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South Florida Museum hosts sold-out wine event

The South Florida Museum’s third annual Vinology event kicked off the Valentine’s weekend with the always-romantic pairing of good food and good wine.

Susan Lambert-Kopstad returned to orchestrate the details, which paired the best offerings from her family’s Stanley Lambert Wines with equally tasty specialties from some of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers. The food suppliers included ezra, the Fresh Market, the BeachHouse, Firkin & Fox, Wild Monkey Gourmet, Renaissance on 9th and Bella Cucina.

The planetarium lobby appropriately held out-of-this-world desserts, which included a chocolate dipping fountain and decadent brownies. They were paired with Stanley Lambert’s signature Choc-A-Bloc Tawny Port, which really does have chocolate in it.

A sold-out crowd of more than 200 guests enjoyed the cuisine, but the evening wasn’t all food and fun.

Demonstrations and talks by Chef Joe Stoddard, Julie Pepi, Kim Ritrievi and Ron Stone helped would-be wine experts increase their knowledge.

The guest list included Becky and Daniel Pope and Pope Daniel, who attended with Elaine Hudson. The two men who share the mirror-image name met for the first time at Friday night’s party.

Others on the scene included long-time museum supporters Leyman and Maryann Bott, Maureen and Steve Dye, Larry and Nancy Coleman and board president Bill Blalock with his wife, Pam.

Susan Wilcox, a Florida native, has lived in Bradenton for more than 20 years. She has been active in many local organizations as a volunteer or an employee.