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6th Annual American Fine Wine Competition Gala

2013 AFWC Charity Wine GalaThursday, April 4, 6-10pm – Boca Raton Resort, 501 East Camino Real, Boca Raton

The Boca Raton Resort & Club welcomed guests to the American Fine Wine Competition (AFWC) gala in a celebration of the nation’s finest wines while raising awareness and over $70,000 in proceeds for the Diabetes Research Institute. Considered to be the wine event of the year, the gala yielded an estimated 200 elated guests eager to celebrate over 600 of the finest wines fostered in the United States. Guests that attended the gala ranged from a mixture of industry professionals, judges, sommeliers, restaurateurs and educators.

The evening commenced with the glamorous signature “Sparkling Reception” featuring the sparkling and white wines from this year’s competition and from 22 visiting wineries. As guests proceed to their tables through the vineyard inspired setting they were greeted by “Wine Angels”, which poured over 600 wines and provided the unforgettable experience of tasting the country’s finest wines. All the while Gourmet culinary artistry capturing the guests’ fascination with ease, put together by highly distinguished chefs Norman Van Aken, Chef Angelo Elia, Chef Deam Max, and fourth season Hell’s Kitchen winner Chef Christina Machamer.

The bright and charming Shari Gherman,president of AFWC, floated among the guests with grace, providing a comforting humble greeting for each guest personally. The evening also hosted the charitable Wine and Cork Auction, where attendees bid on wines signed by the winemakers themselves. Live entertainment by American/European sensation Hilary Kole, set the tone for this magical evening and continued through the night.

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