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January 28, 2012

Known as the Sun Coast’s premier wine and food fest, Sarasota Forks & Corks is a four-day whirlwind of outstanding wine and locally sourced fare. Carte Blanche was honored to take part in both the Grand and Trade Tastings at this sixth annual event. Featuring cuisine by 50 members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals (a group of independent restaurant owners that champion local culinary legacy) and a global roster of visiting vintners and winery owners, the main event is staged at the famed Ringling Museum of Art. We capped the weekend with a private Carte Blanche and Keplinger Forks & Corks Wine Maker Dinner at the Positano beach home of Nick & Teil Allen on Longboat Key.  An incredible five course menu for 20 guests by Chef Michael Klauber was paired with Keplinger’s 2009  Red Slope and 2009 Lithic, in addition to Carte Blanche’s 2009 Chardonnay, 2009 Sandstone Seven and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon.