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Smokey Robinson will host wine signing and other boozy events at the Flower Show

Bethany Ao, STAFF WRITER

Updated: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 12:43 PM

Steven Tyler and Smokey Robinson on stage to present at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.

This year’s Flower Show visitors will be able to sample a selection of wine and spirits, thanks to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Over 120 wines and spirits will be featured through tastings, available to show guests age 21 and older.

On opening weekend, legendary singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson will autograph pre-purchased bottles of Smokey Robinson Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Both wines, which are released by Pittsburgh’s Engine House 25 Wines, are made with California grapes.

Broker’s Gin co-founder and managing director Martin Dawson will also serve as honorary barman at the Broker’s Gin table throughout the show. He’ll be answering questions about his classic English gin, made from English wheat and flavored with aromatic botanicals.

Irish whiskey fans will be able to taste The Quiet Man Irish and chat with its co-founder, Michael Morris, from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4. Limestone Branch Distillery’s Steve Beam will also be talking about his whiskeys and offering a tasting from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, and Friday, March 9.

And if you like moonshine, Tim Smith is offering samples and signing pre-purchased bottles from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9, and 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.

Nationally recognized chef and restaurateur Fabio Viviani will also perform live cooking demonstrations and discuss his wine collection from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9, and 12 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.

Bethany Ao, STAFF WRITER

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