchant Graphics Inc., South Florida Photo, & The Weedline Band. Media Sponsors include: Around Town Magazine, Boca Life Magazine, Boca Raton Magazine, City & Shore Magazine, Dine Magazine, East Magazine, EASY 93.1- Fresh and Relaxing Music, Classical South Florida 89.7/90.7/101.9 News, FabTab TV, Florida Travel + Life, Gold Coast Magazine, Go Riverwalk Magazine,, Jupiter Magazine, NBC - 6, New Times Broward - Palm Beach, Southern Beverage Journal, Estate LIFESTYLE, Las Olas Lifestyle,, Ocean Drive Magazine, Palm Beacher Magazine, Parkland LIFESTYLE, Sociallybuzz, Inc., South Florida Pets, Think Magazine, Tropic Magazine, Waterfront Times, Weston Lifestyle, & Wire Magazine.

Tickets to the 2012 Las Olas Wine & Food Festival are $100.00 per person and now available. Ticket prices for pre- and post-events vary. A complete line-up of events and ticket information are available at or call (954) 727-0907.

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