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Last week, I wined, dined, and practiced my swing at the Beaujolais Golf & Gamay event, which took place at the driving range at Chelsea Piers. The fabulous event was hosted by Inter Beaujolais’ Anthony Collet & Master Sommelier, Laura Maniec (one of only eighteen women in the world to hold the title)!

During the event, I was given golf lessons from professional golfer, Jeffrey Anderson at the multi tiered, driving range overlooking the Hudson River. While waiting for my golf lesson, I was able to mingle with fellow food lovers and journalists, and snack on orderves like seared sesame tuna sashimi, herb crusted lamb, and roasted corn & chorizo crabcakes. As delicious as the orderves were, the highlight of the evening was certainly the wine! Keeping score, I tried Chateau de la Chaize Brouilly 2009, Potel Aviron Cote de Brouilly 2009, Clos de la Roilette Fleurie 2010, and Henry Fessy Moulin-a-Vent 2009.  After my tee time, I enjoyed a buffet of truffle pasta, fennel salad, filet mignon with a creamy, horseradish sauce, and a few other scrumptious treats for dessert. More…

During the second half of this event, Master Sommelier, Laura Maniec guided guests through the 12 different appellations from the Beaujolais region and talked about her experience in the wine industry as well as her personal favorites which include Damien Coquelet Chiroubles 2010, Georges Descombes Regnie 2009, Pierre Chermette – Vissoux Beaujolais 2010, and Daniel Bouland Morgan 2009.

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Meeting Laura and sampling the Beaujolais region’s wine was a wonderful way to spend the evening. While eating good food and drinking good wine is always a treat, getting to spend time with successful people, especially other successful women, is always a plus! This spring, Laura Maniec is opening Corkbuzz Wine Studio, an innovative wine restaurant that will serve as a “home base” in New York City for all things wine. Teaching is Laura’s favorite part of her career. She loves to educate, inspire and share her passion with anyone who wants to learn about wine. Her approach is empowering, and her style is welcoming. She says, “Everyone can learn about wine, even if you don’t want to geek out. My only goal is that if you take a class with me, you’ll have fun, and by the end you’ll at least know what you like.”

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