Mystery Brown Bag Wine Tasting
A wine tasting that is as interesting as the crowd

Being a Miami native but a Fort Lauderdale resident can be tough.  For a long time I found myself traveling down to the 305 every chance I got to hang out, attend cultural events, and most importantly, eat.  After a while I started to discover that while not quite the cultural hot pot that is Miami, Broward county does have its fair share of cool places, especially authentic Asian restaurants.  What Fort Lauderdale seems to have been lacking until recently is the “cool” factor that Miami has been swimming in for as long as I can remember, although that seems to be changing, especially in the restaurant scene.  Face it: for as awesome as Miami is, if you don’t live there it can be a hassle driving down (or up) every single weekend...take it from someone with experience.  In the case of Fort Lauderdale, it seems as if the 954’s sophisticated gourmands are wanting to stay a little close to home, and restaurant’s like d.b.a./cafe are catering to that crowd - as well as the curious visitor - with a chic ambiance, a passion for great food, and unique events like a brown bag wine tasting where diners bring their favorite bottle of wine for a blind tasting with other diners’ favorites and picks from sommelier Michael Lynch.

Each participant is expected to bring a bottle of wine in a concealed bag, which they leave at the bar for the staff to pour.  The event is free and there is no corkage fee, with the bottle of wine serving as each guest’s “cover charge” to the tasting.  The larger and more diverse the crowd, the more interesting the selection goes, and it’s a sure fire way to get an exciting and eclectic selection of wines rather than just have a single sommelier curate a tasting.  For foodies, perhaps the best part of d.b.a./cafe’s brown bag wine tasting is the opportunity to savor Chef Steve Zobel’s globally-inspired menu showcasing his classical French background.  Dishes reflect Chef Zobel’s diverse culinary imagination with dishes like an small plate of oyster stew with vermouth cream and bacon, fresh pastas, and a unique take on chicken and waffles that replaces the waffle with a funnel cake.  

The brown bag wine tasting begins tonight, January 9th, at 6:30 PM and will occur every Wednesday evening promising to make this a Fort Lauderdale tradition for wine lovers and foodies, alike.

2364 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305