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Symphony of the America’s WOW gala set for Nov. 16

Symphony of the America’s WOW gala set for Nov. 16

Love exploring different types of wines? Then you won’t want to miss Wines of the World, a showcase of global wines and gourmet food benefitting Symphony of the Americas. Affectionately known as WOW, the event set for Friday, Nov. 16 at Pier 66 is now in its 23rd year.

Penfold’s, an Australian winery that has been producing quality vintages since 1844, is this year’s featured winery. It has been named winery of the year more than 20 times by prestigious Wine and Spirits magazine.

Ewan Proctor, a hospitality and wine industry professional with 20 years of international experience, will be guest of honor. He currently serves as Penfold’s ambassador and head of luxury education for Treasury Wine Estates, the second largest distributor in the industry, will be on hand to mingle with guests. “Ewan is sure to have some fascinating insights to share with us,” said James LaBonte, who has co-chaired WOW since its inception.

Reception and Dinner

A tasting reception will offer dozens of wines to sample. “These wines range from very affordable to collectible, so the reception is a great opportunity to try some vintages you may not be familiar with,” LaBonte said. A VIP room will feature Penfold’s reserve wines and hors-d'oeuvres from Toni Lampasone of Wine Watch Catering.

After the reception, guests will sit down to a multi-course dinner. “Every course is prepared by a different talented chef, and it’s always exciting to see what each one has prepared for us,” said co-chair Jerry Rosenthal, president of the Fort Lauderdale chapter of the international food and wine organization Chaine des Rotisseurs. This year’s team includes Oliver Saucy of Café Maxx, Joey Esposito of Café Seville, Sophia Mylona of the all-new Thasos Greek Restaurant, Gregory MacGowan of Pier 66, and breads from Gran Forno of Las Olas.  The culinary portion of the Vintner’s Tour includes mojo restaurant and art gallery, Publix Aprons’ Cooking School, Aruba Beach Café, Casablanca, Café Vico and more, to complement the nearly 70 different vintages of wines being sampled.

Dinner includes fine wines, but guests can also bring bottles of their own to share at their tables. “It’s one of my favorite parts of WOW,” said Rosenthal, who has been collecting wines for many years. “It’s fun to pour some of my own wines for friends, knowing that delicious, beautifully prepared food will accompany them.”

Tickets and Information

Tickets are $175 and $275 for VIPs. After November 1, they will be $225 and $300. Call the event coordinator at 954-644-9049 or visit For those who wish to stay the night, Pier 66 is offering a special rate of $149. Visit  to book a reservation.

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