Gala Info

The AFWC Charity Wine Gala

The American Fine Wine Competition (AFWC) celebrated a decade of promoting the finest wines produced in the country on April 29 at the Design Center of the Americas. The 10th annual Charity Wine Gala was a magnificent celebration of the past ten years AFWC has been promoting the incredible world-class wines produced in America.

Hundreds of all-American wines were poured at this spectacular event. More than a dozen winery tasting rooms were hosted by superstar winemakers including:

Pam Starr from Crocker & Starr, Melissa Siebert from Ancient Oak Cellars, Ron Fenolio from Veedercrest Wines, Ludovic Dervin from Mumm Napa (Best of Show Sparkling Wine- and his sparkling wife, Keeley!), Donna & Roger Beery from J. Cage Cellars, Sheila & Nick Nicholas from Anam Cara Cellars, Stephanie Trotter from Trotter 1/16, Elaine Tedeschi from Tedeschi Family Winery, Stephanie Douglas from Aratas, Linda Neal from Tierra Roja, Andy Broden from Michael-David, Coco Frey representing Lagniappe Peak, Price Destinobles representing Kestrel Wines, Greg Miseyko from Red Mare and Monty & Sara Preiser from Shadowbox.

The Live & Silent auctions, which included more than 100 wine baskets with bottles signed by the winemaker’s as well as wine-themed trips to Napa, Sonoma, the Finger Lakes and Oregon, and two cruises, raised almost $60,000. A portion of the proceeds from the gala benefit the Dolphins Cancer Challenge. Miami Dolphin players Kerry Glenn and Dwight Stephenson joined in the festivities.

We announced the 2017 Wineries and Winemakers of the year:

  • Violet Grgich, COO, Grgich Hills Estate
  • Pam Starr, proprietor and winemaker, Crocker and Starr
  • Greg La Follette, winemaker, Alquimista Cellars and Ancient Oak Cellars
  • Ron Fenolio, CEO, Veedercrest Wines

Each of these winemakers is a legend in the industry.

Our incredible Partners who made this possible include:

Alpine Jaguar        Suncoast Marketing       RoboVault        FIU

Two Men & a Truck       Advanced Roofing       Scott Roberts Associates     Crown Wine & Spirits

FPL        Law Offices of Rod Coleman         City & Shore magazine        AXXIS 3           Preiser Key     

VENU Magazine         South Florida Business Journal           Around Town magazine

Opulence Magazine      Eat the Truth         Taste of America

North Star Seafood          Halperns'        Cheney Brothers        Restaurant Placement Group       Savor Our City