Join neighbors and friends on Nov. 18 for a Holiday Wine & Food Pairing special event at Avalon Park Wesley Chapel. You can join the party in person at the development’s community center, or via Zoom. Either way, it’s a fun way to step back from the worries of the day and kick off the holiday season.
Co-sponsored by Time for Wine, a Wesley Chapel-based company that has been hosting wine tasting events for 17 years, participation will be limited to assure proper social distancing.
“We are planning for a small group of adults looking to have fun while learning about great wine options for your holiday dinners,” said Cheryl Visalli, who owns Time for Wine with her husband, Charles. “We will be tasting and sharing information about two Rieslings for our whites, three Pinot Noirs for our reds, and a port or sparkling for the dessert wine. We like to have a good mix of wines to please all the pallets of all our guests.”
Holiday foods to accompany the wines are being prepared by Chef Ghada of Dash of Salt ‘N Pepper, a New Tampa caterer known for its exquisite homemade cuisine and beautiful presentations.
“Our food-pairing events include fabulous food prepared by Chef Ghada — who brings a beautiful spread of appetizers and main course samplers, and of course, to-die-for desserts,” said Visalli.
Cost for the two-hour event is just $25 for those attending in person. For those joining by Zoom, there is no fee — only a request to buy two of the bottles of wine (at $20 each) being featured during the event.
“To make sure our Zoom guests are engaged in the tasting, we ask them to choose at least two of the wines we are serving, so they can join in the conversation and share what they like, and perhaps don’t like, about the wines,” explains Visalli.
Those joining by Zoom will be able to pick up their wine at the Welcome Center for Avalon Park Wesley Chapel on State Road 54.
About Time for Wine
Cheryl and Charles Visalli are wine experts who have traveled around the world visiting vineyards and selecting wines for their customers. Their journeys have taken them to Italy, France, Germany, Argentina, Chile, Australia, California and Oregon.
“We love to travel to meet new people, and it’s so rewarding to discover a new wine to share with our friends back in Tampa Bay,” said Cheryl Visalli.
The company began 17 years ago doing home wine-testing parties, and has expanded to include “Teach ‘N Taste” classes, corporate events, custom gift baskets, an online wine shop and even a wine club.
It also hosts charity wine tastings for nonprofit groups, and wine seminars for businesses. A popular holiday program is its “private wine ” labels with company logos, which can include delivery to customers.
In this age of social distancing, Time for Wine has introduced a Virtual Wine Tasting program.
“With virtual tasting, you can see the difference and taste the bright, diverse flavors of your customized wine selection,” said Visalli, who adds that the virtual tasting experience includes wine delivery to clients’ homes, along with a tasting portfolio.
Groups who have enjoyed virtual wine tastings include Girls Night In, No-Travel Family Reunion, Back-To-School Teacher De-Stress and Virtual Clubhouse Gatherings.
Go to TimeForWines.net for more information.
Wines by Time for Wine
And appetizers/desserts by Dash of Salt & Pepper
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Payment or RSVP must be made by Nov. 12
$25 per person, in-person
Avalon Park Wesley Chapel
5060 River Glen Blvd., Wesley Chapel
In person or by Zoom
RSVP or AvalonParkWesleyChapel.com/holiday-dinner-wine-pairing/
For information, call (813) 664-1430.
More Avalon Park Events
Drawing With Still Life
With Lionel Sanchez
Friday, Nov. 13
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Avalon Park Amenity Center
5060 River Glen Blvd.
Info: (813) 783-1515
Pasco Fine Arts Council Workshop
Avalon Aglow Holiday Celebration
Saturday, Dec. 12
FREE Family Event
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Fireworks at 9 p.m.
Community performances, pictures with Santa, bounce park, vendors, food trucks
Inside Avalon Park Wesley Chapel
State Road 54, 3.5 miles east of I-75
Published October 28, 2020